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CUNY Start | The City University of New York (CUNY)

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For CUNY associate degree-seeking students who need to meet CUNY’s proficiency milestones and want to get a Strong Start in college, CUNY Start offers affordable help in English and/or in math.

  • Costs $75, including materials
  • Students can choose between full-time and part-time schedules
  • A second program option, Math Start, helps students develop math skills in shorter 8-10 week cycles, or an intensive summer program.

Summer 2021: Check out the Math Start and Reading/Writing (English) Start programs information for Summer 2021.

CUNY Start and Math Start are recognized for their outstanding outcomes. After completing the full-time program, CUNY Start students are three times as likely to achieve proficiency in English and math as compared to their non-CUNY Start peers. Over 80% of the students who completed Math Start met CUNY’s proficiency milestone and are getting a Strong Start in college.


Who is eligible

You might be eligible for CUNY Start/Math Start if you can answer yes to these questions:

  • Have you earned a high school or high school equivalency diploma?
  • Have you completed all CUNY admissions requirement and accepted your offer to CUNY?
  • Could you benefit from extra support in English and/or math based on your proficiency index scores?
  • Are you able to commit to the program’s academic schedule and unique, student-centered instructional approach?

Specific colleges may have other eligibility criteria. Contact the CUNY Start program at your campus for more information.


How to apply

To enroll in CUNY Start/Math Start:

  • Complete all CUNY admissions requirements and apply to a CUNY Start/Math Start campus
  • Attend an information session at one of the CUNY Start/Math Start campuses
  • Meet one-on-one with a CUNY Start/Math Start staff member
  • Submit a copy of your high school or high school equivalency diploma and complete any other requirements for your college
  • Pay your $75 student fee

Although students do not use their financial aid while enrolled in CUNY Start or Math Start, students are encouraged to Apply for Financial Aid as early as possible.


How to get help

Contact CUNY Start at your campus today

Get more information on the CUNY Start website

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Updated May 7, 2021