How to apply

Step 1: Determine Your College Choices and Academic Programs

You can apply to multiple campuses using a single application. You should determine your college choices and academic programs before starting your application. Be sure to review the Admission Profile for last year’s admitted class.

The priority Application deadline for Fall is February 1 and Spring is September 15.  Find more information about deadlines.

Step 2: Create a CUNY Application Account Or Log into your CUNYFirst Account

Visit the CUNY Application page to get started. We recommend that you complete the application using a desktop computer and not on a mobile or tablet device.

Step 3: Fill Out the Online Application

You will be presented with several pages of questions to complete. Complete the questions on each page.

REMINDER: Freshmen applicants can select up to 6 college choices, while Transfer applicants can select up to 4 college choices. All applicants will receive an admission decision from each college listed on their application.

Step 4: Pay Your Application Fee


After completing each section of the application, you will be prompted to pay your application fee. The application fee is $65 for Freshman applicants and $70 for Transfer applicants.

Pay Online using one of the following:

American Express
Discover
Electronic Check
MasterCard
Visa

Submit Money Order via Mail:

Submit a money order payable to “CUNY” to the address listed below. Write your CUNYfirst ID number on your money order. You can find your CUNYfirst ID number (an 8 digit number) on your Application Summary.

CUNY UAPC Lockbox
Mail Code: 8770
P.O. Box 7247
Philadelphia, PA 19170-8770

*The application fee is non-refundable.
**Current CUNY students are exempt from paying the transfer application fee.
***Veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves may obtain an application fee waiver by answering the US Military Status question on the CUNY application and submitting proof of their Veteran/Military status (ie., DD-214, Current Military ID Card, or Deployment or Pre-separation orders).

Step 5: Submit Your Application

After you submit your application you will be able to print or download a copy of your Application Summary. You can find your CUNYfirst ID number (an 8 digit number) on your Application Summary. You will need your CUNYfirst ID number for submitting supporting documents.

Check your application status.

Step 6: Submit Your Supporting Documents

All documents are to be submitted to the University Application Processing Center. You will need your CUNYfirst ID number (an 8 digit number) when submitting supporting documents. Below is a general list of documents you will need to submit:

University Application Processing Center Addresses

Freshman Admission

CUNY/UAPC
P.O. Box 350136
Brooklyn, NY 11235-0001

Please note that all materials and documents (including original documents) submitted as part of an application for admission become the property of CUNY/UAPC and cannot be returned.

Transfer Admission

CUNY/UAPC
P.O. Box 359023
Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023

Please note that all materials and documents (including original documents) submitted as part of an application for admission become the property of CUNY/UAPC and cannot be returned.

Macaulay Honors College Admission

CUNY/UAPC
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Please note that all materials and documents (including original documents) submitted as part of an application for admission become the property of CUNY/UAPC and cannot be returned.

Overnight/Express Shipping

CUNY/UAPC
2001 Oriental Blvd., Building T-1, Room 122
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Please note that all materials and documents (including original documents) submitted as part of an application for admission become the property of CUNY/UAPC and cannot be returned.

TRANSCRIPTS

New York City DOE High School Transcripts

If you are currently attending a NYC DOE high school, and your school is not included on the Paper Transcripts Page, do not send a paper transcript. You should have entered your nine-digit OSIS number in the ‘High School/Secondary’ section of the Admission Application, which will enable us to retrieve your transcript electronically. If you did not enter your OSIS number, please contact our Help Desk for Students.

*If you have already graduated, you must send a paper transcript.

All Other High School Transcripts

If you are currently attending or have graduated from a U.S. high school or a United States-administered American, International or Department of Defense school, an official paper transcript is required. The transcript must be sent directly to University Application Processing Center from the high school in a sealed, school-issued envelope. If you are currently attending or have graduated from a Missionary or other American private school, your school must meet CUNY standards for school accreditation. If your high school does not meet accreditation standards, you will be required to take the High School Equivalency test. See the High School Equivalency section below.

If you are currently attending or have graduated from a high school/secondary school outside the U.S. not listed above, you are required to submit your complete academic record (all years), as well as any national or government certificates earned. We accept photocopies of secondary school transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and/or secondary external examination certificates (CXC, GCE, WASC, EASC, etc.) Please review the list of Required Secondary School Credentials.

Educational records in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official word-for-word translation on business letterhead. See English Translation Guidelines under “Additional Information for Students Educated Outside the U.S.”

High School Equivalency Diploma

Applicants receiving a High School Equivalency diploma from New York State (also known as TASC), are required to submit a copy of their High School Equivalency diploma and scores. Visit TASC to learn more.

Applicants receiving a High School Equivalency diploma outside of New York State should contact the appropriate State Education Department.

View a conversion of the scores to a College Admission Average (CAA) here: High School Equivalency Admission Information

If you are an International Student please visit the gedtestingservice.com website to learn more.

Online and Correspondence Schools

CUNY does not accept diplomas from any non-public correspondence, online or virtual high school.  Students from these schools must successfully complete a high school equivalency examination to be considered for admission to a CUNY college.

CDOS Commencement Credential and IEP Diploma

Applicants with CDOS (Career Development and Occupational Studies) Commencement Credential or an IEP Diploma must earn a High School Equivalency Diploma.

Home-School

Generally, your home-schooling curriculum should adhere to your school district’s preliminary education requirement for earning a high school diploma. This will allow us to review your entire record as a home-schooled student within the context of the academic requirements as outlined above.

If you are a New York State resident who received home schooling, a transcript outlining all completed coursework with grades earned is required. You must also submit a letter from the superintendent of your school district or comparable chief school administrator certifying that you have completed the equivalent of a New York State four-year high school program through home schooling.

If you are a senior who is currently completing a home-school program, you must submit a letter from the superintendent of your school district certifying that you are currently completing a program that is equivalent to a NYS four-year high school program.  Upon completion, please submit a letter verifying that you have successfully completed the program.

If you cannot obtain the letter from the high school district, you must obtain a High School Equivalency diploma. See the High School Equivalency section below.

If you are an out-of-state resident who received home-schooling, a state-issued diploma is required. If you have not obtained a state-issued diploma, you must obtain your High School Equivalency diploma. For more information on how to obtain a High School Equivalency score click here.

If you have graduated from a United States-administered American, International or Department of Defense school, an official paper transcript is required. The transcript must be sent directly to CUNY/UAPC from the high school in a sealed, school-issued envelope. If you have graduated from a Missionary or other American private school, your school must meet CUNY standards for school accreditation. If your high school does not meet accreditation standards, you will be required to take the High School Equivalency test. See the High School Equivalency section below.

If you have graduated from a high school/secondary school outside the U.S. not listed above, you are required to submit your complete academic record (all years), as well as any national or government certificates earned. We accept photocopies of secondary school transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and/or secondary external examination certificates (CXC, GCE, WASC, EASC, etc.) Please review the list of Required Secondary School Credentials.

Educational records in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official word-for-word translation on business letterhead. See our English Translation Guidelines.

All transfer applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript with proof of graduation indicated. Transfers are also required to send in transcripts from the university and/or any proprietary school that they have attended. The transcripts must be sent directly to CUNY/UAPC from the high school in a sealed, school-issued envelope.

CUNY college transcript (intra-CUNY transfer applicants only)
If you are currently enrolled at a CUNY college, do not send a paper copy of your transcript. Instead, an electronic version of your official CUNY transcript will be retrieved by CUNY/UAPC after your Admission Application is submitted. In order to retrieve your transcript, your social security number or CUNY ID as indicated on your Admission Application must match the identification number listed on your CUNY college record. If there are stops and/or holds on your CUNY record, please resolve them with the Office of the Registrar at your CUNY college. Once the problem is resolved, we will then be able to electronically retrieve your transcript.

College, University and/or Proprietary School Transcript(s)
If you are currently attending or if you have ever attended a college, university or proprietary school, an official transcript is required for each school attended.

We define an official record as one that details your complete academic history (all years) while in attendance at a college, university or any postsecondary institution. These records must be sent directly to us from the issuing institution and/or examining body in a sealed, school-issued envelope and must include the following:

  • Dates of enrollment, courses taken and marks, grades or ratings in each subject.
  • Institutional grading scale or other standard(s) of evaluation.
  • Recent signature and date by a school official and must include an original institutional seal. Accepted  signatures include: the Registrar, Dean, Principal, Controller of Examinations, Ministry of Education, or another appropriate school official/office (varies by country).

 

We do not accept the following:

  • Documents certified by a notary public, translator or commissioner of oaths.
  • Photocopies or other duplications of a record such as notarized copies, faxed or scanned documents.

 

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 not be accepted.

Applicants educated outside the United States may opt to have their transcripts evaluated by the University Application Processing Center of CUNY or to have them evaluated by one of the evaluation services listed below:

 

If using one of the above services, you must request: an official course-by-course evaluation report which includes a GPA based on all secondary school course work and any external examination certificates earned. Be sure to request that the evaluation service includes certified copies of all documentation used for the evaluation. We will only accept evaluations that are sent directly from the evaluation service to UAPC.

UAPC will make the final decision regarding evaluations and admission recommendations.

If you opt to have your records evaluated by UAPC, we require:

  • Copies of complete secondary school record
  • Secondary school graduation diploma
  • Any external examination certificates earned

 

If the documents were not issued in English, we require a word-for word- translation as well.

All translations must meet the following conditions:

  • Complete and literal (word-for-word) with no attempts to interpret or evaluate the credential
  • Prepared in same format as the original document
  • Typed on business or school letterhead stationery
  • Signed by a translator attesting to familiarity with the foreign language

 

Official translations may be obtained from the following:

  • Consulate or embassy of the country that is issuing the document
  • Translation agency
  • Immigrant or refugee association in the U.S. representing the country issuing the document
  • The institution where the student studied
  • Faculty member of U.S. high school, college, or university (must signify his/her academic department and rank)

 

CUNY does not accept translations from the following:

  • The student or members of his/her family
  • Individuals not affiliated with any of the organizations listed above

Applicants educated outside the United States may opt to have their transcripts evaluated by the University Application Processing Center of CUNY or to have them evaluated by one of the evaluation services listed below:

 

If you have completed less than one year of full-time university-level studies, we need the following:

  • Secondary school record: an official course-by-course evaluation report which includes a GPA based on all secondary school course work and any external examination certificates earned.
  • University record: an official course-by-course evaluation report which includes a GPA based on all university course work.

 

If you have completed more than one year of full-time university-level studies, we need the following:

  • Secondary school record: proof of secondary school graduation and an official document-by-document evaluation report.
  • University record: an official course-by-course evaluation report which includes a GPA based on all university course work.
  • We will only accept evaluations that are sent directly from the evaluation service.

 

If using one of the above services, you must request: an official course-by-course evaluation report which includes a GPA based on all secondary school course work and any external examination certificates earned. Be sure to request that the evaluation service includes certified copies of all documentation used for the evaluation.

UAPC will make the final decision regarding evaluations and admission recommendations.

If you opt to have your records evaluated by UAPC, we require:

  • Copies of complete secondary school record
  • Secondary school graduation diploma
  • Any external examination certificates earned
  • An official transcript of university work, sent directly from the issuing institution.

 

If the documents were not issued in English, we require a word-for word- translation.

All translations must meet the following conditions:

  • Complete and literal (word-for-word) with no attempts to interpret or evaluate the credential
  • Prepared in same format as the original document
  • Typed on business or school letterhead stationery
  • Signed by a translator attesting to familiarity with the foreign language

 

Official translations may be obtained from the following:

  • Consulate or embassy of the country that is issuing the document
  • Translation agency
  • Immigrant or refugee association in the U.S. representing the country issuing the document
  • The institution where the student studied
  • Faculty member of U.S. high school, college, or university (must signify his/her academic department and rank)

 

CUNY does not accept translations from the following:

  • The student or members of his/her family
  • Individuals not affiliated with any of the organizations listed above

STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES

SAT/ACT Scores

Freshman Applicants: 

An applicant to a four-year college is required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Please send scores to CUNY using the following code:

  • ACT:  City University of New York (2950)
  • College Board: CUNY/UAPC (2950)

*If you completed high school/secondary school more than two years ago, the SAT or ACT score requirement might be waived.

Transfer Applicants:

An applicant to a four-year college, who has earned fewer than 24 college credits is required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

Transfer applicants who have earned 24 college credits or more from an accredited institution are not required to submit SATor ACT scores.

AP Scores

Students who score a three or higher on The College Board Advanced Placement Exams may be eligible to receive college credits at CUNY. Each CUNY college makes its own determination of course and credit equivalencies for the exams. Visit the Academic Credit page for more information.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Scores

All undergraduate colleges at the University will award 30 credits to students who have completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a score of 30 or higher. Each college may develop specific guidelines articulating IB courses with courses in the major and general education requirements. Students who have completed an IB diploma with a score of 29 or less and students who did not complete a diploma will be guaranteed credit for higher-level IB exams with scores of “5” or better. The credit awarded will apply toward the overall number of credits required for graduation and in some cases toward major and general education requirements, as determined by each college. Visit the Academic Credit page for more information.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Scores (if applicable)

If you are on a temporary visa and educated in a non-English speaking environment, you must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting test scores from TOEFL or IELTS (Academic Level) or PTE (Academic level). Please request to have your official test scores sent to our processing center, CUNY/UAPC and/or list our University code 2950 when registering for the exams. Visit the TOEFLIELTS or PTE website for more information.

Other Supporting Materials

Applicants can send a request for a recommendation from the ‘Recommendation’ section of the application. The recommender you add will receive an email once the application is submitted. You will need the email address for each recommender. Inside the email will be credentials for your recommender to login and a direct link which will take him/her directly to the application site where the recommendation can be completed. You will be able to add additional recommendation requests after you have submitted your application. To view a list of colleges/programs which require a recommendation, visit our Required Recommendations page.

If applicable, required supporting materials will be listed in the ‘Supporting Materials’ section of the application based on your college and program choices. You will be able to upload directly onto the application.