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You’re in the right place for CSUN’s Pathways to Excellence (P2E) Program for first-time freshmen!
The information below is for summer 2023, but planning is underway for summer 2024. Please check back here for updates early next year.
In the meantime to learn more about the program, fill out our P2E Interest Form.
General information — Summer 2023
What is Pathways to Excellence?
Pathways to Excellence (formerly known as Early Start) is a summer program to support eligible first-time freshmen in college-level course work in math, and help students build confidence and develop their own plans for success. There are two program options:
- Math and First-Year Connections is a four-week, in-person program consisting of University 100 and Early Start Math 196P.
- Math Connections is a three-week math program (Early Start Math 196P) with fully online and online hybrid (half on campus and half online) options.
Pathways to Excellence can save you time and money during your academic career. By doing well in the program, you can earn college-level credit in just three or four weeks! For math, successfully completing the program can accelerate your math placement or reduce the number of units you take to complete your math requirement.
The program also gives you the opportunity to make friends, get to know faculty and staff, learn your way around campus and generally get a head start on settling into college life at CSUN.
Who can participate?
Pathways to Excellence is for first-time freshmen from California. Your invitation to participate in the program is based on multiple measures such as high school GPA, high school math GPA, high school/college course work, and your declared major and self-disclosed information on Cal State Apply.
You will be notified via your CSUN email and by mail if you’re eligible to participate in Pathways to Excellence. The program link will also appear in the Student Center inside your CSUN Portal.
If you are scheduled to participate in one of the summer programs listed below, don't sign up for Pathways to Excellence:
- CSUN’s Educational Opportunity Program (Summer Bridge)
- CSUN's MARC/MBRS Math and Language Arts Summer Enrichment Program
- CSUN's Student Athlete Summer Success Program
Additionally, you should not sign up for Pathways to Excellence if you are:
- A nonresident student (i.e., from out of state or international)
- A student veteran or serving on active U.S. military duty
- Scheduled to take Math 131 in the fall
If you have questions about whether or not Pathways to Excellence is right for you, please contact the Pathways to Excellence team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I participate in Pathways to Excellence?
The transition from high school to college can sometimes feel overwhelming, both as you get used to a new, much larger campus and as you adjust to new professors and student expectations. The earlier CSUN prepares you for the transition to our campus, the easier it will be to develop a plan to successfully complete your first-year courses at CSUN.
As a Pathways to Excellence participant, you’ll enjoy networking opportunities, community building, support with campus technology and summer access to campus services such as the Student Recreation Center, the Oasis Wellness Center and the Klotz Student Health Center. The support you enjoy while attending the summer courses will continue throughout your first year at CSUN via mentorship, workshops and coaching.
How do I obtain an accommodation to participate?
To discuss accommodations to support your participation in Pathways to Excellence, please contact Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) or NCOD: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services.
How will I know if I’m eligible for Pathways to Excellence?
If you’re eligible to participate in Pathways to Excellence, you’ll receive email and postcard messages inviting you to join the program. Be sure to check your CSUN email! Program information will also appear in your CSUN Portal in the Student Center.
I have questions about Pathways to Excellence. How can I learn more?
If you don't find an answer in these FAQs, please email us with questions. Be sure to include your nine-digit CSUN student ID number and the best way to reach you (by email or phone).
You can also sign up for an online information session via Zoom, scheduled for sometime in May 2023. If you are eligible for Pathways to Excellence, you will receive an info session invitation in May. Again, please check your CSUN email regularly.