Admissions Requirements

For the class of 2028, CUNY standardized tests (SAT & ACT) will be optional. Here is the link to the CUNY’s website for additional information:


Macaulay Honors College seeks to admit students with leadership potential who are high achievers, intellectually curious, creative, and highly motivated.

In addition to academic performance, we evaluate prospective students using a combination of academic and personal factors, including:

  • High school transcript
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community service
  • Personal initiative and leadership qualities
  • Recommendations
  • Essays
  • Interviews (for some students)


We accept applications from first-time college students (incoming Freshmen) and transfer students who are enrolled in an associate degree program at a CUNY community college.

If you applied but were not accepted to Macaulay in the past, and have not attended any other post-secondary institutions, you may apply again (except for Queens College applicants, who may not re-apply). Be sure to submit additional information and experiences that you believe make you a better candidate for admission to Macaulay.

Applicants with high school credentials and/or diplomas from any non-public correspondence school, including home-school, online school, or virtual high school, please visit the CUNY website for additional requirements.

Applying to Macaulay

An application checklist, things you'll need, and special instruction for Macaulay applicants.