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Early Entry Program
Associated University California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA)
Location Los Angeles, CA
Creation Date 1983
Typical Starting Grade Level 8th, 9th or 10th (no older than 15)
Program Length 5 years, considered “matriculants” after 3 years and handled as typical university students, but generally still affiliated with EEP until university graduation.
Residential No
Issues High School Diploma No
Results in College Degree Yes, Bachelor’s Degree
Students Accepted per Year 20
Estimated Cost per Year $2,500 - $3,500 depending on course load
Restrictions to Enrollment Must be able to commute to the university
Admissions Dates Testing in December and April each year
Website http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/eep/
Email Address rmaddox@calstatela.edu, Director Richard Maddox
Phone Number 323-343-2287
Mailing Address The Early Entrance Program
Department of Psychology
Cal State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA. 90032-8227

Application Procedure

Interested students start by taking the Washington Pre-College Test ($50 fee), given in December and April of each year. This test produces an estimated SAT score which must exceed 1100 cumulative (1200 recommended) and 450 on each of verbal and math to be eligible to apply for EEP. An application for this test is available at http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/eep/EEP_WPCT_Application.html

Students with qualifying scores can become “provisional” EEP students and take 2 college courses during the summer quarter at CSULA. It is necessary to achieve B or better in both of these courses in order to continue the application process.

Early during the summer session one needs to have a preliminary interview with the director of the EEP program. The completed application for full time admission including transcripts and letters of recommendation will also be due during the summer. Following the review of your application, students have a further interview and mid-term grades are examined. At this point, students are asked to write a spontaneous 20-minute essay on a familiar but previously unspecified topic. EEP and English department staff review this essay and results are added to the rest of the admissions material.

Students applying to EEP must also take and pass the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT) that are administered to all university applicants and determine placement into English and Mathematics classes at the university. Some students may be exempt on the grounds of high scores on other acceptable tests.

Following final grade reports, a faculty admissions committee reviews all material and the student is either accepted, instructed to wait a year, or rejected.

A more detailed description of admissions procedures is available at http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/eep/index.php?page=EEP_Application_Process

Program Description

The Early Entry Program (EEP) is a direct to college opportunity allowing a small group of highly gifted students to bypass high school entirely and head immediately to college. Entering students range in age from 11 - 15.5, and most commonly have completed the 8th grade, thus ordinarily preparing them to enter high school. Despite the similar name and acronym, the EEP program is not directly associated with the TS/EEP at University of Washington.

After having completed the rigorous application process, students are named “EEPsters” and start a full time college load in the fall quarter. The typical student progresses through the EEP program for 3 years and then becomes a “matriculant”. Matriculants are no longer bound by program policy, may live on campus and might generally be considered typical undergrads within the CSULA population. However, matriculants are still associated with the EEP program, have access to program facilities, and typically provide experience and guidance to younger students just entering the program. Matriculants generally take about 2 years to complete their undergraduate degree at CSULA. At this point the majority of EEP graduates choose to pursue further education at a variety of graduate schools around the country.

Living Environment

<P>Due to the extreme youth of students in this program, they are expected to live at home with their families. This effectively limits applicants to those who can commute to the CSULA campus, but a wide variety of public transportation is available which serves the Los Angeles area and the campus. <P>While on-campus housing is not available to EEP students, there are a number of rooms set aside exclusively for there use. These include a lounge, computer lab, kitchenette, game room, staff offices, and individual student “cubbies”. In order to provide a consistent daytime experience, students are required to be on campus at least 4 days a week for several hours at a time. When not engaged in classes, students will often spend a portion of their free time in EEP facilities socializing with other students.


EEP students must fulfill all university general education requirements and ultimately complete the requirements of their selected degree program as laid out by the university. In addition EEP students will be required to take certain other general education coursework in order to ensure that they receive a well-rounded education and are not deficient in any particular areas by virtue of skipping high school. It is understood that young students may not have decided how to direct their studies and thus students may opt to focus their initial two years on general education requirements and exploring the different possible fields before declaring a major of study. While degree and general education requirements are set by the university, course selection and timing are handled on an individual basis and tailored to the needs and background of each student.

EEP students are automatically enrolled in the General Education Honors Program and are encouraged to take honors versions of classes whenever available. This serves to provide smaller classes and high level of enrichment appropriate to these students.

“Freshmen EEP students are required to follow a common Schedule of Curriculum during their first full-time year of study at CSULA.” (EEP Student Agreement: Policies, Procedures and Rules) This common set of classes is intended to ease the transition to college, provide new students with a common base of experiences and partially replicate the variety of a normal secondary school curriculum. An abbreviated summary of the Freshman Schedule of Curriculum is provided below, for more information please contact the EEP Program directly:

  • Fall Quarter
    • English Composition I - Honors
    • College Algebra - Honors
    • U.S. Civilization B - Honors
    • Introduction to Higher Education - Honors (or Field Specific Substitute)
    • Other Available Classes
      • Physical Anthropology - Honors
      • First course in any foreign language
      • Critical Thinking
      • Beginner’s level physical education class
      • World Civilization I, II, or III
  • Winter Quarter
    • English Composition II - Honors
    • Algebra & Trigonometry
    • U.S. Civilization A - Honors
    • One or Two of the Following Electives
      • Diversity, Business and the Workplace - Honors
      • Oral Communication - Honors
      • Course in any foreign language
      • Chemistry of Everyday Things w/ Lab
      • World Civilization I, II, or III
      • Music in World Culture - Honors
      • Cultural Anthropology - Honors
  • Spring Quarter
    • Understanding Literature
    • Calculus I
    • Earth Revealed - Honors
    • Government and American Society - Honors
    • One or Two of the Following Electives
      • Economics for the Citizen - Honors
      • Argumentation and Reasoned Advocacy - Honors
      • Course in any foreign language
      • Animal Biology w/ Lab
      • Meaning of Human Life: A Multicultural Approach - Honors
      • Contemporary Moral and Social Issues in a Multicultural Society - Honors

Honors sections for all classes may not be available all quarters and regular sections may be substituted. Other electives and/or substitutions may be made with EEP approval. This course schedule is subject to change and more information is available from EEP directly.

Since EEP is designed to result in a bachelor’s degree, these students will have access to any courses the university offers and will be expected to pursue degree programs to their completion. While EEP makes some requirements beyond the general education requirements, these courses are designed to produce a well-rounded student and avoid creating any deficits from skipping high school. After the initial periods of acclimating to the CSULA environment students are given essentially free choice in pursuing their own academic interests.

There are no explicit criteria for academic success at EEP, but student performance will be evaluated by EEP staff in consultation with the student and his or her parents. The program reserves the right to not invite students to return if they are not showing reasonable academic progress. Student performance is monitored throughout the program and in most cases suitable intervention can be accomplished early on if there are academic difficulties.

Social Activities and Events

EEP does not directly provide many activities and events, though the students may do so of their own volition. The EEP lounge provides a social center for students, but most participate in CSULA clubs and organizations when they are looking for structured activities. EEPsters have been elected to important positions in CSULA student government and held a variety of leadership positions within the other organizations on campus. Typical university offerings include service organizations, intramural sports, music, academic clubs, and various specialty interests.

Students are encouraged to maintain existing friendships with students from their home school area, and EEP will work with students to make it possible for them to particpate in events and activities with their age peers if such events interest them. In a few cases this has included students that regularly participated in high school atheletics, provided the potential time conflicts can be avoided.

Sponsoring University

Colleges and universities are typically grouped based on the highest degree that they regularly award, which in the case of California State University-Los Angeles is the Master’s degree.

Online Video of CSULA: http://www.calstatela.edu/ats/real/examples/

For detailed comparison information and college rankings, we recommend America's Best Colleges published by US News & World Reports and available online at a cost of $10.

Quick Facts about CSULA

Website http://www.calstatela.edu/
Founded 1947
Academic Calendar Quarter
Setting Major City (Los Angeles, CA)
Undergrad Student Body Size 13,476
SAT 25/75 Percentile Unavailable
Student Faculty Ratio 20 to 1
Number of Majors Offered 79
Student Body Diversity Hispanic - 49%
Asian American - 20%
White - 18%
African American - 8%
International - 4%

The above data may be as much as five years old. Number of majors may include 4-year pre-professional programs. Los Angeles in southern California is one of the largest cities in the country with a population of 3,781,000 and an additional 6 million people living in the county. CSULA is located near the very center of the city and has the advantage of being easily accessible via public transportation.

Mission Statement

“Cal State L.A., a member of the California State University (CSU) system, offers excellent and innovative educational opportunities to an urban student population that reflects the diversity of the Los Angeles basin.

Educational opportunities include:

  • Preparing students to appreciate, engage, enhance and transform the social, cultural, civic and workplace structures of American and global societies;
  • Providing students with the capabilities, skills, and opportunities to take full advantage of life-long learning, including graduate and professional studies, and opportunities to participate in research, scholarly, and creative activities;
  • Offering students tools for personal and academic achievement, economic mobility, and healthier lives;
  • Serving as a gateway among the Cal State L.A. community, the greater Los Angeles community, and world community for a shared educational and cultural life;
  • Providing high quality professional services to all constituencies of the University.”

- Strategic Plan Update 2001, p. 4


There are 8 testimonials available regarding the Early Entry Program at CSULA. A randomly chosen one of these appears below, or you can see all the testimonials.

Nothing fancy, just a few thoughts about being an EEPster at CSLA. I came into EEP when it was still just the freaks, geeks, wierdos, and outcasts. The bespeckled, studious, social misfits that found comfort in books and, through this program, each other. CSLA, being the greatest undergrad place of study around, and the undergrad honors program there containing the best profs I have ever had the pleasure to meet and befriend, was a great medium for this experience as well. The diversity kept any possibility of being an outcast there so, so at a distance. You came to learn and it didn't matter that you were younger or older, black or white, catholic or atheist, you were part of something good. Your friends had all the same goals and values. And they were true and honest with you always. Even the ones I didn't understand or get along with, I still see them or talk to them today. I respect them and in turn myself.

Today, the program has become more mainstream. There are more trendy and beautiful people there. The cliques and couples abound. There are many more EEPsters total as well. But the good thing is, the geeks are still there. And they are PART OF the cliques. So even though it's not as pure brainiac and as tight knit of a group as a whole, they're still people that you can relate with being there, and they're still goal-oriented. The look may have changed, but what was true then still remains. You come there to learn. To get your life started sooner. To face challenges. And there you find your peers and true friends. So if you get the invite or the inclination, check out the EEP program at CSLA. I grew up a lot faster, but oh man, do I have a lot to show for it. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

- Artur, Former Student (Class of 1998)
Early Entry Program at CSULA

Read the other EEP Testimonials.

If you are familiar with this program it is also possible to tell your own story.


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