The City University of New York (CUNY) system offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, continuing education, and special programs.

You can contact CUNY online or by phone for information about:

  • Academic programs and degrees
  • Admissions
  • Tuition, fees, and financial aid
  • Special events
  • Student and staff vaccination policies


Visit the CUNY website.

By Phone

  • Agency: City University of New York
  • Phone Number: (212) 997-2869
  • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

You can get locations and contact information for CUNY:

  • Community colleges
  • Senior colleges
  • Honors programs
  • Graduate schools
  • Professional schools

The Excelsior Scholarship program allows eligible students to earn a free college degree at any City University of New York (CUNY) or State University of New York (SUNY) college.

To be eligible, you must be a NY State resident, earn $125,000 or less, attend school full time, and be pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree. Additional eligibility requirements apply. Both new and current CUNY and SUNY students are eligible for the scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship, visit the CUNY and SUNY Free Tuition page.

Learn about other financial aid programs, including scholarships, grants, and loans.

CUNY offers a number of programs for high school seniors, current and prospective college students, and adult learners.

Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)

ASAP is a fast-track, cost-free degree program that helps qualified low-income graduating high school seniors and working adults earn an associate degree quickly. It offers financial aid, block scheduling to accommodate work schedules, academic support, free textbooks and help finding employment during school and after graduation.

To learn more, go to the CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) page.

Adult Learners

CUNY offers programs, resources, and events for adult learners, including GED exam preparation, ESL, vocational training, and continuing and professional courses.

To learn more, go to the Adult Education page.


CUNY EDGE provides students with a range of services, benefits, and supports so that they succeed in college and in their careers. The program helps CUNY students who are receiving public assistance achieve academic excellence, graduate on time, and find employment.

Services are provided at all CUNY senior and community colleges across New York City’s five boroughs. More information, including program contact information for each college, is available online.

Learn more about CUNY EDGE.


The CUNY Prep program helps 16 to 18 year olds return to high school to get a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED) and go on to college. To be eligible, students must have been out of school for at least 2 months.

To learn more, go to the CUNY Prep page.

CUNY Start

The CUNY Start program enrolls prospective CUNY students who have been accepted to college because they have a high school or high school equivalency diploma (GED) but are not ready for college-level work based on their scores on the CUNY Assessment Tests.

To learn more, go to the CUNY Start page.

Green Energy Training

You can take training courses to learn how to make buildings more energy efficient and prepare for a career in green energy through the CUNY Center for Sustainable Energy's Green Energy Training Program (GET).

To learn more, go to the Green Energy Training page.

Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK)

SEEK provides concentrated and specialized counseling, remedial instruction, tutorial services, and a financial aid payment for book expenses.

To learn more, go to the CUNY Special Programs page.

Vaccine Mandate

All CUNY students registering for a fully in-person or hybrid class for the 2022 Spring Term must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person classes, unless they have been granted a religious exception or medical exemption.

Students had until January 14, 2022 to upload proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst. To meet the upload deadline, students must have received the vaccines by these dates:

  • Moderna: first dose by December 17, 2021
  • Pfizer: first dose by December 24, 2021
  • Johnson & Johnson: single dose by January 14, 2022

Requests for religious exceptions or medical exemptions must be submitted via the CUNYfirst Vaccine Verification Form.

As of January 15, 2022, all CUNY students will be required to get a COVID-19 booster once they are eligible for one.

Learn more about CUNY's COVID safety guidelines, including vaccination and booster policies.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine page.

Mask Mandate

As of Monday, March 7, 2022, masks are optional for all CUNY students, faculty, staff and visitors. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so. Masks will continue to be available on campus and offices for people who want them. 

Faculty, staff and students who are still not vaccinated, or those who have been or will be granted a medical exemption or religious exception, are urged to wear a mask. Additional mask rules may apply for anyone exposed to COVID-19.

Learn more about CUNY's mask policy.

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