Program Description

The Early Start Program serves CSU admitted freshmen who have not demonstrated proficiency in math and/or English. Early Start Program participation is required for students needing skills development, as determined by the Early Assessment Program, College Board SAT®, ACT® Test, and multiple measures. Student placement is based on these systemwide placement standards. Each placement determines a student's math and English fall level. 

Math Placement Status

  • FULFILLED: Satisfied the CSU General Education mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning requirement
  • READY: Student is eligible to enroll in college level math
  • READY W/SUPPORT: Student is College Level Math with supported instruction
  • READY W/SUPPORT *EARLY START REQUIRED: Student is College Level Math with supported instruction

English Placement Status

  • FULFILLED: Satisfied the CSU General Education English Composition requirement
  • READY: Student is eligible to enroll in College Level English
  • READY W/SUPPORT: Student is eligible to Enroll in Stretch English Course
  • READY W/SUPPORT *EARLY START REQUIRED: Student is eligible to Enroll in Stretch English Course

"Ready w/Support *Early Start Required" students are required to participate in the Early Start Program, all other placement statuses are not required to participate in the Early Start Program. Students who require support in both math and English will only be required to focus on one of those disciplines during the Early Start Program. Students required to participate in the Early Start Program will receive communications with placement, next steps, and registration instructions.

Failure to enroll in the required Early Start course(s) may result in cancellation or non-enrollment for fall semester.



Contact Us

Academic Advising & Resource Center
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway NUM
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
Tel: 661-654-2700
Fax: 661-654-5950

earlystart@csub.edu 

We are located in Student Housing West "Numenor."