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General Freshman Admission


You are considered a freshman applicant if you have not previously attended any college, university and/or proprietary school within or outside the United States since graduating from high school or secondary school.

Applications will be considered on the basis of overall strength of academic preparation, the number of academic subjects taken, grades in individual subjects, overall high school average, and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants who have taken the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination must submit test scores and can be eligible proviced they have taken the required academic subjects in high school.

The college recommends the following minimum academic preparation:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of social studies
  • 3 years of mathematics
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • 2 years of laboratory sciences
  • 1 year of performing or visual arts

Admission Profile (Fall 2016)

  • Average high school academic grade point average: 89
  • Average SAT Score: 1200 (Math & Critical Reading only.) Note, the SAT is required for all applicants (domestic & international).

How to Apply

All applicants must fill out a CUNY application, which must be filed online. Any personal computer or laptop can be used to complete the online application. Applicants who need access to a computer can visit a public library or one of CUNY’s Manhattan Welcome Centers. Before you begin the the online process, the first step you should take is to view the CUNY Worksheet for Freshman Applicants. The next step would be to begin the online filing process by going to the CUNY website. CUNY has launched a video tutorial on filing the CUNY Freshman application.

Supplemental Essay (Optional)

In addition to choosing Hunter College on the CUNY Admission Application, you also have the opportunity to share more about yourself by responding to one of three (3) supplemental essay topics. Learn more here →

CUNY Assessment Test

Candidates for freshman admission to a bachelor's degree program must show, before they are admitted, that they are proficient in reading, writing and math. This is done by taking the CUNY Assessment Test. You can demonstrate that you meet the University's skills proficiency requirements based on your SAT, ACT, or NY State Regents test scores. Otherwise, you may take the appropriate CUNY Assessment Test offered at the testing center at CUNY colleges. For more extensive information, go to Hunter's Testing Center website.

Establishing New York State Residency

In general, to qualify for the NYS resident tuition rate based on residence in the State of New York, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in a qualifying immigration status (see section below regarding qualifying immigration statuses); AND
  • Have continuously maintained his/her principal place of abode in the State of New York for a period of at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes; AND
  • Have a bona fide intention of living in New York permanently.

For more detailed information on City University of New York regulations regarding establishing New York State residency, please view or download CUNY's Tuition and Fee Manual: Residency. You can also  download the Residency form for submission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: September 15

After the deadline, CUNY operates on a rolling admission basis until colleges and programs close.

How to Check Your Application Status

To check your application status visit:

College Credit Examinations

There are a variety of exams available for high school students to gain college credit before they enroll. Currently, Hunter College accepts the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, GCE (The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level generally termed the GCE Advanced Level or more commonly the A-level). Hunter students may be granted as much as one year of degree credit (normally 30 credits) for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, GCE, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Regent College Examinations (RCE), and College-Level coursework.   

International Baccalaureate Credit: Students who have received an International Baccalaureate diploma may receive credit for higher level IB exams (HL) with scores of 5, 6, or 7 for year long courses. No credit will be awarded for Standard Level (SL) exams. An official transcript and IB Diploma are required for the credit process. Credit will be granted for IB Higher Level Exams when the IB Diploma is submitted. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average class size?

Class size at Hunter varies. We have classes in various sized lecture halls, which hold between 50-150 students. Our regular sized classrooms can hold as many as 20-40 students.

What is the average total SAT score of admitted freshman?

Freshmen who enrolled at Hunter in Fall 2015 had an average SAT score of 1205. This was a combination of Math and Verbal. Hunter does not currently consider the writing section score

Is there an orientation I have to attend before I register for classes?

All students are required to attend a scheduled orientation session hosted by Advising Services’ Freshman Advising and Orientations Office. You will be invited to sign-up for an Orientation Session after you have committed to the College, paid your Commitment Deposit, and received your MyHunter account.

How do I transfer my AP credits to Hunter?

You must have your Advanced Placement scores sent directly to the Office of Admissions. For more information on how to submit AP credits, click here →

Does Hunter have a dormitory?

Hunter has a few options in which students can explore when it comes to housing. Please visit our Residence web page.

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