MATH Start


About MATH Start

MATH Start is an intensive and low cost program for students who need to increase their Math proficiency levels before starting credit courses. The program provides 8-18-weeks of rigorous preparation in academic math and college success advisement, giving students the opportunity to reduce or eliminate their developmental skills requirements in one semester.

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.

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.


To be eligible for CUNY Start, you must:

  • Complete all CUNY Admissions requirements, be accepted to LaGuardia, and be eligible to register for classes
  • Have developmental needs in English and Math based on the CUNY proficiency index score
    Attend a CUNY Start information session and interview with a staff member
  • Submit a copy of your high school, high school equivalency or foreign high school diploma (must be evaluated by CUNY).
  • Be able to commit to an intensive academic schedule

Program Benefits

  • Improve your math skills and be better prepared for college-level work
  • Up to two opportunities to fulfill your developmental needs
  • Low cost: $35 per semester, including books, materials, tutoring and advisement
  • Save financial aid and spend less time in developmental courses


(718) 482-5137


In person:
29-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C415
Long Island City, NY 11101



Classes begin a few times a year throughout the semester.

Both the college’s developmental courses and MATH Start build the skills needed for college-level study. The advantage of MATH Start is that study is intensive, affordable and 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.

You will reduce or eliminate your need to take additional developmental courses, and you will also be able to begin taking credit courses. This will help you get on track to earning your college degree in a timely fashion and being better prepared to succeed in college-level studies.

Students who take several developmental courses and use their financial aid to pay for them may run out of aid before completing a college degree. However, MATH Start is a low cost (only $35) program that allows you to save your financial aid award for college credit courses.

Our program aims to alleviate the financial burden of having to pay full cost for developmental courses. This way you can use your financial aid award for credit-bearing courses that count towards your degree.

Our program is evidence based and shows that students tend to build a stronger academic foundation if they focus exclusively on developmental courses for the semester. MATH Start students do not register for other courses during their time in the program.


For more information about MATH Start and campus resources, please visit:


CUNY Start/MATH Start have developed various partnerships to ensure you have the resources and support you need to be successful in college.

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MATH Start