Important information for entering Freshman:

  • Early Start English: Students who score 146 or lower on the English Placement Test (EPT) are required to complete Early Start English the summer before attening SF State.


  • Beginning in summer 2015 all newly admitted freshman are required to complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) to register for English. For important information about DSP, please click on the Directed Self-Placement link on the left side of this page.


Important information about DSP and ESE:

  • All entering freshman must DSP to choose their First Year Composition (FYC), English course. (If you have transfer credit for First Year Composition due to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or college course credit, you do not need to complete DSP). 


  • If you are an incoming freshman for fall who scored 146 or below on the EPT, you will need to enroll in Early Start English (ESE) the summer before you begin at SF State; you will complete DSP as part of your ESE course.


  • Note: if you are an ESE student, we recommend you complete Early Start English before you attend orientation, otherwise you will not be able to register for FYC (English) class(es) at orientation.


  • If you are unable to register for First Year Composition (English) at orientation, you can enroll once you have chosen your FYC course through DSP during Open Registration (July 31 - August 16 and August 21 - 23). To enroll in courses, log in to your "Student Center" through SF Gateway: .