Early Entrance Program

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 “There is an enormous individual and social cost when talent among the Nation’s children and youth goes undiscovered and undeveloped. These students cannot ordinarily excel without assistance.”

-The Marland Report (1972) on the state of gifted education in America

The Early Entrance Program (EEP) at Cal State LA is a unique community within the Cal State LA Honors College that provides one of the few opportunities in the nation for exceptional students to gain access to an accelerated education.

The program features a large population of young, gifted students–"EEPsters" as they are known-- to attend regular university classes on campus and participate in the co- and extra-curricular activities of both the University and the Honors College. EEPsters begin full-time study upon acceptance and earn their baccalaureate within four to five years, all within the context of a support system designed specifically to sustain their social, emotional, and academic well-being.

Students in EEP benefit from a suite of rooms, including a kitchen, study areas, computer lab, and social areas, that support the students' social and intellectual development. Within this complex reside the offices of the assistant director, counselor, and staff of the program, ever ready to lend a hand or ear.

Cal State LA provides many advantages as a site for an Early Entrance Program. Occupying a 175-acre hilltop facing the San Gabriel Mountains, the campus stands only five miles from downtown Los Angeles with two major freeways and public transportation providing easy access to the campus. The University offers more than 80 major programs in 50 academic departments, enabling undergraduates to lay the groundwork for a variety of careers. Small classes and access to faculty members dedicated to teaching excellence make the learning experience both personal and rewarding. Research and internship opportunities abound, offering valuable experiences and the preparation necessary for pursuing graduate or professional studies or immediate employment.

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  • Early Entrance Program
    Cal State LA                                       King Hall D140 & 142
    5151 State University Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90032

    [email protected]
    Office (323) 343-2287                      Fax (323) 343-5575