|Dr. Sandra Ramos, |
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College Discovery program was created at CUNY (City University of New York) in 1964 to assist students who have the potential to succeed, but lack educational foundation and economic resources to achieve their goals. Our mission is to enhance the overall growth and development of our students through a holistic and individualized approach. The program facilitates their academic success via culturally and linguistically appropriate support services. Our vision is to become the best College Discovery program in CUNY with the highest retention and graduation rates with students going on to baccalaureate programs and beyond. Our program offers a variety of support services: counseling, new student orientation, leadership skills development through various clubs, supplemental instruction, and financial aid.
If you are a talented and motivated individual whose academic record does not reflect your full potential, the College Discovery Program is for you. This program is one of the CUNY opportunity programs that provides comprehensive support to students with academic potential who might otherwise be excluded from higher education due to circumstances of academic and economic necessity.
Throughout their college career, program students receive a broad range of support services, including:academic, personal, and career counseling; academic support ranging from remedial and developmental instruction through college level courses. We also provide leadership training and student development workshops. An enhanced financial aid package provides a stipend for book expenses and partial payment of student fees as well as additional semesters of aid for degree completion.
Our staff/faculty are multilingual and proficient in Spanish, French-Creole, Russian and Chinese.
A student is eligible for admission to the College Discovery Program if he/she meets the following criteria:
1. New York City resident for at least one year prior to enrollment.
2. High school graduate or recipient of a state-approved equivalency diploma.
3. Economically needed, defined as having a gross family income below the level set by New York State guidelines (see below).
4. Academically underprepared, according to the admissions criteria established for the CUNY College Discovery Program.
5. Attend a Pre-Freshman Program if he/she does not meet University standards on any one of the CUNY skills assessment tests.
Students transferring to Kingsborough college and wishing to enroll in our program must have been enrolled in a similar program (HEOP, EOP, SEEK, CD) at their previous school or be veterans who may have earned up to 18 credits of college-level work prior to entrance into the service (except for USAFI) and service-connected University of Maryland credits.
A completed special programs transfer request form must be submitted to the College Discovery Office L-516.
How to Apply for the Program
1. At the time that you are completing your CUNY admission application make sure you complete the SEEK/CD portion of the form.
2. Complete a program application form which is available in the CD office (D-213 or L-516), or call 718-368-5520 to schedule an appointment and register to attend our enrollment orientation session (click here for online registration).
The College Discovery program offers a comprehensive, holistic and personalized approach to student counseling. At the beginning of their college career, students are assigned an academic advisor/counselor who will work with them throughout their time at Kingsborough. The counselors will assist them to achieve their academic goals. Freshmen are expected to meet with their counselors three times per semester. Continuing students meet with their counselor at least twice a semester.
“College Discovery has been an amazing experience for me. It has helped me to overcome the challenges and fears I had towards entering into college. Now I have people who truly care about my interests and concerns; I can talk to my counselor and supplemental instructors in this program. Sometimes all people need is a push to get them started along the challenging path of life.”
- Shimella Cordis, CD student, Liberal Arts Major
- Provide advisement for academic plan
- Help establish academic goals and identify skills needed to attain them
- Assistance to develop a plan of action to reach these goals
- Facilitate the removal of personal or academic problems interfering with the attainment of degree
- Conduct workshops on college survival skills
- Provide referrals for tutoring and other services
- Assistance with the preparation for the world of work
“When you join College Discovery Program, you will have the opportunity to improve yourself and not to waste time; studying hard, making some friends, and enjoying your life in U.S.A.”
- Hailan (Yuki) Tang, CD student, Mathematics Major
Events & Workshops
The College Discovery program provides a Pre-Enrollment Orientation, a Freshman Summer Experience, a Transfer Career Exploration, and College Survival Skills Workshop. The program honors graduates and distinguished students via its annual CD award ceremony. In addition, for those students eager to develop leadership skills, there is ample opportunity to participate in various educational, social, and cultural events hosted by the student clubs.
Through our Supplemental Instruction resources (tutoring), we help students apply the concepts learned in class to their assignments. The Supplemental instruction office is located in D210. In addition, there is a student resource area equipped with computers and printer in room L-516. It is an excellent place to either type your papers or to do online research. Students are welcome to register for their classes there. Additionally, there is a laptop lender program. Supplemental Instruction is available Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are evening hours Monday and Wednesday 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
The supplemental Instruction Component
- Exposes students to techniques, skills, and different methods of learning e.g. (critical inquiry, reading strategies, etc)
- Helps student apply and understand concepts learned in class
- Provides group and individual supplemental instruction as needed and assists students to understand homework, term papers and other assignments
- Provides students with Supplemental Instruction in developmental and some introductory courses
- Provides students with CAT-W and remedial math Compass workshops and prep for exams
- Provides computer assisted Supplemental Instruction
- Assists ESL students with strategies necessary to navigate through college by providing them with multilingual staff (Spanish, French- Creole, Russian, and Chinese.)