College Now



Frequently asked general questions regarding the College Now program

Participation is FREE. Tuition and textbooks are covered by College Now.

Students may take college-credit courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, math, and/or technology during the fall and spring semesters. These consist of mainly freshman-level college courses. Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Additionally, we offer one college-credit hybrid course each summer: Introduction to Engineering & Computer Technologies.

College Now offers cohort courses on the City Tech campus. These 'cohort courses' are special College Now sections consisting of only high school students. These sections meet on the City Tech campus.

We operate on a first-come, first reviewed eligible and accepted basis. Students can contact their high school's College Now liaison or the College Now program directly to request an application. The application can also be downloaded HERE. Please see the application deadlines below.

Application deadlines:
  • Admission begins April 1
  • Admission ends July 31
  • Admission begins October 1
  • Admission ends January 31

This will depend on the particular course and College Now program a student has applied for. For more specific information, students should contact their school's College Now liaison or the NYCCT College Now administrator:

Matthew Brittain
Program Director, College Now
300 Jay Street, Midway M209
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 260-5206
Fax: (718) 260-5503

College Now funds are provided by City University of New York(CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). The program supports school-college collaborations in an effort to help increase college awareness, preparation and successful transition. Participation is restricted to students registered with the NYCDOE, including registered homeschooled students and students with disabilities whose private school tuition is supported by the NYCDOE. For more information, please refer to the College Now Eligibility Requirements here.

Students may enroll in one college-credit course each semester and earn a maximum of 12 credits through College Now over the course of their high school career. College Now is not a credit accumulation program. It is a program that provides multiple pathways to college-readiness.

College Now asks for a student's Social Security Number (SSN) to create an official academic record specific to each student. CUNY uses an enrollment and campus operations system called CUNYfirst. This system requires all students who have an SSN to provide the number in order to generate a college I.D. number. The college I.D. number will be the only way a CUNY student's records can be "connected" across all campuses. Using this I.D. (called an "EMPLID") will ensure that course credit is awarded from any previous or future CUNY enrollments, including College Now. Students will use the college I.D. number to access their own academic records to share with colleges or to apply for licensure in various occupations.

Access to College Now will not be denied to students who do not have a Social Security Number. In such cases: The college will generate a number that functions in the same way as the SSN; this number will be used for generating the college I.D. so that students can register for classes, etc. Students must keep this number and use it for all CUNY applications going forward in order to avoid duplication of records. It will be difficult to track student records if this number is lost. Students who receive this number should keep it confidential, just as they would a Social Security Number.

When registering for College Now classes, failure to provide a Social Security Number if they have one will prevent students from accessing their CUNYfirst account (this account requires the last 4 digits of the SSN or, for students with undocumented status, the last 4 digits of their "replacement" number). Without a CUNYfirst account, students will face the following consequences:

  1. No access to registration information.
  2. No access to a CUNY email account.
  3. No access to course materials on the Blackboard online instructional system.
  4. No transfer of records to other colleges and/or employers, as the college transcript process requires a SSN.
  5. These students risk having multiple CUNY records, thus increasing the likelihood that their academic file will not include all college credits a student earned.

A student's SSN is recorded only once in the initial registration process. At that time, a unique college I.D. is generated by CUNYfirst for use by college personnel. Social Security Numbers are never displayed in CUNY records. Using the college I.D. protects the student from identity theft.

There is one major reason the NYCDOE cannot ask for a student's SSN:

A Federal law protects the privacy of student education records - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The laws were created for the protection of educational data involving minors (children under 18) and apply to all schools that receive money from the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's educational records. In order to ensure the privacy of student information, the DOE does not collect SSNs; instead, the DOE assigns students an OSIS number.

FERPA does not apply to students above the age of 18, or to those who attend school beyond the high school level. Because College Now students are college students, they are given the rights to their educational records. Remember: College Now participation is voluntary and not required as part of high school.

College Now only provides MetroCards to students enrolled in our summer programs (STEM Research Academy & ENGR1000). We DO NOT provide metro cards to students enrolled in our fall and spring courses. Students enrolled for the fall and spring semesters should request a school MetroCard from their high schools.


Frequently asked academic questions regarding the College Now program

The number of credits varies depending on the course but normally ranges from 3 to 4 credits. College-credits are earned with a minimum passing grade of C (70%) or higher.

College Now courses satisfy common core and degree requirements at CUNY. Here is how College Now courses taken at City Tech can be transferred to satisfy requirements at CUNY: CUNY Course Map for City Tech College Now Courses

In most cases, College Now credits transfer directly within the CUNY system. And many colleges outside CUNY also accept credits from CUNY campuses. The determination of whether to award credit for courses taken outside of the college where students attend happens at the level of each academic department. If the College Now course is deemed “equivalent” to a similar course offered at the college the student attends after high school, the college will likely accept the credit. Students are encouraged to contact the colleges they plan to attend and inquire about credit equivalencies to ensure that the College Now credits can be transferred.

Students should request a transcript from the CUNY campus that awarded them credit. They should also check with the colleges they are applying to regarding their credit transfer policies.

City Tech Office of the Registrar:

College Now is a dual enrollment program, which means that students are enrolled in college courses while still attending high school. We do not recommend that high schools offer dual credit for participation.

College Now is a free program that offers pre-college and college-credit courses. Students who are successful in a credit course (passing grade of C or better) receive a transcript from the college showing the GPA and college credits earned. These credits will transfer to many institutions within and outside of CUNY.

Advanced Placement (AP) is a high school course preparing students for an exam that, depending on the student's score, may confer credit at the college where a student matriculates. The College Board gives high school teachers the AP curriculum and training for a given course, and the school may or may not cover the costs of the AP exam. Scores of 4 or 5 will typically earn students either credit or an exemption from taking a specific course, although it is up to the academic departments at the college to determine eligible scores. At many CUNY campuses, a score of 3 can earn a student college credit. For more information about AP, visit the College Board website; many colleges across the U.S. also list an AP policy on their individual institutional website.

*College Now College-credit courses are completer over the course of one semester (3 months), whereas AP courses are completed over the course of an entire school year.

If you want to transfer the college credit you earned through College Now, you will need an official copy of your transcript. To do that:

  1. Complete a “Transfer Request” by:

  2. Paper Request

    • Submit a Transcript Request Form to the NYCCT office of the Registrar (300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201).

    Online Request

    • Log into your CUNYfirst account online, click on your “Student Center”, then click on the “Official Transcript Ordering” link at the bottom right of the page and then follow the steps to order your transcript.

  3. Check with your College within 3-4 weeks to ensure that the transcript has been received and that your credits have been transferred.

*The Official Transcript should not be requested until after the student has selected the college he/she has been accepted to and has completed all College Now courses.

**The fee for ordering a transcript is $7 for paper requests and $9 for online requests. There is NO fee to send a transcript to CUNY schools.

Please be aware that credit-transfer policies vary from college to college. While some schools will grant you full credit, others may assign you fewer credits than you earned - or simply fail to accept your credits altogether. 

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the College Now office directly.