Helpful Links

Helpful Links

Why Wait, Start College Now!

As a student in the College Now program, our goal is to provide you with information to facilitate your future decisions about the College Now program in general, the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the college process. The college process can often be overwhelming for both students and parents. Certainly, families have many questions, concerns, and fears that are associated with this process. As a result, we have added some links that we thought students and parents could visit in preparation for college, which may alleviate some of these apprehensions. 

College Now is a free college transition and dual enrollment program in partnership between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). Enlisting 18 colleges and over 420 NYC public high schools, its mission is to help students successfully transition to college. The program provides college credit courses aligned with the first-year study at CUNY, pre-college courses that increase students’ academic readiness for college without remediation, college awareness courses and activities, full-day summer programs, and access CUNY campus facilities and events. As a College Now student, students can also participate in the Model New York City Council Project and apply for the Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarship if they are accepted at a CUNY college as a full-time matriculated undergraduate student. 

The Model New York City Council Project gives College Now students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a New York City Council Member and experience city government from the inside. The Model NYC Council Project exposes high school students to the intricacies of legislative democracy and the realities associated with policymaking and representation in a diverse urban setting at the local level.

The Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarship competition rewards exemplary students who play a significant role in strengthening their community and/or school through civic service and volunteerism. The scholarship competition was established in 2002 by City College alumnus Robert Friedman as a tribute to the idealism and spirit of those who participated in the rescue effort following the World Trade Center tragedy. The Myself Third Program promotes character, leadership, and service and honors college-bound students who engage in ongoing social action and volunteerism.

College Boards
The College Boards' website provides an array of information for students and parentsFor example, some questions students and parents may face: is a college for me, how do you prepare for college, how do I decide on the college to attend, how do I apply for college, how do I pay for college, etc. The College Boards will provide information that you assist in making decisions in this process.

The City University of New York—CUNY
The City University of New York is the nation's largest urban public university. It is comprised of 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and individualized baccalaureate degrees through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. The University Teacher Academy provides free tuition for highly motivated mathematics and science majors who seek teaching careers in the city.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is a liberal arts college dedicated to education, research, and service in criminal justice, fire science, and related areas of public safety and public service. It strives to endow students with the skills of critical thinking and effective communication; the perspective and moral judgment that result from liberal studies; the capacity for personal and social growth and creative problem solving that results from the ability to acquire and evaluate information; the ability to navigate advanced technological systems; and the awareness of the diverse cultural, historical, economic and political forces that shape our society.

QuestBridge is a platform that connects the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading higher education institutions and further opportunities. QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.