Eligibility Requirements

The College Now mission is motivated by a belief that an early exposure to the demands and rewards of college-level coursework would motivate middle-achieving students (those neither excelling nor failing).  The program also strives to and to increase the number of participants from middle- to low-achieving high schools in traditionally underserved neighborhoods.


College Now participation is restricted to students registered with the NYCDOE, including registered home schooled students and students with disabilities whose private school tuition or disability services are supported by the NYCDOE.  The program’s dual enrollment offerings are geared toward 11th and 12th grade students.  For most college-credit courses, students must meet certain eligibility requirements, most of which are based on exam scores (SAT, Regents) and/or GPA (see below).   The program also offers developmental education courses, pre-college courses, and activities geared toward those high school students who may not meet eligibility requirements for college-credit courses.


While requirements for courses vary, most of the colleges that participate in College Now follow a fairly standard set of guidelines.  The only way to know for sure what qualifies you to take a specific course is to contact your high school’s CN liaison or CN staff at the college offering the course.

Note: Requirements vary from campus to campus!


Enrollment in a College-Credit Course

Each campus College Now program considers Regents scores, SAT, and/or GPA (grade point average) to decide eligibility for enrollment in a course for college credit.

Most CUNY colleges expect you to met at least one of the benchmarks* indicated in the table below. Please note: some colleges may require even higher scores and/or sitting for a placement exam.

  • For a math class or class with math prerequisite:
    • 80 or better on any one of the new Regents Examinations (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2 & Trigonometry) AND successfully completing Algebra 2 & Trigonometry or a higher-level course
    • 500 or better on SAT math section
    • ACT Math score of 21 or higher
  • For all other classes:

    • 75 or better on English Language Arts (ELA) Regents
    • 480 or better on SAT verbal section
    • ACT English score of 20 or higher

*If you haven’t taken any of the tests listed, a college might still consider you qualified if your GPA is 85 or better. (For this purpose, GPA is usually calculated after you’ve completed 5 semesters of high school.)


Enrollment in College Focus

COFO Math:

  • Seniors who scored a 70–79 on any math Regents or 65–69 on Common Core Algebra I Regents, and
    • have already successfully completed their commencement level credit math sequence (core math sequence), and
    • are on track to graduate with at least a 65 on ELA Regents (or ELA GPA 80), and have excellent attendance records.
  • Juniors in their second semester who are enrolled in their sixth commencement level credit math course and who meet all of the above criteria.

COFO English:

  • seniors or juniors who scored a 65–74 on the ELA Regents, and
  • have excellent attendance records.

COFO Summer Programs:
are open to RISING SENIORS only.


Enrollment in a Pre-College or Developmental Course

Generally, you can take a pre-college or developmental course if you have met at least one of the benchmarks below:

  • have a good attendance record;
  • score a 65 or better on an appropriate Regents exam;
  • earn a PSAT score or SAT score or GPA the college considers acceptable