About CUNY Hunter College

Founded in 1870, CUNY Hunter College. is a Public college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 16,723 full time undergraduate students, and 6,270 full time graduate students.

The CUNY Hunter College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 677 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at CUNY Hunter College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate37%
Application Deadline
Application Fee65
SAT Range1060-1260
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,40% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

82% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 50% were in the top quarter, and 21% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at CUNY Hunter College.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
16%
“We know about current events and vote”
53%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
27%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
13%
“We save it for the classroom”
26%
“Sometimes, but not often”
53%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
9%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
68%
“I feel extremely safe”
37%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
51%
“We bought the gear”
12%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
18%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
55%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
20%
“We”re a very artistic group”
6%
“Haven”t met them”
13%
“Available in class”
70%
“They keep regular office hours”
10%
“They”re always available”
27%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
55%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
18%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
20%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
57%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
16%
“We only party on weekends”
7%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
27%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
60%
“There might be people who do”
12%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
16%
“We know about current events and vote”
53%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
27%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
13%
“We save it for the classroom”
26%
“Sometimes, but not often”
53%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
9%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
68%
“I feel extremely safe”
37%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
51%
“We bought the gear”
12%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
18%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
55%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
20%
“We”re a very artistic group”
6%
“Haven”t met them”
13%
“Available in class”
70%
“They keep regular office hours”
10%
“They”re always available”
27%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
55%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
18%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
20%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
57%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
16%
“We only party on weekends”
7%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
27%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
60%
“There might be people who do”
12%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

CUNY Hunter College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    121 Students rated on-campus housing 2.5 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    130 Students rated off-campus housing 2.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    204 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    210 Students rated campus facilities 3.4 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    210 Students rated class size 3.5 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    208 Students rated school activities 3.4 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    210 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    210 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of CUNY Hunter College?

78 Students rated CUNY Hunter College

Ashley - 06/10/2022

The professors are honestly not too bad but its such a crowded school that it's almost impossible to really connect to them. When I took my first chem class, it was organized so that we would watch lectures through an online program. The videos were always so monotinous and boring I never learned anything. The professor barely did any lessons of her own. it was also frustrating that the questions we got for hw or thru the online program were never similar to what we got in the exams. The food in the cafeteria is abysmal and the escalators are always broken at least in one floor of every building. It's also just so crowded a lot of people throughout the campus were just sitting on the ground because there's nowhere else to go.

Glismarie - 12/22/2021

The largeness of the campus and the perceived hostility of students may overwhelm first-timers, but not everyone is a typical city dweller here. As an introvert person, I've had the pleasure of making and maintaining friendships with plenty of diverse, amazing people from all kinds of identities. I also was an English major, and a lot of the professors are often supportive of their students. There are a lot of internship opportunities if you look for them. The campus food isn't exactly the best if I recalled, but there are plenty of fast food places and nearby restaurants that students can resort to when their stomachs are protesting. If you're interested in clubs, there are plenty of clubs to choose from during the club carnivals held once every semester. The only downside is that they are not as advertised as they should be, because I unfortunately discovered one of the clubs much later in the semester due to word of mouth, and not from flyers or any other advertisement. Overall, Hunter was generally a pleasant experience and I recommend it to independent, ambitious students eager to gain a valuable learning experience.

Adriana - 12/08/2021

I don't recommend this college at all. I plan on transferring soon. The staff are rude and feel entitled especially the chemistry department. Whenever I needed help with my major they didn't help at all they always said go speak with your teacher. The scheduling for exams is terrible and exhausting. The women's bathroom at the beginning of the year was always out of order. There's a video going around TikTok about a mouse in the cafeteria and the school didn't bother to close it down to exterminate, the microwaves are disgusting they never get cleaned when they should be to prevent bacteria. The campus is overly crowded feels like broadway junction during rush hours, wouldn't be surprised if we closed down because of covid again. Half of the student's arent vaccinated and continue to attend in-person classes which put a lot of people at risk. This list goes on about Hunter, please avoid this school. Also, it's very difficult to register for classes because they reserve seatings and depending on your major you cant take the classes at another cuny school.

Sarah - 04/12/2021

People tend to think of CUNY\'s not being a great contender as part of the college decision process, well it may not be the typical college experience over-rated and heard of on some television show/ film or promoted on someones sweatshirt, but Hunter College is certainly under-rated. My experience with some professors were mainly satisfactory while others were not so great. What matters most at this affordable college is that you can earn just as much value from here as you might at some private or big name public institutions. You can do well at a school like Hunter by working hard enough and challenging yourself to stand out and up against any adversaries. Stay focused, save money and four years will fly by before you know it. You'll be happy with your choice no matter where it is, so long as you choose wisely. Overall, this is a very good 4 year college, and Hunter does stand-out, when their students can stand-out with intelligence and great academics.

CUNY Hunter College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at CUNY Hunter College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for CUNY Hunter College is 37%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Dear High School Senior Caitlin: FIRST, kudos to you for deciding to take honors academic courses to prepare you for college courses because that has helped tremendously! College is fun, don't make it a stressful transition. Take high school more seriously, study those extra hours, make those higher grades that count toward your GPA because that grade point average is more than just a number. Your GPA can be a ticket into many different organizations and societies that will aide in taking you to higher places and meeting people who share some of the same goals as you! Along with academics, continue on with your dancing career; don't let it go to waste. Keep learning new moves and improving because many colleges will appreciate your talent and offer you scholarships in this area as well. Stay in touch with colleagues and those people who have helped you through the years; you will thank them one day. Keep doing more than just the minimum, never stop improving, and continue to challenge yourself daily because education is unlimited. Also, drink more water and try the vegetarian diet; it is very rewarding! BRAIN POWER!

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    solitary

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Red-tape will leave you out.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone that doesn't like Manhatten.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    no socail life

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I think that what makes Hunter unique to other schools is that it is a CUNY, and while most CUNY's often do not have great reputations, Hunter has a great reputation with a concerned and competative staff. I think it is unlikely that other schools are as diverse and aware of the world at large as Hunter College is.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    If you like to associate with people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, Hunter is THE school to attend. The group of people that you may meet in your degree classes will almost become like a second family to you. Everyone is usually really helpful and most professors are really great. PLUS, the education you receive is definitely worth the low tuition you pay if you are a New York City Resident.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for its education quality. It has been rank number two for “Best Value” in public education according to the “Best Value Colleges for 2010”. According to “The Princeton Review’s” 2011 edition of the "Best 373 Colleges" it’s one of the best colleges or universities in the United States.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I knew that the Physical Therapy Program at the time I transfered from Lehman College was transformed to a Doctoral program. I transfered with the intention of becoming a Physical Therapist. When I transfered, the same semester the program became a Doctorate program which left me having to choose another major to obtain a Bachelor's degree and then apply in 3 years to a Masters program. The program was originally a 5 year B.A/ Masters program but the semester I entered I was left having to complete a 4-year degree first . Was quite expensive!

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The people who should be attending this school, are people who are motivated and eager to learn. Yes, school is not cheap. But, the ends justify the means. The professors are dedicated and you can learn something. When you get into the real world, you have knowledge which others wish they had. If you want to learn and be ahead of the game, then this is the place to be. When employers see you’ve succeeded and obtained a degree within a college which is challenging, shows character and determination; and that’s always a great quality to have.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I like the fact that it's recognize for its high academics, but at the same time it is an affordable school that anyone in any economic status can attend with enough hard work. That is usually what I brag about the most.

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  13. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    One of the most favorable things about New York’s Hunter College Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s Lexington avenue, is its design. Hunter is divided into three buildings: North and East and West, which are connected to one another by walkways lined with windows exhibiting the Manhattan skyline, and intersect with the main West building . The West building consists of escalators that lead to upper floors and also down to the entrance level, where the students may exist the college directly into the train station without ever having to step foot outdoors. As opposed to other institutions in New York, such as the Kingsborough Community College campus situated along the coastline of Brooklyn -- which utilizes individual buildings with vast walking distances of each other; Hunter’s compact design allows students and faculty to access departments in all three buildings comfortably, without having to venture outdoors in unfavorable weather conditions. Making it ideal during cold Winter months and New York’s brash variable rains. An unusual array of 'hang out spots' are as overabundant in Hunter as its numeric student body. Most students congregate in the large lunch room in the West Building's third floor.Other's sit on the sidelines of Hunter's walkways, cross legged with laptops in hand, or gazing at the skyline and traffic below, or chatting in small bundles with fellow classmates. Other's lounge around in the library, or stretch across, sleeping on pushchairs in Hunter's seating areas situated on the many floors in the West building. And the college's more memorable qualities include promoters for Hunter's many extracurricular clubs gathering in the North building's hallway, often handing out fliers or cup-cakes for membership, and blasting various music --ranging from Sting to The Cure to Beyonce-- from a portable stereo. Other student's, like myself, who value more quietude, often relax on stairways or windowsills on the top floors of the East building's Anthropology department -- an ideal place for studying or having lunch in absolute solitude . Though buoyant and lively, Hunter's student's do not necessarily encapsulate school pride, at least not outwardly. Most students direct their pride toward individual topics, such as the political, racial or gender topics; many times rallying in the hallways through music or posters or fliers to get their message across. This results in a multitude of information on topics otherwise not addressed or readily noticed. But school pride, is not something I have seen displayed openly, if at all. If it exists, it does so under the current of more outspoken groups, and needs to be more direct or step into the foreground to be noticed by the attending masses. In addition to the languishing school pride, one other thing I would change about Hunter is it's poor ability to deal with paperwork occasionally -- something the admission office will not admit. And is one of the most frequent of student complaints. This issue particularly concerns the financial aid office. Upon first arriving at Hunter, I, myself, had to deal with the financial office’s tendency to lose certain documents, and failure to confirm the validity of others. One such issue concerned their inability to ascertain my citizenship, when I am a native of America! Twice I sent in the appropriate documents, to no avail. Eventually, I had to address the issue on a face to face basis, and only then was the problem resolved. Since then, I had trouble – albeit minor-- with other offices and documentation. However, I found that offices deal with issues most poorly by mail. Most likely, a student’s problem will be addressed and quickly apprehended if he/she visits the office personally. This may be due to Hunter’s overabundant student body -- one of the largest in the Tri-State-- which results in greater paperwork and thus a greater chance for mishaps.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular student activities include some fraternities and sororities, certain sports like track and basketball, and clubs for dancing and entertainment.

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  15. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The lack of necessary classes available and opened to allow students to graduate on time. The fact that transfer students have to wait to get into necessary classes which in reality is just a problem sparked by not having enough classes, as had been stated as the first most frustrating thing.

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    Because Hunter college is a commuter school, relations with professors are usually minimal. Students rarely befriend their professors, and once the class is done, rarely even see their professors in the sea of faces traversing Hunter's hallways. this usually occurs within the first two years at Hunter, when the student may not have a particular major and attends opposing classes which have little to do with the other, such as Math and English; and the classes are held in large auditoriums. However, once the student has chosen a major, and has taken the initial introductory courses, classes tend to slimmer down. And the professors are more intimate with their students, more willing to provide individual attention and do not fumble with your names! When classes do slimmer down to approximately 25-30 students, participation becomes crucial. This depends on the major, of course. And I can only speak as an English major. English majors are encouraged to speak out regularly and state their observations and or opinions about the text(s) they are reading. However, there are always a few students, like myself, who sit in the back, are more timid or shy, and cannot formulate thoughts quickly in a classroom setting. This aggravates most professors, so raising a hand from time to time is a must, no matter how shy you are. Fortunately, when it comes to English lit., anything mentioned is relevant to the text, and rarely are observations deemed incorrect. Also, fortunately, many professors are starting to utilize blackboard to create discussion groups, providing students, like myself, to express our ideas about the reading material in the comfort of our home. One of my favorite and unique classes, African American Narratives (or ENGL321), employed this method, and the diversity within the class evoked many important issues regarding race and ethnicity involved in the text, which many might have been uncomfortable to voice in class. Other classes, such as Eng220, an introductory course required for the deceleration of the English major, was a large class and did not utilize blackboard discussion groups. This resulted in more introversion within the class, and the professor's inability to recall many students by name. The class ended on a bland note, and most of what was discussed remains predominately forgotten. When it comes to the English department, or many departments in Hunter, one of the most irritating aspects is the need to take redundant pre-requisits, or minors that have nothing to do with your desired major. This happens when students transfer from other colleges or systems (SUNY) and discover that many past credits have become obsolete. Another problem is the requirement to declare a major after a certain period (about half a year). Students who do not yet know their intended major are forced to beg various departments to let them assume that major, until they have chosen concretely. The english department is know to be the most fickle; immediately turning anyone away upon discovering the real reason for requesting the major. Other departments, such as anthropology (my former "major") are more content to oblige and aid the student in such tribulations. At my request, I was even told by a representative: "ha! we're the NICE department," as she printed her signature on my major request documents. Such requirements create tensions among the students toward certain departments. And I feel this is an issue that needs to be addressed. When it comes to academics at Hunter students (at least the ones I have talked to) are more geared toward getting a job than learning. Though I do not particularly think this attitude is confined only to Hunter, but the American society as a whole. It is mostly from students studying from abroad that I sense a true passion for the subjects they are learning, and making a real effort to connect to their fellow students. Studying habits often depend on how much the student has on his/her plate in his general life. Most students who work seem to contribute more attention to their work than their studies, I find. Others,like myself, who are lucky enough not to need to have time consuming jobs are able to contribute more ours to study and school related work.However, there is a healthy competition among students, though how much is geared from within an individual aspiration or is the product of society's growing demands to succeed is not known.

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Yes and no. Most students at Hunter college are very receptive and eager to meet and get to know new people, and build friendships. However, many students are also juggling jobs on the side, extracurricular activities, or are parents as well. There is a come-and-go tendency with students. Many are eager to finish their classes for the day and hop on the six train home or wherever else they are needed. Mostly, people become familiar with those they have shared multiple classes with and stick together, yet still there is a tendency with many students to avoid large groups and depend on friendships outside the college. Especially when you are only starting, and your classes are so diverse on subjects that you may rarely see the same face twice in a class setting for months at a time.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    That the Hunter student body are somehow inferior to other students. That they are careless.

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  19. What are your classes like?

    Outdoor interview with Ms. Morales. She is an older student at Hunter, who teaches high school.

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  20. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    The entrance to Hunter’s library, and being turned away by a security guard.

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  21. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    There is no stereotype that I know of.

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Student Body

Students

64%

female

36%

male

16,723

Total Undergrad Enrollment

6,270

Total Grad Students

2%

Out-Of-State

97%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

150

Student Organizations

2

Fraternities

2

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

3%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
26%
% Black or African-American
11%
% Hispanic/Latino
29%
% White or Caucasian
26%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

84% of students attending CUNY Hunter College receive some sort of financial aid. 53% were awarded federal grants. While 8% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$13,892

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,364

Books and Supplies

$8,184

Room and Board

23,440

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$5,661
$30 - $48K
$8,057
$48 - $75K
$13,068
$75 - $110K
$16,656
$110K & UP
$17,264

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