About CUNY Start



W  hat is CUNY Start?

CUNY Start is a college transition program that provides intensive coursework in reading/writing, math, and college success. The program enrolls students who have been accepted to CUNY and need foundational academic skills development before beginning credit courses. Students who enroll in CUNY Start attend for an academic semester and are able to re-take the required CUNY Assessment Tests up to two times.


Why CUNY Start?

CUNY Start offers intensive instruction and advisement on either a full-time (25 hours per week) or part-time (12 hours per week) basis. Students pay only $75 for a semester of CUNY Start, which includes textbooks. At CUNY Start, students do not use their limited financial aid, enabling them to save it for their credit courses. Individuals who complete the program are significantly better prepared for college-level coursework. Past students have shown significant gains when they re-take the CUNY Assessment Tests, and many have been exempted from remedial coursework entirely.


What is the CUNY Start approach?


Who is eligible for CUNY Start?

To be eligible for CUNY Start, students:

- Must to be accepted to a CUNY college that has a CUNY Start program (see below)

- Take the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT)

- CAT scores demonstrate need for skills development in reading/writing and/or math.

How do you apply for the CUNY Start program?

  In order to apply for the program, you must:

  • Apply and be accepted to CUNY (for more information on how to apply to CUNY, click here)
  • Attend an information session at a CUNY Start program


Where do I find a CUNY Start program in my borough?

CUNY Start is offered at eight CUNY campuses throughout the five boroughs. The college include:

Bronx: Bronx Community College and Hostos Community College

Brooklyn: Kingsborough Community College and Medgar Evers College

Manhattan: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Queens: LaGuardia Community College and Queensborough Community College

Staten Island: College of Staten Island



For more information, contact one of the CUNY Start programs today! And visit us on Facebook here .

"CUNY Start didn't just prepare me for the CUNY Assessment Tests; they prepared me for the college classes."

-  Freshta, CUNY Start alumna at QCC