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. Students are placed into categories based on these systemwide placement standards. Each category determines a student's math and English fall placement. 

Math Placement Status

  • CATEGORY I: Satisfied the CSU General Education mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning requirement
  • CATEGORY II: Student is eligible to enroll in college level math
  • CATEGORY III: Student is College Level Math with supported instruction
  • CATEGORY IV: Student is College Level Math with supported instruction

English Placement Status

  • CATEGORY I: Satisfied the CSU General Education English Composition requirement
  • CATEGORY II: Student is eligible to enroll in College Level English
  • CATEGORY III: Student is eligible to Enroll in Stretch English Course
  • CATEGORY IV: Student is eligible to Enroll in Stretch English Course

Category IV students are required to participate in the Early Start Program, Categories I, II, and III 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

Early Intervention Programs
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway 47SA
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
Tel: 661-654-2193
Fax: 661-654-3389

We are located in the Veteran's Center.