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How to Register

All newly accepted graduate degree students must submit a non-refundable, non-deferrable commitment deposit of $250 (USD) to reserve their space in the graduate program, claim CUNYfirst account in order to register for courses, etc. The commitment deposit is not a separate fee, and it will be credited towards the student's first semester tuition charges. Commitment deposits are due three weeks from the date on the official acceptance letter. Please note: It takes an average of five (5) business days from the date Commitment Deposit fees are processed in order to claim CUNYfirst accounts.

Claim a CUNYfirst Account

Registration is done only online via the CUNYfirst student system. You must claim your CUNYfirst account in order to obtain access to the CUNYfirst system. *If you have previously applied to/attended a CUNY institution, and/or used the CUNYfirst system, you do not need to claim/create another CUNYfirst account.

How to Claim Your CUNYfirst Account -                                                                                        Navigate to the CUNY website , towards the upper right-hand side of the page select 'Login' > click on the CUNYfirst option >'New User' link. Follow the on-screen instructions. Once you claim your account, write down both your CUNYfirst ID (8-digit EMPLID) and log-in (username and password) information. You will need to know your EMPLID when seeing an advisor to obtain course approval/permission, etc.


Student Help Desk

Need help claiming your CUNYfirst account/registering for courses? You may contact the Student Help Desk at Hunter College.

Other Ways to Contact the Student Help Desk


How Do I Register for Classes?

Registering for Classes via CUNY Schedule Builder

Schedule Builder FAQ


When Can I Register for Classes?

Log into CUNYfirst > Navigate to Student Center tile or from the dropdown selection of CUNYfirst Home (top of the page) > 'Course Planning and Enrollment' tile >'Enrollment Dates' link (left-hand side of the page)


Where Can I see the current Schedule of Classes?


After logging into your CUNYfirst, navigate to the 'Student Center' tile or from the dropdown selection of CUNYfirst Home (top of the page) > 'Course Planning and Enrollment' tile. You should see the 'Class Search and Enroll' link towards the left-hand side of the page.

When using Global Search, we suggest selecting -

Select Institution Hunter College

Select Term (Summer, Spring or Fall for the respective year)

Select Subject

Select Course Career Graduate

Click on the Search button


Academic Calendar

Current Academic Calender


Student Resources

Updated CUNYfirst Reference Guide

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM

Friday 10AM - 3PM

Telephone (212) 396-6049


*Our office is currently assisting students and prospective applicants at the Welcome Center, Rm 100 North Building (located on the first floor-main Hunter College campus)

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