Early Start Program (ESP)

Early Start 2020 questions? Call 415-405-0436.





Early Start Overview

Early Start is a summer program 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. 

STEM students who are in Pathway 3 or 4 for Math, may replace this course with Math 197 in summer.  It is the first half of a year-long Pre-calculus course and by taking it in summer, STEM students can move toward their graduation more quickly.

Early Start 2020 Flyer

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Welcome to SF State and Introduction to English, Math, Early Start, and Write to Register.

How to Enroll in Early Start



Students who fall under the following categories: AB540/Undocumented/Dreamer/DACA

AB 540 students/Dream Act students are not required to take Early Start.  Those who wish to enroll in an Early Start course 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 abrosnan@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 participate in Early Start.

Foreign-Educated US Citizens and Permanent Residents Living Abroad

Please contact us at abrosnan@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.

Students with Documented Disabilities

If you are a student who is seeking accommodations, 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 2018-2019 academic year from your local county Veterans Service Office.  This is the correct year because summer 2019 is included in the 2018-2019 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


Extenuating Circumstances

Please contact Andrew Brosnan at abrosnan@sfsu.edu if you fail to enroll by posted deadlines or believe you have the Early Start Hold/Requirement in error.