How to Apply as a Non-Degree Student

Students may attend Queensborough Community College as non-degree students. The non-degree status differs from that of a matriculated student for the following reasons:

  • Although students receive college credit for coursework, they are not officially enrolled in a program of study leading to the Associate degree or certificate.
  • Non-degree students pay a slightly higher rate of tuition and are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Enrollment in certain "high-demand" lab science courses (Anatomy and Physiology, Micro-Biology for example) may be limited to Queensborough degree seeking students only.

Applicants 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. Only completed applications will be considered and applicants will receive appropriate notification regarding registration.

To ensure that your application will be processed in a timely manner, please complete all sections. Only completed applications will be considered and applicants will receive appropriate notification regarding registration.

Please note that certain courses require satisfactory completion of the CUNY Assessment tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics before registration will be permitted. Non-degree students must satisfy all course prerequisites.

Applications Will Not Be Processed After The Deadline.

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

Categories of Non-Degree Students:

Often non-degree students are those who are interested in taking one or more courses without committing to a degree. Two categories of students may also enroll in courses as non-degree students:

  1. Teachers on sabbatical
  2. 24 Credit HSE Program

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 as “Visiting” students and will participate in early registration for the first semester. 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.

To look up our course offerings for the semester, please check the Schedule of Classes.

You may visit the Admissions Office , or call us at 718- 281-5000.

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.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center
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Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art Gallery
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