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CUNY Start

Program Overview

“Work as hard as you can and don’t give up…Believe me when I tell you that it’s worth it.
You learn a lot; not just about math, but about who you are and who you can be.”
—Alba. CUNY Start Student, Class of 2014.

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CUNY Start is a low cost alternative to remedial (developmental) classes at Bronx Community College. Our program assists incoming CUNY students who are not ready for college-level work based on their scores on the CUNY Assessment Tests and need further instruction in reading, writing, and/or math.

Our 18-week program provides rigorous instruction in reading, writing and math on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on the student's academic needs. The full-time program is ideal for students who have triple remedial needs in reading, writing and math and have a flexible daytime schedule. The part-time option works best for students who want to work on either reading/writing or math and students who need a lighter course load. We also offer comprehensive college advisement that helps students develop their academic identity and learn to navigate campus resources. During the semester, CUNY Start students have two opportunities to re-take the required CUNY Assessment Tests. Past students have shown significant improvement in academic skills when they re-test and many have bypassed required remedial coursework entirely.

CUNY Start students pay a low cost of $75 to enroll for the entire semester, which includes the cost of instruction, advisement, and course materials. This allows them to reserve their limited financial aid dollars for degree credit courses at BCC. Enrollment in CUNY Start is voluntary.


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