City: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into CUNY City College. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to City, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown City statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out CUNY City College on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to City, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at City

What are your chances at City?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    What GPA do you need to get into CUNY City College?

    CUNY City College’s average GPA is 3.34. CUNY City College does require GPA. This average GPA means CUNY City College is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of City application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.34 to 3.51 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.51 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. CUNY City College may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on City’s campus. These City admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is CUNY City College’s acceptance rate?

    Last year CUNY City College’s acceptance rate was 42.97. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 45.0 % 46.0 % 42.97 %

    As you can see, CUNY City College is getting more and more difficult to get into. If this trend continue it’s likely that City will be even more competitive by the time you apply.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into City - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at City?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at City or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    Does CUNY City College Require Test Scores?

    CUNY City College requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how CUNY City College’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    CUNY City College SAT Requirements

    CUNY City College’s average SAT score is 1120 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether CUNY City College is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 530 640 585
    Reading 470 600 535
    2019 Total 1000 1240 1120
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    CUNY City College’s average SAT score is 1120. To be a competitive applicant for CUNY City College your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 1000, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider CUNY City College a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1240.

    CUNY City College ACT Requirements

    CUNY City College’s average ACT score is 0. To be a competitive applicant for CUNY City College your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 0, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider CUNY City College a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 0.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 0 0 0
    Reading 0 0 0
    Writing - - -
    2019 Total 0 0 0
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    CUNY City College Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into CUNY City College from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Recommended
    GPA Required
    School Record Required

    How to get into City

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into City. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at City, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with City admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 1120 on the SAT or 0 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.34.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with City’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If CUNY City College values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. New York has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. CUNY City College wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader New York area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. City needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows CUNY City College something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your City app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that City’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at City?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at City or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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