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John Jay Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
37%
Admission Difficulty for CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into John Jay and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at John Jay is 37%.  It ranks #18 in New York and #130 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. John Jay is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 7,869 out of 21,021 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 50 percent (SAT 1020/1160 ACT 21/25). CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.08. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the lower half of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The John Jay application fee is $65 and applications are due by Jan 16.

Testing Requirements

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

John Jay SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1020-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT 
86%
SAT Scores for CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1160
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice?

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 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 950. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. John Jay ranks #61 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 86 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 John Jay College of Criminal Justice admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1160 and Above Good >53%
1090 to 1160 Avg + 37%-53%
1020 to 1090 Avg - 24%-37%
950 to 1020 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 950 Low <14%
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John Jay ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
21-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
-
ACT Scores for CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into John Jay?

Admission data indicates that John Jay regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #57 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 0 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >53%
23 to 25 Avg + 37%-53%
21 to 23 Avg - 24%-37%
19 to 21 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 19 Low <14%
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John Jay GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.08
Typical High School Grades 
B

What GPA do you need to get into CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into John Jay. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice was 3.08 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #106 in New York for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to John Jay will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School GPA's for admitted CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 8.96% Good
3.50 to 3.74 14.41% Good
3.25 to 3.49 16.73% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 16.98% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 28.82% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 13.6% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.5% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

100% of CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice freshman were in the lower half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 0%
Top 25% of class 0%
Top 50% of class 0%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,869 9,152 21,021
Accepted 4,706 3,163 7,869
Acceptance Rate 40% 35% 37%
Enrolled 1,025 667 1,692
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 21% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 16, 2023
Days left to Apply
111

Applicants have 111 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 16, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and what student information is used for admission decisions?

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Application 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 Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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=190600 IPEDS survey data for CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

FAQs

Does CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice prefer SAT or ACT?

86% of students submit their SAT scores to John Jay.

What is my chance of getting into CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice?

37% of those who apply are granted admission to John Jay. Admission competition is high and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1160. 86% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 25. 0% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.