How to Apply as a Non-Degree Student

Students currently enrolled at other CUNY schools and wish to take courses at Queensborough must do so through the Epermit process.

Senior Citizens who wish to audit classes as non-matriculated student on a tuition-free, space-available basis please visit How to Apply as a Senior Citizen.

Students not currently enrolled at other CUNY schools must apply for non-degree status using our Non-Degree Application. Applications are processed as they are received. To ensure that your application will be processed in a timely manner, please complete all sections and submit by the application deadlines. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to be eligible for classes as they fill up quick. Non-degree students can apply for all semesters (fall, winter, spring, summer). A non-refundable processing fee of $65 is required to process this application. Based on the latest Coronavirus guidance, the QCC Office of Admissions is working remotely. To assist students with their applications, our office will process your application and add the $65 to your account. In short, you do not need to submit the $65 in person or by mail.

All students applying for non-degree status must demonstrate college readiness prior to class registration. The following documentation can be submitted to assess proficiency.

  1. ACT or SAT.
  2. NYS Regents.
  3. Completion of a 3-credit college level Math and English class with a C or higher.

All students must provide proof of immunization. New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires post-secondary students to show protection against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). Persons born before January 1, 1957 must provide proof of rubella immunization. Persons born on or after January 1, 1957 are required to present proof of immunity against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). Submit forms to the Office of Health Services prior to registration. For more information visit the Office of Health Services.

Once the Office of Admission has determined acceptance in addition to proficiency students will receive information, via email, on how to register for classes.

View all available classes online


Tuition Eligibility

To be eligible for New York City tuition rates, students must be residents of New York State for the past year, and must have lived in New York City as the principal place of residence for six consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the semester you want to attend. In addition students must be US citizens, permanent residents, or possess an eligible non-immigrant status. The information provided will be used to determine if a student qualifies for the New York City tuition rate.

Categories of Non-Degree Students:

In addition to students wishing to take non-degree classes Queensborough Community College offers two specific non-degree programs:

Teachers on Sabbatical

Each semester, the College enrolls teachers on sabbaticals into a variety of courses. It is recommended that prospective sabbatical teachers attend a union-sponsored sabbatical workshop to learn about Department of Education guidelines prior to their registration at Queensborough. Contact the DOE for more information.

24-Credit HSE Program (New York State High School Equivalency Diploma)

Prospective students who do not hold a high school diploma or the equivalent may qualify for the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) by enrolling in Queensborough as a non-degree student and following the steps outlined below:

  1. Complete a prescribed credit distribution in order to earn the New York State high school equivalency diploma. A total of 24 credits are required, as follows:
    • Six credits in English language arts including writing, speaking and reading (literature)
    • Three credits in mathematics
    • Three credits in natural science
    • Three credits in social science
    • Three credits in humanities
    • Six credits in career and technical education or foreign languages.

For more information and a list of the distribution requirements, please consult the College catalog.

Matriculation of Non-degree Students

Non-degree students may apply for matriculation in a degree or certificate program by filing the QCC Non-degree to Degree Application form, available from the College's Admissions Office. To be considered for matriculation, these non-degree students need to:

  • Complete at least 6 credits at QCC
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C)
  • Submit official copies of all previous high school and college transcripts to the Admissions Office for evaluation.
  • Take the CUNY Assessment tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

Services for Students with Disabilities

If you need accommodation(s) due to a disability, please contact QCC’s office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) located in room S-132 or call 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.


Apply Now

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.