CUNY Start is an intensive and supportive program for students who need to take a skills development course before beginning many credit-bearing courses. At a cost of just $75 for the semester, CUNY Start can help you save your limited financial aid dollars for courses that will earn you credit toward graduation.

In Fall 2020, the CUNY Start Program will be entirely online, offering highly interactive, synchronous instruction every class day.

Since coming to QCC in 2011, the CUNY Start programs have helped thousands of students prepare to thrive in college. By joining CUNY Start, you have the opportunity to meet all of your remedial requirements, prepare for the challenge of college-level work, and work with a dedicated adviser who will make sure that you have the tools you need to successfully navigate your first semesters of college.

For a quick introduction to CUNY Start, watch the video below.

CUNY Start Program Options

All programs include weekly advisement and college success seminars.

Full-Time Math and English Program:

  • 25 hours of Reading, Writing and Math instruction per week
  • Mondays through Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Part-Time Math Program:

  • 12 hours of Math instruction per week
  • Mondays through Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. OR  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Part-Time English Program:

  • 12 hours of Reading/Writing instruction per week
  • Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. OR 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Complete a CUNY Start interest form and we will contact you for an Information Session!

WHY CHOOSE CUNY START?

  • Have live instruction every class day
  • Spend less time in remedial classes

  • Improve your Reading, Writing and Math skills

  • Have two opportunities to earn proficiency for college-level classes

  • Save money with $75 tuition for the entire semester

  • Learn in a supportive, student-centered environment

  • Work with a CUNY Start Adviser to plan your academic future

  • Build your college knowledge and skills

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR CUNY START?

To join CUNY Start, you need to:

  • Have a high school or high school equivalency diploma
  • Be an admitted student at Queensborough Community College
  • Have placement results that indicate you need to take one or more remedial courses:
    • Full-time Program: You need to take a remedial math course and a remedial English course
    • Part-time Math Program: You need to take a remedial math course
    • Part-Time English Program: You need to take a remedial English course
  • Submit a short data form and attend an information session with a CUNY Start staff member

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