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    Over 50% of the students entering LaGuardia Community College are high school students. It’s because we’re known to foster the boldness of our youth, encouraging students to question, take risks and push boundaries. To this end we have several programs tailored to our adapting first-timers.

    But they won’t get here on their own, and the process takes a lot of hard work and dedication. So before they’re ready to take charge, here is some useful information that will help you guide your students through the route to a higher-learning institution.

    A high school student that is entering LaGuardia directly after their high school graduation is a Freshman Applicant. High school students that earned college credit in high school are still Freshman Applicants.


    • The LaGuardia Youth Center for Engineering Excellence (LYCEE) offers high school students the opportunity to explore their interest in engineering and science, and earn college credits before entering LaGuardia.
    • Our College Now! program is affiliated with over 15 Queens high schools to provide college-credit classes, college advisement, and pre-college summer training programs.
    • The Upward Bound program facilitates the transition for eligible high school students into college with a two-fold curriculum consisting of academics at LaGuardia Community College and a Summer Residential Program at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
    • College Discovery is the companion of the SEEK program (four-year colleges) at community colleges to assist financially disadvantaged students with money for books and fees, and additional counseling and tutorial services. This program is funded by the City of New York, and grants do not have to be repaid.
    • Students can apply to this program directly on the CUNY General Freshman Application by completing the appropriate section of the admission form.
    • The Teen Academy of our Adult and Continuing Education Department (ACE) also offers Regents, SAT, and GED prep courses, as well as art, writing, and ESL classes for students who are not yet graduating from high school.
    • Our Program for Deaf Adults (PDA) can arrange to have sign language interpreters for mainstream academic classes, mainstream continuing education classes, and other college activities. Services are free but must be requested at least four weeks before classes start.


    • Arlene Kahn Memorial Scholarship (LaGuardia Foundation) - This endowed scholarship is open to high school graduates who have taken at least one college-credit-bearing course through LaGuardia’s COLLEGE NOW program, and who have chosen to attend LaGuardia Community College upon graduation.
    • The Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship Program (City of New York) - New York City high school students must graduated with at least a "B" average, enroll full-time in an Associate’s Degree program at LaGuardia within a year of their graduation, and maintain a “B” average for continued eligibility for a limit of six semesters. They must have accumulated 39 credits by the end of their fourth semester in order to receive the award for the remaining two semesters. The amount of the award is dependent on the program appropriation in the annual City budget; the awards for the 2009-2010 academic year were $500.00 ($250.00 per semester).

    Please be advised that according to Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we must have a student's consent prior to the disclosure of education records to parents and/or High School Guidance Counselor. The release cannot be a blanket release for the student’s entire college career.

    For further questions and concerns please call (718) 482-5324 to schedule a meeting with an Academic Advisor. Specific admissions questions can be sent to admissions@lagcc.cuny.edu or call 718-482-5000. If you'd like to receive general admission information, please use the Admissions Inquiry Form.

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