CUNY Start


CUNY Start is an intensive 18-week program that offers both part-time and full-time classes in academic reading, writing and math for students who have not met CUNY proficiency standards. The program costs $75 for the semester, including books and materials, and students do not use up any financial aid while in the program – leaving it for when they start college courses.  

Students in the full-time program can take all needed subjects, while students in the part-time program focus on one subject (English or math).  There are two opportunities within the same semester to meet CUNY college readiness standards. In addition, all students participate in a weekly college seminar and engage one-on-one with an advisor throughout the program.  Students have access to Hostos resources and are well-prepared to enter the college upon completion. 

Who Is Eligible for CUNY Start?

  • Incoming Hostos freshmen or transfer students who have not met CUNY proficiency standards.

  •  Students who failed one or two semesters of remedial classes at Hostos 

When are classes?

Fall semester: August – January

Spring semester: February – July

  • Full-Time Program:  9-3pm Monday through Friday

  • Part-Time Program: 2-5pm or 6-9pm Monday through Thursday

How do I apply to CUNY Start?

Please visit our website and submit an online application: www.hostos.cuny.edu/cunystart -or- visit or call:

475 Grand Concourse, A-016A (basement-level)
Bronx, NY 10451
718-518-6851