Freshman Info for Counselors
Freshman application information can be found right on our page for freshman applicant.Visit Freshman Application Info Page
Students are encouraged to apply and submit all supporting information by outlined admissions application deadlines. Hunter College will continue to accept and review completed General Freshman Admission Applications after the priority deadline only on a space-availability basis.Visit Application Deadlines Page
Hunter College will be test optional for the Fall 2023 – Spring 2025 semesters.
We strongly encourage students to submit their SAT/ACT scores to help provide additional context to their application, especially if you are applying for merit scholarship programs (Freshmen honors, Macaulay etc.). However, students who do not submit scores will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process.
Admission to Hunter is based on a comprehensive review of a student’s academic record including overall grade point average, strength of curriculum, and other factors such as co-curricular activities, community involvement, evidence of leadership, and special talents.Learn More About Admissions Criteria
Hunter offers a variety of honors programs for freshman applicants. All are very competitive and have many benefits, including a scholarship, housing perks, etc. Honors programs provide an intimate and community-based learning experience at Hunter College. Honors students often work towards honors in their major, pursue interdisciplinary studies, postgraduate education, and high-impact educational experiences (e.g. study abroad, research, internships, and fellowships).
- Macaulay Honors College
- Athena Freshmen Scholar Program – for students interested in Humanities and Philosophy
- Daedalus Freshmen Scholar Program – for students interested in Computer Science
- Muse Freshmen Scholar Program – for students interested in Visual and Performing Arts, Media, and Creative Writing
- Nursing Freshmen Scholar Program – for students interested in Leadership in the field of Nursing
- Roosevelt Freshmen Scholar Program – for students interested in Policy, Law, Civic Life, Social Science
- Yalow Freshmen Scholar Program – for students interested in Scientific Research and Medical Pathways
Note, students can only be selected for one honors program at Hunter. Students selected for Macaulay will no longer be considered for any freshmen scholar programs and vise versa.
What is SEEK?
The SEEK program is a higher education opportunity program that provides academic and financial support to students who qualify based on specific income and academic criteria. Students indicate their interest in SEEK right on their CUNY application.
What are the benefits?
- Five-Week Summer Program
- Need-Based Financial Aid
- Academic, Personal, Career & Financial Counseling
- Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society
- Peer Mentoring Program
- Tutoring Services
- SEEK Seminars
- Semester Book Allowance
Who is eligible to be a part of the SEEK program?
- Student must be a legal resident of New York State for at least one year prior to entering college
- Student must be a high school graduate or recipient of a New York State approved General Equivalency Diploma or its equivalent
- Student must be a first-time freshman or previously enrolled in a Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) or Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
- Student must be inadmissible according to the freshman admissions criteria established by Hunter College
- Student must have a gross family income that meets the New York State Guidelines
What does the student need to do if selected for SEEK?
If one of your students was identified as a potential member the SEEK program at Hunter, they are required to prove economic eligibility prior to being invite to an interview for the SEEK program at Hunter College. Students will receive exact instructions on what to upload into StudentForms system in order to prove economical eligibility.
Should the student be found eligible after the documents submitted via StudentForms are reviewed, the SEEK interview will go over program requirements and see if a student is a good fit for the program. Students who complete a SEEK interview will receive their admission decision within 3-4 weeks after interviewing.
Note, not all eligible students are accepted to SEEK, thus, students must submit documents for review and attend a SEEK interview to receive a final admissions decision.
If you are assisting students with document submission, tutorials on how to use CUNY Student Forms can be reviewed on the CUNY Website.
What if my student does not qualify based on financial eligibility or not interested in SEEK, when will they get a decision?
If the student is not financially eligible or does not wish to be reviewed for SEEK, please contact your Admissions Counselor with a request to be reviewed for general admission to the College.
Note, part of SEEK eligibility criteria states that student must be inadmissible according to the freshman admissions criteria established by Hunter College. While we are happy to conduct a general review of your student’s application on your request, we encourage you to have this difficult conversation with the student before requesting a review. This is a great time to discuss transferring options at a later time.
Where can I help student check the application status?
With a few recent updates, students can see the status of their application on their CUNYfirst account.
Ask student to login to CUNYfirst go to Admissions Center > click on View My Application Status > in the ‘My Applications’ section, click on the View Details link corresponding to Hunter College. View Video Tutorial
What do different application statuses mean?
Incomplete Application – This generally means that something is missing from student’s application. Please ask student to review the rest of the page in CUNYFirst. Sections titled ‘Applications To Do Items’, ‘Schools and Transcripts’, ‘Test Scores’, etc., will indicate what may still be “Desired”. Do note, it generally takes about 4-6 weeks for any documents submitted to CUNY to be reflected in CUNYfirst. If you sent in student’s transcript or supporting documents within that time frame, please do not worry. Student will see it pop-up there about 4-6 weeks after.
Incomplete Application, however documents show as “received/not evaluated” – Due to a large influx of documents, CUNY uploads documents to student applications in bulk. If the document is marked as received student will see an update after it is reviewed, which can take about 4-6 weeks after the date it was uploaded. Once reviewed, the document status will update to “received/evaluated” and the item will show up as “received”.
Application is complete and being reviewed – This is the most common application status:
Hunter College admissions team sends out decisions on all completed applications about 6 weeks after the last required documents was received.
Note: Students selected for SEEK will see the “Application complete/pending review” status on their CUNYfirst until they complete required steps for SEEK program. Students must follow instruction sent to them via email, upload proof of economic eligibility, and attend a SEEK interview in order to receive a final decision from Hunter College.
Admitted – If student has been admitted, you will see the decision posted in CUNYfirst and student will receive an email about 48hrs after the decision is available in their account. Next steps are outlined on the page for newly admitted students.
Denied – Admission to Hunter is very competitive and not every applicant will be offered a seat in our freshmen class. Some students who are rejected are offered a spot in our Hunter Promise Program to ensure a smooth transfer process in the future, more info on the program will be sent to students via email.
Waitlist – Due to a competitive nature of our applicant pool, some students may be placed on our waitlist. Please ask the student to review the waitlist decision email sent to them, the timeline on when waitlisted students will hear back will be provided in that email. In general, we release waitlist decisions in mid-May. Thus, we encourage high school counselors to discuss alternatives with their students prior to college decision day.
If you still have questions please contact our admissions team.Reach out to our admissions team
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