many courses can a College Now student take?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attendance is taken
daily in all College Now classes and plays a role in the instructor's
determination of the student's final grade.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
College Now students required to stay in the program more than one
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(90 - 100%)
(80 - 89)
(70 - 79)
Average but Passing (60 -69)
Work Incomplete (will become an F unless work is completed
within six months)
Withdrawal (counts as a failure)
not meet minimum level of proficiency
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.