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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 Freshman Admission Profile, a helpful resource that lists the mean grade point average (GPA) and SAT scores for last year’s admitted freshman class.


General Admission                    
Fall: February 1        Spring: September 15                

Macaulay Honors Program
Fall Admission Only: December 1 - 6PM (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  

Prepare To Apply

To prepare, you will need to download the Admission Application Worksheet for Freshman Applicants. 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 Freshman Supporting Documents Checklist 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.

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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 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 High School Equivalency diploma. For more information on how to obtain a High School Equivalency diploma 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 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 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) >> <pdf>

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 Admission Application Worksheet <pdf> along with the Quick Guide to Apply for Veterans and Future Veterans <pdf>.

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.

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 <pdf>.

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>.