Program Overview

MATH Start is an intensive 8-week program for incoming CUNY students who want to increase their math proficiency before starting credit classes. The program enrolls students who have not passed both math sections of the CUNY Assessment Test (Pre-Algebra and Algebra).

The pre-college math instruction focuses on complex topics in algebra and helps students maximize their understanding through in-depth study of core math concepts in an interactive, supportive learning environment. In addition, students attend a weekly college success seminar to help them develop their academic identity and learn about college structures and campus resources.

Students pay only $35 for Math Start and receive free MetroCards to attend.**

Math Start helps students:

  • Eliminate or reduce remedial math needs
  • Prepare for success in college math coursework
  • Allows students up to two opportunities to meet CUNY’s proficiency standards
  • Integrates advisement in preparation for campus life


Eligibility Requirements

  • Earned a high school or high school equivalency diploma
  • Admitted to CUNY and allocated to a CUNY Start campus
  • Demonstrate need for skills development in math (only) based on your CUNY Assessment Test results

How to Enroll

  1. Complete all CUNY admissions requirements
  2. Take the CUNY Assessment Tests and receive your scores
  3. Attend an information session at one of the Math Start campuses
  4. Complete the online program application
  5. Interview with a MATH Start staff member
  6. Submit a copy of your high school or high school equivalency diploma and complete any additional campus-specific requirements
  7. Pay the $35 student fee


For more information, please contact one of the colleges below:

*Borough of Manhattan Community College
Wall Street Area/Manhattan

*Bronx Community College
University Heights/The Bronx

*College of Staten Island
Staten Island

*Hostos Community College
The Bronx


*Spring Sessions Offered.

LaGuardia Community College
Long Island City/Queens

*Medgar Evers College
Central Brooklyn

Queensborough Community College

**MetroCards for students to participate in Bronx Community College and Hostos Community Colleges’ Math Start programs are made possible due to the generous support of The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation.