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English and math prep for new CUNY students

CUNY Start by City University of New York (CUNY)

Services Provided Earning a college degree, Improving English skills

Eligibility CUNY students

Schedule 1 to less than 3 months, Daytime

Last Updated Last updated 2 days ago

Students can get help meeting CUNY’s standards and preparing for college courses.

Students entering a CUNY college can take classes to help them meet their English and math level requirements. These classes are open to students at certain CUNY campuses across all five boroughs.

Who it's for Who it's for

CUNY Start is open to students who:

  • Earned a high school or high school equivalency (HSE or GED) diploma
  • Completed all CUNY admissions requirements
  • Have been accepted to a campus that offers the CUNY Start/ Math Start program
  • Need extra help with English, math, or both based on your CUNY English and math placement tests (your “proficiency index score“)
  • Have been recommended to the program

Visit the CUNY Start page for more information on eligibility.

Next Steps

To join CUNY Start:

  • Complete all CUNY admissions requirements.
  • Connect with the CUNY Start/ Math Start program at your campus.
  • Attend an information session.
  • Pay your $75 CUNY Start student fee. A small number of fee waivers may be available; contact the program you’re interested in if the fee is a barrier to joining the program.

Classes cost $35 to $75 depending on how long they run. A small number of fee waivers may be possible.