Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Will you accept any other exams in lieu of the ACT or SAT?

We do not accept any exams other than the ACT or SAT.  Both exams are offered multiple times a year both nationally and internationally.   

Do you have on-campus housing available for EEP students?

The EEP is not a residential program.  Our student housing is not appropriate for minors, nor is it equipped to assist minor residents. However, some EEP students do end up living in on-campus housing their senior year if they have turned 18 by that time. 

Will an EEP student receive a high school diploma once he/she has completed the EEP?

Our students do not receive a high school diploma. If a student successfully completes the EEP they will receive a bachelor's degree.  High school diplomas are not usually requested from our students; once a student has established a college transcript, most graduate/professional institutions and employers simply ask for that transcript. 

What happens to most EEPsters once they graduate?

Our students go on to graduate and professional schools all over the world, and also enter the workforce in a range of industries. It is not uncommon for students to take a year off to travel or participate in community service. 

Do EEP students receive financial aid?

Yes they do, if they qualify. About 50% of our students receive some form of financial aid each year. For more information on financial aid, please check out the university financial aid website here: 

How old can a student be to apply?

Students as young as 12 years of age may apply and they must be under the age of 16 by June 1st of the school year in which they apply.  

What transportation options are available?

Students can use the Metrolink, train, bus, or be transported by a parent/guardian.

Can the summer Honors Academy be completed online?

The Honors Academy is typically offered in a face-to-face format. However, because of COVID-19, the Summer 2020 Honors Academy will be offered through a virtual delivery system. 

Is there an application fee?

The EEP application is free. There is a fee for the Honors Academy, and students admitted to EEP and Cal State LA must pay university tuition and fees.

Can an applicant reapply if they are not admitted?

Students who complete the application and interview process and are not admitted to the Honors Academy, or who complete the Honors Academy and are not admitted to the EEP may reapply one time, so long as their age falls within the range of program requirements. 

Once admitted, can students choose to study any major?

Yes, students are able to major/minor in any subject that Cal State LA offers. 

How many students are accepted into EEP each year?

About 20-25 students get accepted every year. 

Can international students apply for the EEP?

Yes, international students may apply, but they will still need to attend an interview and summer Honors Academy. 

If a student receives a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT but decides they do not want to apply for EEP until next year, will they have to retake the test?

No, the student would not need to retake the exam and they can send in their old scores. 

Is it possible for a student to delay or defer their EEP admission for a future term?

Yes, they can. The student can delay admission for one year, as long as they will be 15 years old or younger as of June 1st for the school year that they decide to attend. 

Can EEP students join the Cal State LA athletic teams?

EEP students cannot join the official univeristy teams, but they are welcome to take courses that allows them to play sports such as soccer, baseball, softball, dance, and etc. 

How do I reach the EEP office if I have questions?

You are welcome to email us your questions to or call our main office at 323-343-2287.