College Now

College Now


The College Now program (CN) is a comprehensive collaborative initiative of the City University of New York and the New York City Board of Education.  Through the active involvement of the colleges within the University, it promotes and supports high standards of academic achievement for New York City public high school students.  The CN program offers dual enrollment and college-readiness programs to NYC public high schools. Please note that College Now participation is restricted to students registered with the NYCDOE, including registered home-schooled students and students with disabilities whose private school tuition or disability services are supported by the NYCDOE.

The general goals of the CN program are to: 
     -help students meet high school graduation requirements
     -introduce students to college life and to prepare students for changes in lifestyle
     -develop the personal values necessary to survive and succeed in college

The CN program offers qualified high school students opportunities to enroll in a variety of activities including college-credit courses, college-preparatory courses and activities, and summer programs.  

Students can earn college credit in two ways:
1. COHORT Courses — students attend college-level classes comprised of students from various NYC public high schools.
2. WAIVER Courses — students are enrolled in courses with John Jay college students.

John Jay’s College Now program also works closely with partnership high schools to design programs that enable students to develop their academic and personal potential.  Participating high schools may offer college credit and/or high school courses at their respective campuses. 

By taking college credit courses students save money and earn college credit while attending high school.  Seniors who are accepted into CUNY and demonstrate that they are not yet ready for college-level courses to have the opportunity to enroll in a college preparatory course and/or a workshop. 

Students who register for college-level courses will be issued a John Jay College College Now ID card and will be able to use the library, swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts and microcomputer labs.  

The schedule for CN courses is slightly modified from the general college schedule. CN courses start later than regular college classes but meet for longer hours. CN students are required to make a serious commitment to attend classes and complete all assignments.

Participate in the CN program and experience the richness of college! 

College Now Orientation