Early Start Exemptions

You can qualify for an exemption from Early Start:

1.  If you receive the minimum required score on the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM).

Placement  Test English Placement Test (EPT) Entry Level Math Test (ELM)
Required Score 147 50


2.  If you are in any of the following categories:

  • You are a non-resident of California (including international students)
  • You successfully completed the Fresno State Summer Bridge Program
  • You participated in a qualified Early Assessment Program (EAP)


3.  If you earned the appropriate scores in the following exams:


Test Required score for ELM Requirement
SAT  550 or move on the mathematics portion of the SAT reasoning test
550 or more on a mathematics subject test (level 1 or level 2)
ACT 23 or move on the mathematics test
AP 3 or more on Advanced Placement Calculus or Statistics


Test Required score for EPT Requirement
SAT  500 or a on the Critical Reading section
ACT 22 or more on the English Test
AP 3 or more on either the Language & Composition or Literature & Composition exam


4.  If you file an Exemption Petition for "Serious and Compelling Reason".

At Fresno State, a committee with representation from Admissions, Advising Services, and the faculty will review exemption petitions and make recommendations to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, who will make the final decision and notify the student (via email) of the campus’ decision.  The Dean of Undergraduate Studies may grant exemptions to the Early Start program for students who document a serious and compelling reason for not participating in, or completing, an approved Early Start program.

Please note that the Fresno State Honor Code states that providing false information is grounds for dismissal from the University. Students petitioning for an exemption must provide written documentation that substantiates the reason(s) for not participating in the Early Start program. Without sufficient and qualifying supporting documentation, petitions will be denied. Click here for Exemption Petition.

Visit Fresno State, University Outreach website: http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/outreach/esp/ for more details.

Refunds for Early Start Exemptions - If you become exempt from the Early Start requirement BEFORE the conclusion of the class, you will automatically be dropped from your course.

YOU WILL NEED to submit a Refund Petition for your Early Start fees if you become exempt. Click here for the Refund Petition form.

NO REFUNDS will be permitted after the conclusion of your Early Start class, even if you become exempt.

Session Course Start Date Last Day to Receive an Exemption Refund
ONE June 20, 2015 July 1, 2015
TWO July 5, 2015 July 15, 2015
THREE July 18, 2015 July 29, 2015