CUNY Hunter College (Hunter)

695 Park Ave, New York, NY

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CUNY Hunter College is located in the city of Manhattan in New York. It is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Hunter College is one of the oldest public colleges in the U.S., and offers more than 170 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

Hunter College offers study programs in its well known School of Arts and Sciences, and schools of Education, Nursing, Social Work, Health Professions and School of Public Health. In 2011, the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College began offering the first of several Ph.D. programs at Hunter.

In addition to its degree programs, Hunter College also offers numerous accelerated and advanced certificate programs. Research is thriving at Hunter College, most notably in its Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function, Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO), and the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity.

Alumni of Hunter College have become published authors, well-known artists, and civic leaders. Many have been Fulbright and Mellon scholars, as well as recipients of prestigious grants from the National Institutes of Health. Faculty members at Hunter College are also well recognized, and include national grant recipients, contributors to leading academic journals, and cutting-edge researchers.


Hunter College was founded in New York in 1870 as a teacher training college for young women. It was first called the "Normal College of the City of New York." The curriculum gradually expanded to become a fully accredited liberal arts college for women. In 1914, the college changed its name to "Hunter College of the City of New York" for its first president, Thomas Hunter. In 1961, the City University of New York (CUNY) was established, and Hunter College became the founding member. In 1964, male students were admitted to Hunter College, though it would largely be known for its significant contribution to women's education in the United States.


The academic calendar for CUNY Hunter College offers traditional fall and spring terms, a shorter, winter session, and two summer sessions (8 weeks, and 11 weeks in duration).

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Sciences
  • Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing
  • CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

CUNY Hunter College has several centers, which offer a variety of academic and research study programs. Centers at Hunter include:

  • Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function
  • Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO)
  • Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity

Student Life

Social and community engagement are integral to CUNY Hunter College, and students at Hunter will find many student clubs, organizations, projects and activities to become involved in on campus and throughout the community.

New students at CUNY Hunter College will appreciate the accessibility of the Visitors Center, and the helpfulness of Visitors Center Associates, who wear purple vests and are available to help people find their way around campus.

Student services at CUNY Hunter College include:

  • AccessABILITY (for students with disabilities)
  • Advising Services
  • Athletics & Recreation
  • Behavioral Response Team
  • Campus Housing (Brookdale Residence Hall)
  • Career Development Services
  • Center for Student Achievement
  • Children's Learning Center
  • Counseling & Wellness Services
  • International Students
  • Scholarships & Grants
  • Student Activities
  • Student/Club Websites Accounts
  • Student Center (Sylvia E. Fishman)
  • Student Veteran Services
  • Blackboard Online Learning
  • Center for Student Achievement
  • Chanin Language Center
  • Computer Laboratories
  • ESL Resources
  • Physical Sciences Learning Center
  • Reading/Writing Center
  • Social Sciences Computing Laboratory
  • Socrates Center, Department of Biological Sciences


The traditional school colors for Hunter College are purple, white and gold. The school mascot is the hawk, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Hunter College "Hawks."


The Hunter College "Hawks" athletic teams participate in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Community Life

CUNY Hunter College has a strong mission of community service, and Hunter students, faculty and staff members are involved in public service activities throughout New York City. Community members are encouraged to contact Hunter College to explore new opportunities for Hunter's participation in community life.

The cultural, social, artistic and intellectual programs and services that Hunter engages in with and for its community include continuing education, non-degree programs, faculty and administration jobs, The Kaye Playhouse, The Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, The Frederick Loewe Theatre and Lang Recital Hall, athletic events to cheer on the "Hawks," The Hunter Bookstore, renting space at Hunter, and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the students Hunter accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at CUNY Hunter College is about 23,000, where graduate students make up roughly 10% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $65 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $6,300-$7,600
    • Out-of-State: $13,000-$16,130
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $280-$330 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $560-$670 per credit unit
  • May offer prepaid tuition rates, allowing tuition to be purchased at current rates for future enrollment.

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid89%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships87%$7,440
Receiving Student Loans8%$5,773

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, CUNY Hunter College may provide services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of CUNY Hunter College is approximately 50%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years22%
Graduating in 5 Years20%
Graduating in 6 Years8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: CUNY Hunter College

  • Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Dietetics Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Campus: CUNY Hunter College - Brookdale

  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
    • * Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (since 1973)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Hunter is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division III (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (City University of New York Ath Conf)
  • Track and Field (City University of New York Ath Conf)
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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