Chancellor James B. Milliken, Keynote Speaker Michelle Obama (c) and Salutatorian Orubba Almansouri at the 2016 CCNY/City College of New York commencement

The Percy Ellis Sutton Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK), founded in 1965, is the higher education opportunity program at the senior and comprehensive (four year) CUNY colleges, while College Discovery (CD), founded in 1964, is at the CUNY community colleges (two year). SEEK and CD were established to provide comprehensive academic, financial, and social supports to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college due to their educational and financial circumstances. Students are admitted without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, race, disability or creed.

                                                    The Benefits of Being a SEEK or CD Student

Counseling Support

QCC-CD staff providing counseling support

Upon admission, a student is assigned to a SEEK/CD counselor who is available throughout the student’s stay in college. Counseling services assist Program students with issues that might be an impediment to their academic success and retention. Through individual and group sessions, counselors actively engage their students and assist them in identifying and setting goals for achieving their personal, academic, and career objectives. Some of the special counseling workshops and seminar topics offered include:

Supplemental Financial Aid

QCC-CD staff providing financial support

The SEEK/CD Program awards supplemental financial assistance for educational expenses such as transportation, books, supplies, and college fees to students who are economically eligible to receive such additional aid. This is in addition to financial aid available to regularly admitted students. Get more Financial Aid information.

Academic Support

QCC-CD staff providing academic support

The SEEK/CD Programs offer students a variety of academic support services aimed at strengthening their basic skills, bolstering their academic success in all upper level college courses, and maximizing their retention and persistence through to graduation. Supplemental instruction and tutoring support services are available, such as: individual, group, and classroom tutoring; supplemental instruction hours attached to high-risk academic courses; peer study groups; course review groups; and computer assisted academic instruction.

SEEK & CD Media

Opening Doors for 50 Years

The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program: Opening Doors for 50 Years celebrates over 50 years of history and accomplishments of the SEEK program which opened the doors to higher education at the City University of New York to educationally and financially disadvantaged youth.

Second Chances: The CUNY Seek and College Discovery Story

Second Chances: The CUNY SEEK and College Discovery Story is a documentary telling the exciting story behind the creation of the first state mandated Opportunity Programs in the nation (SEEK and CD) for colleges at the City University of New York it’s growth and development since the 1960’s.

Students & Alumni Highlights

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