How College Now Works
College Now at QCC offers NYC public high school juniors and seniors various types of classes to help them prepare for college life: college preparatory workshops, College Focus and credit college level courses. Students whose academic skills do not meet the college-readiness standard can take College Focus or college preparatory courses. Upon successful completion of preparatory courses, students may register to take college level courses until they graduate from high school. Students may take up to 12 credits while in high school.
High School juniors and seniors who meet the eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to take classes for college credit.
All students must be NYC public school high school juniors or seniors.
Most courses are available only to students in partner schools. (link to partner school page)
Some courses may have prerequisites. Eligibility requirements for individual courses can be found here. (link to course page)
College Focus strengthens college readiness skills and has its own requirements:
- For the fall semester, high school seniors who score between 65 and 74 on the ELA Regents are eligible for College Focus English. For Math, students cannot have scored higher than an 80 on any Math Regents (no higher than a 70 on Common Core).
- For the spring semester, high school juniors who meet the criteria described above are eligible.
High school students will be identified and recommended by their College Now high school liaison, and/or other personnel. Students who are interested in taking College Now courses can also ask their high school liaison or guidance counselor. College Now high school liaisons will determine a student’s eligibility for various courses.
Classes are offered in both the fall and spring semesters of each year. Most classes will be offered at the partner high schools; some classes will be offered on the campus of Queensborough Community College. Please consult your College Now high school liaison. College Now also offers Summer Programs on the QCC campus.
Classes meet before and after a student’s school day. Generally, students can expect a final exam and course work that may include quizzes, essays, papers, skills exercises and problem solving exercises as assigned by the instructor.
Students are expected to attend every class meeting of a course. Attendance is monitored from the first day a class begins. Lateness to class can be considered an absence as well. Absence from class can seriously affect the student’s chances of successfully completing a course. Generally absences beyond 15% of course hours may result in a failing grade for the course.
Getting College Credit
After participation in College Now courses, students will have an official transcript on file with Queensborough Community College. The transcript lists all the student’s courses, grades and Grade Point Average (GPA). The transcript will reflect all courses taken by the student, including: completed college credit courses (whether passed or failed) and College Now workshops. Students must claim their CUNYfirst accounts in order to have access to this transcript and to order copies to transmit to receiving colleges. See FAQs for more information on transcripts.