John Jay College students on the John Jay campus

Let us be the first to say, congratulations and welcome to CUNY! You are one step closer to beginning a one-of-a-kind college experience and we look forward to meeting you on our campuses. To finalize your admission process, please review the timelines below.

This information is intended to provide a general guideline and may vary by individual college. For the most up to date information, please contact the Office of Admission at the college you plan to attend.


SPRING ADMISSION: October - December

Review Your Financial Aid Package
To determine the cost of attending college, be sure to carefully review each financial aid package you receive. If you have not yet received your package, use our CUNY Net Price Calculator to estimate college costs and contact the college you plan to attend directly.

Apply for Veteran Work-Study (if applicable)
If you are a veteran, you may qualify for the VA work-study program. Visit the United States Department of Veteran Affairs for more information.

Revisit Our Colleges
Set aside time to visit the colleges to which you have been accepted. Speaking with current students and faculty is a great way to get an idea of which college is best for you.



Submit Commitment Tuition Deposit
All accepted students are required to submit a non-refundable $100 Commitment Tuition Deposit which will be applied to your first semester of tuition charges. The Commitment Tuition Deposit enables you to confirm enrollment at a college to which you have been offered admission. Students may have the Commitment Tuition Deposit waived by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less. Veterans are also exempt from paying the commitment deposit.

For the Fall semester, the deposit must be received/postmarked by May 1, the national deadline for accepting offers of admission and financial aid. Students admitted after the May 1st deadline are strongly encouraged to pay the deposit as soon as possible.

For the Spring semester, the deposit must be received/postmarked by December 15. If you are admitted after December 15, the deposit is due 10 days after the date you received your admission notification.


SPRING ADMISSION: December - January

Submit Final Transcripts (Freshman Only) NYC DOE High Schools
We will receive an electronic version of your final transcript with date of graduation. DO NOT send a final transcript. However, you may be asked to submit a copy of your High School diploma to the college.

All Other High Schools
Please send your final high school transcript indicating your graduation date and type of diploma received. In addition, be advised that some colleges may require you to provide a copy of your high school diploma directly to the college.

The final transcript must include your CUNYfirst ID number. You can find your CUNYfirst ID number (an 8 digit number) on your Application Summary.

Please send final transcripts to the following address:
Attn. Margarette Atkinson
General Freshman Admission
P.O. Box 350136
Brooklyn, NY 11235-0001

Transfer Credits (Transfer Applicants Only)
Upon admission, CUNY colleges may also request to see course descriptions that indicate the individual course title, material covered, text books used and any other information about the course to determine the number of transfer credits awarded.

Prepare and Take CUNY Assessment Test (CAT)
Preparing for the CUNY Assessment Test (CAT) is strongly encouraged as these tests will determine your placement in Mathematics and/or English (Reading/Writing) courses.

Four-Year Colleges
All students admitted to a CUNY four-year college must take the CAT in Mathematics before enrolling in the college, regardless of New York State Regents, SAT, ACT, and/or AP scores in Mathematics. Test results will be used for placement purposes in the appropriate mathematics course.

Community Colleges
All students will be asked to take the CAT in Mathematics and/or English for placement in first year courses.

After you submit your Commitment Tuition Deposit, the college will send your testing date/location via email or standard mail, so be sure to check your email/mail from the college frequently.
Note: In some cases, testing information may arrive prior to your financial aid award package.

Visit the CUNY Assessment Test page for online resources to help you prepare.

Sign Up for Orientation, Academic Advisement and Registration
Sign up for orientation as early as possible to ensure that you have the most choices for your course selections. Look for parent/family programs and get ready to meet new people!

Register for academic advising to meet your academic advisor who will assist you in selecting and registering classes.

Submit Immunization Information
Submit your immunization documents and proof of health insurance. For more information, visit the CUNY Immunization Records FAQs page.

Determine Residence (On-Campus vs. Off-Campus)
Housing is limited at CUNY, so be sure to apply as early as possible if you plan to live on campus. If you are applying for off-campus housing, be aware of contract options and deadlines.

To learn more about housing options at CUNY visit the Housing Page.