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CUNY Start

CUNY Start

What is CUNY Start?

CUNY Start at Kingsborough Community College is a low-cost, intensive program that serves as an alternative to traditional remedial classes. CUNY Start offers rigorous, semester long academic preparation in math and reading and/or writing. In addition, students attend a weekly college-readiness seminar to help them develop their academic identity and learn about college structures and campus resources. The program costs only $75, including all books and materials, and allows students to save their financial aid for credit courses. Total savings range from $1,680 to $2,100, depending on your remedial needs.


Why Choose CUNY Start? 

  • Become English and Math proficient in one semester
  • Only $75 so you can save financial aid for credit classes - savings range between $1,680 - $2,100 depending on your remedial needs
  • Spend fewer semesters in remedial/co-requisite classes
  • Two opportunities to meet proficiency in one semester
  • Learn in a supportive, student-centered environment
  • Work with a CUNY Start Advisor to plan your academic future

Application & Eligibility

Who Is Eligible for CUNY Start?

Students who have been accepted to Kingsborough Community College, need developmental support in both English and Math, and can demonstrate a commitment to an intensive academic schedule are recommended to apply for the program.

How Do I Apply?

Interested students can contact the CUNY Start/Math Start Office to find out if they are eligible for the program. Email us at with your full name and EMPLID.

If eligible, you will need to:

STEP 1: Attend a Virtual Info/Registration Session

During the virtual session, we will explain the CUNY proficiency index and review the details of our program. In addition, we will conduct an interview to discuss your educational goals, assess your ability to commit to the intensive academic schedule, and determine if CUNY Start is the right option for you.

STEP 2: Register for the program

To finalize your registration you will need to pay the $75 program fee, sign the student agreement, and clear any registration holds.


Full-Time ONLINE Program: English, Math, and College Seminar 

  • March 8, 2023 - August 3, 2023
  • Monday through Friday | 9:15 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fully Online/Synchronous Classes
  • Program includes weekly advisement and college success seminars

Full-Time HYBRID Program: English, Math, and College Seminar

  • March 8, 2023 - August 3, 2023
  • Monday through Friday | 9:15 am - 3:00 pm
  • Classes meet in-person AND online
  • In-Person - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Online - Monday and Friday
  • Program includes weekly advisement and college success seminars
  • Students are required to be vaccinated and have their vaccination documentation uploaded and approved in CUNYfirst in order to register for our hybrid program. 


  • March 7, 2023 – June 1, 2023
  • Monday through Thursday | 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Fully Online/Synchronous Classes
  • Program includes weekly advisement and college success seminars
  • Online classes will be synchronous, meaning that students and instructors are required to be online at the same time during the days and times stated above. All students must be online during class time in order to participate. It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in our program have reliable Wi-Fi access, a laptop/computer, and a working microphone.

Contact Us

CUNY Start/Math Start Office
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Blvd M Building, Room M232
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(P): 718.368.4500
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Office Hours:

Due to COVID-19, we will be working remotely. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave your name and contact number and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Our Team

  • Samantha Marino-Bookert, Program Specialist/Advisor
  • Janet Leal Angel-Program Coordinator
  • Shola Jones, Advisor
  • Diana Irizarry, English Instructor 
  • John Kearney, Math Instructor
  • Kristina Pantaleo, Math Instructor