Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pathways?
Pathways is a new system of general education across CUNY that ensures ease of transfer between CUNY community and four-year colleges. Pathways consists of the Required Common Core (12 credits) and the Flexible Common Core (18 credits).

When will Pathways take effect and how does it apply to me?
Pathways applies to every student entering Queensborough in fall 2013 and after. Continuing students who entered Queensborough prior to fall 2013 may have the option to choose whether to change to Pathways or complete their existing graduation requirements. Students should consult the appropriate academic adviser for further information.

How does Pathways affect transferring to a CUNY senior college?
Pathways allows for a seamless transfer of credits from one CUNY college to another. Once students have completed a Common Core requirement at one CUNY college (30 credits), that requirement is considered fulfilled if they transfer to another CUNY college.

What about transferring to a non-CUNY college or university?
The Pathways general education requirement applies only to CUNY colleges and has no real impact on transfer to a non-CUNY colleges or universities. Many Queensborough students transfer SUNY and private institutions. The college has many articulation agreements with institutions outside of CUNY, which ensure seamless transfer. Click here for more information on transfer opportunities at SUNY and private institutions.

I am enrolled in an Associate in Applied Science degree program. How does Pathways affect me?
Students enrolled in an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program are not required to complete the 30 credit Common Core. However, the Liberal Arts courses required for each AAS degree must be Pathways-approved Common Core courses.  AAS students should consult their advisers to ensure the Liberal Arts courses meet Pathways requirements.

Does Pathways cost more?
No. Because Pathways will enhance your transition to a four-year institution, no credits will be wasted, nor will any financial aid be lost.

Why should I finish my degree at Queensborough?
About 60 percent of the students come to Queensborough to earn their Associate degree and transfer to a four-year college. Students with an Associate degree are generally better prepared and more successful after transfer, than students who begin at a senior college.

Once you’ve earned a degree, no one can take that away from you!

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