How to Apply as a Non-Degree Student

Students currently enrolled at other CUNY schools must use Epermit to register for courses at Queensborough

Students not currently enrolled at other CUNY schools must apply for non-degree status using our online non-degree application. To ensure that your application will be processed in a timely manner, please complete all sections and submit by the Application deadlines. Applications will not be processed after the deadline. A onetime non-refundable application fee of $65.00 (USD) will be added to the bill at the time of registration for every new non-degree student.

Non-degree students can apply for all semesters (fall, winter, spring, summer)

All students applying for non-degree status must demonstrate college readiness prior to class registration. The following documentation can be submitted to assess proficiency.

  1. ACT or SAT
  2. NYS Regents
  3. Completion of a 3-credit college level Math and English class with a C or higher
  4. Proficient scores on the CUNY assessment test. Please visit CUNY's testing policy for more information.

All students must provide proof of immunization. New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires post-secondary students to show protection against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). Persons born before January 1, 1957 must provide proof of rubella immunization. Persons born on or after January 1, 1957 are required to present proof of immunity against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). Submit forms to the Office of Health Services prior to registration. For more information visit the Office of Health Services.

Tuition Eligibility

To be eligible for New York City tuition rates, students must be residents of New York State for the past year, and must have lived in New York City as the principal place of residence for six consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the semester you want to attend. In addition students must be US citizens, permanent residents, or possess an eligible non-immigrant status. The information provided will be used to determine if a student qualifies for the New York City tuition rate.

Once the Office of Admission has determined acceptance in addition to proficiency students will receive information, via email, on how to register for classes. View all available classes online.

Categories of Non-Degree Students:

In addition to students wishing to take non-degree classes Queensborough Community College offers two specific non-degree programs:

Teachers On Sabbatical

Each semester, the College enrolls teachers for study sabbaticals into a variety of courses, ranging from Computers in Society, Astronomy & Space Physics, Historical Geology to Immigration & Ethnic Groups in American History.

First time sabbatical teachers must apply online using the Visiting Student Application (enter hyperlink) and do not need to complete the Certification for Students Enrolled in Other Institutions of Higher Education section. It is recommended that prospective sabbatical teachers attend a union-sponsored sabbatical workshop to learn about Department of Education guidelines prior to their registration at Queensborough. Contact the DOE for more information.

24-Credit HSE Program (New York State High School Equivalency Diploma)

Prospective students who do not hold a high school diploma or the equivalent may qualify for the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) by enrolling in Queensborough as a non-degree student and following the steps outlined below:

  1. Take the CUNY Act Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics and successfully complete all remedial courses where required,
  2. Complete a prescribed credit distribution in order to earn the New York State high school equivalency diploma. A total of 24 credits are required, as follows:
    • Six credits in English language arts including writing, speaking and reading (literature)
    • Three credits in mathematics
    • Three credits in natural science
    • Three credits in social science
    • Three credits in humanities
    • Six credits in career and technical education or foreign languages.

For more information and a list of the distribution requirements, please consult the College catalog.

A onetime non-refundable APPLICATION FEE of $65.00 (USD) will be added to the bill at the time of registration for every new non-degree student.

Matriculation of Non-degree Students

Non-degree students may apply for matriculation in a degree or certificate program by filing the QCC Non-degree to Degree Application form, available from the College's Admissions Office. To be considered for matriculation, these non-degree students need to:

  • Complete at least 6 credits at QCC
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C)
  • Submit official copies of all previous high school and college transcripts to the Admissions Office for evaluation.
  • Take the CUNY Assessment tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

Important Information For Undocumented Students

Undocumented students who have been admitted and are attending a CUNY college and subsequently earn an HSE, will not be eligible for in-state (lower) tuition, should they decide to become matriculated (degree) students.

This policy affects undocumented students who wish to enroll as non-degree students in the 24 Credit Program.

Please note:

  1. For Fall matriculation, only records and grades on file by June 1 are considered for evaluation. Grades for summer session courses will not considered.
  2. For Spring matriculation, only records and grades on file by January 10 are considered.

Transfer credits for work completed at other institutions will be granted to non-degree students filing for matriculation only after a review of official transcripts, and only for those courses completed with a grade of “C” or better from a non-CUNY college (or a grade of “D” or better from another CUNY college). Refer to the section on Transfer Admissions for related information.

IMPORTANT: Students who apply for matriculation after the recommended deadline date stated for the Fall or Spring semester may not receive a transfer credit evaluation before registration for that semester.

Services for Students with Disabilities

If you need accommodation(s) due to a disability, please contact QCC’s office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) located in room S-132 or call 718-631-6257.

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