Frequently Asked Questions

1) How much will I study at College?

Being a college student is a full-time job. Expect to study two to three hours for every hour you spend in class, so about 30 – 45 hours a week if you take 15 credit hours.

If that sounds overwhelming, consider this: College gives you more control over what you study, so you’ll be learning about things you love. Plus, you don’t have to go it alone. Grab a friend and head to the library, Learning Center, MDECPBI, or review lecture notes on your laptop at your favorite coffee shop.

2) How will I pick a major?

It’s okay if you aren’t already sure what you want to study—a big part of College is exploration, so it’s crucial to choose a place that lets you stretch the possibilities. Larger universities offer the most flexibility in what you can study. For example, Medgar offers 17 Baccalaureate Degree Programs, 8 Associate Degree Programs, 15 Minors 1 Certificate Programs, and 2 Transfer Programs, which can be customized with certificates and minors to create an education unique to you and your interests. Please discuss with your Academic Advisor of Faculty Mentor.

3) Are there job opportunities on campus?

There are several internship/job opportunities available at Medgar Evers College campus and other CUNY campuses. For more on this, please click on the links provided.

Career Management

4) How do I apply for work-study?

College students interested in having a work-study program be part of their financial aid package have to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Ensure that you answer “yes” to the question that asks if you are interested in student employment. Some colleges might require you to submit other financial aid documents, but filling out the FAFSA is the first step. Keep in mind that the FAFSA needs to be completed by a specific date, usually March 1.

Once you have been notified that you are eligible for work-study, be proactive, and begin looking for a campus job. Don’t just apply for one position; pursuing multiple Jobs will give you more options. Most colleges and universities work on a first-come, first-served basis for work-study positions, so apply early and follow up with the departments that interest you.

5) What are the benefits of a work-study job?

You’ll receive financial aid for your college education and personal expenses.

  • You’ll gain work experience and be able to explore different career paths.
  • Working on campus will help you become familiar with your College or University.
  • Professional networking opportunities will allow you to meet valuable references to add to your resume.
  • Your work schedule will be flexible enough for you to focus on your classes.
  • The wages you earn will not count towards the following year’s student contribution section of the FAFSA.

6) How do I find out more about scholarship opportunities?

There are several scholarship opportunities at Medgar Evers College. For more, please contact Ms. Judy Morgan, Financial Aid Specialist/Scholarship Coordinator in the financial aid office room S-110.
Email: or
Tel: (718) 270-6132 / Fax: (718) 270-6194

7) What are CUNY’s skills requirements?

You can demonstrate that you meet the University’s skills proficiency requirements based on your SAT, ACT, or NY. State Regents test scores. Otherwise, you may take the appropriate CUNY Assessment Test offered at the testing center at CUNY colleges.

8) How do I get involved in student groups/organizations?

There are 30+ clubs and organizations here at Medgar Evers College that students can participate in. Students in their second semester can form their own club/organization. Please visit The Office of Student Life and Development, which coordinates student activities in collaboration with the Student Government Association, for more information.

For a list of clubs and organizations, please follow the link: