Early Start Program (ESP)

Early Start 2018 registration begins in April. 



Early Start Overview

Early Start is a summer program of English and/or Math that allows students to build on their academic skills so that they are even more prepared for college-level work.  It is required of Category 4 students. It is recommended for Category 3 students. 

The first links below lead to helpful PowerPoint slides on Early Start.


Please see our FAQs section here.

Early Start English

Early Start English (ESE 99) is a one-unit course available in-person or online. This four-day course has sections starting throughout the summer.  First sections start June 11, 2018.  Last sections start July 23, 2018.  In addition to orienting students to college-level reading and writing, this course includes the Directed Self Placement (dsp.sfsu.edu) that guides students in choosing their first-year English course.

Early Start Math

Early Start Math will have two options for Summer 2018: ESM 70 (the three-unit in person math course) which start June 18th, 2018 and ESM 40 (the one-unit online, self-paced math course) which will be available for login Monday July 9th after 5pm.   To see a preview of ESM 40, please visit the Westcott Courses webpage on this course.

(Course Schedule for 2018)

Course Span Days Times Location Units
ESM 40 7/9-8/8 Self-paced.  We reccomend daily work. Self-paced Online 1 unit
ESM 70 6/18-8/9 Monday through Thursday for eight weeks 9-10:10 or 10:45-11:55 In person at SF State 3 units
ESE 99

4-day sections start all summer

from June 11 to July 23rd


Monday through Thursday total Self-paced for online; Mostly 9am-12pm for in person Online or In person available 1 unit

Students who wish to receive this information in other formats should contact us at develops@sfsu.edu.



AB 540 Students

AB 540 students/Dream Act students are not required to take Early Start courses.  Those who wish to enroll in Early Start courses voluntarily can sign up by completing the secure AB540 Sign Up Form.  Additionally, students can sign up during new student orientation by going to the Early Start tables after checking in.  Please contact the department (develops@sfsu.edu) with questions.

Out of State and International Students

Early Start is a California State requirement; therefore, out of state students and international students do not need to take these courses.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents Living Abroad

Please contact us at develops@sfsu.edu to discuss the process.  In short, if you are in the area in the summer and can complete all domestic student requirements, do so.  If you are living abroad in the summer, there is a process to join the international students at their orientation and at their test dates.

Students with Documented Disabilities

If you are a student who is seeking accomodations, please contact our Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) at dprc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-2472.

Veterans and Dependents of Veterans

If you are a veteran or a dependent of a veteran, please contact Benjamin Yang, byang@sfsu.edu, SSB 206, Fax 415-338-6707

To explore the fee waiver process:
     Obtain a Cal Vet Fee Waiver letter for 2017/2018 academic year from your local county Veterans Service Office.
     Submit the letter to Benjamin Yang at SFSU’s Veterans Services Center