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City College of New York Admission Requirements

New York, New York

Chances of getting into CUNY City College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
48.3%
Admission Difficulty for CUNY City College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into City College of New York and can I get accepted? The school has a 48% acceptance rate ranking it #38 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 10,611 out of 21,982 applicants were admitted making City College of New York a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 53 percent. CUNY City College typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Find out which students are getting accepted at City College of New York, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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City College of New York SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1040-1270
Applicants Submitting SAT
87%
SAT Scores for CUNY City College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1040
SAT Scores for CUNY City College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1270
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 requires applicants to be in the top 53 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1040 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 920. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. The school ranks #49 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

CUNY City College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1270 and Above Good >61%
1155 to 1270 Avg + 48%-61%
1040 to 1155 Avg - 35%-48%
925 to 1040 Reach 24%-35%
Less than 925 Low <24%
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City College of New York ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting ACT
-
ACT Scores for CUNY City College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th N/A
ACT Scores for CUNY City College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

City College of New York GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.25*
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need above average high school grades to get into CUNY City College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at CUNY City College was 3.25 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #70 in New York for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to City College of New York will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted CUNY City College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 15% Good
3.50 to 3.75 25% Good
3.25 to 3.50 14% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 20% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 23% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 3% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.25 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

Applying

Admission Statistics

CUNY City College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,519 10,463 21,982
Accepted 6,221 4,390 10,611
Acceptance Rate 54% 42% 48%
Enrolled 1,013 817 1,830
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 19% 17%

Admission Requirements

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

CUNY City College Admission 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
S
SUNY Maritime College

Throggs Neck, New York

P
SUNY at Purchase College

Purchase, New York

S
State University of New York at New Paltz

New Paltz, New York

P
Penn State Abington

Abington, Pennsylvania

A
SUNY at Albany

Albany, New York

N
University of New Hampshire Main Campus

Durham, New Hampshire

M
University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

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?

48% 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 1040 and 1270. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.


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