The Admission Review Process

The admission review process provides us with an opportunity to assess your entire high school academic record, which includes: academic units, grades/grade trends, standardized test scores, essays/personal statements and letters of recommendation.

As we consider each applicant, we also look beyond the classroom. Extracurricular accomplishments, special talents and awards in particular fields along with academic achievements in light of life experiences or special circumstances are weighed to determine a student’s potential for success at CUNY.

Be sure to review the deadlines, as well as the Admission Profile for Freshmen, a helpful resource that lists the mean grade point average (GPA) and SAT scores for last year’s admitted freshman class.

Prepare To Apply

To prepare, you will need to download the Freshman Worksheet. This worksheet provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply as either a General Freshman or Macaulay Honors College applicant (see below). Fill in all blank fields and make notes as you go along to help you accurately complete the online application.

Use the Supporting Documents Checklist below to begin compiling required documents that must be submitted after you apply. Once you have prepared, create a CUNY Portal account and submit the online Admission Application.

Freshman Supporting Documents Checklist

Additional Items for Applicants Educated Outside the U.S.

  • Secondary School Transcript/ Statement of Marks
  • English Translations of Foreign Documents
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Scores

Admission Application Deadlines

General Admission
Fall: February 1
Spring: September 15

Macaulay Honors Program
Fall Admission Only:
December 1 – 6:00PM (EST)

Certain schools and selective programs may have earlier deadlines and close before the dates above. To review a comprehensive list of dates, please visit the Deadlines & Notification Dates page.


Additional Information For:

The Macaulay Honors College offers a rigorous curriculum, the latest learning technologies, research and service opportunities. Students may apply to as many as six of the eight CUNY participating colleges. For more information, visit

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.

The process for earning a high school equivalency diploma changed effective January 2014. In New York State, students must take the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). However, CUNY will also consider the following credentials for admission purposes: High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), the “new” GED Tests, the “old” GED and the International GED. Visit this site to learn more.

The minimum high school equivalency test score is one of several components used during the admission review; students must also meet the academic requirements as outlined above. View a conversion of the scores to a College Admission Average (CAA) here: High School Equivalency Admission Information

As a veteran applicant, it is important that you first find out what information will be needed to apply to the college and program of your choice. We recommend that you download and complete the Freshman Admission Application Worksheet  along with the Admission Application Worksheet for Veterans.

Applicants who have military training only should apply for freshman admission.

If you would like to apply for non-credit courses and certificate programs for career advancement, professional development, skill development and personal growth, visit Continuing and Professional Education for more information.

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.

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

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY – The University is committed to a policy of equal employment and equal access in its educational programs and activities. For more information please download the Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – You do not have the option to omit any portion of your academic history. For more information and to view the University policy regarding the submission of fraudulent documents please download the CUNY Policy on Application Documents.For information on academic integrity at CUNY, please review the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity.