Early Start Program (ESP)

Summer Early Start for 2018 is currently under development.  Check back in March 2018 for updates.  Andrew Brosnan-abrosnan@sfsu.edu.



Early Start Overview

Students are placed into first-year math and/or English with additional support based on a variety of measures that can include CAASPP/SBAC, SAT, ACT, AP, IB,  as well as senior-year coursework. The CSU system supports California residents who place into these courses by requiring some of them to take summer prep courses. We call this “Early Start.”

Remember, students who have proven college readiness through SAT/ACT/AP/IB scores or SAT/ACT scores plus approved senior-year English and/or math do not take Early Start. 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 start in Early-mid July..   To see a preview of ESM 40, please visit the Westcott Courses webpage on this course.

(Course Schedule for 2018 not yet available)

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