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During the Program

1. Do I have to come to campus for my Early Start classes?

If you are taking the Early Start English course, ESE 5, this is an entirely online course for which you can complete from anywhere so long as you have Internet access.

If you are taking Early Start Math courses, ESM 5, ESM 10, ESM 11, ESM 12, you will have to come to Cal Poly Pomona for the duration of the course.

We strongly encourage incoming students to complete courses at Cal Poly Pomona to ensure proper course is taken and credited. However, if you are located at an unreasonable distance from campus, you may also opt to take courses at a local CSU campus. If you are planning to complete Early Start courses at a different CSU, make sure that you contact the Early Start Program Coordinator to ensure that the course you enrolled in will satisfy your requirement. Please visit CSU Early Start Course Listing for a comprehensive list of courses offered at all 23 CSU campuses.

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2. What happens if I complete the Early Start requirement, but do not pass my Early Start classes?

Students required to participate in the Early Start Program must receive a RP (repeat) or CR (credit) on English and math courses to satisfy the Early Start Program requirement.

A grade of "0" or NC (No Credit) indicates that a student did not attend class regularly and/or complete course requirements. Students who do not complete Early Start Program requirements may be disenrolled from Cal Poly Pomona.

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3. What happens if I complete my Early Start math classes but do not enroll in the required class my first academic term at Cal Poly Pomona?

Enrolling in the corresponding Early Start math course in the Fall is part of the Early Start Program requirement. Students who do not complete Early Start Program requirements may be disenrolled from Cal Poly Pomona.

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4. Do I have to take these preparatory classes every academic term?

You must take the math preparatory courses every term until you complete all required coursework. Preparatory coursework must be completed within the first year of enrollment. Enrolling in each term is essential to provide you with an opportunity to repeat a course if necessary while still complying with the timeframe.

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5. How long do I have to complete these classes?

Students have a year to complete Early Start requirements. Students must complete all preparatory coursework by the end of the summer of their first year.

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6. If I am taking Early Start courses, do I have to attend in the New Student Orientation?

Participating in the New Student Orientation (NSO) in a university requirement for all students. Students are highly encouraged to register early for an NSO to ensure they have the widest selection to choose a date that conflicts the least with their Early Start classes.

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7. My New Student Orientation date conflicts with my Early Start class schedule. What can I do?

If your NSO date conflicts with your Early Start classes, you should find an available NSO that does not conflict and change your NSO date.

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8. I cannot change the date of my New Student Orientation so it doesn't conflict with my Early Start classes. What can I do?

If you can no longer change yourNew Student Orientation date, you will be provided with a precise schedule and guidelines for how you will attend Early Start classes during your NSO program. Exercise good judgment and let your instructor know you will be participating in New Student Orientation so that they know you will abiding by a special schedule for those two days. If you are taking ESE 5 during your NSO program, there will be Wi-Fi access for you to complete your coursework during down time or in the evenings.

Please note that attending New Student Orientation does not mean you can skip your entire Early Start course, if you do so, your instructor can hold you accountable to course attendance policies.

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