2021 Spring Semester

Synchronous | Asynchronous

Distance Learning and Virtual Student Support Services will continue for the majority of Spring classes.

Tigers! Keep the momentum going towards your degree. Nearly all Spring courses are being offered online, so you can take your classes from the convenience and comfort of home, and choose between synchronous & asynchronous courses!

Spring classes start on Friday, January 29th. Nearly all courses are fully online.

There are 3 ways you can Register

To get a schedule that works best for you, register today on CUNYfirst! Use Schedule Builder in CUNYfirst to help you in planning your schedule and registering for classes.

If you wish to speak with an adviser, use our Virtual Walk-In Advisement* session.

*Freshmen are strongly urged to speak with an adviser prior to registering for the spring semester, to stay on track towards their degree.

You can email or call your adviser (listed in Starfish) to make an appointment with your adviser*.

Find Your Adviser

Virtual Walk-In Advisement

Click on the image to the right to enter a virtual room on Blackboard Collaborate. (There is no need to login to Blackboard to speak with an adviser.)

  • Once you are inside Collaborate, type your name to join an advisement session. Then click "Join Session".
  • Once you enter the advisement session, you will be greeted by an advising staff member within a few minutes.
  • You will need to provide your EMPL ID (Student ID) and the reason for assistance.
  • You will be connected to the next available adviser in a breakout room. Wait times vary.
  • Your webcam and microphone are only available once in a session with an adviser, in a breakout room. The webcam and microphone are disabled while you are in the waiting room to prevent too much confusion.

You can expect to wait to see someone, as you would in person, but those times vary from day to day.

Advisement Service Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 pm

Virtual Academy Advisement Office: Effective from Monday, January 11th through Thursday, February 4th

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What's the difference between synchronous vs. asynchronous learning?

Synchronous: Synchronous courses mean you attend class at a regularly scheduled time. It refers to courses where you are in a "virtual classroom" at the same time with your classmates, and your professor teaches you "in person", though online. Most professors will use Blackboard Collaborate to teach a synchronous course. Some may also use Zoom or another virtual conferencing platform. It is important that you login to Blackboard prior to the start of the semester to prepare for a synchronous course to find out the platform your prof will be using. It is also very important to check your email often for messages about your course from your professor.

Asynchronous: Asynchronous courses are more flexible than synchronous courses. In the asynchronous modality you complete the coursework when and where you want, as long as you meet applicable deadlines as the course progresses. Most if not all professors will use Blackboard to post all course content, including assignments, discussion forums, projects and quizzes/exams. It is important that you login to Blackboard prior to the start of the semester to prepare for an asynchronous course to get a feel for the course content and instructions about the course form your professor. It is also very important to check your email often for messages about your course from your professor.​

Synchronous learning takes place in "real-time" (live online) at the scheduled hours on CUNYfirst. In asynchronous learning, the instructor and students are not engaged at the same time. Instead, students in an asynchronous course engage with course content on their own time at their own pace.

Benefits of a synchronous course:

  • Face-to-face "virtual" engagement with professors and classmates in real time
  • Great choice if you like the "live" class environment
  • Get questions answered immediately, especially about assignments and other responsibilities
  • Has a built-in discipline for completing coursework, and, by being online together there is a sense of shared community and perhaps even virtual group work may take place
  • As close as one can get to an actual "in-person" traditional classroom in the online environment

Benefits of an asynchronous course:

  • Flexibility - you learn at your own pace... but keep track of your assignments and responsibilities!
  • Great choice if you learn easily on your own with guidance from video lectures and perhaps PowerPoints on key concepts your prof will prepare
  • Typically have access to all course content in one easy location such as Blackboard
  • Be aware that asynchronous courses are just as rigorous as any other modalities, including synchronous or "in-person" courses. Since you will be doing the work on your own time and at your own pace, there is s stronger need for self-discipline with asynchronous courses - with the relative freedom comes a stronger personal responsibility. Don't forget that. You will still be getting guidance from your professor, but it will be dictated by your due diligence.

To protect the health and well-being of everyone in our community, Queensborough will be delivering the majority of instruction and support services from a distance this Spring. No courses will be taught fully in-person. Fully online classes will be taught in one of two ways: Synchronous Courses and Asynchronous Courses. Only a very limited number of courses will be taught in a hybrid format.

Visit the Student Resources page for more information on Synchronous and Asynchronous courses.

How do I Register for Spring Semester?

Current QCC and CUNY Students attending a CUNY College other than Queensborough should register via CUNYfirst. Advisement is not required, but we urge QCC students to make an appointment to speak with an adviser prior to registering. You can email or call your adviser (listed in Starfish).

  1. Login to CUNYfirst using your CUNY student account username and password, then click “Self Service” then click “Student Center”

  2. Once you are in the Student Center, click “Search For Classes”

    Student Cener screen within CUNYfirst

  3. For Institution choose “Queensborough Community College”

    For Term choose “2021 Spring Term”

    For Subject choose from the drop-down menu which subject you wish to do a class search for

    Search for Classes screen within CUNYfirst

  4. At the bottom click “Search

    Submit button location with arrow overlay pointing to the button.

  5. Choose which course from the subject list best fits your schedule

    Search results screen where you can select your desired course

  6. Either click “Enroll” to register for the course, or copy the Class number/Section to add to Schedule Builder*

    Screen showing where the Enroll tab is inside of CUNYfirst

*Note: If you wish to use Schedule Builder to help you create a Spring schedule, make sure to copy or write down the Class number or course Section for the class you wish to add to Schedule Builder. Click the link below for how to use Schedule Builder!

What is Schedule Builder?
Schedule Builder is designed to assist you in planning your schedule. Schedule Builder allows you to graphically view schedule options based on the courses and times that work best for you.

  1. Login to your Student Center on CUNYfirst.

  2. Click the “Launch Schedule Builder” link to access the Schedule Builder application. (Be sure to allow pop-ups in the browser).

  3. Once the application opens, Schedule Builder’s Welcome page should appear. Next, select the term in which you would like to search for classes directly on the Welcome page.


Register Using CUNYfirst

How do I Apply for Spring Semester?

Who is Eligible for Spring Semester?

  • Non-degree students

  • Visiting students who are current undergraduates at a non-CUNY college/university

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree students should complete the Non-degree PDF application.

Non-Degree Application

Visiting Students

Visiting students should complete the Visiting students PDF application.

Visiting Student Application


Non-degree and visiting students, if you have any questions with applying for spring classes at Queensborough please contact our Admissions office at admissions@qcc.cuny.edu

What Classes are being Offered?

Why Register Now for Spring 2021?

Advantages to Registering Now:

  • You will be able to get the classes you need to stay on track towards graduation
  • You will be able to get the schedule that works best for you
  • You don't have to pay now; just register for the classes you need
  • You can register for the next course in a sequence without waiting for your current semester grades; for example, if you enrolled in ENGL101 you can register now for ENGL102!

To get a schedule that works best for you, register today on CUNYfirst! Use Schedule Builder in CUNYfirst to help you in planning your schedule and registering for classes.

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