Applying to College

Students holding CUNY banner during college application week

Every New York City student deserves to graduate with college and career options ahead of them. This is why we launched the College Access for All initiative. Our goal is to remove barriers that prevent students from seeing college in their futures, and to provide every student with support to enroll, access, and thrive in college.

College Application Week 2018

College Application Week is October 22–26, 2018. During this week, schools across New York State will offer additional resources and attention for students filling out college applications. Ask your school counselor for more information.

Tips for Preparing Your College Applications

  • Create a list of schools you are interested in attending. Work with your guidance counselor to make a list of 8–15 colleges to which you want to apply.
  • Research application fee waivers. Depending on your financial situation, you may qualify for free application to some schools.
  • Learn more about the schools on your list. Participate in a virtual college tour, visit a college fair, or enroll in a fly-in program. A fly-in program is when a college helps you pay for airfare and transportation to visit their school.
  • Keep track of deadlines and application requirements. Use a calendar to schedule time for writing your college essay, and make a checklist for letters of recommendation.
  • Prepare for financial aid. After you submit your college applications, prepare to apply for financial aid. FAFSA and TAP applications open October 1, 2018. Also, November 2018 is Financial Aid Awareness Month. During this month you can get help with completing financial aid applications.

Even if You Aren’t a Senior, You Can Still Join Us for College Application Week

You don’t have to be a senior to participate in College Application Week. All students are invited to take advantage of the resources available during this week. For example, you can: 
  • Visit local CUNY colleges to experience their campuses.
  • Take a virtual online tour of colleges across the country.
  • Research colleges and careers at your local library or counselor’s office. Then share what you learn with families and friends.
  • Visit a college and career website to learn about different schools, jobs, and careers.
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