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The Fall 2018 Admission Application is now available

The Spring 2018 Admission Application is still available

Please be advised that the CUNY Online Application (General Freshman, Macaulay Honors College, General Transfer and School of Professional Studies) is unavailable Monday through Thursday from 11pm to 2am and Friday from 11pm through 11am Saturday morning. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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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. You must list your college choices in order of preference, as you will only hear back from one college choice.

HOW TO APPLY

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Step 1: Register for a CUNY Portal Account

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.

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Step 2: Fill Out the Online 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.

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Step 3: Submit Payment

Payment of the application, whether by credit card / debit card or waiver on online the application itself, or via mail check/money order to UAPC, is required to be submitted before your application can be considered complete. Students who have not submitted the fee will not be reviewed.

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Step 4: Download Your Application Summary Packet

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
  • & etc.
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Step 5: Submit Your Documents to UAPC

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.

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When to anticipate a response about your application

Applicants should anticipate to receive a response regarding their application within 6 to 8 weeks. To check your application status, login to your CUNY Portal Account, and click on a grey tab called ‘Admissions’ and then click ‘Check Your Application Status’.

You may also reach an admissions representative by callingemailing, or visiting us at the CUNY Welcome Center.

SUBMIT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

ADDRESSES

Where to Submit Documents

Freshman Admission

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

 Transfer Admission

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

Macaulay Honors College

CUNY/UAPC
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235-0001

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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

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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 Section 2 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 at admissions@cuny.edu or call 212-997-CUNY (2869).

If you have already graduated, you must send a paper transcript. Please see All Other High School Transcript(s) section below.

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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 CUNY/UAPC 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.”

Test score reports should be attached to the Document Return Receipt and sent to the appropriate CUNY/UAPC address (at left).

SAT/ACT Scores

Applicants applying to a four-year college are required to submit SAT/ACT scores. To request that your SAT/ACT scores are sent to CUNY/UAPC, use the CUNY institutional code 2950 at the time of testing. You do not need to use both the CUNY institutional code and an individual CUNY college code. We will also accept SAT/ACT scores sent by your high school counselor/college advisor. If you have been out of high school for over two years, SAT/ACT scores are recommended, but required for Hunter College.

AP Scores

Students who score a four 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.

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.

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Applicants with the following types of high school credentials must successfully complete the High School Equivalency examination to be considered for admission to a CUNY college. High School Credentials/Diplomas from any non-public correspondence, online, or virtual high school will not be considered.

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

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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.

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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 this site 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.

High School Equivalency documents should be attached to the Document Return Receipt and sent to the appropriate CUNY/UAPC address (at left).

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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.

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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.
  • You must request that your official transcript be sent directly from the college, university, and/or proprietary school to CUNY/UAPC.
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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 English Translation Guidelines below.

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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
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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

PERSONAL STATEMENTS, LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, & SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATIONS

Macaulay Honors College at CUNY is a highly selective college where New York’s most promising students receive the financial and academic support to realize their leadership potential.

Macaulay is only available for admission in the Fall semester. If you have already begun the Spring application on CUNY Portal, please click “Start Over” button on the top right to be able to access the Macaulay application when it becomes available in the Fall semester.

Special Program Applications

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Please note that Macaulay applicants are required to have two essays and two recommendations for their application. Detailed information about the application and process can be found on the link below:

macaulay.cuny.edu/admissions/applying-to-macaulay/

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Baruch College:

Freshman students are recommended to submit a supplemental essay and list of activities here.

City College of New York (CCNY):

Students Applying to the Grove School of Engineering must fill out the Supplemental Application required for admission.

Students Applying to the Bernard & Ann School of Architecture must fill out the Supplemental Application with a creative challenge prompt required for admission.

College of Staten Island (CSI):

Students applying for the Verrazano Honors program must fill out the Supplemental Application form.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice:

Students applying to the ACE Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice must fill out the Application Supplement.

Queens College:

Students applying to the Aaron Copeland School of Music must undergo an audition process after filling out the CUNY Application. Go to the ACSM website for more information or call Jane Cho at 718-997-3800.