College Now Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the College Now Office at Kingsborough Community College?
Mailing Address: College Now
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Telephone Number: (718) 368-5170
E-Mail: collegenow@kingsborough.edu

How can a student get College Now credits transferred to another college?
The student must obtain a Kingsborough Community College "Request for Transcript Form" from the Office of Collaborative Programs at Kingsborough. Students can request this form by phoning College Now at (718)368-5170, e-mailing us at collegenow@kingsborough.edu or selecting the link http://www.kingsborough.edu/registration/TranscriptRequestweb.pdf to print out the form. The completed form should be forwarded to the Bursar at Kingsborough. There is no fee for a transcript going to a CUNY school. A money order in the amount of $7 is needed if the transcript is to be sent to a non-CUNY college. Students also have the option to purchase their transcript online at a cost of $9.00 for non-CUNY colleges and $2.00 for CUNY colleges - (link to online transcript purchase)

Are there any colleges that do not accept College Now credits?
Most students successfully transfer the credits they earn in College Now credit-bearing courses. College Now alumni have used their credits as electives or as equivalent credits at city, state, public and private colleges throughout the nation. Of the over 2,100 colleges and universities in the United States, very few have denied students credit for their College Now coursework. The names of these colleges are: Brandeis University, Bryn Mawr, Cornell University, Tulane University and the University of Vermont. On occasion, students in specialized programs, such as nursing and pharmacy, may find that they are unable to transfer credits due to the prescribed nature of their curriculum. Those few students who are unable to transfer their credits are advised that College Now credits have "shelf life." This means that they have the potential to be used at another college or may be applied on jobs that base salary increments on college credit accumulation. Students who are denied credits at any school are advised to check with the appropriate department chairperson to determine if they can sit for a competency examination in the subject area, which, if passed, will generate credits. Students are also advised to contact the College Now Director of Student Records in the Office of Collaborative Programs at Kingsborough for assistance, (718) 368-5170.

How much does the College Now program cost?
The program is free of charge. Students do not pay any tuition, textbook, transportation, material or application fees.

How much can someone save by taking College Now classes?
The following breakdown shows the financial advantage of taking one College Now 3-credit course. NOTE: The per credit hour cost of $160 is based on Community College fees for non-matriculated students. Therefore, the savings for students will be somewhat greater if they matriculate at a Community College and substantially greater if they transfer their credits to colleges and universities that have considerably higher tuition fees.

Tuition for a 3-credit course @ $160 per credit hour
480.00
One-Time Application Fee @ $50
50.00
Student Activity Fee @ $32
32.00
Technology Fee @ $37.50
37.50
Textbooks @ $75 per course
75.00
Transportation @ $60 per term X the # of days the course meets each week
180.00
Total Savings Per Course
854.50

How many courses can a College Now student take?
Students can accumulate a maximum of 11 credits through the Kingsborough College Now program but not more than 16 credits through any combination of College Now programs in New York City.

What courses are offered by College Now?
The program offers 3-credit introductory college courses in business, behavioral and social science, communications, humanities and science. It also offers a 1-credit course in college planning and another in career decision-making. Students who need to strengthen basic skills prior to entering college can take non-credit preparatory courses in writing/reading and mathematics.

Which course(s) will help a student with his or her major?
Each of the program's 3-credit courses will be of benefit to the student who chooses to major in the related subject area because each is a typical introductory freshman-level college course with respect to content, textbooks, assignments, tests, grading and teaching methodology.

Which course is the most practical one to take?
The answer to this question depends on a student's interests and goals. The question should be discussed with the College Now Counselor.

Does attendance count?
Attendance is taken daily in all College Now classes and plays a role in the instructor's determination of the student's final grade.

Are the College Now classes difficult?
Each student will have to answer that question for himself/herself. The courses are typical freshman-level college offerings. Therefore, they are challenging and representative of college-level studies.

Do College Now teachers give tests and assign papers or reports?
College Now teachers are required to give a 2-hour final exam. They may also choose to give quizzes, announced or not, and a mid-term exam and assign papers, reports, projects and oral presentations.

Why should high school students take a noncredit college course?
By taking the program's free-of-charge college preparatory courses in English and/or math, they get a head start on improving college-entry reading, writing and math skills while still in high school so they do not have to spend valuable time and money later doing college remedial work.

What is the difference between College Now and Advanced Placement courses?
Like College Now, the Advanced Placement (AP) program offers interested students the opportunity to complete college-level coursework while still in high school. The programs differ, however, with respect to cost, eligibility, course offerings, teacher training, final examinations, and transfer of credit. College Now is totally free of charge with respect to tuition, books and examinations. It offers a limited number of freshman-level college credit and preparatory courses, approved by Kingsborough Community College under the auspices of CUNY (City University of New York). College Now instructors are high school faculty members who posses the ability and interest to teach a college-level course. College Now courses conclude with a two-hour in-class final exam developed by the instructor. Finally, students successfully completing any one of College Now's credit courses earn college credit in the form of an official college transcript. These credits can be forwarded to the college of their choice upon graduation, or at a later date.

How do College Now students select their courses?
A. For new participants in the program - a College Now counselor will explain which course or courses are most appropriate for them after the counselor has examined their high school transcripts.
B. For continuing students - a College Now counselor will visit continuing students in their College Now classrooms and help them register for the upcoming semester.

When are College Now classes offered?
The classes meet before or after the regular high school day. Students will be told what their school's schedule is during the recruitment and counseling sessions. Check with your College Now Representative for further information.

Who teaches College Now classes?
The courses are taught by carefully selected high school faculty members whose credentials demonstrate that they are qualified to teach at the college level. All College Now instructors come to the program with extensive coursework and teaching experience in the appropriate subject area. To maintain and improve their skills, they attend workshops conducted by Kingsborough Community College faculty members. College Now instructors are hired as adjunct instructors at CUNY's Kingsborough campus. Like College Now students, the instructors participate in the program before or after their regularly scheduled school day.

Are College Now students required to stay in the program more than one term?
Unless the program is required at a particular high school, students are not obligated to re-enroll in the program. However, most students generally participate for two or three semesters.

Can College Now credits count toward a major?
The answer to this question will depend on the individual college. Students are advised to review the requirements of their degree of study to determine if there is a strong similarity between the College Now course description and the school's introductory sequence. If it exists, the student is generally awarded equivalent credit. Most students, however, receive elective credits or can apply the credit to a general core requirement.

Do the military service academies accept College Now credits?
None of the service academies accepts College Now credits. However, the appearance of these credits on a student's application will be looked on favorably by the admissions personnel.

Do College Now course grades appear on the high school report card?
Each high school participating in the program has its own policy. However, most do assign a letter grade or a numerical grade, with numerical grades included in the high school average. Contact your College Now Representative to find out about the policy followed in your school.

Do students get high school credit for College Now classes?
Each high school determines if it will give credit for College Now coursework. Contact your College Now Representative to find out about the policy followed in your school.

What is College Now's grading policy?
At the end of each semester, students will receive a letter grade evaluating their academic ability in each course for which they are registered.

Grade Achievement Level
A Excellent (90 - 100%)
B Good (80 - 89)
C Average (70 - 79)
D Below Average but Passing (60 -69)
F Failure
Inc. Term's Work Incomplete (will become an F unless work is completed within six months)
W Withdrew Without Penalty
WU Unofficial Withdrawal (counts as a failure)
R Did not meet minimum level of proficiency

What is the College Now ID card? What is the advantage in having one?
A College Now ID card contains the student's photograph and high school ID code. It entitles him or her to use Kingsborough's facilities, including the library, computer center, art gallery, College Center and cafeteria.

How do students get College Now ID cards?
Photographs for College Now ID cards are taken in June at the mandatory Kingsborough/on-campus visits. The cards will be distributed to students in September in their College Now classes by their College Now instructors. Students who miss the June sessions should contact their College Now Representative for instructions on how to obtain a card.

Do students need a Social Security number to participate in the College Now program?
No, but it is strongly advised that students who do not have a Social Security number get one while in the program as they will be required to produce a Social Security card, after high school graduation, when they enroll in college.

What is the College Now Web site, www.collegenowlive.com?
It is an Internet-based newspaper where the program's activities and participants are highlighted on an ongoing basis. The following aspects of the program are available online: the history of College Now, a description of the program, profiles of affiliated high schools, copies of course syllabi, professional staff development activities, special events, Student Advisory Board members and activities, recipients of student awards, and examples of student work. The site also links to the Kingsborough and CUNY Web sites.

How can a student have work published on the College Now Web site?
Any student who thinks that the work he or she has done for a College Now class is worthy of being posted on the site should bring it to the teacher in whose class the work was created. No work will be posted without the submission of a completed parental consent form.

What is the College Now Student Advisory Board (SAB)?
The SAB was created to give students a voice in the operations of the College Now program. Each participating high school selects 2 representatives who serve for one year as liaisons between their fellow College Now students and the program's Directors. Student advisors participate in a number of activities at the college including a welcoming dinner, a planning meeting, an all-day workshop in June, a mid-year meeting and an end-of-year dinner. Other activities take place at the high school. SAB members regularly help with recruitment and new student orientation. The names of this year's SAB members and articles written by last year's students are available on the College Now Web site.

What Special Services and Activities are Available to College Now Students?
The Myself Third Scholarship, made possible by CUNY graduate Robert Friedman, grants $2000 to each selected student. To be eligible for consideration, each student must submit a high school transcript, a letter of recommendation, a list of extracurricular activities and an essay discussing the nature of civic responsibility.

The Model New York City Council Project affords qualified students the opportunity to study, debate and vote on a legislative issue affecting New York City residents. Prior to the meeting, the students learn about the functions and processes of legislatures in a democracy and the realities associated with policy-making and representation in a city as diverse as New York as well as how to hone communication skills, such as public speaking and argumentation.

The Kingsborough Community College College Now Certificate of Achievement is awarded to the graduating student in each high school who shows the most significant improvement as a result of participating in the College Now program. In addition to receiving recognition at his/her school's senior awards night, the honoree receives a check for $50.

The annual College Night/Financial Aid Workshop, which is held at Kingsborough Community College, offers students and their parents an evening session devoted to the topic of college admissions and financing. Two educators who are experts on college admissions and services conduct the program. They explain how students can afford a college education at the right school for achieving their educational goals and review the various services and resources that colleges should provide to students to facilitate their successful transition from high school to college.

Each November, the Directors of the program sponsor a Parent Open House
, an informational activity for parents whose children are entering the program the following Spring. The objective is to familiarize them with College Now and make them aware of the various benefits their children can get from participating in the program's academic's and student services.

For further information on any of the above, visit your school's College Now Counselor or Representative.