Admissions Policies

Prohibition on Submission of Fraudulent Admission Documents

The submission of documents in support of applications for admission such as transcripts, diplomas, test scores, references, or the applications themselves, that are forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, materially incomplete, obtained under false pretenses, or otherwise deceptive (collectively referred to as fraudulent documents) is prohibited by The City University of New York (CUNY) and may be punishable by: a bar on applying for admission, suspension, and/or expulsion. The term “applications for admission” includes transfer applications.

Materially incomplete applications include applications that fail to include all prior post- high school college level courses, regardless of whether (i) the courses were taken at a post-secondary institution in the United States or outside the United States, (ii) the applicant received a degree at the post-secondary institution (iii) the applicant is seeking credit for such courses, or (iv) the applicant is changing majors/careers.

Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Appeals Process

The admissions appeals process is available to applicants who have been recently denied admission to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS). Appeal petitions must be submitted within 30 days of an official admission decision being sent to the applicant and no later than the filing deadline listed on the appeals form. Appeal petitions are generally submitted by applicants who feel that personal circumstances could not be assessed adequately by the standard application review process. In special cases, applicants may also seek an appeal because of a processing or clerical error that may have occurred in the application review. Through this process, a request for a second review will be considered. Please note the following:  

Undergraduate Students - In order to be reconsidered for admission, undergraduate applicants must satisfy the school’s proficiency requirements for reading, writing, and mathematics at the time of the request. Please note that the submission of an appeal request does not guarantee admittance, as applications have already been carefully reviewed.

Graduate Students – In order to be reconsidered for admission, graduate applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions in order to be put in touch with the appropriate graduate department before filing an appeal. Please note that the submission of an appeal request does not guarantee admittance, as applications have already been carefully reviewed.

The following steps must be followed for an appeal to be considered:

1.    The Admissions Appeal Form must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions by the filing deadline.

2.    Statement of Appeal: As part of the appeals process, a statement of appeal of up to 500 words is required.

Specific instructions are included on the undergraduate appeal form here and the graduate appeal form here.

Re-Admission Policy

If you have questions about the appeals process, please contact our Inquiry Department at Admissions@sps.cuny.edu or (212) 652-2869.   

Undergraduate students who have completed at least one semester and have not been enrolled for two or more consecutive semesters, not including the Summer or Winter term, must complete an application for readmission. Students who attended another school while in absence from CUNY SPS must provide an official transcript from each school attended. Students who left upon completing a degree and wish to enroll in a new program must file a new application for admission.

Immunizations

New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all students entering a post-secondary institution to provide their health services center with immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella. This law applies to students born on or after January 1, 1957. Proof of immunity must be documented by a health care practitioner or other acceptable evidence in the following ways: 

  • Measles, otherwise known as rubeola -- 2 doses live measles vaccine administered after 12 months of age and at least 30 days apart (exact dates of vaccinations are required);
  • Mumps, 1 live dose mumps vaccine administered after 12 months of age (exact dates of vaccination is required);
  • Rubella, also known as German measles  --1 live dose mumps vaccine administered after 12 months of age (exact dates of vaccination is required);
  • Serology (lab) report showing immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. The lab report must be an actual copy showing your immunity to MMR’s. 

We will accept any one of the following documentation for your MMR vaccinations: 

  1. A copy of your immunizations (including actual dates) on an official government/ school letterhead — the simplest place to obtain this may be from your most recently attended high school or college; OR
  2. A copy of your immunizations (including actual dates) on physician’s letterhead, which includes printed name, address and telephone number; OR
  3. Have a blood test to confirm immunity. Please note: a copy of the lab report must accompany your campus immunization form for acceptance.

New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires all post-secondary institutions to provide information on Meningitis and the Meningitis vaccine to all students.

Students must complete and mail the following forms to the address below (Immunization).

  • Student Immunization Record Form (This form must be signed and stamped by a practitioner/medical doctor.)
  • Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form

CUNY School of Professional Studies
Registrar
119 West 31st Street, Suite 123
New York, New York 10001

Failure to comply with state law will result in denial of registration privileges.

Deferring an Offer of Admission 

Applicants, undergraduate or graduate, who are admitted and are unable to start their studies may defer their enrollment for one or two academic semesters, but no more than two semesters.

Thereafter, the applicant must reapply for admission. Transfer credit for coursework completed during the deferral period is ordinarily not granted.