Understanding Early Start

With our Directed Self Placement (DSP) program, the decision about how to complete the first year writing requirement is entirely up to the student.

This can be confusing since some incoming first year students  may be required to enroll in the Early Start Program before their first semester at CSUCI. Nonetheless, being required to enroll in Early Start bears no influence on how a student may choose to complete the writing requirement.

Students may complete Early Start at any CSU campus. Here at CSUCI, we offer an online Early Start course taught by experienced English faculty and designed to help students better understand what to expect in our first year composition courses and how to make the choice that suits them best. CSUCI’s Early Start Program website offers additional information for students who may need to enroll in the program.