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Applying to Macaulay

All candidates must submit their applications no later than December 1; notifications will be sent out mid-March. All Honors College applicants are also considered for admission to Hunter's general bachelor's degree program.

Macaulay Honors College chooses candidates for admission by evaluating a combination of academic and leadership factors, including:   


High School Grades:

If you attend a New York City public high school, your transcript will be sent to Macaulay Honors College via your OSIS number. A list of OSIS numbers is included on the Macaulay online application.

If you attend a private or parochial high school in New York City or if you live outside New York City, you should ask your high school guidance department to mail an official copy of your transcript to:

The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
Attn: Macaulay Honors College
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Please be sure to include your CUNY ID number which can be found at the end of your online application.

Mid-year grade reports are not required by Macaulay, but if you believe it will help your application, you may send one to UAPC.


SAT or ACT Scores:

You must take either the SAT or ACT exam and have your scores sent electronically using the appropriate website before the application deadline. You may take the test more than once and tests will be super scored

For SAT Scores, only the Critical Reading and Math sections are reviewed.

You may submit SAT II scores if you believe they provide additional support for your application, but they are not a requirement.

The scores should be sent electronically to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC). Use the CUNY/UAPC institutional code (2950) at the time of testing. You do not need to use both the CUNY institutional code and an individual CUNY college codes because all campuses receive access.



Applicants must complete the required essays on the online application.

Check out this year's essay topics here!


Letters of Recommendation:

Recommendation letters are a key component of your application. Letters should highlight intellectual curiosity, leadership ability and experience, academic and community engagement of the applicant.

Recommendation Letters should be requested via the online application. We suggest checking with your recommenders to ensure they have received the email and have submitted their letter by the deadline. Letters may be submitted online or sent by mail to:

The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
Attn: Macaulay Honors College
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235 USA

All documents mailed to UAPC must contain the applicant't CUNY ID Code.


Application Fee:

Applicants must pay the non-refundable $65.00 application processing fee by credit card, check or money order.

A CUNY Application Fee Waiver may be submitted if necessary.

If you have any difficulties with your application contact the Macaulay Help Desk at (212) 652-2897, or email them at

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