Eligibility And Curriculum

Student Eligibility

To be eligible to attend CLIP, students must first be accepted as fully matriculated students by any branch of CUNY. They must be entering freshmen or freshmen who have not completed more than one semester at any CUNY college. Students who have already attended one cycle of CLIP may continue for two more cycles. Students are also eligible to attend CLIP if they have failed the same ESL course twice and have been academically dismissed from a senior college in CUNY.

We cannot accept students who hold an F1 visa.


The CLIP curriculum focuses on academic language to prepare students to handle college level English. Students are taught reading and writing skills as well as skills for listening to and understanding lectures and knowing how to take notes efficiently. They are also given instruction on how to make formal oral presentations. In addition, students are taught study skills, test-taking skills, research skills and computer skills. Students are also given an orientation to the Queensborough Community College campus and college life in general. They will have the opportunity to attend presentations given by various college representatives from such offices as Advisement, Writing Center, Financial Aid, or the Library as well as by representatives from different college departments.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

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

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

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 GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.