Eligibility and Requirements

Students must satisfy the following requirements prior to enrollment:

  • Be admitted to Hostos Community College. 
  • Take the CUNY Assessment tests in Reading, Writing and Math.
  • Demonstrate need for skills development in at least writing or math based on your CUNY Assessment test results. 
  • Attend an information session to learn more about the program, fill out an application and have a personal interview. 

How to prepare for an information session and personal interview:

  • Bring a photo ID and a pen to take notes.
  • Be prepared to discuss your personal commitments and responsibilities outside of school (i.e. work schedule, appointments, obligations) and explain how you will adjust your schedule to accommodate CUNY Start coursework. Every student is given individual attention to make sure that CUNY Start would be a good fit prior to enrolling.
  • The information session and personal interview process will take approximately two hours. Please plan accordingly.

Please note: 

  • CUNY Start is not appropriate for students seeking to learn English as a second language.  Please visit the CLIP program website for more information about intensive ESL program offerings.
  • CUNY Start cannot provide student visas/I-20. Please visit the International Students SEVIS I-20 Process website for more information.

Learn More!

Contact us at 718-518-6851 or by email to attend an info session.