CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Read about its admission requirements, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The campus includes five buildings on Manhattan's West Side, all within walking distance to public transportation and New York City attractions, such as Central Park and Lincoln Center.

With a mission to prepare students for criminal justice and public service careers, John Jay College's graduate programs in criminology were ranked #10 in the nation in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report. The college as a whole was ranked #40 among top public schools in the North in 2014.


John Jay College is made up of 24 academic departments that offer 13 certificate, 26 bachelor's, 13 master's and three combined bachelor's and master's programs. While the criminal justice degree programs are the most popular, the school also offers a wide range of liberal arts programs.

John Jay College also offers a dual-enrollment program with CUNY community colleges called the CUNY Criminal Justice Academy (CJA). Students enrolled in the CJA complete the first 60 credits of coursework for a bachelor's degree in forensics or criminal justice at a CUNY community college and then complete the last 60 or more credits at John Jay College.

There are several specialized facilities and research centers at John Jay College, including the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies, the Center for Private Security and Safety and the Fire Science Institute. Academic facilities include the Sealy Library, computer labs and a bookstore.

Beyond academia, the college offers over 40 student organizations, and student athletes can join one of the university's many sports teams.


Aspiring students must submit an online application, standardized test scores and high school transcripts. There is an application fee of $65. Students can apply as early as October and should apply by February 1 for entrance the following fall.

Students who want to enroll in the CUNY Justice Academy apply through their selected CUNY community college.

Admissions to John Jay College are competitive. In 2013, of the nearly 14,000 undergraduate applicants, only 34% were accepted. The 1,861 students who enrolled that year were a diverse group, including 40% Hispanic/Latino, 25% White, 16% African American and 16% Asian or Pacific Islander students. Women outnumbered men in this class by about 75 students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate tuition at John Jay College is $3,015 a semester for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students who enroll part time are charged $260 per credit hour, and those taking classes but not enrolled in a degree program are charged $380 per credit hour. Student activity, technology and other fees are added to the price of tuition.

CUNY schools offer students the option of enrolling in the SallieMae TuitionPay Monthly Payment Plan. This plan allows students to pay their semester tuition in several installments over the course of the semester.

Financial aid options include state and federal grants, loans and scholarships. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the New York State Tuition Assistant Program applications to see if they qualify.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associates, bachelor's and master's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 13,217 undergraduates and 1,793 graduate students in 2013**
Student Housing One residence hall located within walking distance**
Departments 24 academic departments, 55 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2012:
Associate's: Criminal justice/police science (99), Bachelor's: Criminal justice/law enforcement administration (1,066),
Master's: Public administration (225)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 25% in four years
43% in six years*
Admission Rate 34% in 2012*
Entering Class Size 1,908 in 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 78% for full-time and 57% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2013: Average combined SAT score: 971; Average ACT composite score: 20**
Application Due Date February 1**
Decision Notification Date 8-10 weeks after applying**
Undergraduate Tuition (2014-2015) $6,030 per year for New York residents, $16,050 for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2012: Federal grants (64%), state and local grants (66%), institutional scholarships (0%) and federal loans (9%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 62% in 2012*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **John Jay College.

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