Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640

Testing Policies


March 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Education, General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (LPN, LVN, Cert. Dipl, AAS)
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
  • Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
  • Nursing, Other
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
  • Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
  • Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

  • History

  • History, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Educational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Geography, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management

Students Say

Hunter boasts an "outstanding" reputation based in part on its ability to offer "a solid education at an affordable price" and "exposure to New York City." Students who like to challenge the status quo will find a home here. In Hunter classrooms, "diversity of thought is not only tolerated, but encouraged." Those classes can be "very tough," forcing students to "work hard to keep good grades." Some students groan that professors here "teach at a fast pace," but students who pay attention will find that their educators generally "know the subjects that they are teaching very well." While there are some "very tedious professors," most students find that professors are "intellectually challenged by brilliant instructors." A few students wish there were more tenured professors on staff and say that part-time educators "would care more if they were paid more." Yet many departments win praise, including the "highly respected" psychology department, which is "affiliated with most of the prestigious hospitals in New York City," as well as challenging English and nursing programs. Maybe most important is that students will get a sense for what their education will mean outside of school. These professors "bring to the table their vast experiences in their field of expertise and have never hesitated to educate on what to expect when we are outside of the classroom, often offering a practical aspect to what in many classrooms are strictly academic discussions."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Gertrude B.Elion
Nobel Laureate - Medicine

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
Nobel Laureate - Medicine

Ruby Dee

Rhea Perlman

Bella Abzug

Audre Lorde
Poet, Novelist

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Hunter's Career Development Services truly does a tremendous job for its students. Undergrads have the opportunity to attend a variety of career panels throughout the year, featuring guest speakers and assorted alumni from a number of industries. Hunter also presents students with many chances to attend different career expos. There, undergrads are able to network, learn about specific corporations and career fields and discover potential job openings. Naturally, the college also works hard to capitalize on its New York City location. Each semester, Hunter invites companies to campus to meet with students regarding internships, part-time jobs and entry-level positions. Undergrads can attend recruiting events in a number of areas: social services, public affairs, film and media, financial services, scientific research, etc. All students, no matter their interests, are bound to find an opening that piques their curiosity.

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Hunter definitely capitalizes on its prime New York City location via the Muse Scholar Program, a four-year honors program for artistically talented students. Dara Meyers-Kingsley, the director of the program, tells us that Muse students have “opportunities all four years to engage in creative practice” including all arts disciplines (visual and performing arts, film/media and creative writing) as well as via “access to internships and to professionals in the arts and culture fields.” A yearlong course called Exploration in the Arts initiates them into the program in which students visit museums and galleries, attend dance, musical, and theatre performances on and off Broadway, as well as at other venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. The course has a writing critique component as well as “time for creative practice and work-shopping” tied to the performances they are seeing. For example, a class period prior to attending a dance performance is devoted to movement and choreography and taught by graduate students in Hunter’s Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program. Other core requirements are similarly geared toward the particular interests of Muse Scholars. When they take a required English composition course, for example, “the professor knows the Muse students come in with artistic talents and interests and has tweaked their . . . reading and writing assignments accordingly.” An annual Muse Arts Showcase (which includes an art exhibit and evening performance) allows dancers, opera singers, and creative writers alike to show the Hunter campus “what they can do.” Though most Muse students end up majoring in the arts, this is by no means a requirement. Ms. Meyers-Kingsley tells us, “They major in media and music, English literature, psychology, accounting, history, art history, biology, environmental studies, geography, sociology, theatre, and film. Two or three are pre-med.”
And Muse is not alone. Other themed communities that, like Muse, offer merit scholarships for incoming first-years, include: the Roosevelt Scholars Program (public policy and civic affairs), the Yalow Scholars Program (pre-health or scientific research), the Athena Scholars Program (philosophy and literature), and the Nursing Scholars Program.
Global Education

One of only twelve in the nation, Hunter’s Chinese Flagship Center, funded through the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Educational Program, aims to create global professionals. Graduates of the program will have language and cultural skills miles ahead of those gained by the typical major or minor in Chinese. “It’s actually a program requirement that students must live, study and work in China for one year after their language proficiency reaches advanced level,” Professor Der-lin Chao told us. Dr. Chao is the director of the Chinese Flagship Center project at Hunter and head of the Chinese literature and language division. She says, “Very few language programs prepare their students up to a level that permits them to take college-level content-based courses with local university students, and to work capably in a Chinese-speaking environment.” And for employers, the appeal of these students goes beyond their professional language skills. Dr. Chao explains, “They become fluent in Chinese culture and civilization. Through language training, community service, internships in the United States, and internships in China, they find they are capable of working and communicating effectively with global customers and partners. We are truly preparing our students for global professional careers.” The program invites a number of global professionals from the legal, medical, business, marketing, and education fields to speak with the students because “they not only need professional language skills but solid professional knowledge to succeed,” Dr. Chao tells us. But, like any college students, not everyone has specific career goals right from the start. “For those students who need time to explore,” Dr. Chao explains, “professionals from different fields [show] students different career possibilities.”
Undergraduate Research

STEM majors have fifteen federally and privately funded research initiatives on campus to choose from, which are all bundled together into Hunter’s Science Mathematics Opportunity Network, thanks to a $1.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition, recognizing that funded research opportunities are vital to students in all fields, Hunter has developed the Undergraduate Research Initiative “to provide funded research experiences for Hunter undergraduates outside the STEM disciplines—areas where federal funds to support such activities are scarce,” the school says. These faculty-student research collaborations pursue both academic and creative projects that can take them everywhere from the library stacks to the costume studio. And students say that “accessibility to a wide variety of NYC internships and research” is one of the school’s greatest strengths. Humanities and social sciences students join their peers in the STEM fields every year for Hunter’s Undergraduate Research Conference. In the last three years, student participation in the conference has nearly doubled, which is representative of the growing number of resources Hunter provides and the administration’s efforts to widen the range of disciplines that have access to undergraduate research opportunities.
Faculty Mentors

The Co-Curricular Initiative allows Hunter students and faculty to get to know one another through excursions or field trips that the school pays for. Through these ventures students might get a chance to develop their skills in the field, like the geography students who went on an overnight trip to Black Rock Forest to introduce them to field methods in soil science, ecology and water quality sampling and to promote camaraderie among faculty and students. Or, like the German 101 class that went to the Guggenheim Museum to tour works of contemporary German artists, including 20th century painter Wassily Kandinsky, they might get a broader understanding of the cultural and artistic influences within a language they are studying. Students in a theatre production course who were working on a production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya even got to enjoy a Russian restaurant on West 54th Street where they discussed the play while learning about Russian food and culture.
Another part of the Presidential Student Engagement Initiative, the Student-Faculty Research Initiative, provides opportunities for students to collaborate with their professors on important research. Students get to have one-on-one access to their professors, which includes perks like learning to use advanced scientific equipment or developing and implementing research methodology. In the past such efforts have included work designing methodology to sample and measure the heavy metal content of rainwater collected at Hunter College’s weather station and address related questions of metal accumulation in soils and plants on Hunter’s green roof. Students have even joined in on important medical research in teaching hospitals, like two chem majors who worked alongside a Hunter College chemistry professor and a professor of biochemistry and chemistry at Weill Cornell Medical College to conduct x-ray crystallography of a protein that is showing promise as a possible target for drug therapy for aggressive breast cancer that doesn’t respond to conventional treatment.
These initiatives allow faculty and students to interact in ways that would be impossible to engineer in the classroom. Hunter College tells us that these close interactions mean students benefit from more “mentoring, advising and a collaborative spirit that encourages students to see new possibilities for themselves and their futures.” One current student enthuses: “The professors are what have made my experience here so incredible! Perhaps most encouraging, they bring to the table their vast experiences in their field of expertise and have never hesitated to educate on what to expect when we are outside of the classroom, often offering a practical aspect to what in many classrooms are strictly academic discussions.”


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 15

Required Forms

State Aid

Bottom Line

Full-time tuition for New York residents comes to approximately $6,330. That's ridiculously cheap. If you can't claim state residency, you'll pay about three times that amount. Also, as you know if you are a New Yorker and probably have heard if you aren't, New York City can be a painfully expensive place to live. But that shouldn't dissuade prospective students, since about 94 percent of students receive aid.

Bang For Your Buck

Extraordinarily low tuition makes Hunter affordable, and more than 1,000 scholarships, awards, and special program opportunities offered throughout the CUNY campuses complement that affordability. The usual combination of work-study jobs, need-based grants, scholarships, and credit-bearing internships helps students fund their educations. Need-based grants from the state of New York are available. Hunter offers a variety of scholarship programs for entering freshman who have maintained a high level of academic achievement while in high school and who demonstrate potential for superior scholarship at the college level. Institutional scholarships [at Hunter College] are offered to more than 50 percent of the aid-eligible population. The Macaulay Honors College is definitely one of the highlights. Accepted students receive a full-ride scholarship (except for fees), a laptop computer, and additional funds to pursue research, internships, or service activities. One student boasts: "The Macaulay Honors College allows me access to the best Hunter and CUNY has to offer, and to the wide resources of New York City itself, while paying no tuition." Also, financial sessions are offered at Hunter to incoming students and cover topics such as loans, credit cards, and budgeting. All new students are considered for Hunter College sponsored scholarships automatically—no separate application is required.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


64% female
36% male
3% are out of state
73% are full time
27% are part time

Students Say

New York City is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the world, so it should come as no surprise that "there is no typical student at Hunter." This cultural melting pot of a region means "the diversity here is real and comes in all forms, most especially diversity of thought and opinion." One student notes that "all of my classrooms contain a mix of every ethnicity and nationality, all ages, all types of people." Even with this wide array of cultures, "somehow, [students] all manage to fit in and get along with one another." Students here also vary wildly in age, with older attendees common in most classrooms. "Most students work fullor part-time while juggling a full-time schedule," which can make it "extremely difficult to make friends, because it's a commuter school." This also means that "there's little sense of school identity." However, for those who involve themselves with other students, "as long as you are not too shy, it is easy to make friends around here."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Students Say

On one hand, being located in Manhattan means that Hunter has immediate access to almost anything in arts, culture, music, and nightlife that an urban adventurer can imagine. On the other hand, "Hunter is largely a commuter school, so there is not much campus life at night or on the weekends," a situation one student calls "miserable." Students won't get a typical college life here. "Nobody lives on campus at Hunter," and "most people who attend school at Hunter work part-time or full-time, have apartments, pay bills, and go to school full-time." That is not to say there is no excitement at Hunter. You just "have to make an effort for things to happen and to gather people because they need to make time from their schedules to meet up." Those who put in the effort will find that the city is their oyster. One student notes that whether it is food or music or entertainment, "anything that's not academic-related you can find easily from blocks away," while another notes, "New York is a tourist haven," so there is no shortage of things to do. But again, it won't come to you. Be prepared to make things happen. "The only way to make friends is to dorm (which is nearly impossible) or to hang around campus joining fraternities and clubs." If you're a commuter student or work full-time, as many Hunter students do, "socializing is nearly impossible."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

3% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hawks)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Hawks)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care


Through “Hunter Green”, Hunter College continues to develop dynamic initiatives that raise awareness of green goals and advance urban sustainability in the community. The Hunter College Sustainability Council was developed in 2007 in response to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PLaNYC 2030 challenge. A central goal at the College and University level is to design all new construction to meet LEED Silver certification, including plans for a groundbreaking new research facility. In East Harlem, 148,000 square feet of classroom, office, and laboratory space achieved LEED certification. A major library renovation at Hunter’s main Upper East Side campus is incorporating sustainable elements, such as window glazing and an efficient HVAC system, and Phase I of the project will seek LEED certification. Other projects include white roofs that reduce building heat load and urban heat island effects and a 3-kW photovoltaic rooftop installation that serves as a teaching tool. The college examines energy data to develop solutions that manage usage more efficiently. Students can get involved in sustainability in many ways. Hunter’s Departments of Geography and Urban Affairs & Planning and its School of Public Health offer sustainability-related coursework, and efforts are underway to establish a sustainability minor and certificate program. The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student funded grant, allows students to collaborate with other campus groups to implement projects ranging from increased bicycle parking and security to environmental awareness campaigns. The most successful TGIF project to date has been the installation of 34 water-bottle filling stations, which have diverted over 2 million 16-ounce plastic bottles from the municipal waste stream.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Welcome Center

HUnter College
695 Park ave
New York, NY 10065


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Over 100 Campus Clubs
CARSI Geography Lab
Television Studio
Learning Center and Computer Lab
Sports Complex

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Central Park
Metropolitan Art Museum
American Museaum of Natural History
Guggenheim Museum
Great Shopping, Fine Restaurants

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hunter has its own subway stop on the Upper East Side #6 train.We also provide shuttle bus to and from our downtown Health Science Campus.Going Crosstown: The M66 bus goes crosstown on 68th Street going east and 67th Street going west. Hunter College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue. Going Uptown: The M98, M101, M102, and M103 go south on Lexington Avenue and north on 3rd Avenue. Hunter College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Driving Instructions to Campus
By Car Going West (from Queens & Long Island) - Take the Long Island Expressway to the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Make a right onto Third Avenue and proceed north to 69th Street. Make a left turn on 69th Street to Lexington Avenue and make a left. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Local Accommodations
Arabelle, Sherry Netherland, The Pierre Hotel, The Plaza Hotel