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Admissions Information (BS)

Acceptance is both fall and spring semesters for applicants who meet NFS prerequisite and eligibility requirements shown below. Approximately 25-35 students are accepted each year; typically applicants with strong cumulative and prerequisite, and if taken, allied course GPAs. Both transfer student AND current Hunter students MUST submit our NFS online major application  below under 'Application Process' (we do not accept Hunter Registrar's major/minor application.) Transfer students, complete our NFS application AND the CUNY transfer application.

To learn more about the NFS major, we encourage prospective students to join a chat session, offered once a month during the academic semesters, and/or attend an in-person NFS-BS Information Session offered 1x each Fall & Spring. Information sessions provide in-depth program information, review the admissions process, and offer the chance to meet the NFS faculty advisor. To sign-up for an info session, conducted via zoom at this time, click here.

After reviewing our website and the admissions process information, if you have questions, email Nzinga Ajani, prospective student contact, at 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 in the Allied Science courses, or equivalents. Letter grade vs CR/NC or P/F are required for NFS prerequisite, allied or NFS major classes shown below (exception for classes taken 2020 Covid year or confer with us if in a school offering no letter grades.)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.8 upon entering the major

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, or Hunter accepted AP equivalent See Chemistry’s online catalog for more information)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab - CHE 12000 & 12100 or equivalent: 4 (or higher) or Hunter accepted AP equivalent
  • Statistics or Elementary Probability and Statistics - any STAT course 100 level or higher or pre-calc or calc incl AP courses with a 4 or higher grade: 3 cr

Allied Sciences - can be taken after acceptance but some Allied classes are prereqs to NFS 300-400 level nutrition classes.*
  • 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* (NFS does not require a microbiology lab)
  • Food Science I - NFS 13100 or equivalent: 3 cr
  •  Introduction to Nutrition - NFS 14100 or equivalent: 3 cr (Note 1. class is a prereq to all NFS =>300 level classes.
    Note 2: most transferred Health Ed coded nutrition courses are not equivalent. If you've taken a non-equivalent into nutrition class, contact us and include course college & number, syllabus and electronic transcript so we may evaluate for NFS major acceptance. Into Nutrition courses with a Science or Biology code are, typically, equivalent to NFS 14100.

*Note: 1. As of Fall 2019, Economics and Psychology courses (100 level) are no longer required for the major. Majors must also complete NFS 14100 and most allied courses before advancing to NFS 300 level major coursework. Allied courses may be taken before or after acceptance to the BS-NFS Program

Note 2. Students should consider completing the Hunter Focus/Foreign Language and Pluralism & Diversity requirements pre-major, if possible since Hunter main and NFS classes are at different campuses (main vs Silberman for NFS in-person classes.) Hunter can waive the foreign language requirement for students with proven high-intermediate oral, written and reading fluency in another language -- see the Office of Academic Advising degree info website and/or consult with your main campus assigned Academic Advising 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 but check for all languages as Hindi and others may now be "testable" @Hunter.
Some testing is via computer and, for the majority of languages, by the main campus language department (Contact the respective Hunter language department.

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 NFS Major

  • The NFS online application is open til mid-June for Fall. Application review will be ongoing (will require grade for those doing prerequisites Spring or Summer.) For questions or help with the NFS (vs CUNY) online application, email


NFS MAJOR APPLICATION: required for both Hunter & incoming transfer students:
Application link: NFS Application Fall 2023
Applicants will need to upload an electronic version of their electronic unofficial transcript(s) for all colleges attended (best to combine multiple transcripts to one PDF). CUNY students can find this unofficial transcripts in CunyFirst.
UPH/NFS does not accept the Hunter Registrar paper major declaration form.

In addition to the NFS application above, also submit CUNY's UAPC “Undergraduate Transfer Application” online: ($70 application fee for non-CUNY transfer students; the fee is waived for current CUNY students.) Only list the NFS major if you will complete major prerequisites the semester before entering Hunter.
The CUNY UAPC Central office processes transfer applications which you can track on their website.

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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