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Adult reading in a library

Adult learners often balance the demands of higher education with work and family responsibilities. The University values this important, growing group of students age 25 and over, and offers programs and services designed to support them.


CUNY Adult Learner Report

CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs has completed a review of programs at the University serving adult learners. Recommendations for growth are included.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Many of CUNY’s programs offer Prior Learning Assessment, a way to earn college credit for work and life experience.


Prepare to Apply

Information on how to apply to CUNY as an undergraduate student, including application worksheets and deadlines.

Online Courses at CUNY

Online courses allow students the flexibility to complete coursework on their own schedule. Fully online and hybrid courses can be searched on the CUNY Schedule of Classes. Fully online degrees are offered through CUNY’s School of Professional Studies and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


CUNY’s e-Permit policy allows students to take courses of interest from colleges across the system other than their home college.


Union and Employee Tuition Vouchers

Many labor unions and employers offer tuition vouchers or reimbursements to their membes and employees. Examples include 1199SEIU, UFT, and HHC.


High-quality University child-care programs serve students and their children in developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse early childhood, school age, and infant/toddler programs. Busy student parents can count on these affordale child care programs as they complete their degrees.

Continuing and Professional Education

All CUNY colleges offer continuing education programs geared toward career training and advancement.