Early Start

Early Start 2021 has now ended!  Information for Early Start 2022 will be available in May 2022.


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. Incoming freshman who are on pathway 4 for math or English take Early Start before the fall semester begins. (Pathway 3 students may opt in to Early Start). We recommend that students take Early Start at SF State, but it can be completed at any CSU.




Frequently Asked Questions

Payment is due within 5 days of registration in the class.  If you register within 5 days of the start of class, payment is due within 24 hours of the start of the course.  For directions on how to pay the balance, see the Bursar's office instruction video (use "Early Start" in the reference field).

The most common reason for being dropped from an Early Start class is for non-payment.  The deadline to pay for an Early Start class is 5 days after registering for the class (if you register within 5 days of the start of class, payment is due within 24 hours of the start of the course.)

If you have been dropped for non-payment, you can re-register but you must pay the fee within 5 days or you will be dropped from the class again.

While we generally recommend taking Early Start here at SF State,  you can complete Early Start at any CSU.

If you are interested at taking Early Start at a different CSU, you will be able to see all of the options listed on the CSU Student Success site starting in the beginning of May 2022. 

AB540/Dream Act/DACA/Undocumented students are not required to take Early Start. Students interested in opting into Early Start should email Luis DePaz the AB540 Dream Coordinator at ldepaz@sfsu.edu.

Early Start is a California State requirement; therefore, out of state students and international students do not participate in Early Start.

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. Please contact us at gatorsmartstart@sfsu.edu to discuss the process. Note: for summer orientation 2021, students should simply join any freshman orientation that works for their schedule.

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.

Obtain a Cal Vet Fee Waiver letter for 2021-2022 academic year form your local county Veterans Service Office. This is the correct year because summer 2022 is included in the 2021-2022 academic year. For further information, contact veterans@sfsu.edu.