Hunter Admission Requirements

New York, New York

Chances of getting into CUNY Hunter College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for CUNY Hunter College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Hunter and can I get accepted? The school has a 36% acceptance rate ranking it #17 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 11,300 out of 31,030 applicants were admitted making Hunter a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 32 percent. CUNY Hunter College typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Find out which students are getting accepted at Hunter, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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Hunter SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for CUNY Hunter College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1150
SAT Scores for CUNY Hunter College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Average SAT Score 1240

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

CUNY Hunter College typically requires applicants to be in the top 32 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1150 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1240 out of 1600. The school ranks #28 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 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 Hunter College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1330 and Above Good >49%
1240 to 1330 Avg + 36%-49%
1150 to 1240 Avg - 25%-36%
1060 to 1150 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 1060 Low <16%
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Hunter ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for CUNY Hunter 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 Hunter 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

Hunter GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need about average high school grades to get into CUNY Hunter College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at CUNY Hunter College was 3.1 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #90 in New York for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Hunter will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted CUNY Hunter College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 19% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Good
3.25 to 3.50 20% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 17% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 17% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 4% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 2% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

83% of CUNY Hunter College freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted CUNY Hunter College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 22%
Top 25% of class 48%
Top 50% of class 83%
Bottom 50% of class 17%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

CUNY Hunter College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,529 12,501 31,030
Accepted 6,863 4,437 11,300
Acceptance Rate 37% 35% 36%
Enrolled 1,626 972 2,598
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 22% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 15, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

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

CUNY Hunter College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor 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 Hunter College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
United States Military Academy

West Point, New York

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Penn State York

York, Pennsylvania

SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome

Utica, New York

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Baltimore, Maryland

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190594 IPEDS survey data for CUNY Hunter College.


Does CUNY Hunter College prefer SAT or ACT?

88% of students submit their SAT scores to Hunter.

What is my chance of getting into CUNY Hunter College?

36% of those who apply are granted admission to Hunter. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for CUNY Hunter College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1150 and 1330. 88% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

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