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Your Alternate Path to a CUNY SPS Bachelor's Degree
As the leader of online education at CUNY for more than 15 years, we are committed to serving the needs of working adults by offering flexible, convenient, and high-quality learning opportunities. As part of our mission, we understand that our students may take many different paths in life before they arrive at our School. Acknowledging that learning happens inside and outside the classroom, we offer the Jump Start application as an alternate path for students to earn a CUNY SPS bachelor’s degree.
Please note, this is not applicable to the HIM and Nursing degree programs.
How does Jump Start work?
Jump Start is a performance-based application process for degree-seekers, regardless of their GPA. Instead of focusing on traditional academic requirements, this new admissions approach allows you to create a portfolio that demonstrates the college-level skills and knowledge you’ve developed inside or outside of a college classroom in areas such as leadership, research, technical skills, professional writing, and languages.
You can gain admission to CUNY SPS and finish your degree faster with Jump Start.
How the Jump Start application compares to the CUNY Transfer application
|Requirements||Jump Start Application||CUNY Transfer Application|
|Official transcripts||24 or more attempted credits from a regionally accredited institution||24 or more earned credits from a regionally accredited institution|
|Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement||Suggested for those with a cumulative GPA of 2.49 or lower||Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better|
|CUNY College Readiness Requirements||Not Applicable||Yes|
|Personal Statement (Admissions Essay)||Yes||Yes|
|Jump Start Essay & Portfolio||Yes||Not Applicable|
|Test Flight: Online Learning Simulation||Yes||Not Applicable|
|Connect with a Navigator||Yes||Not Applicable|
Ready to apply to Jump Start?
Discover if Jump Start is right for you. Connect with an Admissions Advisor to learn more about the application process and address any initial questions.
For information about the Fall 2020 application process and deadline, please click the button below.