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Admissions Information (BS)

Admissions consideration to the NFS-BS major is for Fall semester only for Hunter or transfer students at the junior or senior level who meet NFS prerequisite and eligibility requirements. Approximately 35 students are accepted each year. A competitive program, satisfying minimum major admissions requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is typically offered to applicants with strong cumulative and prerequisite GPAs.

Students in the NYC metropolitan area are encouraged to attend an NFS-BS Information Session to obtain in-depth program information, review the admissions process, and to meet faculty. These sessions are usually offered twice per semester and posted on the Nutrition and UPH websites and in the Info Session rsvp form.

Following review of our website and the admissions process, if you have questions, please contact Nzinga Ajani, NFS prospective student contact, via email or phone (212-396-7729.) If a former or current CUNY student, kindly include your Cuny First EMPLID in all communications.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 60 earned credits as of the start of the major
  • Completion of all prerequisites by June 30 (prior to Fall entry)
  • Earned grade of “C” or better in the Science and Statistics prerequisites, and a “B” or better in Intro to Food Science (NFS 13100) and Into to Nutrition (NFS 14100) courses or equivalents
  • Minimum GPA 2.8


  • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab - BIOL 12000 or equivalent: 4 or 4.5 cr
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab - BIOL 12200 or equivalent: 4 or 4.5 cr
  • General Chemistry or Essentials of General Chemistry with Lab - CHE 10000 & 10100 or equivalent: 4 (or more) cr
     (Students eventually interested in pre-med sciences, including PT, may want to consider CHEM 10200,10400 & 10600. See Chemistry’s online catalog for more information)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab - CHE 12000 & 12100 or equivalent: 4 (or more) cr
  • Microbiology - BIOL 23000 or equivalent: 3 cr
  • Statistics or Elementary Probability and Statistics - any STAT course 100 level or higher: 3 cr
  • Food Science I - NFS 13100 or equivalent: 3 cr
  • Introduction to Nutrition - NFS 14100 or equivalent: 3 cr

Note: six (6) credits (3 credits each) of a 100-level or higher Economics and Psychology course, defined as ‘allied health,’ is required for the NFS major. These courses can be completed before, during or after completion of major coursework. In addition, if required, students must complete the Hunter Focus Foreign Language/Global requirement. For Hunter Focus questions, please contact Hunter Academic Advisement at the main (68th Street) campus.

Hunter Focus & Course Equivalency Links

Information about General Hunter College admission requirements
Course equivalency evaluation CUNY to CUNY – see Cuny First browse catalog link
Course equivalency evaluation table for non-CUNY transfers (if your college is not listed, please contact Hunter Undergraduate Admissions)

Application Process

For all students:

  • Admission to the NFS major occurs once a year, Fall semester only.

For Current Hunter Matriculated Students (one application required):

  • Complete and submit the UPH online application within the dates given below (click here for an example application).  You will need a copy of your Hunter unofficial transcript at hand to successfully complete the application. Note: Hunter’s major/minor declaration form is not accepted to apply for the NFS major.

For Students Transferring to Hunter (2 applications required):

  • 1. Submit a CUNY “Undergraduate Transfer Application” online: Please be aware that CUNY charges a $70 application fee. This fee is waived for current CUNY students. DEADLINE: February 1, 2018 (Jan 1 for those with international transcripts) AND
  • 2. NFS application - opens January 1
  •  NFS application deadline February 28. Complete and submit the NFS online application. You will need a copy of your Hunter unofficial transcript at hand to successfully complete the application. Note: Hunter’s major/minor declaration form is not accepted.

Other Required Documentation

Proof of Immunization. If accepted to Hunter, submit Hunter’s immunization form (alternatively, Hunter accepts otehr forms such as those from an employer, other college, or WHO card). The form is not required if it was previously submitted to another CUNY college. Completion of the new NewYork State meningitis section delineated on Hunter’s form is required, and can be completed online, if not included on a submitted non-Hunter immunization form. See the Wellness Center immunization page for the link.

NOTE: For the CUNY transfer application, send all official transcripts and supporting documents to:

University Application Processing Center
PO Box 359023
Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023

Follow instructions at: Applications received after the filing deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

Application Status

NFS will begin application review in late February, with final or - for students completing prerequsites in Spring or Summer - conditional acceptance decisions made:

  • by the end of March for current Hunter students
  • by mid-April for transfer students

Students with conditional acceptance must present NFS with proof of successful completion of outstanding prerequisites for a final application assessment. Students are informed of the acceptance decision via email by either UAPC or Hunter Undergraduate Admissions. If accepted, students must respond to commit in accordance with Hunter Admissions instructions.

Current Hunter Students: For inquiries regarding application status as of mid-April, contact Hunter Undergraduate Admissions.

Transfer Students: The CUNY Central application service, UAPC, processes transfer applications. You can track the application progress via online as described on UAPC’s communications or on their website. Please address all transfer application questions directly to UAPC via email or phone as given on their website. You will need to provide your full name, social security number or CUNY application identification number, date of birth, and the semester for which you are applying. If accepted to Hunter, you will a welcome email from Hunter Admissions with information and links important to new students.

Telephone: UAPC (212) 997-CUNY (2869)

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