Pre-College Courses and College Focus

Pre-College Courses:

Pre-college courses and workshops are available for students not yet ready to take college-credit courses and who could benefit from academic or social-emotional college readiness skill-building. Some examples of pre-college activities include:

College Awareness and Advisory Courses:

College awareness and advisory workshops increase students’ college knowledge and social/emotional skills. Through activities such as researching colleges, learning how to complete a college entrance and financial aid applications as well as goal setting and exploring future career options, these workshops promote self-awareness, and help students answer the question ‘why go to college’, for themselves.

First Year Seminar/Freshman Seminar

Bronx Community College

Medgar Evers College

College Awareness Workshop

Queens College

Career Development/ Student Development

College of Staten Island

John Jay College

Kingsborough Community College

Issues in College Life

College of Staten Island

Think College Now

Baruch College

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Hostos Community College

John Jay College

College Prep I& II

Brooklyn College

College Readiness Workshop

LaGuardia Community College

Developmental Courses:

Developmental (also known as remedial) courses are zero-credit courses which prepare students for college-level math, reading and writing.

Titles and descriptions of developmental courses may be found by searching for the respective community college and/or subject at the College Credit Courses page.

College Focus (COFO)

courses prepare 11th and 12th grade students who are on track to graduate from high school, but not with college ready scores, for college-level work in English and/or math. At the completion of the COFO course, students take the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) as a final opportunity to qualify for college level work before graduation. Students who score at or above the college readiness benchmarks on the CUNY Assessment Tests are exempt from any remedial courses in CUNY.

Follow this link to find detailed information on College Focus courses including eligibility requirements and the College Now campuses where COFO is offered.

Note: The listing above is not complete. Course availability and eligibility will depend on the individual College Now program offering the course. The best way to find a suitable course, deadlines for registration, and more information is to ask your school’s College Now liaison or staff at your school’s partner college.

Pre-College Eligibility Requirements (excluding College Focus (COFO)):

Participation in College Now is open to NYCDOE public high school students, including registered home schooled students and students with disabilities who attend approved NY State Department of Education non-public schools.

Most College Now programs follow a set of general eligibility guidelines for pre-college courses. But it is important to remember that requirements vary by campus and by course.

If you have met at least one of the benchmarks listed below, you can take a pre-college course : 

  • have a good attendance record;
  • have a minimum high school GPA of between 65 and 80;
  • score between 65 and 75 on an appropriate Regents exam;
  • for ESL courses, score at the Intermediate ESL level;
  • earn a PSAT or SAT score the college considers acceptable;
  • The best way to learn about qualifications for a specific course at a campus is to contact your high school’s CN liaison or CN staff at the college offering the course.

For a list of campuses offering College Focus (COFO), eligibility requirements and information please visit this link.