Early Start @ GSU: Get Started and Get Ahead


What is Early Start?

Early Start is a highly individualized program with personal attention of faculty and peer mentors in an intensive and nurturing environment that begins two weeks ahead of the fall semester. Early Start students have an excellent opportunity to strengthen their academic skills, develop a peer support network and to familiarize themselves with GSU and its resources. Early Start students are enrolled in an English program and/or a mathematics program, as well as the first-year student seminar called Mastering College. The English and mathematics programs are designed to provide essential academic preparation in support of coursework that will begin in the first year at GSU. Early Start students are assigned an academic advisor who will serve as their permanent guide during their first year at GSU providing direction on course selection, academic success, and progress toward college goals. In addition to excellent academic preparation, social opportunities such as an optional Improv class (no experience required!), road trips and informal gatherings will provide ample time to relax with new friends.

When does Early Start begin?

Early Start begins Monday, August 11, 2014 and will conclude on Friday, August 22, 2014 with the annual GSU University Convocation program. There are optional activities planned for the weekend between the first and second week of Early Start as well as the weekend immediately prior to the start of the Fall semester.

Can I work while participating in Early Start?

Class activities with faculty and peer mentors, supplemental assistance from tutors, doing assigned homework and attending social events will keep students on campus all day Monday-Friday. Evenings will provide time for homework and social activity. Students will not be able to work during the two weeks of Early Start.

How was I selected for participation?

Faculty selected students who had a combination of GPA, ACT scores and/or high school grades that suggested an Early Start with college preparation would serve as the perfect way to get started in college. While some participants are required to participate the opportunity is open to any interested student.

How will I know if I am selected for Early Start?

The student’s letter of admission will state if a student has been selected to participate in the Early Start program.

How much does Early Start cost?

There is no tuition or course fee associated with the mathematics and English Early Start program. The required Mastering College course is one credit hour that is a part of the student’s fall semester registration. There will be expenses related to the purchase of books, supplies and daily costs for dining on campus.

Can I live in Prairie Place (GSUs Residence Hall) during Early Start?

Yes. Students interested in extending their contract to move into their residence hall room for Early Start should contact University Housing at housing@govst.edu or (330) 235-7110.

Is participation in Early Start mandatory?

Yes. If selected to participate in Early Start students are required to successfully complete the program.

When do fall semester classes begin?

Fall semester classes begin on Monday, August 25, 2014.