Our Work


College Now, a FREE college transition program for NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) high school students, started in the spring of 1984 at Kingsborough Community College with 449 students. In 2000, in response to the changes in the University’s remediation policy and the alignment of high school graduation standards to college readiness measures, a partnership was formed between CUNY and the NYC DOE to expand College Now to all CUNY undergraduate colleges. Today over 22,000 students from over 470 NYC DOE high schools participate in College Now.


CUNY’s College Now program enables NYC DOE high school students to develop academic momentum toward a college degree, envision options for their future, make informed choices about college and learn how their education can lead to rewarding careers.


The goals of the program are to help students earn college credits—or become college ready—before graduating from high school. College Now also promotes knowledge about college access and career-awareness.

The main program offerings fall under these goals:

Earn college credits before high school graduation

College credit courses: pre-requisite courses AND no pre-requisite courses

Become college ready before high school graduation

Academic college prep courses: college dev ed (0-credit) courses AND pre-college courses AND college readiness brush up courses/workshops

Learn about college and career process and access
  • College and career awareness and access courses: first year seminars AND student development courses
  • Campus visits


For more program updates read our FY 21 Annual Report.