CSU Early Start Program (ESP) at Humboldt

Welcome to Early Start 2017 at Humboldt State.  The goal of Early Start is to strengthen your math and/or English skills so that you will be better prepared for your first semester which in turn will improve your ability to complete your degree at HSU.  Successful completion of Early Start Math can help you score higher on the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam, possibly testing out of math remediation.  Early Start English is designed to improve your college-level writing skills and prepare you for writing assignments in all your HSU courses. It will also help you use (“directed self-placement”) to find the best general education English choice for you.

Fall 2017 Freshman Admissions and Early Start Important Dates

Date

Event

What you need to do

April 1, 2017

Early Start Smart Page (ESP) is available

Choose the campus where you want to take your Early Start courses. Go to: CSU Early Start Course Listings

May 1, 2017

Deadline

Accept HSU offer of admission by May 1

May 4, 2017

Early Start course registration begins

Check your email.  You’ll receive registration information from the campus you chose for each course.

Remember: Register for courses before July 3.

June 2, 2017

Deadline

Sign up for freshman orientation before June 2.

June 16, 2017

Deadline

Complete your ESP Smart Page

July 3, 2017

Early Start course registration ends

Remember: Register for courses before July 3.

July 3, 2017

HSU Early Start courses begin

August 15, 2017

Deadline

Complete your ESP courses.

CSU Early Start Details

  • Early Start is required for incoming freshmen whose scores on the Entry Level Math (ELM) and/or English Placement Test (EPT) are below the proficiency requirements.
  • The program takes place the summer before the freshman year.
  • Upon admission, CSU campuses will inform students who are not exempt, how and where to sign up for Early Start.
  • Early Start Math and English courses are offered by every CSU campus (online options available).
  • Financial aid will be available for those who demonstrate need (see below for details).

For more information go to: CSU Success

Early Start Courses at HSU

You are encouraged to complete your Early Start courses at HSU if at all possible. This will give you an opportunity to learn about HSU and will provide the smoothest transition to your fall English or math instruction.

ESPM 55: Early Start Math (1 unit)
An online course that uses a web-based learning and assessment program to help you prepare for college-level math. Completion of ESPM 55 will satisfy the Early Start requirement, but does not allow you to move-up in math placement, unless you retake the ELM after the course is over; HSU students - you can retake the ELM on campus before the fall semester begins.
Four-week course: July 3, 2017 through July 28, 2017

ESPW 55: Early Start Writing (1 unit)
An online course that prepares you for a range of college-level reading and writing tasks in different disciplines, with a particular focus on developing skills in evaluating your own work. After taking the course, you will have the opportunity to adjust your placement for freshman composition. You do not need to buy a textbook.
Four-week course: July 3, 2017 through July 28, 2017

Who must participate in the Early Start Program?

You must participate in Early Start Math if your score on the ELM is less than 50.

Please note if you were deemed conditionally exempt in math based on the Early Assessment Program (EAP), SAT Math scores between 520 and 540, or ACT Math scores between 20 and 22, you will be required to participate (If you pass your Senior Year Math Experience, you will become exempt from the ELM).

You must participate in Early Start English if your score on the EPT is less than 147).

Please note that if you were deemed conditionally exempt in English based on the Early Assessment Program (EAP), SAT verbal scores between 510 and 540, or ACT English scores between 19 and 21, you will be required to participate (If you pass your Senior Year English Experience, you will become exempt from the EPT).

For fall 2017, students who do not participate in Early Start may have their enrollment cancelled.

Exemptions:
Incoming freshmen who are International students and residents of other states.

What is the difference between the Smart Page and registering for Early Start classes?

The Smart Page is the first step in the process. It is used to tell HSU where you will participate in Early Start classes, but it will not register you in any classes. The Smart Page for HSU is available to you from April 1 through July 16, 2017.

The next step is very important. After you have chosen a campus for Early Start, you will hear from that campus and get information on how to register for the class(es). Each campus has different timelines for this process. At HSU, Early Start class registration is from May 4 through July 3, 2017. It is very important to complete your registration according to the directions sent to you by the campus; if you don’t take this step, you won’t be enrolled in the classes you want to take.

How much will it cost?

Early Start Programs offered at any of the CSU campuses will have a common fee. The current fee estimate is $182 per unit and is subject to change based on approved fee increases.

The additional cost for the web-based computer program used in Early Start Math is $32.00 for a six-week subscription. Neither of HSU’s Early Start courses requires you to purchase a textbook.

California residents who apply for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution of $5,000 or less will be eligible for a waiver of the per-unit fee.

Where can I get more information?

  • For freshman application and admission requirements, see Freshman Admission. 
  • For ELM and EPT testing dates and information, see HSU Testing Center. 
  • For financial aid application procedures and information, see HSU Financial Aid. Or email earlystart@humboldt.edu.