CUNY is for students at every stage of life. The university offers programs and resources for working adults, military veterans, former CUNY students, first-time college students, and near-completers. Whether starting college for the first time, returning to CUNY after a hiatus, or resuming college after having attended another institution, there are opportunities here for you.
CUNY offers a variety of degree programs specifically designed to meet the academic goals of adult learners. Some provide Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) processes to award academic credit for college-level knowledge gained through work and other experiences.
- CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA): Work with faculty mentors to design your own BA or BS degree using the University as your campus.
- City College, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at The Center for Worker Education (CWE): A flexible, creative, and innovative interdisciplinary degree program customized for working adults and transfer students.
- CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS): CUNY SPS provides fully online and on campus degree and certificate programs for adults who are looking to finish their bachelor’s degree, earn a master’s degree or a certificate in a specialized field. CUNY SPS was ranked in the top 5% in the Nation in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 2018 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, affirming its role as a leader in online education.
- CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) : SLU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Labor Studies and Urban Studies and certificate programs in Labor Relations, Public Administration and Policy, Health Care Administration and Policy, and Community Leadership.
- Lehman College’s Adult Degree Program: For over 40 years, Lehman College has been serving adult students through the Adult Degree Program, offering flexible admissions criteria, personalized advising, evening office hours, and classes designed especially for adults.
- Queens College’s Adult Collegiate Education (ACE): Queens College’s ACE program provides highly motivated adults with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at a slightly accelerated pace. Applicants must be 25 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, and fulfill the college’s entrance requirements.
- The College of Staten Island Adults Returning to the Classroom (ARC): Learn about ARC’s personalized admissions support, early registration appointments, personalized advising with flexible hours, weekend/evening course offerings and other resources for returning adult students.
- Saturday Success Track Program for Adult Learners (BMCC): Earn your Associate Degree with flexibility and ease, one day a week. Classes are held on Saturdays at BMCC—right in the heart of Tribeca.
Information on how to apply to CUNY as an undergraduate student, including application worksheets and deadlines.
Online Courses at CUNY
CUNY’s colleges have a growing catalogue of online and hybrid courses, providing flexibility for students with jobs and other obligations outside the classroom. Fully online degree programs are also available through CUNY’s School of Professional Studies and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Explore CUNY’s online instruction offerings by using CUNY’s Global Search tool, which can search all CUNY institutions by course title, type, general education category, mode of delivery, and more.
Taking Courses Across CUNY
Students can take courses across the entire university system using CUNY’s e-Permit policy. Explore course offerings at all CUNY colleges using CUNY’s Global Search tool, and learn about CUNY BA, an individualized undergraduate degree program that allows students to use the whole university as their campus.
Union and Employee Tuition Vouchers
Many of CUNY’s campuses have child-care centers that serve students and their children in developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse early childhood, school age, and infant/toddler programs. Learn more about university resources for students with child-care needs.
All CUNY colleges offer continuing education programs geared toward career training and advancement.