Applying to Macaulay

Macaulay Honors College chooses candidates for admission by evaluating a combination of academic and leadership factors, including:

  • high school grades
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • extracurricular activities
  • community service
  • personal initiative and leadership
  • teacher recommendations
  • essays

Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2019

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For more information, please contact info@mhc.cuny.edu or 212-729-2929.

Application Checklist

• Completed online application

Macaulay's application is to be completed online. Click here to access the online application.

There is a section of the online application that allows you to print a cover sheet to attach with your supplemental materials. Materials that cannot be submitted online should be mailed to:

The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
Attn: Macaulay Honors College
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235
USA

• Official high school transcript(s)

If you attend a New York City public high school, your transcript will be sent to Macaulay Honors College via your OSIS number. A list of OSIS numbers is included on the Macaulay online application.

If you attend a private or parochial high school in New York City or if you live outside New York City, you should ask your high school guidance department to mail an official copy of your transcript to:

The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
Attn: Macaulay Honors College
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235
USA

Please be sure to include your CUNY ID number which can be found at the end of your online application.

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

• SAT or ACT scores

You must take either the SAT or ACT exam and have your scores sent electronically using the College Board website 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 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).

The scores should be sent electronically to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC). Use the CUNY/UAPC institutional code (2950) at the time of testing. 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 are able to view it.

• Two letters of recommendation

Recommendation letters are a key component of your application. There are no specific questions that your teachers or counselors need to answer. The letters should speak specifically about your intellectual curiosity, leadership ability and experience, academic and community engagement, and other reasons why you would be a unique and important member of the Macaulay community.

On the online application, when you enter the name and e-mail for your recommender and press "Email Now," an email is sent to the recommender with an explanation and the electronic recommendation form, which he or she completes and sends directly to Macaulay Honors College. It's a good idea to check with your recommenders to make sure they have received the email and sent the letter to Macaulay by the deadline.

Electronic submission of your recommendations is strongly encouraged to ensure we get all your materials in time. If absolutely necessary, however, a recommender can mail a letter of recommendation to:

The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
Attn: Macaulay Honors College
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235
USA

In such a case, please ask your recommender to include your CUNY ID number (found at the end of your online application) on any document mailed to UAPC.

• Essays

You need to complete the required essays that are included with the online application. There is a strict character limit listed in the essay section of the online application.

Remember to proofread carefully and save a hard copy for your records.

Click here for this year's essay topics.

• $65 application fee

All applicants must pay the non-refundable $65.00 application-processing fee. The easiest and fastest way to pay the fee is online by Visa or Mastercard. You may also mail your fee with a check or money order or you may submit a CUNY fee waiver. CUNY does not accept any other type of fee waiver including waivers distributed by the College Board or any other organization. Please write your name and CUNY ID on your check, money order, or CUNY Fee Waiver and send it with your Application Fee Return Receipt included in your Application Summary Package.

• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL is required for all students on temporary visas and applicants whose native language in not English. If you have a temporary visa and are from an English-speaking country, you may be exempt from taking the TOEFL. Please contact one of our Enrollment Management Counselors (info@mhc.cuny.edu) to confirm whether you need to take the TOEFL.

When registering for the TOEFL, you must list CUNY (university code 2950) and your score will be sent to the campus you have selected on the online application.

Technical Questions

Technical troubleshooting and all questions about the online application should be directed to the CUNY Online Application Help Desk at (212) 997-CUNY (2869) or macaulayhelpdesk@mhc.cuny.edu

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