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Welcome freshmen applicants!

Admissions Requirements and Application Review

We are looking to admit students who demonstrate academic success with potential to grow and flourish within the Hunter College community:

The major aspects used for review are:

  • High School transcript/diploma or equivalent
  • Overall Grade Point Average and success in individual subjects
  • Curriculum rigor
  • College essay
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Evidence of demonstrated leadership and intellectual curiosity

*Hunter College will not be utilizing the SAT or ACT for the purpose of admission review for the Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 semesters.

Additional Items for Applications Educated Outside of the U.S.

  • Official English Translation of Foreign Records
  • TOEFL - 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) or Duolingo. Please request to have your official test scores sent to CUNY University Processing Center (CUNY/UAPC) and/or list our University code 2950 when registering for the exams. Visit the TOEFLIELTSPTE or Duolingo website for more information. Please review our TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/Duolingo Scores Comparison Chart for more information.


How to apply?

The general Hunter College freshmen admission application is filed online through the City University of New York (CUNY). To start your application, please visit

As an entering freshman, we encourage you to select your intended major on your admissions application. Students are admitted to Hunter College and not to specific majors or programs. Please note that the following programs will require as additional application once you complete coursework as a Hunter student and not during the admissions process. 

Music Applicants
Once you have submitted your admissions applictaion, please contact the music department to schedule your audition. Please visit the music department website

3+4 Joint Optometry Degree Applicants
The program is for selected academically talented high school seniors and college freshman are admitted to Hunter College and, simultaneously, to candidacy for admission to the professional OD program at SUNY Optometry. Additional information on the program, as well as the application itself, can be found on SUNY College of Optometry website.  
Please be advised that you must complete both CUNY Freshman and Joint Degree applications.

Macaulay Honors College Applicants
Students interested in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College have to submit a Macaulay Honors College application before the deadline. Additional information on the program can be found on the Macaulay Honors College website. 

Freshman Scholar Programs Applicants
Students interested in one of the Freshman Scholar Programs at Hunter must apply to the programs of interest after submitting the CUNY application. For more information, please visit the Freshman Scholar Program website


Admissions Timeline and Deadlines

With the exception of the Macaulay Honors College, Hunter College operates on a rolling admission basis.

Spring 2021
Priority Deadline - September 15, 2020
Spring 2021 admissions decisions will be sent starting in November on a rolling basis. 

Fall 2021
Priority Deadline - February 1, 2021
Macaulay Honors College Deadline - December 8, 2020
Freshman Honors Scholars Deadline - February 1, 2021

Fall 2021 admissions decisions will be sent starting in January on rolling basis.
All Macaulay Honors College decisions will be sent on March 22, 2021. 
Freshman Honors Scholars decisions will be sent starting March 15, 2021. 

If you need assistance filing the online application, please contact an Admissions Counselor.


College Essay

Please use the following prompts when writing your essay:

Option 1 - Tell us something meaningful about yourself that is not reflected in your application. You may choose to speak about your interests, aspirations and/or background.

Option 2 - It is often said that the road to success is paved with setbacks. Tell us about a time you faced a challenge or obstacle. What did you learn from it, and how did it contribute to your success?

Option 3 - Share an essay on any topic. You may use an essay that you have previously written or one that discusses a topic of your choice.


AP and College Credit

Advanced Placement (AP)

Hunter College accepts Advanced Placement (AP) for transfer credit. Students who completed Advanced Placement (AP) courses in secondary school and who passed the AP Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) with a grade of 4 and above will receive credit for the equivalent requirement at Hunter. Students with grades of 3 may also receive credit for corresponding courses or elective credit. 

Exact AP exam equivalencies can be viewed here:  click here →
For more information on CollegeBoard AP score reporting click here →

How to submit your scores? 
To have your test scores sent directly to Hunter College, enter the Hunter College code number, 2301, when prompted for your "Score Report Recipient" at the time of your examination.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Hunter College participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. Registered degree-seeking Hunter students may receive college credit by completing certain CLEP Subject Examinations and earning specified scores.

Exact CLEP exam equivalencies please   click here →
For information on scheduling the CLEP exam at Hunter, please click here →
For more information on CLEP, visit the CollegeBoard CLEP website here →

How to submit your scores?
To have your test scores sent directly to Hunter College, enter the Hunter College code number, 2301, when prompted for your "Score Report Recipient" at the time of your examination.

College Coursework Credits

Hunter College will conduct an evaluation of college courses to ensure appropriate transfer credit can be awarded. Students who took college courses while in high school should request for official college transcript to be send directly from the institution to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Hunter College. 


SEEK Program

The SEEK program is a higher education opportunity program that provides academic and financial support to students who qualify based on specific income and academic criteria.

Hunter College SEEK Program 

If you feel like the SEEK program is right for you, please indicate your interest on your admissions application. Review the financial criteria before applying.


Scholarships, Honors Programs, and Financial Aid

One of the most important aspects of pursuing your Bachelor's degree is figuring out the best way to finance it. Did you know that over 80% of the student body at Hunter receives some sort of funding? In addition, almost 75% of our students graduate debt free!

Freshman Honors and Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarship and honors program opportunities for high achieving incoming students. Merit scholarships, special advising, seminar classes, and priority registration are just some of the benefits offered. Most of these opportunities require a supplemental application during the admissions process - check out the Scholarships and Honors Programs website to get started.

Financial Aid

We encourage every applicant at Hunter to file the FAFSA. In addition, if you are a New York State resident, we recommend that you also apply for TAP (tuition assistance program) and the Excelsior program. Get started by reviewing our financial aid web page, and then create an FSA ID on FAFSA.ED.GOV. The sooner you complete your financial aid applications, the sooner we will be able to inform you what funds you are eligible for


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