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