Home-Schooled Students

Welcome! We are excited that have chosen CUNY as you reach toward new heights in your academic future. Your next step is to prepare to apply for admission as a freshman applicant.

The Admission review process

We understand that your experience as a home-schooled student may be somewhat different from students in a traditional high school setting. 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 academic units, grades/grade trends and/or standardized test scores (SAT, ACT and NY State Regents). To be admitted into a four-year college, you must demonstrate college-level readiness in reading, writing and mathematics. Please review the Freshman Admission Profile <pdf> to get an idea of the mean grade point average (GPA) and SAT scores for last year's admitted freshman class. If you are a home-schooled student living outside the United States, please also see our information for Students Educated Outside the U.S.

*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 substantial equivalent of a New York State four-year high school program through home-schooling. If you cannot obtain the letter from the high school district, you must obtain a GED. For more information on how to obtain a GED click here.

*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 GED. For more information on how to obtain a GED click here.

Prepare to apply to cuny

To begin, you will need to download the General Freshman Admission Application Worksheet <pdf> . The worksheet provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply to CUNY as either a General Freshman or Macaulay Honors College applicant (see below). Review and complete the worksheet by filling in all blank fields and writing down notes to help you accurately complete your application. Next, create a CUNY Portal account and submit the admission application. Finally, review what is needed after you have applied to CUNY here.

General Freshman Applicants

  • Apply online to as many as six CUNY colleges with one application and one non-refundable application-processing fee.

Macaulay Honors College Applicants

  • Apply online to as many as six of the participating colleges: Baruch, Brooklyn, The City College, College of Staten Island, Hunter, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman or Queens via the Admission Application. For more information, visit http://www.macaulay.cuny.edu/

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Deadlines, notification dates and admission decision types

Be sure to review specific deadlines and notification dates as well as the types of admission decisions you can expect as a CUNY applicant.

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 <pdf>. For information on academic integrity at CUNY, please review the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity <pdf>.

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