Early Entrance Program - Student Handbook



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Page Section

1 Title Page

2 Table of Contents

3 Introduction and Mission Statement

4 Admission criteria

4-5 Application Process

5-6 Costs

6-7 Provisional Summer

7 Advisement

7-8 Academic and Scheduling Information

8 EEP and university course requirements

9 Science Preparation

9-10 Year One curriculum sample

10 Honors and EEP Life

11 EEP Club, EEP Elders, Attendance, Code of Conduct and meetings

11-12 EEP Life and social and behavioral regulations

13 Extracurricular activities

13-14 Post EEP


The Early Entrance Program (EEP)

Introduction and Overview

Highly gifted students often require a more challenging and focused scholastic environment than is offered by secondary schools.  These students often need a setting in which they can associate with their true intellectual peers, explore their intellectual curiosity and receive an appropriate and balanced education.

The Early Entrance Program provides the opportunity for these highly gifted students to begin their college studies early at CSULA, and offers them the support, guidance and counseling necessary to prepare them for success at the university level.  Most of the EEP students bypass high school, and for some students part of junior high school as well.  

EEP students are recruited through the biannual Search for Exceptional Academic Achievement (SEAA) talent search and through qualifying scores on college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT.  Top scoring students who are younger than 16 years old but who are at least 11 years old at the start of the summer quarter for which they would be provisionally admitted may be invited to apply for admission to the Early Entrance Program. The main criteria for EEP selection include need for academic acceleration, maturity, motivation and readiness for early college admission. Admission is based on a holistic assessment of the student’s overall academic performance administered by the program director, personal interview of the applicants and their parents, and the completion of a provisional quarter of study. Those students whose academic and personal performances are judged adequate and appropriate during the provisional summer quarter and who receive final approval from the Admissions Committee and the Office of Undergraduate Studies are admitted as matriculated students for the fall quarter. 

Upon admission, EEP students are assigned to a class cohort that is enrolled in special EEP classes for their first year and are required to attend regular meetings with EEP staff, participate in scheduled EEP activities, and maintain enrollment as full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates consistent with traditional secondary school attendance. EEP students are responsible for tuition identical to other CSU students and are eligible for financial aid and scholarship assistance.  EEP students are eligible to apply for junior entry to the Honors College.  For further information please contact the EEP Office at (323) 343-2287, Fax (323) 343-5575, or visit www.calstatela.edu/academic/eep.


Our mission statement:
The Early Entrance Program (EEP) provides gifted students an opportunity to begin college early. It’s communally supportive and intellectually stimulating environment contributes to their academic, social and personal success.   The talents, ideas, and perspectives of EEP students enrich and enlivens the campus community at CSULA.

Admissions Criteria

The Early Entrance Program may be appropriate for a student with some of the following qualifications:

  • One who is not yet in the tenth grade unless accelerated by one or more grades, and is not yet over 16 years of age.
  • One who consistently scores in the very top ranges on standardized ability and achievement tests.
  • One who has a demonstrated ability to perform at an outstanding level in school.
  • One whose educational needs will not be met in the school he/she is presently attending or would be attending.

The student likely to be admitted to the EEP is one who:
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to attempt a challenging educational program.
  • Possesses adequate maturity for self-motivation and appropriate behavior on a college campus.
  • Has the support of the parents to undertake a program of radical educational acceleration.
  • Has a history of advanced intellectual and academic achievement.
  • Performs at a level indicating a readiness for college level work on University entrance exams.
  • Satisfactorily  meets or exceeds  three  important criteria:
  1. Need (does the student need EEP?)
  2. Motivation (is the student motivated to be in EEP?)
  3. Readiness (is the student ready for EEP?)

Early Entrance Program Application Process and Procedures

1. Take a qualifying exam (SAT or ACT) and submit qualifying scores to the EEP office by the first Friday in May.  Qualifying scores are as follows:
SAT 550V 550M

ACT 24V   24 M

2.  Complete a preliminary interview with the EEP Director by the second Friday in May.  This meeting will enable information to be shared, assessments to be completed and questions to be answered. Upon successful completion of the interview, the student may be invited to attend the Provisional Summer.

3.  Attend the Orientation.  This informational meeting is typically held in late May and is designed to allow all applicants to interact with regular EEP students, EEP staff, parents, and when available, EEP alumni.  

4.  Complete your application packet. Completed application packet must be submitted by the stated deadline (s), date(s) or before; the deadline dates for all applicant materials will be provided.

5.  Enter Cal State L.A as a Provisional EEP student. Provisional EEP students take two approved courses during the summer quarter.  Students will also be expected to earn qualifying scores on all placement exams, perform to a satisfactory level on all assignment(s) and assessment(s), attend all required assessment meetings and must receive an acceptable performance rating by Faculty Reviewers on all essay or writing assessments given by EEP staff during their Provisional Summer Quarter.  

6.  Applicants are reviewed by the Faculty Admission Committee (FAC) that will include selected faculty members from each University college, administrative representatives and the Honors College. The FAC may review all applicant application materials and may schedule meetings with EEP staff and/or any student applicant. The Committee convenes at least once in the fifth week of summer to make admission recommendations.

7. Applicants recommended for admission by the FAC will be advanced to candidacy by the sixth/seventh week of summer (early August). EEP staff will present a list of these students to university administrators for confirmation. Admission decisions notices are then mailed home to each applicant and these notices will include one of the following recommendations:
  1. To invite student to join the Early Entrance Program directly.
  2. To invite the student to re-apply
  3. To conclude that the early Entrance Program is not a good match for the student

8. Students advanced to candidacy will participate in a Life in EEP meeting with the program staff sometime during weeks seven (7) through ten ( 10) of the summer term (i.e. Late August/early September) in order to discuss life in the EEP.
9. The final decision on EEP admission.  Final admission decisions cannot be made until after final summer grades are posted during the break period prior to the fall term (i.e. early September). Once grades are posted the EEP staff will complete a final review of applicants and will contact each advanced Provie to ask the student whether they accept or reject the offer of admission.

10.  The Student’s Decision.  If the student is invited to join EEP, the decision to enter college early should be made by the student. Some qualified students may wish to have a traditional high school experience, and that decision should be respected.  

EEP Costs
Students selected for admission are fully enrolled students in the University, so their tuition costs are set by the regular fees charged by the California State University (CSU) system.  The approximate yearly cost will be between $6,500 and $7,500, depending upon their major requirements and the number of terms enrolled. New students (advanced Provies) are expected to pay CSU fees for the fall term sometime in late in the Provisional summer term. Below are cost estimates.
Estimated regular quarterly cost
Fees $1684.80
Lab & books (est.) $200.00
Club Dues (optional) $20.00
Total $1904.80
** All fees are subject to change without notice
Provisional Summer

The Provisional Summer is a mutual assessment period designed to measure fit between a student and the Program. It is important for applicants and families to gain a better of sense of life in the EEP in order to make an informed decision about whether the EEP is a good choice for them. The Program and the University also use the summer to ascertain fit through additional assessment of applicants using the criteria noted herein.  

EEP applicants (Provisional EEP students) are admitted for their Provisional summer term through the University’s Open University. The student is responsible for all fees and for purchasing their own books and supplies.  
Provisional Summer Quarter Costs
Current Open University fees
Summer 2011 $271.00 per unit
8 units required coursework $2168.00
Total $2168.00+

For more details see: /extension/sub/openuniv/openuniv.htm
Expectations for Provisional Students
  • Summer Reading: EEP applicants will be expected to complete a reading assignment or assessment during the Provisional summer quarter consisting of at least two (2) great novels or text (s) chosen by University Faculty and/or EEP staff and/or display completion of a history of readings.   Students who have previously met the reading requirement will be asked to demonstrate knowledge/familiarity with the subject matter. Applicants may also be required to make detailed analysis of reading (s) in order to display proficiency in comprehension and critical thinking skills.
  • Mentor Teams: EEP applicants will be assigned to EEP Student Mentor teams whose role will be to assist and assess the applicants throughout the Provisional Summer.
  • EEP Orientations: EEP applicants will participate in several Student orientation meetings during the summer that include library and study skill development and additional interview sessions.
  • Campus Life: EEP applicants will be expected to spend time during the summer on campus and in the Student Center with EEP Mentors to gain true approximation of an EEP student’s academic life.
  • Academic Performance: EEP applicants must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA through their Provisional Quarter with no grade(s) falling below “B-".  
  • Departure from EEP: Students who elect to depart from EEP should submit a notice in writing to the Director EEP.  The Director of EEP may also recommend that students discontinue the program.


General Education Advisement: EEP students are advised by the Director of EEP and are required to receive EEP advisement and authorization for all proposed class schedules for their first 12 quarters in attendance (or three years) whichever comes first and, if needed, thereafter until graduation. The EEP Director serves as the General Education Advisor for all EEP students. After formally declaring a Degree Major EEP students are assigned to, or may choose a Faculty Advisor who will guide the EEP student through the major requirements.

During the freshman year, EEP students are given individualized schedules. Requests for modifications to the schedule or modification of requirements should be submitted to the Director of EEP.  Before each quarterly registration period, EEP students should submit to the EEP staff an Advisement Slip with a list of the courses they would like to take. Their choices will be reviewed by the Director of EEP and approved before students register.

Advisement in the Major: Prior to the completion of 110 units in the program, students must declare a major and meet with an advisor in their major department to determine the requirements for that major.  Because of their unique status, EEP students are provided an extended deadline to declare a major. For University major declaration policies see: /univ/advise/faq2.php#ten.

Academic and Scheduling Information

EEP students pursue their baccalaureate degrees as full-time students at CSULA and generally graduate in four or five years. EEP students typically take 12-16 units per quarter and are encouraged to enjoy the summer without classes. Students interested in enrolling in more than 16 units should request approval from the Director of EEP.

The EEP curriculum is designed to meet both the traditional requirements of a high school diploma (GED) and the specific requirements for a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from CSULA.  Accordingly, students complete the enhanced General Education curriculum specified below.  With approval of the Director of the EEP, the Honors College and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, students may substitute equivalent courses for the courses listed below.  

EEP GE and University Requirements (97-105 units)

Introduction to Higher Education and Life Long Learning and Self- Development (4 units)
UNIV 101 Introduction to Higher Education (4)
English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (16 units)
ENGL 101 Composition I (4)
ENGL 102 Composition II (4)
COMM 150 Oral Communication (4)
POLS 155 Critical Analysis of Political Communication

American Institutions (12 units)
HIST 202AB United States Civilization (4, 4)
POLS 150 Government and American Society (4)

Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (21 units)
CHEM 158 The Chemistry of Everyday Things (4)
CHEM 159 The Chemistry of Everyday Things Laboratory (1)
BIOL 155 Animal Biology (4)
PHYS 156 Physics for the Twenty-first Century (4)
ANTH 260 Physical Anthropology (4)
MATH 102 College Algebra (4)

Humanities (16 units)
PHIL 151 Philosophical Ideas: Knowledge and Reality (4)
ENGL 250 Understanding Literature (4)
With advisor approval, students select 8 additional units in humanities courses from Block C

Social Sciences (16 units)
PSY 150 Introductory Psychology (4)
With advisor approval, students select 8 additional units in social science courses from Block D

Upper Division Theme (12)
Students are required to complete a 12-unit upper division theme as part of the General Education Program.  Students select one of the nine available themes and complete three courses, one in each of the natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and humanities areas.  (See the description of the G.E. Upper Division Themes in the Undergraduate Studies section of the catalog.)

Diversity Requirement (0-8 units)
Students must complete two courses certified as diversity courses.  These courses may be completed at either the lower division or upper division level from among the courses satisfying general education requirements in blocks C, D, or F.  Diversity courses are designated with a (d) by each course.  

Science Preparation for the Early Entrant

EEP students interested in science, technology and math-based Degree Majors (i.e. Engineering, pre-Med. or Health Science, Computer Science, Physics etc.) will take additional GE coursework designed to prepare them for the traditional introductory level University course requirements.  For example, traditional University students are required to take a Biology sequence for their major (BIOL 101-103); but because EEP students rarely have the same High School preparation in Biology and other sciences, they will first complete an EEP Preliminary University science class (for example: BIOL 155 OR 156 etc.) in order to best educate and prepare them for the demanding normal University science sequences. See below
EEP Preliminary Science Courses:

CHEM 158+159, 151, 155 or 160 BEFORE CHEM 101-103

      BIOL 155, 156, 165, 151 or 157 BEFORE BIOL 101-103

      PHYS 150, 155, 156 or 157 BEFORE PHYS 101-103 OR 211-213

Completion of these EEP Preliminary University classes may also satisfy University and/or EEP GE requirements and should be taken as elective classes during the first year of study whenever possible.  Faculty Advisors may choose different preliminary courses dependent on the individual student after assessment(s).

Exceptions to the EEP Pre-Science requirements for any discipline may be made based on one or more of the following four conditions:
  1. Completion of a year of high school science
  2. Completion of college science
  3. Completion of an AP exam with minimum score of 4
  4. Recommendation by a CSLA faculty member  

The Freshman Curriculum

The common Freshman Schedule of Curriculum was developed in order to:  a) ease the transition to university life; b) simulate a traditional secondary school curriculum and c) provide students with the opportunity to share common academic experiences with their first-year peers.

A Sample Early Entrance Program Freshman Schedule of Curriculum*
Fall Winter Spring
ENGL 101 Comp I (A1)          ENGL 102 Comp. II (A1) ENGL 250 Lit                                                                                                                                  
MATH 104A* Algebra (A4)   Math 104B Trig. Pre-calc. Select 3 from
HIST 202A U.S I (AI)             HIST 202B US.II (A) MATH 206
IHE 101 (A5)    Select 1 from:              BIOL 155
EEP Learning Enrichment    ANTH 260 CHEM158/159
COMM 150 PHYS 156

POLS 150 COMM 150

             POLS 150

*This information changes yearly and will be provided to all EEP students formally accepted to the Program. You may check the Fall Schedule of Classes.

EEP Honors Classes and the Honors College

EEP students are enrolled in several EEP Honors general education (GE) classes during their first years in the EEP. These classes are generally smaller than other GE courses and emphasize participation, writing, and critical thinking.  After their third year in the Program, EEP students may apply to the Honors College.  In order to qualify for the Honors College, students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA. Honors College students who maintain the minimum GPA, and are in good standing will have the opportunity to graduate with Honors upon receiving their Baccalaureate degree from CSULA. For more details please see: /academic/honorscollege/

EEP Orientation and Learning Enhancement (OLE)
In their first fall term EEP Freshmen will participate in an EEP Orientation and Learning Enhancement session for new students. The OLE sessions are conducted by the Director of EEP and meet for twice weekly for approximately 90 minutes. These sessions are designed to orient students to the University and provide them with tools to succeed in college.

EEP Life

EEP students have access to the EEP center, located in Martin Luther King Hall D140 and 142. The Student Center includes staff offices, common rooms, a computer lab, a kitchen and a dining area.  EEP students are encouraged to be on campus at least 4 days per week and to participate in EEP activities.

The University campus
Cal State Los Angeles is a public university and an open campus. EEP students are free to travel the campus and may be unsupervised at all times. EEP students are expected to exhibit mature, responsible and safe behaviors at all times while at school. Although located 5 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the CSULA campus is one of the safest Universities in Southern California. The campus crime report may be reviewed at: /univ/police/clery.htm

All EEP students attend twice-quarterly meetings for the first three (3) years in attendance. Group meetings are designed to share information on activities, policies and academic development.  They also attend quarterly meetings with the Director of EEP, who will provide individualized advisement.

EEP Club
All EEP students are strongly encouraged to be members of the EEP Club (EEPC), which is a fully recognized and sanctioned university student organization administered through the University’s Center for Student Development (CSI) and advised by the EEP staff and University faculty. The EEP Club is responsible for arranging social activities including field trips and other communal activities. Normal social activities include parties, dances and, of course, the Spring Formal. In addition to operating a free Tutoring Services Program for EEP student Club members, they also provide feedback on policy formation and governance.

EEP Elders
Upon completion of their third year of study and with the recommendation of the EEP Staff, students may elect to serve as EEP Elders.  EEP Elders are involved in peer advisement and serve as role models for younger EEP students.  They serve on the EEP Council and advise the EEP club.
EEP students are expected to be on campus no fewer than four (4) days per week, Monday through Thursday for approximately 4 hours per day during normal school hours (i.e. 8:00am-3:00pm). This policy provides opportunities for: a) appropriate social development; b) an increased probability of academic success through campus and EEP engagement involvement.
Residential Life
EEP students may request on-campus housing after their 17th birthday, with parent, Program and University permission.

Code of Conduct
(Created by EEP students)

An EEP student does not lie cheat or steal or tolerate those who do
In the interest of preserving both courtesy and equality among and between the students of EEP, the EEP staff and all members of the Cal State L.A campus community and to maintain the policies, procedures of the EEP the following conduct guidelines are established:

EEP students shall:

  • Respect other individuals and treat them as they would like to be treated.   
  • Adhere to all University regulations and discipline codes as specified in the current California State University, Los Angeles, General Catalog and Student Handbook(s).  Ensure that all persons (relatives, friends, etc.) associated with them on campus also follow all EEP and university rules, regulations, codes, procedures, and administrative policies including those rules outlined in this document.
  • At all times demonstrate maturity by attending to proper discipline, safety, and behavior and to, at all times, maintain a level of decorum, both in and out of class, on and off university property, appropriate to university students.  Not act in any way which is likely to disturb other students, faculty, staff, administration or other members of the university community.
  • Accept full responsibility for their work and actions performed while not taking credit or fault for work or actions done by others. To the best of their ability ensure that the products of their work are used in a socially responsible manner.  Not misuse or exploit any authority, power or responsibility entrusted to them.   Cooperate with others in achieving understanding and in identifying and solving problems whenever possible.   
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at last 3.0 through the first three years of attendance.  Follow all written or verbal instructions regarding Probationary Status in cases wherein cumulative or quarter GPA falls below 3.0. and/or when behavioral problems exist.
  • Not use knowledge of a confidential or personal nature in any unauthorized or demeaning manner.  Not use such information to achieve knowledge, personal gain or to benefit or amuse themselves or others.
  • Attend and participate fully in all scheduled EEP meetings and make every effort to participate in EEP events and activities. Participate fully in all duties assigned to them with regard to maintaining an orderly, neat and clean environment.  Maintain and keep cubbies lockers, all common rooms and other personal space provided to them in an orderly and clean manner while respecting the privacy, order and security of other individuals' cubbies or personal space.
  • When using Student Center kitchen facilities clean/wash and return to the proper place any dish-ware/silverware/or any other item(s) used in preparing or eating meals.  In a timely manner, dispose of any unwanted, spoiled or damaged items, including food.  When using all other areas of the EEP Lounge return to their personal space all personal property and other items brought by to campus.  At all times will be responsible for their belongings and will ensure all property is kept in a neat and orderly manner.
  • Not store long-term any information, material, data etc. on any hard disk drive in any EEP or university computer without prior approval.  Not erase, delete or copy any information, material or data belonging to another individual without their prior permission. Follow all rules established for the use of all computer labs or other technological or mechanical tools, instruments or appliances.
  • Not reveal, inform or transmit any information regarding the combinations for any EEP door or lock to any student or individual outside the EEP while ensuring that EEP areas are secured and locked whenever they leave the EEP Student Center. Not use any equipment, including telephones and computers, located in any staff office(s) without the prior permission of an EEP staff member.
  • To adhere to all future and reasonable rules, regulations and policies in concordance with existing EEP and University policies which may be established after my admission to the EEP

Extracurricular Activities
EEP students are very active in campus life including participation in events, organizations, clubs, governing bodies, social programs and, of course, university academic departments and research efforts.  As of the 2010 -2011 academic year there are 127 (67 regular and 60 Elders) EEP students pursuing their baccalaureate degrees at the university earning an average GPA above 3.5 while simultaneously maintaining involvement in extracurricular activities.

EEP students may be involved in intramural sports, CSULA orchestra & jazz ensembles, University Times campus publication, the Creative Writing Club (CWC), the Model United Nations, the Asian-American Fellowship Project and many others. In addition, EEP students have created or otherwise revitalized the American Medical Student Association, the Music Appreciation Club, Amnesty International Club, the Cancer Awareness Club, and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club. The University Learning Services, Head Start, the GEAR-UP tutoring and recruitment program, the CSU Federal Credit Union and many other part-time college employment opportunities are also available to EEP students. EEP students are often selected for research opportunities that abound at CSULA and have received numerous awards, scholarships and grants as well as being extremely active in campus and hometown community volunteer programs.

Post EEP
The future holds much promise for CSULA's Early Entrance students who are given the opportunity to explore their individual talents at a pace appropriate to their intelligence.  It is in their accomplishments as contributing adults that the full value of the program is realized.  EEP alumni can be found in a wide variety of careers including medicine, law, science and technology and education among many others.   As the EEP continues its growth many more highly gifted young students will have the opportunity to develop as adolescents and scholars en route to successful and productive lives. Upon graduating, EEP students are a valuable link to some of our countries most prestigious universities and their involvement as alumni includes advice and counsel for current EEP participants.

EEP students have attended graduate programs at many top universities including but not limited to such Ivy League schools as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, Cornell and Columbia. In addition, since our inception, nearly every prestigious  grad school in the world has accepted EEP graduates including  Brown, Cal Tech, Cambridge, Georgetown,  Johns Hopkins, M.I.T., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NYU, Oxford, Stanford, Thomas Jefferson Medical School, USC, university of Pennsylvania, university of Chicago, Washington St. Louis Medical College and all UC campuses including Los Angeles and Berkeley.   

EEP alumni maintain a close relationship with the program and its current students, often providing guidance and advice.  EEP graduates are making an impact as contributing adults in medicine, law, engineering, computer science, science, research and business.

We look forward to continuing to serve the special needs of highly gifted young scholars and hope that if the EEP were an opportunity you or your student would like to explore, that you would please contact us.
California State University, Los Angeles, Early Entrance Program (EEP)

5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, California, 90032

Telephone 323-343-2287 Facsimile 323-343-5575

King Hall D140/142