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Important Links for Students

Below you will find links to important resources to help you prepare for Early Start at CSUSB:

Inland Empire Students - This website includes a collection of information and resources to help Inland Empire students make a successful transition to college.

Online Instruction: Definitions applicable to all types of online instruction

Asynchronous Learning: A learning environment in which everyone participates at different times. Examples are email, online discussion forums, message boards, blogs, podcasts, etc.

Synchronous Learning: A learning environment in which everyone participates at the same time.

Online Instruction: Education in which instruction and content are delivered primarily over the Internet for course completion and earned credit.



What is the Early Start Program (ESP)?

The Early Start Program serves CSU admitted first year students requiring skills development in written communication and/or mathematics/quantitative reasoning. The goals of Early Start are to better prepare students in written communication and math/quantitative reasoning before their first university term, thereby improving their chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Why am I invited to the Early Start Program (ESP)?

Eligibility to participate was based on multiple academic measures including your SAT or ACT, CAASPP EAP, high school GPA and high school coursework.

Learn more about multiple measures

*Important Update: The CSU recognizes that due to COVID-19 disruptions, standardized assessment test results (CAASPP/EAP, ACT, SAT, AP, IB, CLEP) may not be available. In absence of test results, CSU campuses will use high school GPA, high school math GPA, high school and college coursework to evaluate a student's placement in GE English and math/quantitative reasoning courses. Students with assessment test results should submit results for the purpose of placement evaluation. 

Please Note: ACT and SAT results will not be used for 22-23 CSU admission.

What about Orientation?

Please note by participating in ESP, your mandatory university Orientation session cannot conflict or overlap with this program. For example, if you register for ESP on Mon/Wed, your Orientation session date may not be on a Mon/Wed. Registration for Orientation is different from ESP registration. You will need to register separately for Orientation in myCoyote under My Tasks, then Orientation Registration.

Orientation dates can be found on the First Year Orientation website. 

What happens if I do not participate in the program?

CSUSB is committed to ensuring that our students are successful. If you do not participate in the program, you should make sure to take advantage of additional academic services during the fall such as the writing center, tutoring center and supplemental instruction.

Is the Early Start Program online?

Early Start Math will be composed of a face-to-face portion and an online, asynchronous portion. The English course will be an asynchronous experience. 

Learn more about synchronous and asynchronous

What do I need as far as technology resources to succeed in the program?

To be successful in this program you will need a laptop or tablet (such as an iPad) and reliable internet access. CSUSB has devices you can borrow including laptops and internet hotspots. 


How much does the Early Start Program cost?

All students attending CSUSB in the fall will be given a fee waiver so, this is a FREE program.

How do I enroll in Early Start ?

Registration opens Monday, May 9, 2022. Log into myCoyote, go to the Student Center and then click the Early Start Program link. Need Guidance? Download the Registration Guide

How do I know what course to enroll in?

If you are required or recommended to take math and english you will enroll in ESM 1050. If you are required to take English only, you will enroll in ESE 1050. 

Will I have to take both math and English courses?

No, you will only need to take one course!

Students who are academically placed as needing support in both math and English will be asked to enroll in math. This is especially important for students with a STEM major or math intensive major. 

What happens if I do not pass my class?


If you complete the Early Start course, but do not pass, you will not be required to repeat the course. Speak with an Academic Advisor to assist with the appropriate fall courses. 

Students are expected to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to maintain financial aid eligibility (including GPA requirements). Please visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website for details about SAP: