Apply to EEP


The student considered for admission to the Honors Academy Summer Program is one who:

  • Has educational needs that will be met in an accelerated pathway, including college-level coursework
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to attempt a challenging educational program
  • Possesses adequate self-motivation, self-regulation, and appropriate behavior in a professional setting
  • Has a strong support network to undertake a program of radical educational acceleration.
  • Between the ages of 11-15 years old. (Must be 11 yrs. old by March 1st, and under 16 yrs. by June 1st)

EEP Application Guidance

Dear EEP Applicant: 

I am excited to provide you with some guidance on how to complete a successful EEP Application.

Please be advised: 

  • Read the following application instructions carefully before opening the link. The EEP application is completed by the applying scholar, as an individual. 
  • You will not have the opportunity to send any documents outside of the application, except for in the case of ACT/SAT assessment scores.  

Gather all documents required for a complete application before you open the link to complete the EEP application.

  • Essays
  • Transcripts
  • Contact Information (Recommender)
  • Photo/Headshot
  • URL Link (optional)

You will not be able to save your work and return. You are required to complete the application in one setting. 

Complete this step before you open the EEP application link. 

  • Create your type-written (size 12 font, Times Roman) essay response as one-word document.  
  • Once complete, save your 3 essay responses as one pdf.  
  • Save As: Lastname_Firstname_EEPESSAY24 


Personal Reflection Prompts  

Read the prompts carefully to ensure you are including personal examples. Limit your answers to 500-words for each prompt.  

Label each response using the following bold headings:  

  • Personal Statement/Program Interest 
  • Present School Experience  
  • Self-Concept  

Personal Statement/Program Interest 

  • What would you like the Early Entrance Program to know about you, the reasons why you are interested in the EEP and why EEP would be a good fit for you? For example, mention values, aspirations, activities, or interests which pique your curiosity, detail your motives supporting acceleration to college and why the EEP is a suitable option at this point in your academic journey.   

Present School Experience 

  • Describe your current school experience. For example, discuss your degree of satisfaction (satisfied, neutral, unsatisfied) with your current learning environment, and detail strategies you may have used to maintain academic engagement.  


  • What lessons have you learned from a challenging event or time in your life? For example, briefly describe the occurrence, detail lesson/s learned and discuss how you might apply the lesson/s as a scholar enrolled in the EEP.  

  • Include 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years. 

  • The only documents which can be submitted by email. 
  • Assessment scores are due by email to [email protected] no later than 5:00 pm (PST) on April 5, 2024. 

  • Letters must be selected from the applicant’s current (2023-2024) and/previous (2022-2023) academic year teachers.  
  • Recommendation forms from friends or family members will not be accepted, regardless of professional background. The provided form template must be used to request letters of recommendation. 
  • EEP will not accept letters of recommendation if the online form request is not used.  
  • All letters of recommendation must be received by March 1, 2024.  
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform recommenders a request will be forthcoming. 

Incomplete letters of recommendation will result in an incomplete application. 

  • Students may submit a digital artifact representative of major interests showcasing a unique skill or talent. Examples include but are not limited to:  
  • a piece of creative writing, art, photography, a student created video or movie, short video of a musical or theatrical performance, a scientific poster or presentation, a musical composition, documentation of a technical invention or app, a YouTube page, evidence of participation in a civic organization.  
  • Include a typed explanation of the item and significance along with the artifact. 

  • Gather your required documents. 
  • Set aside ample time to complete the application in one sitting. 
  • Progress cannot be saved once you have opened the EEP application link. 
  • Your attention to detail and adherence to all instructions will contribute to a successful and stress-free application process.  

Scholar, we look forward to receiving your application and guiding you through this exciting journey. Thank you for considering the Early Entrance Program at Cal State Los Angeles. If you have any questions or require further assistance, feel free to contact [email protected]

Application Process

Declare an interest in applying and contact EEP to schedule a preliminary meeting with the director.

Contact EEP

Submit an online application, including 3 short essays written by the student applicant. Upon completing the application, a link will be provided to the student to share with their (3) recommenders. All submitted documents will be returned directly to EEP Staff. Recommendation forms should be received by  March 1, 2024.  Applicants will receive a confirmation email for each submitted recommendation form.

Before applying, please thoroughly review the "Application Guidance" section above. Note in particular that you should be prepared to submit your application in one online session—you will not be able to save your progress and return to the application. If your session is interrupted, you will need to start over with the online application.

Click Here to Apply

Take a qualifying exam (ACT or SAT ).

Successful applicants will have minimum scores of 22 in English and 23 in math on the ACT, or 550 evidence-based reading and writing (EBRW) and 570 in math on the SAT. Interested students may take the in-house, locally scored ACT (results not distributed nationally) at Cal State LA on February 24th, or take any national SAT or ACT offering before the EEP application deadline and qualifying test scores must be received by the EEP office by April 5th, 2024.


Information about the national testing dates is available on the ACT Website.
RSVP for the ACT at Cal State LA

For individuals who have confirmed their attendance for the ACT examination scheduled at California State University, Los Angeles, kindly refer to the information provided below:

Test Taking Location: King Hall (Room D2071)

Parent Waiting Room Location: King Hall (Room 1076)

Check-in: 8:30 a.m. (Doors close at 9:00 a.m.)

Click Here to see what you should bring on test day
More ACT Information

Based on the application, interview, and test scores selected students will be invited to attend a required Applicant Orientation session (held in May) before beginning the summer Honors Academy, 2024.

Based on a preliminary review of the application and the test scores, students will be invited to participate in the EEP Honors Academy.

After participating in the Honors Academy, students will be evaluated by the admissions committee and students will be notified of their admissions status no later than two weeks after the Honors Academy ends.

*Please note, students are applying to attend the EEP Honors Academy in Summer 2024, not university admission for Fall 2024. The EEP Honors Academy is a multi-week experience offering college-level workshops and group activities. EEP Honors Academy attendance is required for consideration for Fall 2024 admission. Upon completion of the EEP Honors Academy, select students will be invited for admission to Cal State LA through the EEP pathway.

Learn more about the EEP Honors Academy

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal, state and other grants, scholarships and loans are available to EEP students just as they are to all Cal State LA students.

More information about scholarships and financial aid is available on the Financial Aid webpage.