Applying to Macaulay

What You'll Need to Complete Your Application

Application Checklist

    Official high school transcript(s)

    If you attend a New York City public high school, your transcript can be sent to Macaulay Honors College via your OSIS number. If you live outside New York City, or attend a private or parochial high school in New York City, ask your high school guidance department to mail an official copy of your transcript to:

    The City University of New York
    University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
    Attn: Macaulay Honors College
    P.O. Box 359021
    Brooklyn, New York 11235 USA

    Mid-year grade reports are not required, but if you believe it will help your application, you may send one to UAPC.

    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.

    SAT or ACT scores

    You must have the College Board send your scores to Macaulay Honors College before the application deadline. You may take the test more than once; we will consider your highest score. The Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT are currently the only scores that are reviewed in the Macaulay application process.

    You may submit SAT II scores if you believe they provide additional support for your application, but it is not a requirement for admission. Sometimes, SAT II scores provide a more complete picture, particularly if some aspect of your application does not reflect your best performance (for example, if on the SAT IIs you have a higher score or percentile than on the SATs).

    Arrange to have the scores sent electronically to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC) using the code 2950. You do not need to use both the CUNY institutional code and an individual CUNY college code. The UAPC code for both the SAT and ACT is 2950. When the scores are sent electronically using the UAPC code (2950), ALL the campuses on your application are able to view it.

    Two letters of recommendation

    When you enter the name and email for your recommender on the online application and press “Email Now,” an email is sent to the recommender with an explanation and the electronic recommendation form, which he or she completes and sends directly to Macaulay Honors College. It’s a good idea to check with your recommenders to make sure they have received the email and sent the letter to Macaulay by the deadline.


    You need to complete two essays that are part of the online application. Both essays have a 500 word limit (each). Be sure to proofread carefully and save a hard copy for your records.

    2017 Macaulay Honors College Essay Questions

    $65 application fee

    All applicants must pay the non-refundable $65.00 application processing fee. The fee is the same no matter how many home campus choices you make. CUNY may waive its application fee for students in special financial or other circumstances.

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    If you are on a temporary visa and you were educated in a non-English speaking environment, you must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting test scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS academic format test. For applicants from English-speaking countries, a Macaulay Admissions Counselor can confirm whether the test is required.