Undergraduate Studies

California State University, San Bernardino
The CSU Early Start Program
Revised: June 6, 2014

CSUSB Early Start Details

The Early Start Program is a requirement of the California State University (CSU) system designed to ensure that incoming freshman who have not demonstrated readiness for college level English and mathematics through the English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Math (ELM) or one of the acceptable waivers, participate in programs or courses that help them make progress in the summer before their freshman year.

Each campus in the CSU system is required to offer options for students to meet the Early Start Program requirement. If you are an incoming freshman, and you plan to attend California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in the fall, our campus offers different programs for mathematics based on your ELM score and one option for English.

Before you explore the programs and courses offered at CSUSB, you must complete the following steps.

  1. Figure out if you are required to take the ELM and/or EPT by contacting the testing office at 909-537-5045 or emailing testing@csusb.edu.

  2. If you are required to complete the ELM or EPT, register for the exams online through the Educational Testing Service website.

  3. Prepare for the exams in advance. Your scores on the ELM and/or EPT can have a big impact on the number of courses that you are required to take at CSUSB and your ability to register for courses that you need to take in order to graduate. There are study guides available online for English (PDF Study Guide) and Math (PDF Study Guide). Do not wait until the last minute. Our campus is counting on you to do your best on these exams so that you can be placed in the appropriate mathematics course.

  4. Once you have your ELM score, visit our Early Start Pathfinder to figure our which math program you must complete. If you would like to read more about the program details, visit our Early Start program options page.

  5. Register for your Early Start math and/or English course as soon as possible. Registration for Early Start is a multi- step process. You must first select the campus where you plan to complete Early Start, then you must enroll in your Early Start courses. For instructions on how to select your campus and enroll in your course, visit our Early Start sign up and enrollment page.

If you have any questions regarding the Early Start Program, please contact the California State University, San Bernardino Early Start Call Center at (909) 537-5260, or email us at earlystartprogram@csusb.edu.

The Early Start Program at CSUSB was intentionally designed to deliver instruction that will help you advance through courses that affect your ability to graduate on time. Because we know how beneficial starting this work early is for you, we strictly enforce this requirement. If you have an extenuating circumstance, you may apply for a waiver from the requirement. However, you should be advised that waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis after being reviewed by a committee and generally are only granted in extreme circumstances for which you can provide documentation. If you have questions regarding our Early Start Program waiver, or would like to request the waiver form, send an email to earlystartprogram@csusb.edu. All waiver requests must be submitted for consideration by June 6, 2014.

CSUSB Early Start Courses

All students who have not demonstrated college readiness in English (EPT score 146 or below) must participate in Early Start English 99 (ESE 99) at CSUSB.

While we recommend that you utilize the Early Start Pathfinder tool to select your Early Start math course/program, you can also review the math requirements based on your ELM score below.

Early Start Requirements

All CSUSB Freshmen

ELM Score CSUSB Math Program Course Number Hours Per Day Days Per Week Duration Dates
0 - 18 Coyote 1st STEP ESM 75A 6 hours Mon - Thurs 5 weeks June 16 - July 10
19 - 29 COMMIT ESM 75B 5 hours Mon - Thurs 3 weeks June 16 - July 3
30 - 49 Intensive Mathematics Program* ESM 81 6 hours Mon - Thurs 5 weeks July 28 - August 28
30 - 40 Early Start Math 80 ESM 80 2 hours Mon - Thurs 6 weeks June 16 - July 24
41 - 49 Early Start Math 90 ESM 90 2 hours Mon - Thurs 6 weeks June 16 - July 24

Non-CSUSB Students

ELM Score CSUSB Math Program Course Number Hours Per Day Days Per Week Duration Dates
0 - 40 Early Start Math 15B ESM 15B 2 hours Mon - Thurs 2 weeks Varies
41 - 49 Early Start Math 15C ESM 15C 2 hours Mon - Thurs 2 weeks Varies

All Students

EPT Score CSUSB English Program Course Number Hours Per Day Days Per Week Duration Dates
0 - 146 Early Start English 99 ESE 99 3 hrs. &
45 mins.
Mon - Thurs 1 week Varies

*Recommended option for students with ELM scores between 30-49 because 90% of students who complete this program, pass and are eligible to enroll in college level math in the fall.

What are the key deadlines?

Registration deadlines for ELM and/or EPT - April 18, 2014

Deadline to accept CSUSB offer of admission - May 1, 2014

Deadline to log into My Coyote and select your Early Start campus - June 1, 2014

Early Start Registration Begins - May 5, 2014

Deadline to register for COMMIT - June 13, 2014

Deadline to register for IMP - July 17, 2014

Deadline to register for Coyote 1st STEP - June 13, 2014

Deadline to log in to My Coyote, register for the following Early Start courses is the first day of the scheduled class:

  • All ESM 80 and 90 courses
  • ESE 99 courses
  • ESM 15B and ESM 15C courses

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Last Updated: November 25, 2014