CUNY Start @ Queensborough- A Strong Start in College

CUNY Start

at Queensborough Community College

CUNY Start is an intensive program that provides instruction in academic reading, writing, and math for college bound students who have not passed the CUNY Assessment Tests. The program, which includes integrated academic advisement, is completed in just one semester. By joining CUNY Start you can improve your scores on the Assessment Tests, be better prepared for the challenge of college-level work, and save your limited financial aid dollars for credit-bearing courses. The cost of our program is just $75, and that includes books as well as study materials. For a quick introduction to CUNY Start, watch the video below.

In Fall 2016, we will offer both a part-time program for students working on Pre-College Math only and a full-time program for students working on Pre-College Math as well as Reading and/or Writing.

Full-Time Math, Reading and Writing Program:

  • 25 hours of Reading, Writing and Math instruction per week
  • Monday through Friday; 9:00AM – 3:00PM
  • Weekly advisement seminars for college success
  • Acceptance based on CUNY Placement Exam scores

Part-Time Math Program:

  • 12 hours of Math instruction per week
  • Monday through Thursday; 2:00PM – 5:00PM OR 6:00PM – 9:00PM
  • Weekly advisement seminars for college success
  • Acceptance based on CUNY Placement Exam scores


The CUNY Start program offers academic advisement and provides instruction in two subject areas: Math and Reading/Writing. See below for more information.

Pre-College Math
Pre-College Math focuses on complex topics in algebra. Topics include functions in new settings and the manipulation of expressions. Understanding is maximized through in-depth study of core math concepts in an interactive, supportive learning environment.

Academic Reading/Writing
Through an interdisciplinary curriculum, students build key reading and writing skills and broaden their general background knowledge. Skill development includes argumentative and analytic writing, as well as college-level reading and study skills.

College Success Advisement
All students in CUNY Start participate in weekly seminars to explore their academic identity and learn about college demands and campus resources. College advisement helps students align their career goals with educational requirements and prepares them for academic achievement and graduation.


  • Spend less time in remedial classes
  • Improve your Reading, Writing and Math skills
  • Have two opportunities to retake the CUNY placement exams
  • Save money with $75 tuition for the entire semester
  • Receive advisement for help planning your academic future


In order to join CUNY Start, you need to:

  • Have a high school or high school equivalency diploma
  • Have been admitted to Queensborough Community College
  • Have taken the CUNY Assessment Tests and have scores that indicate you need to re-take Reading, Writing, and/or Math
    • Full-time Program: You need to re-take Math and Reading OR Writing Exams.
    • Part-time Program: You need to re-take the Math Exam.
  • Attend an Information Session


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