Early Start Program (ESP) Preparation for College-level Math and English

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Get an Early Start for Fall 2014!

Early Start Program (ESP) for Parents

This page is devoted to guiding parents and other family members through the Early Start Program so that you can best support your student in their first year! Please review this information with your student if they are applying and preparing for attending SF State in Fall 2014!



SF State and the Early Start Program (ESP)

The goal of our SF State Early Start program is to help students get a head start advantage on their English and Math requirements BEFORE their first semester even begins to give our students a better chance at completing their college degree on time!

Early Start is a requirement for first-time freshmen who have placed into remedial levels and need help gearing up for college-level English and Math courses. The English and Math courses are offered through SF State during Summer 2014 specifically for Early Start eligible students.

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What Can Family Members Do to Help Their Student Prepare for Early Start?

  1. Family members should be knowledgeable of the requirements that need to be satisfied for the Early Start Program.
  2. Family members should understand how the Early Start initiative impacts their student if requirements are not met within the first year.
  3. Family members can help remind students to register and prepare for Entry Level Math Test (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT).
  4. Family members can help students keep track of important deadlines for attending SF State in the fall. See our time line to get started!

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Why Is Early Start Beneficial for My Student?

  • Finish the remedial path ahead of time and save money on extra courses!
  • Possibly even place out of remedial requirements for the rest of the academic year!
  • Have a college counselor in the Undergraduate Advising Center to work directly with in your first year
  • Tutoring support services on SFSU’s campus accessible

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How Can My Student Satisfy the Early Start Requirements?

Early Start at SF State: online course(s) recommended!

Early Start Track

How to Satisfy



ESE 99 (1 unit)

*The Directed Self Placement (DSP)will be integrated into all ESE99 courses


(based on ELM score)

  • ESM 40 (1 unit) + *ELM (optional)
  • ESM 60 (3 units, below 41 ELM score)
  • ESM 70 (3 units, 42-48 ELM score)


How to satisfy ENGLISH:

  1. Register for and complete our ESE 99 (1 unit) course. ESE 99 has both an online and in-person option.


How to satisfy MATH:

  1. Register for either ESM 40, ESM 60, OR ESM 70 and successfully complete before Fall 2014 semester.
  2. (OPTIONAL!) Retaking the Entry Level Math (ELM) Test.

*NOTE: If student cannot enroll into Early Start due to hardships or location, please call the Early Start Office at (415) 405-0436 to discuss alternative options.

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What if my student does not enroll or successfully complete their Early Start course(s)?

SF State students who are required to do Early Start classes and fail to enroll will not be allowed to attend SF State in Fall 2014.


SF State students who enrolled in Early Start courses but did not attend or complete their required class(es) will now be allowed to keep their enrollment for the Fall 2014 semester. However, these students will now need to follow the next steps in order to fully meet compliance with Early Start:

Early Start English
1. Complete the Directed Self Placement (DSP) assessment at: http://etc.sfsu.edu/pages/directed-self-placement

2. Enroll into the appropriate DSP chosen English course during Open Registration which begins on July 24th and goes until August 17th.
3. Provide a progress report from current English instructor during mid-semester proving student is receiving a C or better.
4. Meet other Early Start participation which will be determined and messaged to students in the near future.

Early Start Math
1. Enroll into new appropriate math course during Open Registration which begins on July 24th and goes until August 17th. Depending on which Early Start Math course the student enrolled in...
ESM 40 (or other CSU equivalent to online course) - Make sure to be enrolled in the remediation math level that the student placed into based off of ELM scores.
ESM 60 - Drop MATH 70 and re-enroll into MATH 60
ESM 70 - Drop Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and re-enroll into MATH 70

2. Provide a progress report from current Math instructor during mid-semester proving student is receiving a C or better.
3. Meet other Early Start participation which will be determined and messaged to students in the near future.

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Is there a Fee for Early Start classes?

Yes, fees depend upon which course students add this summer and the total of units they will be taking. Some courses are 1 unit and others are 3 units.


The current fee rate is $182 per unit. There will be an additional $2 local fee.

Fee waivers are available for California residents and AB540 students who apply for financial aid with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less.


Early Start Payment Policies

Class Registration and Drops
Registration for classes and dropping from classes will stop at 12:00 noon one business day prior to the first day of class.

Payment Due Date
Students must pay within five calendar days and no later than one calendar day before the first day of class to avoid being dropped from the class for non-payment.

Course must be dropped before 12:00 noon on the business day before the first day of class for a full refund minus $20 processing fee. The $2 additional local fee in nonrefundable.

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