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City College of New York Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into CUNY City College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
51%
Admission Difficulty for CUNY City College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into City College of New York and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at City College of New York is 51%.  It ranks #36 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. City College of New York is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 15,107 out of 29,894 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 42 percent (SAT 1050/1260 ACT 23/31). CUNY City College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.39. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The City College of New York application fee is $65 and applications are due by Mar 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. CUNY City College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

City College of New York SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1050-1260
Applicants Submitting SAT 
87%
SAT Scores for CUNY City College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1050
SAT Scores for CUNY City College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1260
Average SAT Score 1160

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to CUNY City College?

CUNY City College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 51 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 940. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. City College of New York ranks #44 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

CUNY City College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1260 and Above Good >66%
1155 to 1260 Avg + 51%-66%
1050 to 1155 Avg - 35%-51%
945 to 1050 Reach 22%-35%
Less than 945 Low <22%
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City College of New York ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
23-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
-
ACT Scores for CUNY City College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for CUNY City College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into City College of New York?

Admission data indicates that City College of New York regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #28 in New York and #190 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 0 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to CUNY City College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

CUNY City College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >66%
27 to 31 Avg + 51%-66%
23 to 27 Avg - 35%-51%
19 to 23 Reach 22%-35%
Less than 19 Low <22%
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City College of New York GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.39
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into CUNY City College?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into City College of New York. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at CUNY City College was 3.39 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #58 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as City College of New York accepts 51% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted CUNY City College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 10.6% Good
3.75 to 3.99 15.2% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.5% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 18.9% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 19.3% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.7% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.8% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

CUNY City College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,039 13,855 29,894
Accepted 9,051 6,056 15,107
Acceptance Rate 56% 44% 51%
Enrolled 1,052 971 2,023
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 16% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
107

Applicants have 107 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to CUNY City College is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to CUNY City College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

CUNY City College Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at CUNY City College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190567 IPEDS survey data for CUNY City College.

FAQs

Does CUNY City College prefer SAT or ACT?

87% of students submit their SAT scores to City College of New York.

What is my chance of getting into CUNY City College?

51% of those who apply are granted admission to City College of New York. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for CUNY City College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1260. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for CUNY City College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 31. 0% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.