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CUNY Hunter College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs CUNY Hunter College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About CUNY Hunter College

Founded in 1870, CUNY Hunter College is a 4-year, public university located in Manhattan. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, Hunter is one of the oldest colleges in the United States. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate programs, Hunter also has an elementary school and a high school for gifted students.


Hunter is made up of 8 schools in addition to the elementary and high schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the Schools of the Health Professions, the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, the Silberman School of Social Work, the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, Continuing Education and the International English Language Institute. Hunter offers more than 170 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs.

Students at Hunter may participate in study abroad programs, including short-term programs, exchange programs and non-exchange programs. Hunter offers several types of honors programs, including programs at the Macaulay Honors College, the Thomas Hunter Honors Program and departmental honors programs. The school offers a Freshmen Block Program, which allows freshmen to form smaller groups and take introductory classes together.

The college has 2 art galleries, and the Kaye Playhouse hosts the school's performing arts events. Hunter's research institutes include the Gender Equity Project and the Center for Community and Urban Health. Hunter's 4 libraries are part of the CUNY's campus library system.


All colleges in the CUNY system accept applications on a rolling basis. To apply to Hunter, applicants must fill out an online application on the CUNY website. The fall admission deadline is February 1st, and the spring deadline is September 15th. Hunter accepts dual credit and AP scores.

There were over 30,000 applicants to Hunter College in fall 2010; 25% of those applicants were accepted, and 24% of them enrolled. In 2011, 71% of undergraduate students attended Hunter full-time, while 78% of graduate students attended part-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at Hunter varies depending on residency status, enrollment status and degree-seeking status. Prices for graduate school programs also vary depending on the program.

In 2011-2012, tuition was estimated at $5,529 for in-state undergraduate students and $11,439 for out-of-state undergraduate students. In order to apply for Hunter's merit-based scholarships, students must fill out FAFSA applications. No other applications are needed.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 16,345 undergraduates and 6,477 graduates in fall 2011**
Student Housing 612 dorm rooms available*
Schools and Programs 10 schools; more than 170 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Bachelor's: Psychology (442)
Master's: Social work (466)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who began in fall 2005: 20% in 4 years, 46% in 6 years, 48% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 25% in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 85% for full-time and 60% for part-time students**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Fall 2010: 1198 (math and verbal)*
Application Due Date Fall: Feb. 1st
Spring: September 15*
Tuition (2011-2012) Estimated at $5,529 per year for in-state undergraduates, $11,439 per year for out-of-state undergraduates**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For freshmen in 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship (78%), student loan (8%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *CUNY Hunter College, **IES National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Hunter College, Room 203, North Building, 695 Park Ave, NY, NY 10065
  • Phone: (212) 772-4000
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