Early Start Program

Entering resident freshmen who are not proficient in math or English will need to start the remediation process before their first regular term. The goals of the Early Start Program are to enhance academic readiness among first time freshmen, thereby improving their chances of completing a college degree.

The goals of the Early Start Program are to:

  • Better prepare students in math and English, before the fall semester of freshman year;
  • Add an important and timely assessment tool in preparing students for college; and
  • Improve students' chances of successful completion of a college degree. Newly admitted freshman students who are required to complete Early Start will be notified of the requirement and options for completing the program as part of campus communications to newly admitted students

In early May, shortly after the Intent to Enroll deadline, newly admitted students who are required to participate will be notified of the requirement through their MySJSU message center. Students with a mathematics requirement may satisfy it at any CSU campus at any time throughout the summer; however, students with an English requirement must satisfy it through a live or online SJSU course before their freshman Orientation. Fee waivers are available to qualifying students.

Students who need sign language interpreters or other accommodations should contact the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at (408) 924-6000 as soon as possible, or at least two weeks prior to the first day of Early Start classes. For more information about obtaining Early Start accommodations through the AEC, go to

Please note that students who fall into one or more of the following categories are excused from the Early Start requirement, regardless of their placement test scores:

  1. Non-residents of California (See for information on residency.)
  2. International students (F-1 and J-1 visas only)
  3. Students registered in an EOP Summer Bridge Program
  4. Students admitted after August 1st

In addition, students who have a serious and compelling reason for not participating in the program may petition for an exception to the program requirement. Exceptions will be granted only in instances where unavoidable circumstances or challenges can be demonstrated, and documentation will be required. Summer vacation plans will not be considered grounds for an exception. The petition for an exception can be found at

Students who do not satisfy their Early Start requirement may be sanctioned as outlined in the SJSU Early Start Compliance Policy, which can be found at