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Admissions Information (BS)

Acceptance is both fall and spring semesters for applicants who meet NFS prerequisite and eligibility requirements. Approximately 25-35 students are accepted each year; typically applicants with strong cumulative and prerequisite course GPAs. All applicants must submit our online NFS major application described below (we do not accept Hunter's paper major application form.)

Students in the NYC metropolitan area are encouraged to join a chat session, offered once a month (should resume Fall 2020), and/or attend an in-person NFS-BS Information Session offered once a semester. Information sessions provide in-depth program information, review the admissions process, and offer the chance to meet faculty.  To sign-up for an in-house info session, click here.

After reviewing our website and the admissions process information, if you have questions, please contact Nzinga Ajaini, at, NFS prospective student contact, via email. If a former or current CUNY student, kindly include your Cuny First EMPLID in all communications.


Eligibility Requirements

  • =>30 earned credits as of the start of the major
  • Completion of prerequisites prior to entering the program
  • 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 cumulative GPA 2.8

Prerequisites (=>11 credits)

  • 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
  • Statistics or Elementary Probability and Statistics - any STAT course 100 level or higher: 3 cr
  • Allied Sciences Courses - coursework to be completed prior to beginning the 300 and 400 level nutrition courses.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab - BIOL 12000 or equivalent: 4 or 4.5 credits
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab - BIOL 12200 or equivalent: 4 or 4.5 credits
  • Microbiology - BIOL 23000 or equivalent: 3 cr*
  • Food Science I - NFS 13100 or equivalent: 3 cr and
    Introduction to Nutrition - NFS 14100 or equivalent: 3 cr (Note: most transferred Health Ed coded nutrition courses are not equivalent. Those with a Science or Biology code are, typically, equivlaent.

*Note: 1. As of Fall 2019, Economics and Psychology course (100 level) will no longer be required for NFS majors. We expect this change to officially show in Hunter's 2019-20 catalog when available online. As of Fall 2019, NFS will also accept into the major students who have only completed with a grade the Statistics and two Chemistry prerequisites with a posted grade. Before advancing to NFS 300 level major courses, those admitted must first complete the remaining prerequisites.
Note 2. Students must complete the Hunter Focus/Foreign Language and Pluralism & Diversity requirements pre-graduation. Hunter can waive the foreign language requirement for students with proven high-intermediate oral, written and reading fluency in another language -- consult with Academic Advising also about language testing options in and outside Hunter. Some languages available for testing at Hunter include Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin.
Some testing is via computer and, for the majority of languages, by the main campus language department (Contact the respective Hunter language department. See the Hunter Academic Advising website-Focus/language for additional information.)

Hunter Focus & Course Equivalency Links

Information about General Hunter College admission requirements
Course equivalency evaluation table for non-CUNY transfers (if your college is not listed, please contact Hunter Academic Advising ).
Click here for information on CUNY to CUNY transfers.

Application Process

For all students:

  • NFS online applications for Fall 2020 are being accepted NOW July 7 - August 2, 2020. After completing and submitting your application please send an email to so that we may track your applicationFall application review is ongoing (conditional admittance for those currently completing prerequisites Spring and/or Summer.)


Current Hunter matriculated students: ONE (1) application required:
Submit the Fall 2020 UPH/NFS APPLICATION FORM. Applicants will need to upload an electronic version of their Hunter unofficial transcript (and transcript/s from any other college/s attended) to successfully complete the application. 
UPH/NFS does not accept the Hunter Registrar paper major/minor declaration form.

Transfer Students: TWO (2) applications are required:

  • 1. Submit CUNY's “Undergraduate Transfer Application” online: Please be aware that CUNY charges a $70 application fee for non-CUNY transfer students; the fee is waived for current CUNY students.
    The CUNY Central application service, UAPC, processes transfer applications. You can track your application's progress online as described on their website.


    2. the Fall 2020 UPH/NFS APPLICATION FORM. Applicants must upload electronic  unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges attended to complete the application.
    Note: Hunter’s major/minor declaration form is not accepted to apply for the NFS major.

Other Required Documentation

Proof of Immunization. If accepted to Hunter, submit Hunter’s immunization form (alternatively, Hunter accepts other forms, such as those from an employer, another college attended, or a WHO card).
**The form is not required if it was previously submitted to another CUNY college.

The meningitis form section can be completed online if not included on a submitted non-Hunter immunization form. See the Wellness Center immunization page for the link.

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