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EEP Application and Admissions Process

Step 1:  Register for an EEP Information Session and review program information

EEP Virtual Information Session:

The EEP Informational provides an opportunity for academic administrators, prospective students, and their parents/guardians to learn more about EEP.

*Upcoming Virtual EEP Information Sessions for Summer 2023:

October 5th, 2022 - 6 pm

December 7th, 2022 - 6 pm

*Dates and times are subject to change  

Join Zoom Meeting (All Zoom sessions will be held using the same link, there is no registration required to attend)

Event Description: Academic administrators, interested students, and parents are welcome to attend the EEP Information Session. The Informational includes a presentation on the Early Entrance Program and academic acceleration as an option for some students, application information, as well as information about the Honors College at Cal State LA. Discover how, for some students, the alternative pathway that EEP provides offers the academic acceleration they crave. Meet current EEP students to learn why they chose this unusual educational path, and why it has worked for them. The informational will also include a question-and-answer session. 


Step 2: Review the EEP Application Guidelines and criteria


The Program allows qualified students as young as 11 years of age and under the age of 16 by June 1st of the year in which they are applying. 

Please note, students are applying to attend the Summer 2023 Honors Academy, not university admission for Fall 2023. Honors Academy is a multi-week experience offering college-level workshops and group activities. Honors Academy attendance is required for consideration for Fall 2023 admission. Upon completion of the Honors Academy, select students will be invited for admission to Cal State LA through the EEP pathway. 

The California State University (CSU) temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations for admission eligibility consideration.

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, including but not limited to, financial support through a culmination of degree/graduation
  • Has a history of advanced intellectual and academic achievement
  • Performs at a level indicating readiness for college-level work

Application Criteria:

Applicants must apply via the online application link between *January 1, 2023 – March 1, 2023 (See Step 3)

  • The Early Entrance Program recommends achievement of a weighted 3.8 G.P.A.
  • School Transcripts
    • Must include one semester or quarter grade report from the current academic year and a full year’s report from the previous academic year ( e.g., 4 quarters or 2 semesters)
  • Application Essay
    •  Essay prompt will be available at the time of application via the application link.
  • Headshot Photo
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    •  At least (2) recommendation letters must come from the student's current or previous academic year teachers.
      • Please note: Recommendation forms from friends or family members will not be accepted, regardless of the individual's professional background. Recommenders must use the provided form template – we will not accept other formats for letters of recommendation.
    • Each recommender should be able to speak to student character and projected student readiness to enter college as an adolescent/teen.
    • Gather your recommenders’ contact information, including First Name, Last Name, and Email

Upon completing the student 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 must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) on March 1, 2023. Incomplete recommendation forms will result in an incomplete application that disqualifies the applicant for admission into the 2023 Summer Honors Academy. Applicants will receive a confirmation email for each submitted recommendation form. Keep in mind that it is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with their selected recommenders.

  • Optional Item:
    • Portfolio Item w/Explanation (digital submission only, a YouTube link must be provided for any video submissions. We will not accept direct video uploads)

Note: Click the"More Information" button for Homeschool and Charter School criteria

 It is highly recommended that interested students begin collecting available application criteria ASAP.

Step 3: Submit an online application.

Applicants must apply via the online application link between *January 1, 2023 – March 1, 2023. The Early Entrance Program will not review information submitted via email and/or outside of the application window. Applicants are unable to edit their applications once submitted.  

Select students will be invited to participate in a virtual interview with EEP Staff and Faculty. After completing the interview, select students will be invited to participate in the Summer 2023 Honors Academy.

Application decisions will be made by (TBA)

Note: Students may reapply one time if they are age-appropriate and were not invited to participate in an EEP Interview. Reapplicants will be required to submit a second completed application with current student data and a new set of letters of recommendation. Previous materials cannot be used.

Step 4: Selected students will complete the following

Register for Honors Academy: Students must pay fees and attend an orientation before starting the summer program.

Honors Academy Participation Fees: (TBA)

Participate in the Honors Academy: Students participate in a 5-week Honors Academy program during the summer. 

Note: Students are required to attend the 5-weeks summer academy in its entirety

  • Summer 2023 Academy dates: TBA

EEP Admissions Offer and Final Decision: If the student is invited for admission to Cal State LA through the EEP pathway, the decision to enroll in college should be made by the student. Some qualified students may wish to remain in a traditional high school program, and that decision should be respected.

Note: Students may reapply one time if they are age-appropriate, not admitted to the Honors Academy, or have completed a previous Honors Academy but not recommended for admission to the university. Reapplicants will be required to submit a second completed application with current student data and a new set of letters of recommendation. Previous materials cannot be used.

*Dates are subject to change

Please note, admitted students 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. All tuition and fees should be considered as estimates and are current at the time of publication. Tuition and Fees are subject to change without prior notification, for more information:


Admission to Cal State LA through the Early Entrance Program is offered at the discretion of Honors College staff, EEP staff, and summer faculty. The Early Entrance Program is one pathway of many for young talented students to pursue advanced studies.