Hunter College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Hunter College

Situated in Manhattan’s East Side, Hunter College is a large public university. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 22,239 (16,249 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35 percent male/65 percent female
  • 76 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,180 (in-state); $18,450 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,364
  • Room and Board: $11,332
  • Other Expenses: $5,504
  • Total Cost: $25,380 (in-state); $36,650 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84 percent
    • Loans: 5 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,109
    • Loans: $5,937

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Family Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Marketing, Psychology, Nursing, Fine Arts, Public Relations

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 15 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 28 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Hunter College Admissions

Over half of applicants to Hunter College are unsuccessful in receiving an offer of admission. You’re going to need grades and test scores that are over mean to get admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the admission offices’ mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process.

Admissions Data                        

The acceptance rate was 36% for applicants to CUNY Hunter in 2019. For every 100 applicants, 36 gained admission letters, and 64% were denied admission. As these numbers suggest, Hunter has a selective admissions process.

SAT Requirements and Scores

The majority of students at Hunter are among the top 20% of all test-takers. The median 50% of students earned between 570 and 650 on the evidence-based reading and writing test. 25% scored a 570 or lower, and 25% scored a 650 or above. The median 50% of students earned between 580 and 680 in the math section. This reveals that 25% scored a 580 or lower, and students in the top quartile scored a 680 or higher.

ACT Requirements and Scores

The college’s admissions website states that the mean ACT composite score for matriculated students was a 28. The institution does not require the ACT Plus Writing, nor does the college require applicants who take the ACT also to take any SAT subject tests.


The mean high school GPA was 3.5, which means you don’t have to be a straight-A student to attend there.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Hunter College, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Hunter College is currently out of your reach, you can be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Hampton University, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Hunter College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission.

University of Arizona, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Hunter College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Hunter College

Application Deadline: March 15

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