The EEP Experience

EEP as a Freshman and Beyond

Freshman Schedule of Curriculum

For first full-time year of study at Cal State L.A.

In order to ease the transition to university life, to simulate a traditional secondary school curriculum, to academically prepare students for upper division classes as well as grad school preparation, and to provide students the opportunity to share common academic and social experiences with their first and second year peers, Freshman EEP students are required to follow a common schedule of curriculum during the first full-time year** of study at Cal State L.A..
Sample Early Entrance Program Freshman Schedule of Curriculum**




ENGL 101A Frosh Composition (A1)

ENGL 102 Composition 2 (A1)

COMM 150

MATH 104* College Algebra (A4)

HIST 202B U.S. History 2(AI†)

MATH 206 Calculus*

HIST 202A U.S. History 1(AI†)

MATH 104B Trigonometry

Approved Elective*

EEP Homeroom Learning Enrichment

Approved Elective*

Approved Elective*


*science-based majors must take MATH 206 Calculus 


† AI is American Institutions

** Curriculum is subject to change.

EEP students would be advised on an individual basis and adjustments to the above schedule and regulations might be modified and/or waived. 

EEP students may opt to complete a number of General Education or major/degree specific courses/units before formally declaring a major and choosing a faculty advisor.  EEP students are expected to select a major course of study sometime during their 1st two (2) years in attendance or 135 quarter units completed. Based on the radical nature of the educational acceleration and the varying levels of experience, academic skill/acuity, maturity and age, EEP students may petition for an extension of this policy regarding declaration of majors.  

EEP Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA through their Provisional Quarter with no grade(s) falling below "B" and must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA through their first three years in attendance as an EEP undergraduate at Cal State L.A.

Life in EEP and After

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.  Each student may choose to be as involved as they wish with any extra-curricular activity or area of interest of their liking. As of the 2010-2011 academic year there are 100 (60 regular and 40 seniors called Elders in EEP) EEP students pursuing their baccalaureate degrees at the university earning an average GPA above 3.5.

EEP students are also involved in intramural sports (when available), orchestra-jazz ensembles, University Times campus publication, the Creative Writing Club (CWC), the Model United Nations project and the Asian-American Fellowship among others.  The University Learning Services, Head Start, the GEAR-UP tutoring and recruitment program, the CSU Federal Credit Union and many other part-time college employment opportunities, have employed EEP students.  EEP students have received numerous awards, scholarships and grants and are extremely active in campus and hometown community volunteer programs. 

These young scholars bring to Cal State L.A. a "spirit of community” by involving their families in campus events and activities and they enrich the classroom environments through their special perspectives as teenagers with extraordinary scholastic abilities.  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.

The future holds much promise for Cal State L.A.'s Early Entrance students who, instead of being forced to curtail their abilities and interests, 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, 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.

Honors College Integration

In order to best accommodate their needs, EEP students are transitioned to the university’s Honors College Program, which provides select faculty and specially designed small classes with other University Honors students. In order to qualify for the Honors College, students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and meet other academic qualifications. Students who meet the Honors College criteria will have the opportunity to graduate with honors upon receiving their Baccalaureate degree from Cal State L.A.

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