That’s very true. I went to a private engineering school. The lowest math offered was pre-calc (very limited class size) and most of those kids never made it to graduation. Granted, they had us all stand up the first day and said look at the person on your left, look at the person on your right, only 1 of you 3 will graduate from this school. You can sit down now.
Realistically, if you couldn’t start in calc then you had almost no chance of making it. You’d have to take all your fluff classes early, since Calc II was a pre-req for sophomore year. Then your junior year would be brutal.