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Freshmen FAQs

  What steps must I complete before I can enroll for classes?

As a brand new incoming student there are a few things you will have to complete before beginning the enrollment process.  It is necessary for these items to be completed before you schedule your academic advisement and enrollment appointment. Click here to view the new student enrollment checklist.

  I've completed all the pre-enrollment steps, what do I do now?

Advisement: Freshmen FAQsWhen you’ve completed all the pre-enrollment steps you can schedule an advisement and enrollment appointment with the Office of Academic Achievement by calling us at 718-518-4319 or visiting us at 120 E. 149th St., Savoy D-101, Bronx, New York 10451. Click here for directions to Hostos Community College.

If Hostos is your first choice CUNY college and you’ve taken the CUNY Assessment tests, once your test results are generated (usually 2-3 weeks after test date), you’ll be contacted by phone, post-card and e-mail, to schedule an early advisement and enrollment appointment; however, prior to your appointment you must complete the steps in the new student enrollment checklist.

  What is the early advisement and enrollment process for new incoming

Advisement: Freshmen FAQsYou will meet one-on-one with an Academic Advisor who will discuss the results of your CUNY Assessment test, review your placement courses, and identify courses from your academic plan for your first semester.

After your advisement, you will be assisted by Caiman Advisors who, with the Schedule of Classes, will help you create a class schedule, and assist you in enrolling for your classes via the CUNY Portal on e-SIMS, the on-line course enrollment system.

  What if I failed one or more of the CUNY Assessment tests?

Entering students who fail one or more of the CUNY Assessment Tests must take immediate steps to complete their remediation.  Academic Advisors will apprise students of all of their options. Re-testing will take place at the end of each intervention. Below are several options:
  • Summer and Winter Basic Skills Preparatory Workshops
    Basic Skills Preparatory Workshops are delivered by the Hostos Academic Learning Center (HALC), and they are offered during the summer (June-August) and winter (January) to assist students prepare for the ACT Writing, Compass Reading and COMPASS Math I and II.
  • CUNY Start
    CUNY Start is an intensive 18 week program that provides instruction to incoming students in academic reading, writing, and math. The goal of the program is to prepare students to pass the CUNY Assessment tests BEFORE taking college credit classes. The program is only $75 per semester which covers the costs of all books and materials.

    If you failed one or more of the CUNY Assessment test, selecting CUNY Start over attending Developmental Classes during the academic semester will save your money and financial aid that you can apply solely for the college credit courses for your major. If you would like to sign up for an information session or would like additional information please contact CUNY Start at 718-518-6851 or go to Room C490 D.

  • College Language Immersion Program (CLIP)
    This intensive program consists of 25 hours of English instruction per week. It is academic and primarily focused on preparing students for basic English language skills to enter or reenter their CUNY College. In general, students who complete CLIP are better prepared for their academic classes. They usually return to college at a higher level in English and have a better chance to succeed. Students who complete CLIP will be re-tested in the CUNY tests at the end of the semester.
  • Developmental Courses during regular academic semester
    If a student does not pass one or more of the CUNY Assessment tests, he or she is placed into a developmental course for remediation in or more of the three skills areas. The goal of the development course is to sufficiently prepare the student to pass the CUNY Assessment test at the end of the academic semester.
  • ENG 094
    This course is for students who score of 45-55 on the CATW (CUNY Assessment Test in Writing) and 80 or higher on the ACT Reading and it is open only to entering students without transfer credit for ENG 110. This course expedites students learning of the basic reading, writing and critical thinking skills necessary to pass the ACT midway through the semester and strengthens their composing skills so that they will be able to produce the increasingly complex essays expected of students in ENG 110 by the end of the semester. The course provides extensive expository writing practice using readings studied at the 110 level.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
    Entering students whose native language is other than English, whose performance on the ACT Writing Exam is designated ESL by CUNY-wide readers, are referred to the ESL Placement Committee for evaluation and placement. Depending on their original placement level and progress, ESL students take a sequence of courses to complete the requirements for the A.A. or A.S. degree. The number of units will depend on their original level of placement and progress.
  • ESL Intensive Program
    ESL Intensive Program is a one-year accelerated ESL program divided into two (2) levels. This program provides content-based instruction in all language skills and is designed to bring a selected group of students through three (3) semesters of ESL in two (2) semesters.

  What classes do freshmen typically take?

The typical courses a first-time student attempts will differ depending upon that individual’s intended major and remedial status. A typical schedule may include courses that will:
  • Assist students in addressing their remedial needs for their CUNY Assessment exams.
  • Fulfill the General Education or Liberal Arts requirements of your degree.
  • Fulfill the requirements of any one of the college’s Associates degrees or Certificate programs.

An advisor will review the various requirements of your degree and assist you with selecting eligible courses that will provide you a well-paced path for your first semester at Hostos Community College.

  How many units am I allowed to take my first semester?

Advisement: Freshmen FAQsWe encourage entering freshmen and transfer students to take a full-time program of between 6 and 15 academic units. We set no minimum number of units you must take, but you may not enroll for more than 18 units. We strongly urge entering freshmen not to work if you can avoid it. If you must work, work for as few hours as possible.

  I want to enroll for over 18 units – Do I need permission?

The maximum course load for a student is not to exceed 18 academic units or a combination of 18 academic and billable equivalent units. Science laboratories, clinical, and physical education courses will be counted as units; however, the student is still liable for the tuition. The Dean of Academic Affairs must approve exceptions to this 18-unit-maximum policy. A fee for accelerated study will be charged for students enrolled for units beyond the established College limit of 18 academic units per semester.

  I've completed the early advisement and enrollment process,
         what do I do next

  1. Retrieve your Tuition bill
    Go to the Bursar's Office (at D-B104) to obtain a printout of your invoice and validate your bill. Your tuition bill will indicate the classes you are enrolled for, and outline any financial aid or scholarships that have been applied to your tuition balance. Contact Bursar to find out the final payment deadline. If you miss the payment deadline you will lose your enrolled courses and schedule. For information about tuition and fees, and payment options click here.
  2. Visit Financial Aid Office
    If you want to verify your financial aid package, or if you haven’t completed your financial aid application, visit the Financial Aid Office (at D-B112).
  3. Acquire your Hostos Photo ID
    You will need a Hostos Photo ID to enter into campus facilities. You must bring your official Bursar receipt to receive your ID. Visit Public Safety at (500 Grand Concourse, B-C042A, Basement) to have your new picture ID issued.
  4. Activate Hostos E-mail Account
    Hostos Community College has established e-mail accounts for all active students. Students are encouraged to use ONLY their Hostos e-mail accounts to support their Hostos activities, communicate with instructors, mentors, classmates, and various administrative offices. To activate your account go to www.hostos.cuny.edu/AccountLookup/Students.aspx
  5. Attend New Student Orientation
    New Student Orientation is an event for all new incoming students enrolled with courses. It is intended to provide students the opportunity to meet fellow classmates, faculty and staff, find out about the colleges various clubs, activities, and programs, and learn about Hostos’ mission, traditions, and General Education Competencies.PDF
  6. Purchase Your Books
    You can purchase your books from the College Bookstore located in the first floor lobby of the east academic complex (450 Grand Concourse, C-Building).
  7. Go to class!
    View the Academic Calendar to find out the first day of class.

  I've already attended my advisement appointment and enrolled for classes but
         would like to change my schedule. What do I do

If you have already met with an academic advisor and enrolled for classes but wish to change your schedule, you will need to sign into your CUNY Portal account to access e-SIMS. If you have forgotten the username to your CUNY Portal account, click here to learn how to look it up. Click here to learn how to access e-SIMS via CUNY Portal.

  I've completed a summer/winter workshop, retaken and passed one or
         more of the CUNY Assessment tests, what do I do next

After completing a summer/winter workshop and passing one or more of the segments of the CUNY Assessment test, your course load needs to be adjusted so you take the appropriate college-level placement course(s) for your major. If you know the course(s) within your specific academic plan, you can sign into your CUNY Portal account, access e-SIMS, and modify your classes. Also, you can contact an advisor within the Office of Academic Achievement (718-518-4319) who can assist you with modifying your course load.


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