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CUNY Start

Start Strong with CUNY Start!

Congratulations if you’ve already taken the CUNY assessment tests! Do you need to work on your developmental skills in Reading, Writing and / or Math?

CUNY Start is an intensive semester long program for BMCC students who need to enroll in developmental skills courses. In the CUNY Start Program, you will take Math and/or Reading/Writing as needed and hold your financial aid for credit courses. CUNY Start gives you an opportunity to work on several levels and areas of developmental needs all in one semester. You will also work closely with an academic advisor in a weekly College Success Seminar and one-on-one throughout the semester.

This is the only program with two opportunities to retake the assessment exams. The ultimate goal of the program is to help you enter CUNY, reduce or eliminate your development skills requirements. Please see the CUNY Start Program Snapshot for success rates of students who have completed our program!


  • Take CUNY assessment exams in Reading, Writing and Math
  • Need remediation (Reading score 30-54, Writing score 30-54 or highest range for ESL students, Math score any under 56)/li>
  • First time freshmen or have previously taken 15 credits or fewer
  • Can commit to an intensive, participatory program for a semester and be ready to matriculate following semester

CUNY Start Benefits

  • One-time only $75 fee covering materials and texts
  • Two opportunities to re-take the CUNY Math and Reading Tests/li>
  • One-on-one college advisement, weekly seminar class, cohort model
  • Tutoring
  • Full Time and Part Time Program options

Full Time Program

February 5, 2019 – June 27, 2019
Monday - Friday
Reading, Writing and 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

February 4, 2019 – June 27, 2019
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)

Apply to CUNY Start

The first step in applying to the CUNY Start program is attending an information session. Space is limited, so please apply early.

Sign Up for an Information Session

For more information please contact us via phone or email.

Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
70 Murray Street, Room 1018
New York, NY 10007

(212) 346-8398

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

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