CUNY Prep is an innovative college preparatory program that offers out-of-school youth an alternative pathway to college. Founded in October 2003 as a collaboration among the New York City Department of Education, the Department of Youth and Community Development, and The City University of New York. CUNY Prep offers a full-time day program for students ages 16-18, in which students take core classes in math, science, writing, and social studies and work to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma. Once successful, students move into the College Transition Academy, which further prepares them for college. Finally, the third phase of our program, the College Success Network, supports our students while in college.

At CUNY Prep, we establish a college-going culture that starts the moment our students walk through our doors and continues through their college graduation. From orientation conversations on the need for higher education to our college-prep curriculum and instructional practices to College Transition Academy and support services at Hostos Community College, CUNY Prep has a singular focus: college success.