Admissions Requirements

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, CUNY is suspending the use of SAT and ACT tests for Fall 2021 admission cycle, including Macaulay’s class of 2025. Applicants to Macaulay and its senior colleges will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test scores to be reviewed for admission; nor shall any submitted scores be considered in evaluating their applications. DETAILS

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
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community service
  • Personal initiative and leadership qualities
  • Recommendations
  • Character Reference Letter
  • Essays
  • Interviews (for some students)


We accept applications from first-time college students (incoming Freshmen). We do not accept transfer students, or anyone who has attended classes at a post-secondary institution after high school, whether or not any credit was granted.

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.