Early Start Program (ESP)

Early Start 2019 is currently in development.  Please watch our videos, which cover the basics.  More details to follow in Spring 2019.




Early Start Overview

Early Start is a summer program in 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 students in Pathway/Category 4. It is recommended for students in Pathway/Category 3. 

Who Takes Early Start



Students who Identity with AB540/Undocumented/Dreamer/DACA

AB 540 students/Dream Act students are not required to take Early Start courses.  Those who wish to enroll in Early Start courses voluntarily should email Andrew Brosnan, Developmental Studies Director, at abrosnan@sfsu.edu with the subject line "Early Start Access Request". Additionally, students can sign up during new student orientation by going to the Early Start tables after checking in.  Please contact 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.

Foreign-Educated 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.  This is the correct year because summer 2018 is included in the 2017-2018 academic year. 
  •      Submit the letter to Benjamin Yang at SFSU’s Veterans Services Center.
  •      If you are planning to use the fee waiver for Early Start, please notify Ben Yang that the fee waiver is for the Early Start program