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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 Open House events 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 12 years old at the start of the summer for which they could be 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 performance through the completion of a summer Honors Academy program.

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. For further information please contact the EEP Office at (323) 343-2287, Fax (323) 343-5575, or visit

The Honors College
EEP is a program housed by the Cal State LA Honors College, and students admitted to EEP are simultaneously granted membership to the Honors College. The Honors College, in collaboration with other disciplinary departments on campus, develops and offers the curriculum for EEP students, and provides additional support services and resources to EEP students, including access to additional staff advisors, Honors College spaces, and scholarship opportunities. The Honors College’s traditionally aged student population is also composed of highly motivated students, and EEP students have the opportunity to start working with other Honors College students during their second semester of their first year.

Our Mission Statement

The Early Entrance Program (EEP) provides gifted students an opportunity to begin college early. The communally supportive and intellectually stimulating environment contributes to academic, social, and personal success. The talents, ideas, and perspectives of EEP students enrich and enliven the campus community at Cal State LA.


General Education Advisement
EEP/Honors College students are advised by EEP Advisors 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. EEP Advisors serve as the General Education Advisors for all EEP students.

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; they connect students with a strong network of partners within 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:
Quick List:

For an overview of the University’s General Education requirements, please visit:

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 Assistant Director of EEP. Before each semester 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 an EEP Advisor and approved before students register.

Advisement in the Major
After the completion of the first year in the program, it is recommended for students to 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. To declare a Major/Minor/Option, schedule an advisement appointment with the faculty or professional staff advisor of the new major department/college. If all pre requisites and department requirements are met, the faculty or professional staff advisor will submit your request to change your student record to the Registrar’s Office through the Advisor Request System (ARS).

Honors College Probation

Students whose overall GPAs fall below a 3.3 will enter a probation process that requires students to participate in probation meetings with EEP and Honors College advisors each semester until their GPAs rise above a 3.3. This process aims to assist students in assessing their areas of academic struggle, and support them through the changes required to improve academic performance. Students who remain below a 3.0 GPA for more than one semester will lose access to Honors College scholarships and will not receive Honors College distinction on their diplomas or transcripts.

Academic and Scheduling Information

EEP students pursue baccalaureate degrees as full-time Honors College students at Cal State LA and generally graduate in four or five years. EEP students typically take an average of 15 units per semester and are encouraged to enjoy the summer without classes. Beyond the first semester, students interested in enrolling in more than 16 units must request approval from the Assistant 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 address the primary academic subjects in a traditional high school and meet the specific requirements for a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from Cal State LA. College-level courses during the student’s first year will in particular mirror the academic subject categories covered during four years of a high school education.

The Freshman Curriculum

The cohorted freshman curriculum was developed in order to: a) ease the transition to university life; b) cover the primary academic subjects typically found in a 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*






ENGL 1010


ENGL 1050


POLS 1000


HNRS 1200


MATH 1040/1040P


MATH 2110/2111 or approved math


HNRS 1010


HIST 2050


HNRS 1100




HNRS 1000




Total unit load








*This information changes yearly and will be provided to all EEP students formally accepted to the Program. This information may 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. Honors College students who maintain good standing will have the opportunity to graduate with Honors College recognition upon receiving their Baccalaureate degree from Cal State LA.



HNRS 1000- Homeroom

In their first fall term EEP Freshmen will participate in an EEP Homeroom sessions for new students. The sessions are conducted by the Assistant Director of EEP and meet twice weekly for approximately 50 minutes each. 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 completing subject matter very similar to traditional secondary school including English, Mathematics, and History. Year One students are encouraged to spend time together as would any other 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 supporting a high school-like social experience, and may take an active role in shaping their University involvement.


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 and involvement while remaining consistent with California school attendance standards.

Campus Environment and Student Life

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:

EEP Spaces
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 Club

All EEP students are strongly encouraged to become 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 Club members, they also provide feedback on policy formation and governance.


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. 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. In addition, The University Learning Services, Head Start 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 country’s 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, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia. In addition, since our inception, nearly every prestigious grad school in the world has accepted EEP graduates including, Cal Tech, Cambridge, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NYU, Oxford, Stanford, Thomas Jefferson Medical School, USC, , University of Chicago, Washington U. 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, business, the humanities, and the arts.

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

“An EEP student does not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do”

In the interest of preserving respect, equity, and inclusivity among and between the students of EEP, the EEP staff and all members of the Cal State LA campus community and to adhere to the policies and procedures of the EEP, the following conduct guidelines have been established:

EEP students shall:

  1. Respect other individuals and help EEP maintain a tolerant and inclusive environment.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Practice academic honesty. 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.
  5. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Follow all written or verbal instructions regarding Probationary Status in cases wherein cumulative or semester GPA falls below a 3.3 and/or when behavioral problems exist.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 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.
  8. 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 them to campus. At all times will be responsible for their belongings and will ensure all property is kept in a neat and orderly manner.
  9. Not store any long-term 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.