Queensborough Community College offers residents of New York City and New York State an opportunity for an educational experience of high quality. As a part of The City University of New York, the College admits students in accordance with the open admissions policy established by the University’s Board of Trustees. Under this policy, any applicant who holds a high school diploma, or the equivalent, is eligible for admission to an undergraduate degree or certificate program in the University.*
IMPORTANT: Acceptance as a degree student is conditional until the student submits an official high school transcript to the Admissions Office. The transcript must reflect the date of high school graduation. For GED/ HSE/TASC/HI SET recipients, a high school equivalency diploma (GED/HSE/ TASC/HI SET) with the score sheet attached is also acceptable.
A high school certificate is not acceptable as a substitute for a regular or local diploma.
An IEP Diploma (Individualized Education Program) is not acceptable as a substitute for a regular or local diploma.
Students who hold the General Education Development diploma (GED), the Testing Assessing Secondary Completion diploma (TASC) or the High School Equivalency Test diploma (HI SET) must provide official documentation of their scores with the application. (New York State GED recipients may contact the NYS Department of Education at 518-474- 3852 to obtain an official copy of their diploma and transcript of scores.)
A United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) Diploma must be converted to a New York State Equivalency Diploma (GED/TASC/HI SET).
*The College reserves the right to deny admission to any student if, in its judgment, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college or the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination taking into account any information the college has about a student’s criminal record and the particular circumstances of the college, including the presence of a child care center, a public school or public school students on the campus.
Prohibition on Submission of Fraudulent Admission Documents - The submission of documents in support of applications for admission (transcripts, diplomas, test scores, references, or the applications themselves) that are forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, obtained under false pretenses, or otherwise deceptive is prohibited and punishable by a five-year bar on applying for admission or five-year suspension from CUNY. A second violation is punishable by a lifetime ban on applying for admission or expulsion from CUNY.
Degree vs. Non-Degree Status
Students may enroll at the College as degree or non-degree students. A degree student is defined as one who (a) holds a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (GED/HSE/TASC/HI SET), and (b) is officially enrolled in a specific curriculum leading to a degree or certificate. Degree students must meet the academic standing requirements of the College and The City University of New York in order to maintain their degree status. Degree students pay lower rates of tuition and, depending on family income, may be eligible for financial aid.
A non-degree student is defined as one who has registered for individual courses but has not yet enrolled in a specific curriculum. Non-degree students must also meet the same academic standing requirements, including placement test requirements, as degree students at Queensborough Community College.
Matriculation – A degree student is officially enrolled in a specific program of study, or curriculum, (i.e, working toward a certificate or an Associate degree).
Non-Degree Status – A non-degree student is not enrolled in a specific degree or certificate program. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid and pay a higher rate of tuition. They receive a transcript but not an Academic Advisement Summary Form. Such students may apply for degree status. Once a student status is changed officially, courses taken while in non-degree status can be applied to curricular requirements.
Curriculum – A student’s major field or program of study at Queensborough. To earn an Associate degree or a certificate, students must satisfy College requirements and all requirements for the particular curriculum in which they are enrolled. (The plural of curriculum is curricula.)