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Early Start: A Brief Overview

The Early Start Program is part of Executive Order 1048 issued by the California State University System that requires all entering freshmen that do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to begin college preparatory courses the summer before their first term at a CSU campus. Per Executive Order 665, after Early Start, students that need to complete additional college preparatory courses in math must do so within their first year of enrollment. Participation in the program is mandatory and failure to enroll could result in disenrollment for students who do not have an approved exemption from Early Start.