Eligibility for College Now/START

Eligibility for College Now

The College Now program is for any major, but you must meet certain eligibility criteria. Every applicant must live in Massachusetts, be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident, and have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0. You are required to complete the College Now testing and interview for an admission decision.

Applicants must also satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • low-income status (as defined by federal guidelines)
  • first generation to complete a 4-year degree

Eligibility for START

START (Steps Toward Abstract Reasoning and Thinking) is a first-year program for students who are considering a calculus-based major but lack the necessary foundation at the beginning of their college careers. 

You must have a minimum high school GPA of a 2.0 to be eligible for admissions and are required to complete the College Now testing and interview for an admission decision. During the standard application process, you may be referred to the START program.

Apply to START if you are interested in scientific and technical fields such as Engineering, Math, Computer Science, and Physics.

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