As part of the Mayor’s College Access for All Initiative, the New York City Department of Education and CUNY have partnered to ensure that every middle-school student has the opportunity to visit a college campus to promote high school, college, and life success. Through age-appropriate and customized visits, CUNY reinforces the message that all students CAN GO to college, college is AFFORDABLE, and students can take steps NOW to achieve their college goals.


From 2018 – 2019, we hosted up to 70,000 middle school students at 15 CUNY campuses. On the average, we have approximately 550 7th graders tour per day.

CUNY Explorers Overview

Explorers in the News

Shaline Mahadeo
The Knight News, Vol 25, Issue 8
May 8, 2019

CUNY Explorers: Inspiring Generations to Attend University

If you’ve ever seen a group of 30 or so middle-schoolers around campus, with faces beaming with excitement and awe, then you have probably seen CUNY Explorers at work. As the name implies, it is a CUNY-wide program, operating in roughly 15 of the CUNY institutions, including our very own Queens College.

Program coordinator and former QC student herself, Jaclyn Eng, describes that the mission of CUNY Explorers is to expose middle school students to the ins-and-outs of a college education so that every child walks away feeling like college really is for them and motivated to pursue their dreams.

An important goal of CUNY Explorers is to make sure that middle school children know that it is never too early to start thinking about college and that they can take action, even now, to turn their dreams into reality. As Mejia said, “programs like CUNY Explorers are necessary for a better transition between levels of education because of its supportive nature between generations.”

CUNY Explorers is always looking for enthusiastic and passionate QC students to work as Visit Guides. Anyone looking for more information should contact the program coordinator, Jaclyn Eng, at

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