Math Start

Your Starting Point is Here

Math Start is CUNY Start’s 8-12 week intervention that prepares students for success in college by fostering their full math potential. In a social, collaborative learning environment, students access the support they need to increase their understanding of math so that they can meet CUNY’s proficiency standards and thrive as CUNY college students. You will also work closely with an academic advisor in a weekly College Success Seminar and one-on-one throughout the semester.

Math Start normally offers two opportunities for students to demonstrate proficiency when classes meet in person. Our online classes during Summer 2020 will offer one chance to demonstrate proficiency. The ultimate goal of the program is to help you enter CUNY, reduce, or eliminate your development skills requirements. Please see the Math Start Program Snapshot for success rates of students who have completed our program.


  • Students identified as in need of developmental support in math (based on a CUNY Math Proficiency Index score within the range of  0-39)
  • Proficiency or near-proficiency in English (based on a CUNY English Proficiency Index score at or above 58)
  • First time freshmen or have previously taken 30 credits or fewer
  • Students with more than 30 college credits must be recommended by an advisor from the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center (AATC)
  • Can commit to an intensive, participatory program for a semester and be ready to matriculate following semester


  • Reduce your time in developmental math classes!
  • College Transition Counseling
  • Two opportunities to pass course
  • Costs just $35, including materials
  • Provides Free weekly MTA MetroCards
  • Fast-tracks your learning in just 8 – 11 weeks
  • Full-time and Part-time schedules available
  • Offers classes year-round
  • Provides dedicated teachers and advisors to support your long-term college success
  • Saves tuition and financial aid dollars for credit courses that count toward your degree
  • Provides a next-step pathway to CUNY’s ASAP, a program that provides academic, financial and social supports once you begin taking credit courses, and keeps on track to graduate on time.

Apply to Math 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 Info Session

Summer 2020 Full-Time Program (Online classes only)

June 29 – August 21, 2020
Monday – Thursday
9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.  or 12 – 6 p.m.

Fall 2020 Part-Time Adult Learner Program

Early September – Late December, 2020
Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Fall 2020 Full-Time Program

Mid-September  – Mid-December, 2020
Monday – Thursday
9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.

Office of Academic Affairs

199 Chambers St, Room S-715
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8320


Office Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m