How to Apply as a Freshman

Candidates for admission who hold a regular or local high school diploma, or a New York State Equivalency Diploma (GED) and who have not yet attended college or any post-secondary institution including business, trade or technical school must file the Freshman application for admission.

Note: Students who hold the General Education Development diploma (GED) must provide official documentation of their scores at the time of application. (New York State GED recipients may contact the NYS Department of Education at 518/474-3852 to obtain an official copy of their diploma and transcript of scores

  • A United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) Diploma must be converted to a New York State Equivalency Diploma (GED).

All freshman applicants must apply online directly through the City University of New York (CUNY).

Based on the latest Coronavirus guidance, the QCC Office of Admissions is working remotely. To assist applicants, we are accepting documents via email at this time. Please have your required documents sent directly to our office via email: Application@qcc.cuny.edu.

When To Apply

Students who want to be assured that their applications will receive first priority are strongly advised to apply by the deadline: September 15th for spring or February 1st for fall admission.

Freshman application fee - $65.00 (USD) - Payable by credit card, check or money order


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Change Of Plans?

New students who could not complete registration for the upcoming semester may file a Reactivation Form for the next semester. Students who file for Reactivation early gain an advanced start for advisement and registration for the following semester. To obtain a Reactivation Form, please contact the Admissions Office.

Did You Earn College Credit While in High School?

Queensborough grants transfer credits for college level courses taken while in high school. There are three different ways you could have earned college credit:

  1. By earning a score of 3 or better on any AP exam
  2. By having earned college credits in CUNY’s College Now program
  3. By having earned a C or better in a college level course at a non-CUNY college

For questions regarding any college level credits earned while in high visit the AP Test Exams and Credits page.

Prohibition On Submission Of Fraudulent Admission Documents:

The submission of documents in support of applications for admission such as transcripts, diplomas, test scores, references, or the applications themselves, that are forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, obtained under false pretenses, or otherwise deceptive is prohibited and is punishable by a five year bar on applying for admission or five year suspension from CUNY. A second violation is punishable by a lifetime ban on applying for admission or expulsion from CUNY.

Services for Students with Disabilities

If you need accommodation(s) due to a disability, please contact Queensborough's Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 718-631-6257.

Learn from the Best

  • We are ranked among the best community colleges in New York*.
  • We are ranked one of the best community colleges in the nation (13th out of 710)*.
  • 85% of our full-time faculty hold a Doctoral or Terminal Degree - 3X the national average.

Money Matters

  • Starting your college career at a community college is a more affordable option than a four-year university.
  • An Associate's degree can significantly boost your lifetime earnings.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Transfer scholarships to four-year colleges are available to Queensborough graduates who qualify.

Employment Opportunities

  • Students entering the workforce with an Associate's degree often find it easier to secure a job or internship while completing a Bachelor's degree.

*When compared to average US tuition and fees per year of private, nonprofit four-year colleges and universities.


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Campus Cultural Centers

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

The KHC uses 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.