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CUNY Start

Take the first step towards a successful college career!

CUNY Start is a low-cost 16 week program for CUNY community college students who are required to enroll in a remedial course(s). In the CUNY Start Program, students enroll in Pre-College Math and/or Academic Reading/Writing as needed. Each track includes College Advisement. At the end of the course, students have two opportunities to re-take the placement exams. The ultimate goal of the program is to help students entering CUNY, reduce or eliminate their development skills requirements.

The first step in applying to the CUNY Start program is attending an information session.

Sign Up for an Info Session

CUNY Start Benefits

  • One-time only $75 fee
  • Full Time/Part Time Program
  • Two opportunities to re-test
  • College Advisement
  • Tutoring

Full Time Program

Monday - Friday
Reading, Writing & Math

  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 12:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Part Time Program

Monday - Thursday
Reading and Writing OR Math

  • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Math only)
  • 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Reading/Writing only)
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Reading /Writing or Math)


No. CUNY Start is not a test prep program. You must take the CUNY Assessment tests in order to be eligible for CUNY Start. For help preparing for the exams, you can visit the BMCC Testing page.

The CUNY Assessment Tests gives you information about whether your skills are college-level. If you need to develop your skills, you may consider becoming a CUNY Start student.

In order to succeed in credit courses, you need to have strong college-level skills in reading, writing, and math. Without these skills, it is likely that you will have difficulty with your coursework.

No. CUNY Start only accepts students who have not passed the CUNY Assessment Tests. For tutoring services you can visit the BMCC Learning Resource Center in room S510.

No. We want you to be 100% focused on your developmental needs. We do not allow students to take any credit courses while in CUNY Start

No. You can only choose 1 schedule for Full Time OR 1 schedule for Part time. If you have all three content area needs and want to go Part Time, we suggest you take Reading and Writing first.

Yes. CUNY Start students are full members of the college community and use campus resources such as academic and career counseling, libraries, and athletic facilities.

No. As soon as you finish the CUNY Start program you will be able to join any of the clubs and sports teams BMCC has to offer.

After completing a semester in CUNY Start, many students are fully skills proficient and begin taking college-credit English and math class or have significantly reduced developmental needs.

No. We want you to save your financial aid to pay for credit courses

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Office of Academic Affairs

199 Chambers St, Room S715
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8320

Hours of Operation:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m