CUNY Hunter College

CUNY Hunter College Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

CUNY Hunter College is located in downtown Manhattan. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is the largest school in the City University of New York system. Read more to find out about enrollment, admissions, and the pros and cons of attending CUNY Hunter College.

Is CUNY Hunter College the Right School for You?

As the largest school in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, as well as one of the oldest public colleges in the United States, Hunter College has earned its high rankings and reputation. Hunter College offers more than 170 areas of study, including their three most popular majors: social sciences, psychology, and English. If you want to find out more about admissions, enrollment, student life, and the pros and cons of attending CUNY Hunter College, read more.


  • Highly ranked
  • Average student debt upon graduation was $13,600 less than the national average
  • High number of academic programs


  • Acceptance rate is 36.8 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Total cost is $1,716 higher than the national average for public 4-year institutions
  • 4-year graduation is 21 percentage points lower than the national average

Rankings and School Analysis

In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked CUNY Hunter College #48 on its list of Regional Universities in the North and #10 on its list of Top Public Schools in that region. Additionally, the Princeton Review added Hunter to its list of Best Value Public Colleges in 2012.

As a student at Hunter, you will be exposed to life in Manhattan and have several cultural, educational, and social opportunities to explore. You will likely have to live off campus, since living on-campus at Hunter is only an option for a select few. CUNY Hunter College reports that, though they do have one residence hall, they only have space for about 600 students each year. So, when you figure the potential cost of your education at Hunter, your living expenses may vary greatly depending on the location and type of housing you are able to find.

The total cost to attend Hunter College was slightly higher than the national average for public, 4-year universities in the 2012-2013 year, at $19,576 for on-campus students (as per the National Center for Education Statistics, or NCES) versus $17,860 (as per The College Board). However, according to The College Board in 2012, graduates from Hunter College owed an average of $13,000, which is much less than the national average student indebtedness of #26,600.

Hunter is a very selective college. According to the NCES, only 27% of applicants in 2012 were accepted, versus the national average acceptance rate of 63.8% for public universities. Additionally, only 19% of students who enrolled at Hunter in 2006 graduated within four years, less than the average of 40%. However, Hunter describes their student body as deeply committed to education, though many also hold full-time jobs, and explains that more than half of their students are the first in their families to attend college for the first time.

Hunter College takes great pride in the research activity going on at their school. The Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO), and the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity are a few of the research centers with which students and faculty at Hunter College are involved. Additionally, CUNY Hunter College has been named as one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in 2013. This means that students at Hunter have a high rate of receiving acknowledgment for their work by being granted money and recognition through this prestigious award.

Getting in and Financial Aid at CUNY Hunter College

The Princeton Review gives Hunter a selectivity rating of 84 and reports that the academic rigor of your high school record, overall GPA, standardized test scores, and your admissions essay are all considered to be key factors weighed by the admissions committee who will review your application.

If you want to apply for financial aid to help defray your costs while at Hunter College, it is good to know that though 77% of students applied for aid in 2012, but only 21% had their total need met, according to The College Board. So, you may also have to seek outside aid like scholarships. If you are planning to apply for financial aid and you are a New York resident, you should get your FAFSA in by June 30. It's a good idea to check with the FAFSA website for deadlines that apply to your own state of residence, and you can also meet with an advisor in the financial aid office at Hunter to answer any further questions you may have.

Admissions and Financial Aid
Priority Application Deadline (2013) February 1*
Application Fee (2011-2012) $65**
Acceptance Rate (2012) 27%**
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $5,829 in-state, $12,039 out-of-state**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $8,438***
Percent of Students With Need Met (2012) 21%***
Student Loan Default Rate (2010) 4.5%**

Student Life at CUNY Hunter College

CUNY is located right in the middle of Manhattan, which offers a wide variety of cultural, social, dining, and retail options for students. Housing, however, is in high demand both at CUNY Hunter College and in the busy city that surrounds it. Hunter is considered to be a commuter campus, though there are a limited number of spaces available at this school's one residence hall. Hunter's Office of Residence Life webpage states that applications for housing are highly competitive. So, if you don't already live within commuting distance of the school, this is something to consider. While on campus, some activities in which you can participate include a literary magazine, newspaper, concert band, radio station, film society, and yearbook.

Wexler Library at CUNY Hunter College can provide support for your research needs throughout your studies. If you are planning to study social work or a health related field, you can supplement your research at Hunter's Health Professions Library or their Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library. The Zabar Art Library is also a useful resource for art students at this school. If you still feel that your academic needs may not be met at Hunter, it is good to know that this college is linked to the extensive library system of the entire City University of New York system, which includes a main library on each of the 24 college campuses throughout Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.

Student Life
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2012) 16,708 undergraduates**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 34% male, 66% female**
% of Full-Time Students (2012) 72%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 95%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 86%**
Campus Housing Available Yes**

Sources: *CUNY Hunter College, **NCES, ***College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report

Contact Information

  • Address: 695 Park Avenue, Room 203, North Bldg., New York, NY 10021-5085
  • Phone: 212-772-4490