Transfer Students

Welcome! Prepare to apply as a transfer applicant if you have attended a college, university and/or proprietary school since graduating from high school/secondary school. This applies whether or not you are seeking transfer credit and/or changing your program of study.

the Admission review process

As a transfer applicant, your admission application will be evaluated based on an individual review of your academic record that includes all attempted and completed courses and grades earned. Applicants to our four-year colleges must have completed at least one college-level course in mathematics and English with a grade of “C” or better or must demonstrate college-level readiness based on SAT, ACT or New York Regents test scores.

Your entire college/postsecondary school academic history, including grades earned from courses taken more than once, will be used to determine a grade point average (GPA). If more than one college/postsecondary school was attended, your GPA will be determined through a combined calculation of all attempted coursework. Please note that plus (+) and minus (-) additions to grades are not reflected in the GPA. Your high school/secondary school record will be considered if you have completed fewer than 30 college credits.

Please review the Transfer Admission Profile <pdf> to get an idea of the mean grade point average (GPA) used for admission by each college.

Pathways initiative

Beginning Fall 2013, CUNY will implement the Pathways initiative across its undergraduate colleges. Pathways establishes a new general education framework and new transfer guidelines, reinforcing CUNY’s educational excellence while easing student transfer within the University. To read more about Pathways, visit

CUNY Community College Graduates

  • If you have graduated from a CUNY community college and would like to apply to a CUNY four-year college, you must complete a Transfer Admission Application.* Admission to a CUNY four-year college is guaranteed, although not necessarily to the program or college of your first choice, if you meet the following conditions:
    • you have earned an AA, AS or AAS degree with a 2.0 or higher**
    • you have completed at least one college-level course in mathematics and English with a grade of “C” or better.
    *If you have graduated or will graduate as part of the CUNY Justice Academy, you do not need to fill out a Transfer Admission Application, visit for more information.
    **CUNY AA and AS degree-holders are guaranteed at least 60 credits toward a 120-credit
    bachelor's degree

Readmission of Former CUNY Students

  • If you are applying to a CUNY college that you have previously attended, do not complete a Transfer Admission Application. Please contact the Registrar's Office at the college for readmission information.

prepare to apply

To begin, you will need to download the Admission Application Worksheet for Transfer Students <pdf>. The worksheet provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply to CUNY as either a General Transfer or CUNY Online Baccalaureate applicant (see below). Review and complete the worksheet by filling in all blank fields and writing down notes to help you accurately complete your application. Finally, review what is needed after you have applied to CUNY here.

General Transfer Applicants

  • Apply online to as many as four CUNY colleges with one application and one non-refundable application-processing fee. Please be sure to list your college choices in order of preference, as you will only be notified by one college.
  • Supplemental paper applications: Transfer programs such as the PA Program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and the CUNY BA/BS for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies require a supplemental paper application in addition to the online admission application. These documents should be sent directly to the transfer college/program to which you are applying. Visit the appropriate college/program Web site for more information.

CUNY Online Baccalaureate Applicants

Non-Credit options

Deadlines, notification dates and admission decision types

Be sure to review specific deadlines and notification dates as well as the types of admission decisions you can expect as a CUNY applicant.


Academic Integrity

You do not have the option to omit any portion of your academic history. For more information and to view the University policy regarding the submission of fraudulent documents please download the CUNY Policy on Application Documents <pdf>. For information on academic integrity at CUNY, please review the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity <pdf>.

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