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What is CUNY Start?

CUNY Start at Kingsborough Community College is a low-cost, intensive program for students who have been accepted to the Kingsborough Community College, but are not ready for college-level work based on their scores on the CUNY Assessment tests. CUNY Start offers rigorous, semester long academic preparation in math and/or reading and writing. In addition, participants receive academic advisement and develop skills to help them succeed in college.

CUNY Start offers both a full time program for students who have math and reading and/or writing needs, and a part time program for students who have math or reading and writing needs. After successfully completing the course, students have two opportunities to retake the placement exams. The program costs only $75 per semester, including all books and materials, and allows students to save their financial aid for credit courses.

All interested students must attend an information session in order to apply to the program. Information sessions are offered every Thursday at 2pm in the T4 building, room 4112. RSVP by emailing us at or calling 718.368.4500.

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What can CUNY Start do for you? 

·         Improves your math and/or reading and writing skills.

·         Improves your scores on the CUNY Assessment Tests.

·         Prepares you for the challenges of college-level academic work.

·         Offers you comprehensive academic advisement for college success. 

·         Offers full access to campus resources: academic and career counseling, libraries and athletic facilities.

Differences between CUNY START and Typical Remedial Classes

CUNY Start:

Typical Remedial Classes:


·         Remedial classes are non-credit classes

·         Prepare for reading/writing and/or math – all in the same semester

·         Spend only $75 for the entire semester, including textbooks and supplies provided

·         Students save financial aid for credit baring classes

·         Two opportunities to re-take any needed placement tests in the subject you study

·         12 hours of instruction per subject per week

·         Full time program Mon-Fri 9:00 – 3:15, and Part time programs offered 2:00pm– 5:00pm and 6:15pm – 9:15pm


·         Remedial classes are non-credit classes

·         Must take separate classes in reading, writing and math. It may require several semesters to complete remediation

·         Full tuition, same as credit classes

·         Students must purchase books

·         Financial aid is accepted, but may be used up before you have completed your degree

·         One opportunity to retest each semester, you must pass the class before retesting

·         3 or 4 hours per subject per week

·         Classes meet at various times


Advantages of CUNY Start:

Lower cost,

More instruction;

Fewer semesters spent on remediation;

More opportunities to retake CUNY Assessment Tests;

No financial aid used;

Better chance of earning degree in less time.


Application & Eligibility

Who Is Eligible for CUNY Start?

In order to join CUNY Start you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must have a high school or high school equivalency diploma
  • Must have been admitted to Kingsborough Community College
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to an intensive academic schedule
  • Must have taken the CUNY Assessment Tests and have scores that indicate you need to re-take Reading, Writing, and/or Math
    • Full-time Program: You need to re-take Math AND Writing Exams.
    • Part-time Program: You need to re-take Math Exam.
  • Must attend an information session
How Do I Apply?

STEP 1: Register for an Information Session
Registering for an info session helps us to determine if you are eligible for the program and what remedial subjects you need to take.  Call 718.368.4500 or email to register for an Information Session.

STEP 2: Attend an Information Session 
Attending the information session allows you to learn more about the program and how CUNY Start can help you to be better prepared academically to succeed at Kingsborough.

STEP 3: Submit the Online Application
After attending the info session, if you are interested in applying for the program you have to complete the application form online which can be found at

STEP 4: Attend an Interview
The one-on-one interview is used to assess your learning needs and ability to commit to the intensive academic schedule. Please bring your high school diploma with you to the interview. Candidates will be notified at the end of the interview of their acceptance status.

STEP 5: Register for the program
Once accepted into the program you have to pay a $75 registration fee, which includes books and materials, and you will also need to submit your immunization record to the college.


Contact Us

Kingsborough Community College, Building T4, Room 4122
2001 Oriental Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: 718.368.4500

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM


Wenddy Zepeda, Director

Jordan Jones-Brewster, Administrative Coordinator

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