Cuny Essay Questions

Freshman Applicants

Special note:
Baruch College supports the right of young people to peacefully demonstrate. High school disciplinary action stemming from nonviolent protests will have no effect on our admissions decisions.

Hello high schoolers! A quick note: these recommendations are designed for current high school seniors, but that doesn't mean you can't get an early start on the application pieces if you're a Junior or Sophomore.

Baruch makes decisions on a rolling basis but recommends completing applications well before the below "priority deadlines." In other words, if you're ready to apply by November or December, go right ahead and submit the CUNY application.


>>Spring 2019 Application<<

Priority Deadline: September 15th



>>Fall 2018 Application<<

Priority Deadline: February 1st



Application Requirements


Submit your completed CUNY Application by the priority deadline. Applications are only accepted online.

Official high school transcript

An official paper transcript must be sent directly to CUNY/UAPC (the address is below this list) in a sealed, school-issued envelope.

Test scores

Have SAT or ACT scores sent directly to CUNY (Baruch’s SAT / ACT score code is 2950). We also accept test scores sent by your high school counselor/college advisor.

Non-refundable $65 application processing fee

The easiest and fastest way to pay the fee is online by credit card using a Visa or MasterCard (via the CUNY Portal).


Recommended Application Materials

Supplemental Materials

In order to provide us with a more well-rounded view, we recommend students complete the Supplemental Essay and Activities Supplement.

Letters of recommendation

Students may submit up to two letters of recommendation by mailing the documents to CUNY/UAPC (see address below).


International Students
The deadlines we have listed for the CUNY applications are Priority Deadlines for applicants within the United States. We suggest international students have their applications completed and sent in at least 4 weeks prior to the deadline. Applications will not be complete, and therefore cannot be processed, until all required documents have arrived at CUNY.


After you submit your completed application, the admissions review process begins. We strongly encourage applicants to mail all of your documents together and to include your W# (Application identification #). Mail should be sent to:

The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
P.O. Box 350136
Brooklyn, NY 11235


Admissions Decisions

We examine your entire high school academic records, including difficulty of classes, GPA and grade trends. We also look at the strength of your standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, NY State Regents) and any additional supporting documents including the recommended essay, activity sheet, and letters of recommendation.

Decision letters are mailed out 6-8 weeks after the priority deadline. We strongly recommend students complete their applications by December 1. CUNY's priority deadline is Feb. 1. Applications submitted after Feb. 1 will be considered on a space available basis. You can check the status of your submitted application at your CUNY portal account. You can also call the processing center's automated system at the Office of Admissions Services at (212) 997-2869.

CUNY hosts an excellent resource for high school students, available here.

For further information, see CUNY's information on admission decisions here.


Macaulay Honors Program @ Baruch College

Fall Deadline (no early decision or action) >> December 1st

The Macaulay Honors College application is available online. The Macaulay application requires test scores, two essays and two letters of recommendation. If Baruch is your first choice for honors, make sure to list it as such on your application.

Students applying to Macaulay may also be considered for the Baruch Honors program and other merit-based scholarships. For more information please visit: Macaulay Honors Program.

SEEK Program

The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK (Search for Education Elevation and Knowledge) Program provides economically disadvantaged students with the tools they need to create their own success: to graduate and pursue fulfilling and productive lives, to develop an awareness of themselves and a sense of dedication to their community.

In order to be considered, students must complete the SEEK application by Feb. 1. If all academic requirements are met, applicants will be asked to submit supporting documents to prove financial eligibility.

All transfer applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript with proof of graduation indicated. Transfers are also required to send in transcripts from the university and/or any proprietary school that they have attended. The transcripts must be sent directly to CUNY/UAPC from the high school in a sealed, school-issued envelope.

CUNY college transcript (intra-CUNY transfer applicants only)
If you are currently enrolled at a CUNY college, do not send a paper copy of your transcript. Instead, an electronic version of your official CUNY transcript will be retrieved by CUNY/UAPC after your Admission Application is submitted. In order to retrieve your transcript, your social security number or CUNY ID as indicated on your Admission Application must match the identification number listed on your CUNY college record. If there are stops and/or holds on your CUNY record, please resolve them with the Office of the Registrar at your CUNY college. Once the problem is resolved, we will then be able to electronically retrieve your transcript.

College, University and/or Proprietary School Transcript(s)
If you are currently attending or if you have ever attended a college, university or proprietary school, an official transcript is required for each school attended.

We define an official record as one that details your complete academic history (all years) while in attendance at a college, university or any postsecondary institution. These records must be sent directly to us from the issuing institution and/or examining body in a sealed, school-issued envelope and must include the following:

  • Dates of enrollment, courses taken and marks, grades or ratings in each subject.
  • Institutional grading scale or other standard(s) of evaluation.
  • Recent signature and date by a school official and must include an original institutional seal. Accepted  signatures include: the Registrar, Dean, Principal, Controller of Examinations, Ministry of Education, or another appropriate school official/office (varies by country).

We do not accept the following:

  • Documents certified by a notary public, translator or commissioner of oaths.
  • Photocopies or other duplications of a record such as notarized copies, faxed or scanned documents.
  • You must request that your official transcript be sent directly from the college, university, and/or proprietary school to CUNY/UAPC.

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