New York City public high school students who meet the admissions criteria and application requirements are eligible to participate in the program. Classes in the pre-college component of College Now meet on the Queens College campus on Saturday mornings, 9 am – 12:30 pm, for 12 to 13 weeks between October and January and between March and June.
Participants have the opportunity to earn elective high school credit.
The purpose of these courses is to help high school students
- Improve language, problem solving and analytical skills
- Become more confident students
- Improve high school grades and go for a Regents score of 75+
- Develop skills for success in college
The courses are
- Companion courses to the high school classes (except for Action Now)
- Regents-related (except for Action Now)
- Academic enrichment designed to deepen the participants' understanding of the topics and required skills
The courses in the pre-college component are taught by experienced high school teachers who are licensed in the subject area they teach. All hold at minimum a master's degree. Some of the mathematics teachers are graduates of the nationally acclaimed Queens College TIME 2000 program.
College Success Workshops
All participants in one of the above courses attend the one-hour workshops. The purpose of the workshops is to increase participants' awareness of the
- Skills needed for success in college
- Reasons to go to college
- Process of choosing, applying, and paying for college
The topics include
- Career exploration
- Goal setting
- College awareness (why go to college, applications, financial aid and scholarships)
- Resume or exam survival
The hour-long workshops start at the orientation and then are spread out across the semester and run during regular class time.