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CUNY Start offers intensive academic preparation in Math and/or Reading and Writing to help students meet CUNY’s proficiency standards and be successful in credit bearing coursework.  We offer a full time and a part time  program which helps students address up to three subject needs in one semester while preparing to meet CUNY’s proficiency standards and be successful in credit-bearing courses.

Contact Information

Building 4N, room 207

Program highlights

  • Costs just $75, including materials
  • Reduces or eliminates need for remedial instruction
  • Provides dedicated teachers and expert advisors to support your long-term college success
  • Offers up to two opportunities to meet CUNY’s academic proficiency standards
  • Saves tuition and financial aid dollars for credit courses that count toward your degree
  • Provides a next-step pathway to CUNY ASAP, a program that provides academic, financial and social supports once you begin taking credit courses, and keeps you on track to graduate on time.

Program expectations and requirements

  • Students need to be available Mondays-Fridays from 9 am-3pm to attend classes for full time program  OR Mondays-Thursdays 3 hours a day  for part time program
  • Students should be highly motivated
  • Must have applied to a CUNY College
  • Must have a remediation need based on the CUNY proficiency index
  • Must attend a registration session and complete the CUNY Start application


  • Full time: Mondays-Fridays from 9 am -3pm for 18 weeks
    •     Fall semester: late August start and runs until mid-January
    •     Spring semester: late January start and runs until mid-July


  • $75 for the entire semester, including books and materials

How to register

  • Students interested in registering for CUNY Start will need to sign up for a registration session after being accepted to the College of Staten Island.  Students can sign up for a registration session by sending an email to or calling the office at 718.982.3069. 

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Course Descriptions

Building on students’ existing math knowledge, this course emphasizes conceptual understanding through in-depth study of core pre-algebra and algebra topics, including functions in both realistic and abstract contexts. Students investigate mathematical relationships, develop problem-solving skills rooted in math concepts, and explain their reasoning in a collaborative learning environment.

Through an interdisciplinary curriculum, students build key reading and writing skills and broaden their general background knowledge. Skill development includes argumentative and analytic writing, as well as college-level reading and study skills.

Students explore and grow their academic identity and learn strategies to connect with campus resources and programs. CUNY Start advisors work with students inside and outside of the classroom, helping them to successfully complete the program and matriculate with a clear pathway toward academic achievement and graduation.