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Early Entry Program
|Associated University||California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA)|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|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.|
|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|
|Email Addressfirstname.lastname@example.org, Director Richard Maddox|
|Mailing Address|| The Early Entrance Program
Department of Psychology
Cal State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA. 90032-8227
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
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.
<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:
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.
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.
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/
|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.
“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:
- 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.
|This program is excellent. It gives the gifted student a place to be themselves. It is the outlet that is so desperately lacking in today's society, the ability for younger students to study and learn at the adult level. It's only flaw (like any other school program) is that it is underfunded and understaffed. Our son entered the program at age 12 and never looked back. Like any parent, we were apprehensive and unsure whether it was the right place for him, but time and our son proved to us that it was the right choice. Not only did he gain his bachelor's degree at age 18, but he also gained additional confidence and respect for himself, lasting friendships, the ability to grow and develop at his own pace and the ability to feel proud of his intelligence and accomplishments. As a parent, you definitely have to trust in your student's abilities and that they have the ability to handle a lot more independence at a much earlier age than most, which is no easy feat, I know. This program was a huge impact in our son's life for the better. No regrets whatsover.|
- Therese King, Parent (Class of 2001)