Spotlight on CUNY

Affordable education, here in NYC

A young man and women smile in CUNY graduation attire

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the right college choice for thousands of New Yorkers for many reasons. With 24 campuses across five boroughs, it offers a wide range of degrees, plus prep programs to get you on track. CUNY is affordable and offers great financial support. In fact, most students graduate debt-free!

What's Available at CUNY

CUNY has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a particular major, a specific degree program, or financial support, most likely you’ll find it at CUNY.

Colleges and majors
With 24 campuses across all five boroughs, CUNY offers a great education close to home. Each college has a range of majors and programs—from History and Biology to Computer Science and Dance. Search for your interest on the CUNY website.

Degrees and programs
CUNY comes in all shapes and sizes: community colleges, four-year senior colleges, and graduate programs. Whether you’re aiming for an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, you can complete it at a CUNY campus. If you’re not sure which degree is right for you, admissions counselors are standing by to help.

CUNY started a program that allows qualifying students to attend tuition-free! Learn about requirements for the Excelsior Scholarship and how to apply.

Visit the CUNY Welcome Center

Have questions about which CUNY school is right for you—or how to apply? Visit the CUNY Welcome Center. Bring along a valid photo ID and any application materials you want to submit or review. The center is located at:

217 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017


  • Monday, 9am – 5pm
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
  • Thursday, 11am – 5pm
Learn more about the CUNY Welcome Center

Applying to CUNY

After exploring your options and visiting campuses, it’s time to submit your application. To apply for admission to a CUNY college, you need to:

  • register for a CUNY Portal account and follow the directions to complete your Admissions Application
  • pay the application fee ($65) or submit a CUNY fee waiver
  • submit your required documents, including your transcript, SAT/ACT scores, recommendation, and essays
  • submit by the application deadline of the program you’re applying to

Check your application status 6 – 8 weeks after applying by visiting the CUNY website. For more detailed instructions, check out CUNY’s Application Tutorial Videos.

Apply for financial aid

The Excelsior Scholarship allows qualified students to attend a CUNY college tuition-free!

To apply for the Excelsior Scholarship and other federal and NY State aid, you need to complete the FAFSA and TAP applications. Completing these applications is free—and it’s quick.

Learn more about paying for school

Support Programs

CUNY offers several support and opportunity programs for students who need additional help.

CUNY ASAP helps students earn an associate’s degree within three years by providing financial, academic, and personal support. You’ll benefit from:

  • free unlimited MetroCards
  • textbook vouchers to reduce (or eliminate) the cost of textbooks
  • a tuition gap waiver (for students who receive financial aid)
  • your own dedicated ASAP advisor
  • special registration options and consolidated schedules
  • career development and academic support

Learn more about CUNY ASAP

CUNY Start/Math Start
Students admitted to CUNY who need extra academic help (based on the results of their CUNY Assessment Test) can apply for CUNY Start. The program assist you in preparing for college-level reading, writing, and math before starting classes for credit. It costs only $75.

Math Start is an 8-week intensive course that helps students increase their math skills to meet CUNY proficiency standards. It costs only $35 for materials and includes free MetroCards.
Learn more about CUNY Start/Math Start

SEEK & College Discovery
The SEEK and College Discovery programs provide academic support to students who may not have the grades or money to get into college. The programs help with your transition to college, continuing all the way through to graduation.
Learn more about SEEK & College Discovery

CUNY Fatherhood Academy
The CUNY Fatherhood Academy (CFA) is a free program for young fathers or expecting fathers who are 18 to 28 years old. Through CFA, men can get tutoring for their high school equivalency (HSE) exam or college prep, and take workshops on parenting, job readiness, and more.
Learn more about CUNY Fatherhood Academy

Are you eligible for public benefits?

The Single Stop College Initiative helps you find out if you’re eligible for public benefits such as health insurance, money for food, child care, and more.

Single Stop can also help you with financial planning, legal assistance, and tax prep/filing.

Learn if you're eligible