Student Handbook


Greetings Early Entrant,
On behalf of the Early Entrance Program (EEP), I welcome you to your new life as a University Scholar. You have joined a very exclusive group of young students who have opted for radical academic acceleration; In the U.S. there are only a handful of similar Programs, Cal State LA having the only EEP in California. Whereas, you may have been just another grade school student previously, here you are a unique and highly valued member of a very engaged and talented learning community. This Student Handbook is designed to provide students with useful information about life as an early college entrant though is by no means a comprehensive collection of EEP information; we encourage all students and prospective students to review on-line data on the EEP, Honors College and University. As you have already discovered, University study is quite different than grade school study. One of the most salient differences between grade school and the University being the increase in student responsibility. Unlike passive learning where teachers and administrators take responsibility for student learning and understanding, university students assume much of the responsibility for their own learning. In general, it is now your responsibility to facilitate your education through school Engagement and by being an Active Learner. Following are several researches based active learning responsibilities and helpful recommendations from the University’s Learning Center:

Talking Clarify, question
Listening Small group and peer collaboration
Reading Relate to proper knowledge
Writing Plan, compose, evaluate, revise
Reflecting Problem-Solve

I am looking forward to getting to know you better during our work together. My door is always open (figuratively and literally) for conversation on topics large (career goals) and small (food court selections). I hope you enjoy this remarkable period of your life as a young university student. The renowned success of our students is neither a coincidence nor a spontaneous process. Realizing your potential through dedication to scholarship expressed as hard work is your legacy as an Early Entrance Program (EEP) student at Cal State LA. You have chosen a challenging path requiring much effort and offering many rewards; before you know it, you will begin to see the long-term effects of your actions so be yourself and study hard. I will leave you with one of my favorite quotations.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

Onward Richard S. Maddox


Santangelo, T.; Harris, K,R.; Graham, S. (2008) “Using Self-Regulated Strategy Development to Support Students Who Have “Trubol Giting Thangs Into Werds” Remedial and Special Education (29) pp. 78-89
Sivan A. and Leung, W. L. (2000) “An implementation of Active Learning and its Effect on the Quality of Student Learning;” Innovations in Education and Training International. Taylor & Francis.Cal State LAL.A, Learning Resource Center Study Suggestions:


The Early Entrance Program: Program Information

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 CAL STATE LA, 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

The Honors College
The Honors College offers the resources of a major public university combined with the best features of a liberal arts college. Exceptional faculty and interdisciplinary courses foster the intellectual curiosity of all students and provide rigorous preparation for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in graduate or professional school. Caring staff and specialized advising help each student achieve his or her personal and academic goals. Motivated and high-achieving peers encourage each other to reach their full potential.

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 Cal State LA.

General Education Advisement

EEP/Honors College 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 6 Semesters 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.
EEP/Honors advisors are dedicated to working with high-achieving students committed to participating in a community of scholars. They provide individualized as well as group advisement designed to help students make the most out of their Honors College experience so that they can achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. Honors Advisors assist students with GE, Honors requirements, and graduation requirements; and they connect students with a strong network of partners in and beyond the University, and provide students with the information they need to make proactive and informed academic choices.

For more on EEP and Honors Advisement see the following web links:
Advisement Syllabus

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 discuss the requirements for that major in relation to their short term college and long term career plans. Because of their unique status, EEP students are provided an extended deadline to declare a major. For University major declaration policies see:

Academic and Scheduling Information
EEP students pursue their baccalaureate degrees as full-time Honors College students at CAL STATE LA and generally graduate in four or five years. EEP students typically take 15 units per semester and are encouraged to enjoy the summer without classes. Students interested in enrolling in more than 16 units must request approval from the Director of EEP who will seek Honors College approval. Approval for excess units is made on a case by case basis.

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 Cal State LA.
Students should refer to the University GE requirements to ensure all lower division general education requirements are fulfilled. GE chart is available here:

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 biology students are required to take a Biology sequence for their major (Intro to BIOL1100-1200); 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 1010) in order to best educate and prepare them for the demanding normal University science sequences. Must check availability of science courses for non-science majors (e.g. Bio 155/ Chem 156 etc) NOTE: The EEP Preliminary science class option may no longer exist.

EEP Preliminary Science Courses
Completion of these EEP Preliminary University classes may also satisfy University 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 Cal State LA 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 Year One Curriculum*

FALL units SPRING units
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1050  
HIST 2010 3 HIST 2020  
MATH 1040/1040P 3 MATH 2110/2111  
HNRS 1010 3 POLS 1000  
Total unit load 15   15


*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. This information will be a modified at any time.. Most Year One courses are taught exclusively by select Honors College faculty.

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. EEP students are admitted to the Honors College upon admission. In order to remain qualified for the Honors College, students must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative 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 Cal State LA. For more details please see:

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 50 minutes. These sessions are designed to orient students to the University and provide them with tools to succeed in college while in a comfortable peer-oriented learning environment.

EEP transition
In order to help ease the transition of early entrants from grade school to university study the first term is spent completed subject matter very similar to traditional secondary school including English, Mathematics and History. Year One students are encourage to spend time together as would any other adolescent high school class. Additionally, all Year one students will share a common EEP- based Homeroom experience where their specific early entrant needs may be addressed. Each new cohort elects a representative to EEP student government, tasked with or supporting a high school like social experience, and may take an active role in shaping their University involvement.

EEP Life
EEP students have access to the EEP Student 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 LA 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 Cal State LA campus is one of the safest Universities in Southern California. The campus crime report may be reviewed at:
Meetings All EEP students attend regular 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 regular 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 Involvement (CSI) and advised by the EEP staff and University faculty. Non dues paying members will not be able to participate in all EEPC activities though may remain affiliated with the club. EEPC dues are typically under $10.00 per month. 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 while remaining consistent with California grade school attendance standards.

Residential Life

EEP students may request on-campus housing after their 17th birthday, with parent, Program and University permission.

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 2015 -2016 academic year there are 130 (70 regular and 60 Elders) EEP students pursue their baccalaureate degrees at the university earning an average GPA above 3.5 while simultaneously maintaining involvement in extracurricular activities.
EEP students have been involved in intramural sports, Cal State LA orchestra & jazz ensembles, University Times campus publication, the Creative Writing Club (CWC), the Model United Nations, the Asian-American Fellowship Project and many others. Other than campus Greek organizations there are virtually no activities off limits to early entrants. 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 program, 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 Cal State LA 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 Cal State LA'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, MIT, 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.

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 LA 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.
I. 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.
II. 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.
III. 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.
IV. 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.
V. 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.
VI. 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.
VII. 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.
VIII. 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.
IX. 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.
X. 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