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What is the East Stroudsburg University (ESU) Early Start Program?

The ESU “Early Start Program” is designed to provide incoming students with a summer bridge experience that will help them to get a head start on their academic goals and become accustomed to the lifelong learning experiences available on a college campus. Every Early Start Student will have the guidance of faculty, Academic Coaches, staff, mentors and tutors who are available to assist them with a positive transition to life at ESU. In just six weeks, Early Start participants will experience intensive academic coursework resulting in seven credits. If you have questions or need additional information about this program, please contact Dr. Beverlyn Grace-Odeleye, Director in the Department of Academic Enrichment & Learning at (570) 422-3508 or Jessica Santiago, Academic Success Coach at (570) 422-3472.

What Early Start courses are offered?

Early Start participants will be registered for two of the first three courses listed below and all students will take DAEL 290:

  • Theatre 100
  • Communications 111
  • Strategic Reading 191 and
  • DAEL 290 – Early Start 101 – A one credit college transition class

Students will develop the skills in comprehension, critical thinking, problem solving, reading, writing, communication (orally, written, technology and other formats) and academic skills that they will need to succeed in college.

When is Early Start offered?

The program is a six week summer bridge program. Classes meet Monday through Friday.

Why participate in Early Start courses?

  • Get a head start on first year classes
  • Receive academic support such as a mentoring, coaching and tutoring
  • Meet peers, mentors and form relationships
  • Meet with faculty, staff, tutors and academic success coach
  • Receive academic support
  • Participate in structured “Fun Friday’s” and student activities


DAEL and University Partners will provide a number of services to new and returning students during both the summer and academic year. These include:

Academic Success Coach (ASC): Academic Coaching is an important working partnership that focuses on the ‘process of learning’. Students and ASC will work together to examine students learning styles, habits of working and current difficulties or barriers to success. This team will also work to create and put into place more effective strategies. The aim is to heighten awareness of what it takes to achieve academic success and anchor this with new strategies, a supportive relationships, and personal accountability.

Academic Advising: Academic advising is one of the most important influences on students' collegiate experience. Through regular contact with students--whether face-to-face, through email, on the telephone, or through computer-supported system, advisors gain meaningful insights into students' academic, social, and personal experiences. Advisors use these insights to help students become part of the academic community, develop sound academic and career goals, and, ultimately, to be successful learners.

DAEL 290 (Early Start 101): Early Start students will enroll in a one credit which counts toward students' grade point average, financial aid progress, and credit. It provides a structured introduction to higher education at East Stroudsburg University, applied learning strategies, and career and major exploration. The curriculum exposes students to proven strategies that will result in greater, academic, professional, and personal success.

Peer Mentoring: Peer Mentoring component of the program matches incoming students with academically successful upperclassmen who will mentor and guide freshmen through their academic and social adjustment to college. The upperclassmen serve as role models, as people with answers to questions about the campus, the community, career, job opportunities, financial aid concerns, and academic scheduling. Peer Mentors are students who care about helping freshmen to get through the first year

Structured Social Activities: Throughout the summer program, DAEL along with Student Affairs provides social and cultural activities.

Tutoring: DAEL tutoring center provides content-based tutoring on a walk-in and appointment basis, learning strategies workshops, supplemental instruction, group tutoring and learning support coaches are available to assist students.