College Discovery Program

What is the College Discovery Program (CD)?

The College Discovery (CD) program at Queensborough Community College was established in 1964 to make higher education accessible for all students pursuing a college degree. It is the nation's oldest opportunity program. Here in the College Discovery (CD) Program we are committed to offering you financial assistance, academic advising, one-to-one counseling, career exploration, and free academic support services to help reduce challenges to your academic and personal success.

Our CD family of staff is dedicated to helping you achieve your hopes, dreams, and aspirations!

Students will also receive a stipend/allowance each semester to help with the costs associated with college. Through its support services, personalized academic assistance and individual college counseling, the CD program provides you with a clear path to a college degree and a meaningful higher education experience.

Most importantly, successful participation in College Discovery grants you access to opportunity programs at the senior college level including the Percy Ellis Sutton Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program within the City University of New York (CUNY), the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) within the State University of New York (SUNY), and the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at some private colleges and universities. 

Benefits and opportunities provided by College Discovery

Financial Benefits:

  • For students who are academically eligible, the CD program offers additional funding beyond a student's financial aid package – up to $600 per academic year.

  • The program pays tuition (for eligible students), as well as all required student fees.

Counseling Services:

  • Students are assigned to a counselor who becomes their personal guide through their college experience. In addition, CD students enjoy the benefit of seeing their counselor on a walk-in basis.

Academic Support Services:

  • The Academic Support Center will be operating hybrid/partially remote for the Fall 2023 semester.

  • The College Discovery Program is offering Online Tutoring Support through Blackboard.

  • As we are working online, CD students have access to their own Academic Support Center (tutoring center) available by phone at (718) 631-6618 or at, which offers free one-to-one and group tutoring in most courses offered at the college.

  • CD students may also utilize the center's computers for research projects, printing, and completing class assignments.


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How do Students Apply to College Discovery?

CD accepts students who are interested in any major offered at the college.

Prospective students should indicate their interest in the College Discovery program on the CUNY application for admission. Interested students may also contact the College Discovery office directly at 718-631-6210 to inquire about their eligibility.

Fill our the Intent to Enroll in the College Discovery Program

Complete the College Discovery Application Form 2024-2025

Is your application status listed as incomplete? For assistance, please contact us by email at

Summer Program

As a first-year CD student, you must attend and successfully complete a mandatory summer program where you take non-credit-bearing introductory courses in English/Mathematics and ST-100. In ST-100, a small group forum where you will learn about college life, you will attend weekly skill-building workshops, daily tutorials and team-building exercises to prepare for the rigorous academic work required of college students.

ST-100 Course Outline

Who is Eligible for College Discovery?

To be eligible for the College Discovery program at Queensborough, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or have a New York State approved General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or its equivalent.

  • Have no previous college experience, except in the case of students transferring from another educational opportunity program such as EOP, SEEK, another CD Program, or HEOP.

  • Be able to document residency in New York City for at least one year prior to applying to CUNY.

  • Have a college admissions average from your high school that is less than 80%.

  • Have a family income and other available financial resources which fall within guidelines established by New York State (see website).

  • All CD applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for both PELL (federal aid), and TAP (New York state aid), as early as possible.

Visit Financial Aid

College Discovery New Student Checklist

Welcome New College Discovery Admitted Student!

The checklist below contains the steps you will need to complete before you can register for classes! You will also have a chance to review this list with your College Discovery Counselor.

Enrollment Confirmation Process before Registering for Summer/ Fall Classes:

Complete and Submit: 2024-2025 College Discovery Supplemental Form within the next 2 weeks. In addition, you must submit:

  • A signed copy of parent(s) income taxes-2022
  • A federal IRS tax transcript from the IRS office-2022
  • Other supporting proof of income documents-2022 (see To Do List below)

Attend a College Discovery Information Session

Financial Aid: Everyone is required to apply for financial aid. Apply for financial aid here.

Health History Forms: Complete and submit your Health History Forms and proof of immunizations to Health Services, Medical Arts Building, Room MC-02 or Fax to (718) 631-6330.

Advisement & Registration: Schedule an appointment for advisement and registration for Summer/Fall classes by contacting the College Discovery Office at 718-631-6210 or

Register for mandatory Summer/Fall class(es).

If attending summer school to complete high school graduation requirements, please provide a letter in a sealed envelope from your high school. The letter must include dates of summer school attendance.

Check the College Discovery / Financial Aid To-Do List below for any required documents.

College Discovery / Financial Aid To-Do List

  • College Discovery Supplemental Form
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • 2022 Student's Federal Income Tax Form (only if independent)
  • 2022 Parent's Federal Income Tax Form
  • 2022 Parent's IRS Transcript
  • 2022 PA Budget Letter
  • 2022 SNAP
  • 2022 IRS Non-Tax Filer Statement
  • 2022 Child Support Report
  • 2022 Unemployment Benefits
  • 2022 Social Security Benefits
  • Other Document(s); if required

Mission and Goals


The College Discovery Program (CD) is committed to increasing the access, sense of belonging, academic excellence and retention of New York City’s historically underserved students. Students are provided with academic advisement, supportive counseling, pre-freshman summer orientation, tutoring support and transfer-out assistance to enable them to successfully complete all requirements for graduation.


  1. Provide academically and economically disadvantaged eligible students academic advisement in their chosen program of study.

  2. Provide students through a pre-freshmen seminar to prepare them for their first semester in college.

  3. Continue to provide necessary supportive tutoring services that assist students to succeed academically and ultimately graduate.

  4. Promote transfer opportunities for students and assist them with the next step beyond graduation in alignment with their future goals.

Hours and Location

Summer 2024 Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Fridays closed (Regular Weekly)

College Discovery Evening Zoom (Regular Weekly):

Tuesdays: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Zoom:

Meeting ID:  819 7176 8928

Academic Support Center Virtual office hour (By Appointment Only):
Wednesday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Office locations:
Main office: S-124
College Discovery Academic Support Center: L-102

Office Phone: Call: 718-631-6210 or


College Discovery Staff


Dr. Robert E. Cortes, LCSW – Director

Mrs. Katwicia Desruisseaux – Counselor

Ms. Kathryn Wong – Counselor

Mr. Sean Persaud- Counselor

Mr. Jeffrey Collins – Academic Support Specialist

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