Coyote First STEP is CSUSB’s fully residential summer experience for students required to participate in Early Start math (ELM score 0-49) who plan to attend CSUSB in Fall 2017. Students will live on-campus in university housing for the duration of the program while they complete courses and engage in activities, which are designed to promote college success

This program may help you reduce the number of math courses you will have to take so you can graduate in a timely manner. When you complete the program and pass your classes, you can save time and money towards your degree!

Students who do not participate in the Early Start requirement will not be allowed to enroll in classes for fall 2017.

Math: If you complete the Early Start math requirement, but do not pass your classes, you will be allowed to enroll for the fall and will need to take the appropriate developmental math classes during the year.

English: English courses are selected through the Directed Self-Placement process and will not be impacted by your Early Start English performance.

All students who plan to attend CSUSB in the Fall who are

  • under 21 on July 1, 2017 and/or
  • not married or in a domestic partnership
  • whose ELM scores are less than 50

will be expected to live on campus for the full duration of the Coyote First STEP program. CSUSB will provide food and university housing for students in this program free of cost.

Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis. For more information go to the Summer Courses page and click on Exemptions or call the Early Start Call Center at (909) 726-0337 during campus business hours.

Students who do not plan to attend CSUSB in the fall will not live on campus for their Early Start math program.

Coyote First STEP is designed for students planning to attend CSUSB in fall. Students not planning to attend CSUSB in fall may meet their Early Start English and/or math requirement at our campus but are not eligible to enroll in Coyote First STEP.

You should receive an email within two to three business days. It is important to check both your personal and campus email for ESP registration information.

If you already have a MyCoyote ID number and password you will use this same information to sign in and register for your ESP class.

It has been more than three business days since you completed your ESP Smart Page, and you still haven't received an email from us, contact the Early Start Program & Coyote First STEP Call Center at (909) 726-0337.

Applicants for admission to the CSUSB are required to meet minimum admission requirements in order to be accepted. Beyond admission, there are several requirements to ensure a student’s successful transition to the university, these enrollment requirements include but are not limited to Placement Exam Testing, Early Start participation, and mandatory orientation (SOAR) participation.  Students are encouraged to review their offer of admission and campus correspondence to review any additional enrollment requirements. Students should check their campus email and log onto their MyCoyote portal frequently for important information from our campus.

No. Grades will be sent to your home campus when courses are completed.

Contact the Early Start Program & Coyote First STEP Call Center at (909) 726-0337.

You can also use our Pathfinder tool for help determining what class you need to enroll in.

“Conditionally exempt” means a student is almost college ready, but there is more work to do!  In order to be fully exempt, the student must take and pass an approved senior year English and/or math class and pass both semesters with a “C” or better. *

Once your final transcript has been received you will either be fully exempt ("C" or better both semesters) or required to participate in Early Start math (Coyote First STEP).

For more informtaion and a list of approved English and math courses, check out Your Pathway to College Readiness

*If you are not currently enrolled in an approved senior year English and/or math course, OR you are enrolled but may not pass with a "C" or better both semesters, you are strongly encouraged to take the EPT/ELM exam.