Did you know we are the home of the Tigers and Queensborough Academies! We are excited to welcome you to our vibrant academic community in the Borough of Dreams – Queens, New York. The Office of New Student Engagement provides assistance, information and resources to you from the time of your acceptance through your first semester. We are here at the beginning to make sure you make a successful transition to Queensborough! We invite you to click on the links below to view important information on the tools, resources, and services available to you as a QCC student. We are committed to your success and wish you a great semester!
To ensure your successful transition to QCC, after you register for classes make sure to follow these steps.
Step 1: Claim your QCC email, Tiger ID, and the QCC Connect App
Claiming your email account
Claiming your email is your first step! You can claim your QCC email (Office 365) 48 hours after you register for classes. We apologize for this delay, but our system takes a little time to sync. Two days after you register, click the link below to claim your email. You will use your email to connect with your professors, classmates, and more.
We know this may sound like many accounts to claim, but all of these tools will support your success at QCC. Your Tiger ID will grant you access to the QCC Connect App, campus Wi-Fi, and many other QCC resources. Your Tiger ID username and password are not the same as your Office 365 or CUNYfirst credentials.
Lastly, you can now claim your QCC Connect App (make sure you have claimed your Tiger ID, or else you will not be able to log in to your QCC App). The QCC Connect App gives you access to your digital Student ID card, campus map, and contact information for QCC faculty and staff. To log in to the QCC App, download the QCC Connect App on your phone. Once opened, log in using your newly created Tiger ID username and password to log in.
Step 2: Upload Your Covid-19 Vaccination Verification to Your CUNYfirst Account
If you haven't already completed this mandatory step, now is the time to do so! All CUNY students attending in-person and/or hybrid classes will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Just follow these simple steps to successfully upload your Covid-19 vaccination verification. Once your verification documents are approved, you will receive a confirmation in your QCC Connect App.
Take a picture of your Vaccine Card and save it to the device you will be using to upload your Covid-19 Vaccine verification
Once you are in your CUNYFirst account, click the Vaccine Verification Tile
Click 'Add New Record'
Follow next steps and upload an image of your Covid Vaccine Card. Make sure to input the correct dates of you vaccine doses as requested. next steps and upload an image of your Covid-19 Vaccination Card
When completed click 'Submit'
Need help uploading your verification?
Once your vaccination information has been uploaded, it will take a few days to verify the information. Please Note: You will not be automatically notified through CUNYfirst as to whether or not your vaccination information has been approved. Within a few days of uploading your information, you can view your status (approved or no approved) by loggingin to your QCC Connect App. When approved, your status will be reflected on your digital student ID that must be presented our Public Safety Officers to access the campus.
Step 3: Pay Your Tuition
Although most QCC students receive some form of financial aid, it is your responsibility to ensure that your tuition charges are paid on time. For new students, your tuition bill is due within a certain number of days before classes start. Here are your options:
Students receiving financial aid must ensure that they have completed the financial aid application and fulfilled all requirements to secure their aid. For further guidance feel free to email the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
To take advantage of payment plan options and other ways to pay your tuition charges, click on the links below for more information.
Step 4: Claim Your Blackboard Account and Complete Your SPARC Training
Blackboard is a multi-functional web-based platform. It can be used to conduct online classes and complete required University trainings such as SPARC.
Claiming your Blackboard Account
In Blackboard you will find information for each course you take, including assignments shared by your professors, and other academic resources. Click the link below to access your Blackboard account. Your username and password are the same as your CUNYfirst account login. It should look like: email@example.com.
Completing your Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course, also known as SPARC
Now that you have claimed your Blackboard account, you can now complete the mandatory SPARC training. New York State Requires all colleges to mandate students to complete ongoing education and training about sexual misconduct, including domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and sexual violence. At CUNY that training is called Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course (“SPARC”).
Please log in to Blackboard to complete your SPARC training online. SPARC can be found in Blackboard under “My Organizations”. SPARC should take about 45 minutes to complete. Please take a picture, screen shot and/or save your results after you complete and submit your training. You will need to show proof of completion.
Step 5: Participate in New Student Orientation
Making the transition to college is exciting! Whether you are a recent high school graduate having to adjust to an unfamiliar routine, or someone preparing for a new career, New Student Orientation is designed to alleviate some of your concerns by providing information to help with your adjustment to the College.
Keep an eye out for an email invitation to attend New Student Orientation, also known as NSO. It’s the kick-off to your first semester as a Queensborough student! You will learn about the many resources and technology tools available to help you succeed as a new student. For more information, email us at NewStudents@qcc.cuny.edu.
Step 6: Get Ready for the first day of classes
You are almost ready to start your classes! Review these last steps to ensure your first day of classes is a productive one. Your last few steps will include:
How to Review Your Schedule
Review your schedule in CUNYfirst or through the QCC Connect App to learn what the instructional mode for each of your courses will be. You may be registered for in-person, hybrid, or online classes. If you are taking online classes, and have weekly meeting times at a set day and time – these are known as synchronous classes. You may have classes that do not meet at a set time – these are asynchronous classes.
How to purchase your textbooks
Check if your professors have posted your course textbook in Blackboard or CUNYfirst. You can also use QCC’s bookstore textbook search feature by clicking here. Visit QCC’s bookstore to complete your textbook purchases.
Familiarizing yourself with the academic calendar and class modality – in-person, hybrid, or online.
Being able to plan ahead is an important part of being a successful QCC Student. Review the academic calendar to keep an eye on important deadlines, days when classes do not meet at their regular scheduled times or do not meet at all. Lastly, courses at QCC are offered in different modalities. These can be in-person, hybrid, online synchronous or asynchronous. It will be important for you to know which modality your courses are offered.
Student Ambassadors at Queensborough Community College are current students and alumni who will assist you with any questions you may have. Their knowledge and experience will help you - whether you are a current or prospective student - feel welcome and make meaningful connections on our campus. You have an entire community working toward your success, and our Ambassadors are here to be a personal point-of-contact for you. We invite you to send an email to an Ambassador by clicking on the button below.
Tips and Tools
Your successful transition to Queensborough and college life is important to us. As you begin to prepare for classes, we encourage you to view the videos created by our campus community. These videos highlight the many academic and student support services available to you as a QCC student.
It is the responsibility of the student to self-identify as a student with a disability.
Students must contact OAS to schedule an appointment with the program director to register for services. It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation (see documentation guidelines) to support the individual's request for any accommodations.
Students need to:
Complete the OAS Intake form
Submit documentation of disability that supports request for accommodation
The Office of New Student Engagement provides assistance, information and resources to you, the new student, from the time of your acceptance through your first weeks of classes. We are here at the beginning to make sure you make a successful transition to Queensborough!