• CUNY Start



    Are you an incoming CUNY student who has not passed one or more sections of the CUNY Assessment Tests? CUNY Start can help! CUNY Start provides 18 weeks of intensive preparation in academic reading, writing, and pre-college mathematics as well as “college success” advisement.

    Start out strong in your college career and reduce the amount of time spent in required remedial classes.

    • Improve your scores on the CUNY Assessment Tests
    • Be better prepared for the challenges of college-level academic work
    • Spend only $75 for the entire semester, including materials
    • Save your limited financial aid dollars for college credit classes
    • Have full access to campus resources: academic and career counseling, library and athletic facilities

    Building on high school and high school equivalency-level math skills, Pre-College Math focuses on more complex topics in algebra. Topics include functions in new settings and the manipulation of expressions. Understanding is maximized through in-depth study of core math concepts in an interactive, supportive learning environment.
    Through an interdisciplinary curriculum, you will build key reading and writing skills and broaden your general background knowledge. Skill development includes argumentative and analytic writing, and college-level reading and study skills.
    Develop your academic identity and learn about college structures and campus resources. College advisement will help you align your career goals with educational requirements and prepares you for academic achievement and graduation.

    CUNY Start Services

  • How to Apply


    To apply to CUNY Start, please complete the following steps:

    1. Complete all CUNY admissions requirements
    2. Take the CUNY Assessment Tests and receive your scores to determine remedial needs
    3. Attend an information session at LaGuardia Community College
    4. Complete the online program application
    5. Interview with a CUNY Start staff member
    6. Submit a copy of your high school or high school equivalency diploma
    7. Pay the $75 student fee


    Peire Wilson

    Peire Wilson has come a long way, figuratively and literally. After a string of college rejections, Peire jumped on a plane from Tampa, Florida and went to CUNY seeking college admission. LaGuardia was his first choice, and he was accepted into CUNY Start, an intensive 18-week academic program that prepares students to pass the CUNY placement exams and succeed in college. “Once I got into CUNY Start, my teacher, advisor and even classmates went above and beyond to ensure I understood the information and resources that were available to me,” says Peire. After completing the program, Peire began his degree studies through LaGuardia’s Accelerated Study in Associate Program (ASAP) and is now on track to graduate as a Paralegal Studies major.

    During his time at LaGuardia, Peire has worked hard and garnered numerous honors. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year college students, and made the Dean’s List. He was also selected as a student ambassador in LaGuardia’s prestigious President’s Society. And lastly, he was named a recipient of the inaugural merit-based Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship Award. Of only 10 students in the country awarded this scholarship, Peire was the only one from New York State, the only community college student, and the only student from a public institution.

    “It’s all to the credit of my institution and its belief in me and my success,” he says. From LaGuardia, Peire hopes to attend New York University and pursue a B.A. Degree in Music Business and ultimately receive law degree from Columbia Law School.

    Peire Wilson


    (718) 482-5137


    In person:
    29-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C415
    Long Island City, NY 11101
    Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


    Our Fall classes start on September 7, 2017, and we offer full-time and part-time programs:

    • Full-time day program (reading, writing and math): 25 hours per week
    • Part-time program (math only): 12 hours per week

    If you have been admitted to CUNY, but not yet registered for courses for Fall 2017, ask your college advisor about CUNY Start or contact CUNY Start directly at (718) 482-5137 or cunystart@lagcc.cuny.edu.
    College-bound high school graduates and high school equivalency diploma recipients who have been admitted to CUNY and taken the CUNY Assessment Tests (but have not yet registered for classes). CUNY Start students have all demonstrated a need for skills development in reading, writing or in math.

    For the full-time program, CUNY tests have indicated a need for remediation in both math and writing.
    Both the college’s remedial courses and CUNY Start build the skills needed for college-level study. The advantage of CUNY Start is that study is intensive — 12 or 25 hours a week — and is designed for high school graduates and high school equivalency diploma recipients, adults who have been out of school, and anyone who wants to make a strong start in college. In addition, CUNY Start students save their financial aid for credit courses.
    You will begin your CUNY college courses the next semester. As a result of college transition, you are likely to reduce the time you spend in college remedial courses and make a stronger transition to college credit courses. You will start credit courses better prepared to succeed and graduate.
    College transition students do not use financial aid for CUNY Start and instead save their financial aid for credit courses. Students who take several college remedial courses and use their financial aid to pay for them may run out of financial aid before completing their degree. College transition study is affordable — students pay only $75 for a term of CUNY Start, which includes textbooks.
    College transition is a special effort by CUNY to help make the dream of a CUNY degree feasible for high school graduates and high school equivalency diploma recipients, and anyone who wishes to make a strong start in college.


    For more information about CUNY Start, please visit:


    Foster Care Initiative

    The CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative aims to connect students to CUNY Start and/or ASAP to improve persistence and increase their chances of timely graduation at CUNY. The Foster Care Initiative ensures a coordinated pathway to CUNY degree completion and is made possible thanks to the generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. For more information contact Lutful Khan at (718) 254-7791, or Greta Hosford at (718) 254-7698, or Greta.Hosford@cuny.edu.