SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips

The Complete List of the 25 CUNY Colleges


The City University of New York system is the lesser-known member of New York State's public university system. Unlike New York's SUNY colleges and universities, however, all the CUNY schools are located in NYC.

In this article, we'll go over a list of CUNY schools in NYC and CUNY locations along with what to consider when choosing which CUNYs to apply to.

feature image credit: Ajay Suresh/Flickr.


What Are the CUNY Colleges? How Many CUNY Schools Are There?

The City University of New York college system, or CUNY, is a public university system with branches in all five boroughs of New York City.

Because all CUNY schools are public colleges, tuition is significantly cheaper for residents of New York City (for the community colleges) and New York State (for all other CUNYs) than at comparable private schools; for 2022-2023, tuition is $6,930 per year for undergraduates at 4-year CUNY colleges.

CUNY colleges range from community colleges offering two-year associate's degrees to 4-year undergraduate colleges to graduate and professional schools (offering masters, doctorates, JDs, and certificates).

Altogether, there are 25 CUNY campuses, 12 of which have 4-year bachelor's degree programs (and another two of which allow you to finish up a BA you started at another school or community college).

In the next section, we'll go over a list of CUNY schools in NYC.


List of CUNY Schools in NYC

We've divided up the different CUNYs into three lists based on location and type of degree offered (associate's, bachelor's, or graduate). (Note that many of the schools below also offer certificate programs or individual classes for those with a high school diploma who don't want to complete a full degree.)


CUNY Community Colleges



Degrees Offered

Bronx Community College Bronx Associate's
Hostos Community College Bronx Associate's
Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn Associate's
Borough of Manhattan Community College Manhattan Associate's
Guttman Community College Manhattan Associate's
LaGuardia Community College Queens Associate's
Queensborough Community College Queens Associate's


CUNY community colleges are open to students who have completed high school or have a high school diploma and offer 2-year associate's degree programs (although if you attend part-time, it may take longer than two years).

As with other community colleges, CUNY community colleges prepare students to either enter the workforce after completing their associate's degrees or apply to 4-year colleges as juniors and complete their bachelor's degrees.


4-Year CUNY Colleges



Degrees Offered

Lehman College Bronx Bachelor's
Brooklyn College Brooklyn Bachelor's
Medgar Evers College Brooklyn Bachelor's
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Brooklyn Bachelor's
Baruch College Manhattan Bachelor's
The City College of New York (CCNY) Manhattan Bachelor's
Hunter College Manhattan Bachelor's
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Manhattan Bachelor's
Macaulay Honors College* Manhattan Bachelor's
Queens College Queens Bachelor's
York College Queens Bachelor's
College of Staten Island Staten Island Bachelor's

*Students applying to Macaulay Honors College must choose a home campus to attend most of their classes at; this home campus can be any of the above CUNY 4-year colleges except Medgar Evers, City Tech, or York College. 


CUNY Graduate and Professional Schools



Degrees Offered

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY Manhattan Master's
CUNY Graduate Center Manhattan Master's, Doctorate
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Manhattan Master's, Doctorate
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies* Manhattan Bachelor's*, Master's
CUNY School of Professional Studies* Manhattan Bachelor's*, Master's
CUNY School of Law Queens JD

*For undergraduate students, only open to those who have already completed at least 24 credits from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.


In total, there are over 270,000 students across all the CUNY campuses, of which nearly 170,000 are full-time undergraduates earning a bachelor's degree.

Two of the graduate and professional CUNY schools (School of Labor and Urban Studies and School of Professional Studies) do also grant bachelor's degrees, but only to students who transfer in to complete their final two years there. Essentially, the undergraduate programs at the SLU and SPS are the complements to the 2-year associate's programs at all the CUNY community colleges.

Leaving the community colleges and graduate and professional schools aside, we're next going to go a bit more in depth to the different 4-year CUNY colleges and discuss how to choose which ones to apply to.


body_huntercollegestaircaseHunter College.
Berellian/Alex Lorenz/Flickr


Which CUNYs Should You Apply To? How to Choose

As we discuss at length in our articles on how to choose which colleges to apply to and how to research colleges, there are many factors that go into influencing what schools you should apply to (and which schools should be your safety schools, target schools, or reach schools). These factors include school location, cost, academics, acceptance rate/admission requirements, job prospects post-college, and many others. Furthermore, the degree to which each factor matters will differ for each student.

For CUNY colleges, however, at least some of the variables are set: all the schools are located in one of the five NYC boroughs, and all the 4-year colleges have the same $6,930 per tuition cost for in-state residents (except Macaulay Honors College, which has free tuition for in-state residents).

So what's left to judge the different CUNY colleges on? Even though all the CUNY schools are in New York City, which part of the city they're in might still be a factor, particularly if you're commuting from home (or work) to go to school: it's one thing to live in Forest Hills and go to Queens College or York College and quite another to have to schlep all the way to Staten Island or the Bronx each day.

Academic reputation and what percentage of students graduate are important for any school but are particularly important for CUNYs if you're thinking about getting a job in New York City after (or during) school—people who live and work in the city know the reputation of the different CUNY schools.

SAT and ACT scores—especially the 25th/75th percentiles of each test—are also important to consider. Not only do they indicate (to some extent) a school’s academic rigor, but they can also tell you how your testing scores help you stack up against other applicants. Usually, if your SAT/ACT score is at or above a school's 75th percentile score, you're more likely to get in; if it's at or below a school's 25th percentile score, you have much lower chances.

However, CUNY has recently switched to a test-optional policy for the Fall 2023-Spring 2025 application cycles. This means that it is optional to submit SAT/ACT scores—students cannot be denied admission because of missing SAT/ACT scores, but CUNY invites students to submit test scores if they improve their overall academic record. 


body_medgareverscollegeThe College of Staten Island and Medgar Evers College (above), both have 100% admissions rates.
Jules Antonio/Flickr


To help you decide which CUNYs to apply to, we've grouped all the 4-year CUNY colleges by location and listed their relevant stats, including enrollment numbers, admission rate, neighborhood, what percentage of students graduate within four years, and 25th and 75th percentile SAT/ACT scores (from 2020, before CUNY moved to a test-blind and then test-optional policy).

We've also included the US News & World Report ranking for each school when applicable; while this is by no means a perfect measure of how good each school is, it does help to give a sense of how all the schools compare to each other overall (although we have more specific details on which CUNY schools are best in this article).


body_lehmancollegemtastopMosaic at Bedford Park Boulevard-Lehman College subway station.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York/Flickr


CUNY Colleges in the Bronx

Of the 11 4-year CUNY colleges, there is only one located in the Bronx: Lehman College. We have the rundown on stats for Lehman College below.


Lehman College Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Kingsbridge Heights
  • US News Ranking: #81 (Regional Universities North)
  • Admissions rate: 42%
  • # of undergraduates: 12,375
  • % graduating in 4 years: 28%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 53%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 970 1100
ACT 17 21



body_citytechNew York City College of Technology.
Ajay Suresh/Flickr


CUNY Colleges in Brooklyn

Three of the four-year CUNYs are located in Brooklyn: City Tech, Medgar Evers College, and Brooklyn College. Of the three CUNY schools in Brooklyn, City Tech has the largest undergraduate student population (13,000+), Medgar Evers has the highest admit rate (86%), and Brooklyn College by far both admits a lower and graduates a higher percentage of students than the other Brooklyn CUNYs.


Brooklyn College Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Midwood/Flatbush
  • US News Ranking: #63 (Regional Universities North)
  • Admissions rate: 51%
  • # of undergraduates: 13,405
  • % graduating in 4 years: 28%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 54%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 1040 1220
ACT 20 26



New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
  • US News Ranking: #32 (Regional Colleges North)
  • Admissions rate: 82%
  • # of undergraduates: 14,277
  • % graduating in 4 years: 10%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 29%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 820 1020
ACT 14 19



Medgar Evers College Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Crown Heights
  • US News Ranking: #156-201 (National Liberal Arts Colleges)
  • Admissions rate: 86%
  • # of undergraduates: 4,134
  • % graduating in 4 years: 12%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 23%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 730 910
ACT 13 16





CUNY Colleges in Manhattan

The most 4-year CUNYs are located in New York, New York (aka Manhattan): City College, CUNY Baruch, Hunter, and John Jay College.

In addition, Macaulay Honors College is also headquartered in Manhattan's Upper West Side. We'll spend some time discussing Macaulay first, as it's a little different from the rest of the CUNY 4-year colleges.


Macaulay Honors College

  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side.

Aside from some seminars and lectures, Macaulay students don't spend much classroom time in the Macaulay building. Instead, Macaulay students also have a "home campus" where they take most of their classes and meet with advisors.

Students applying to Macaulay are asked to pick two schools they'd want as their home campus from a pool of eight (Lehman, Brooklyn College, Baruch, City College, Hunter, John Jay, Queens College, or the College of Staten Island) and are assigned a home campus once accepted to Macaulay Honors College.

Here's the most recent breakdown of what percentage of Macaulay students have each of those eight campuses as their home campus.

Home Campus % of total Macaulay students (rounded)
Hunter College 23%
Baruch College 18%
City College 17%
Brooklyn College 15%
Queens College 12%
College of Staten Island 8%
John Jay College 4%
Lehman College 3%


The chart above shows that the majority (62%) of Macaulay students have Manhattan home campuses (which makes sense, considering the Manhattan location of Macaulay's building).

Macaulay Honors College doesn't provide the same public admissions statistics as the other CUNY 4-year colleges, so we don't have specific information about admission rate, total enrollment, and how many students graduate within 4 and 6 years.

Based on this fact sheet released by Macaulay, we can estimate that in 2016, about 2,122 students were enrolled at Macaulay. Because students mostly attend classes on their home campuses, the more relevant enrollment numbers for most Macaulay Honors College students will be those of their home campuses.

Macaulay also doesn't provide 25th/75th percentile scores; however, its fact sheet does note that the average SAT score for Macaulay students in 2020 was 1414.


The City College of New York (CCNY) Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Hamilton Heights
  • US News Ranking: #151 (National Universities)
  • Admissions rate: 60%
  • # of undergraduates: 12,364
  • % graduating in 4 years: 24%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 55%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 950 1190
ACT 20 28



CUNY Baruch Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Gramercy
  • US News Ranking: #14 (Regional Universities North)
  • Admissions rate: 51%
  • # of undergraduates: 15,859
  • % graduating in 4 years: 38%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 66%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 1220 1390
ACT 24 29



Hunter College Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • US News Ranking: #21 (Regional Universities North)
  • Admissions rate: 46%
  • # of undergraduates: 18,152
  • % graduating in 4 years: 18%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 45%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 1150 1330
ACT 21 27



John Jay College of Criminal Justice Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • US News Ranking: #37 (Regional Universities North)
  • Admissions rate: 45%
  • # of undergraduates: 13,662
  • % graduating in 4 years: 38%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 52%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 960 1130
ACT 17 21



body_johnjaycollegeJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Ajay Suresh/Flickr


CUNY Colleges in Queens

There are two CUNY senior colleges located in the Queens borough of New York City: Queens College and York College. Of the two, Queens College is both larger and more selective than York College, accepting only 61% of students who apply (compared to York's 67% acceptance rate).


Queens College Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Kew Gardens Hills (Flushing)
  • US News Ranking: #58 (Regional Universities North)
  • Admissions rate: 61%
  • # of undergraduates: 15,883
  • % graduating in 4 years: 27%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 56%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 1060 1220
ACT 21 25



York College Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Jamaica
  • US News Ranking:  #133-175 (Regional Colleges North)
  • Admissions rate: 67%
  • # of undergraduates: 6,769
  • % graduating in 4 years: 28%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 56%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 950 1160
ACT 18 22



body_queenscollegelibrarybuildingWant to get a scholarship to Queens College? You probably shouldn't brag, but try to amaze and astonish.
Muhammad Ghouri/Flickr


CUNY Colleges in Staten Island

There is only one CUNY 4-year college in Staten Island: the College of Staten Island


College of Staten Island Vital Stats

  • Neighborhood: Willowbrook
  • US News Ranking: #124 (Regional Universities North)
  • Admissions rate: 94%
  • # of undergraduates: 10,743
  • % graduating in 4 years: 26%
  • % graduating in 6 years: 44%


  25th %ile Score 75th %ile Score
SAT 990 1170
ACT 17 22



body_collegeofstatenislandcampusThe College of Staten Island campus.
CUNY Academic Commons/Flickr


What's Next?

Want to learn more about the City University of New York system? Try our articles on what CUNY is and the best CUNY colleges.

Why attend a CUNY school instead of a SUNY school, besides location? Learn more with our guide to CUNY vs. SUNY. You can also find out more about SUNY schools with our complete list and SUNY schools application tips.

Considering attending other public universities? We go into the differences between public vs. private colleges here. If you're a high-achieving student, be sure to also check out our articles on the Public Ivies and top public universities.



Have friends who also need help with test prep? Share this article!

author image
Laura Staffaroni
About the Author

Laura graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Music and Psychology, and earned a Master's degree in Composition from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She scored 99 percentile scores on the SAT and GRE and loves advising students on how to excel in high school.

Get Free Guides to Boost Your SAT/ACT
100% Privacy. No spam ever.

Ask a Question Below

Have any questions about this article or other topics? Ask below and we'll reply!