The admission review process provides us with an opportunity to assess your entire academic record, including all attempted and completed courses and grades earned and essays/personal statements and letters of recommendation. Applicants to our four-year colleges must have completed at least one college-level course in Mathematics and English with a grade of “C” or better, or must demonstrate college-level readiness based on SAT, ACT, AP, IB or New York Regents test scores.
For Transfer applicants, your entire college/postsecondary school academic history, including grades earned from courses taken more than once, will be used to determine a grade point average (GPA). If more than one college/postsecondary school was attended, your GPA will be determined through a combined calculation of all attempted coursework.Your high school/secondary school record will be considered if you have completed fewer than 30 college credits.
As we consider each applicant, we also look beyond the classroom. Extracurricular accomplishments, special talents and awards in particular fields and academic achievements in light of life experiences and special circumstances are weighed to determine a student’s potential for success at CUNY.
Be sure to review the deadlines, as well Admission Profile for Freshmen (if you are applying as a Freshman) or the Admission Profile for Transfer Students (if you are applying as a Transfer), a helpful resource that lists the mean grade point average (GPA) for last year’s admitted transfer students.
Freshman applicants can apply to up to six choices and will hear back from all of them. Transfer applicants may apply to up to four CUNY Colleges; and should list your college choices in order of preference, as transfer applicants will only receive one college admission decision.
Fill out your application by first creating a CUNY Portal Account.
Your CUNY Portal account will be where you submit your online application, pay the fee after finishing your application, download your ‘Application Summary Packet‘ (which contains a checklist of all the documents you specifically need to submit), as well as a place where you can check your application status.
At the Portal website, click on ‘Register for New Account’ above the login fields. On the next screen, select “Applicant” as your user type. Follow the prompts before logging in to start your application.
You can log into CUNY Portal anytime to complete the application. And, the application can be saved and continued for later. However, do keep in mind that the earlier you submit your application and documents, the earlier you will be able to get a decision. Also, make sure you have your 6 college choices (freshmen) or 4 college choices (transfer) on hand before you begin the application.
Applicants must satisfy the CUNY application fee before their application is considered complete and ready for review.
The application fee can be paid:
- online at the time of application with a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card, or
- by mail using a check or money order payable to “CUNY”, or
- with a CUNY Fee Waiver, which eligible freshman applicants currently enrolled in a New York City high school can request from their high school college advisor.
The application fee is non-refundable.
In order to streamline your application process, we strongly encourage students to save or print the ‘Application Summary Packet’ after paying the online fee on the application. This packet contains:
- Specific instructions to complete your application for admission
- A copy of your submitted online application
- Forms to submit to institutions to request transcripts/records
- Any other documents necessary to your application
All documents are to be sent to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC). A general list of documents to be submitted to UAPC is as follows:
- High School Transcript or proof of High School Equivalency degree
- College, University and/or Proprietary School Transcript (transfers only)
- Standardized Test Scores (submitted electronically to UAPC)
- Supplemental Application for Selective Programs
All documents by a university must be official in order to be considered. Any document considered “official” is in a stamped and sealed envelope from the post-secondary institution. Any other forms of the documents will be not be accepted.