Applying to Macaulay | Macaulay Honors College

Applying to Macaulay

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS (rising seniors) interested in applying to Macaulay’s class of 2025, the application will open on or around September 1, 2020.

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What You'll Need to Complete Your Application

Application Checklist

    Please note: There is a postmarked deadline of December 2 for any supplemental materials mailed out separately from the application.
    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:

    Macaulay Honors College Admission
    P.O. Box 350046
    Brooklyn, NY 11235

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

    If you are currently attending or have graduated from a Missionary or other American private school, your school must meet CUNY standards for school accreditation. If your high school does not meet accreditation standards, you will be required to take the High School Equivalency test.

    Applicants with the following types of high school credentials must successfully complete the High School Equivalency examination to be considered for admission to a CUNY college. High School Credentials/Diplomas from any non-public correspondence, online, or virtual high school will not be considered.

    Generally, your home-schooling curriculum should adhere to your school district’s preliminary education requirement for earning a high school diploma. This will allow us to review your entire record as a home-schooled student within the context of the academic requirements as outlined above.

    If you are a New York State resident who received home schooling, a transcript outlining all completed coursework with grades earned is required. You must also submit a letter from the superintendent of your school district or comparable chief school administrator certifying that you have completed the equivalent of a New York State four-year high school program through home schooling.

    If you are a senior who is currently completing a home-school program, you must submit a letter from the superintendent of your school district certifying that you are currently completing a program that is equivalent to a NYS four-year high school program.  Upon completion, please submit a letter verifying that you have successfully completed the program.

    If you cannot obtain the letter from the high school district, you must obtain a High School Equivalency diploma. See the High School Equivalency section below.

    If you are an out-of-state resident who received home-schooling, a state-issued diploma is required. If you have not obtained a state-issued diploma, you must obtain your High School Equivalency diploma. For more information on how to obtain a High School Equivalency score click here.

    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 and the English and Math sections on the ACT 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

    After you complete and submit your application, your recommenders will receive via email the electronic recommendation form. They must complete and return the form by December 15th. Note that recommenders will only receive the form AFTER you have completed and submitted your application. Once you’ve done this, it’s a good idea to check with your recommenders to confirm they have received the form.


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

    Macaulay Honors College 2019 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.