Welcome to all new BMCC Panthers! This web page will be your guide through the steps that come after you are admitted to BMCC and beforeyou begin classes.
After you receive your acceptance letter from BMCC, please follow the steps below to complete your enrollment.
Take these steps as soon as you are admitted:
CUNYfirst is your home base for information about financial aid, registration, and more. Visit the CUNYfirst login page to set up your account. Click the “New User” link below the login fields. Enter a few details, and then you can create a new password. Save it in a safe place!
Let’s make it official!
Click the “I Accept” button to tell us you are coming to BMCC. You can do this in the offer email we sent you or through your CUNYfirst student account. (If you accept an offer from one school, and later choose to attend another CUNY school, your decision can be reversed.)
Secure your seat at BMCC by paying a small portion of your tuition (about $100) ahead of registration. Log in to your CUNYfirst account to pay online.
If you will receive financial aid for school, you might qualify to skip the commitment deposit! Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Studentaid.gov to find out.
All Veterans are exempt from paying the commitment deposit.
It’s hard to make this step fun, but you’ll need to download and complete an MMR/Meningitis immunization form before you can register for classes. You will need to submit proof of two doses of measles, one of mumps and one of rubella.
Submit a PDF via email to email@example.com.
If you graduated from a New York City public high school, we already have your immunization history. Please complete only the Meningitis Acknowledgement (Part 3).
If you don’t have access to your vaccination records, contact BMCC Health Services at (212) 220-8256 or by email (listed above).
This step only applies to U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens)
Save thousands of dollars! Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Choose the “2020-2021 FAFSA” option to be covered for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 school year semester.
Also, if you are an NY State resident, be sure to complete your NYS Student Aid Payment Application (TAP).
- BMCC FAFSA School Code: 002691
- BMCC TAP School Code: 1404
Would you like assistance? We have a How-To Team standing by to work with you to complete financial aid or admissions steps. Attend an information session or make a one-on-one appointment for assistance. Contact the How-To Team >>
Take these steps two weeks after you accept your offer:
(Why do these steps happen later? The Admissions staff does a few things in the background to get everything ready for you after you accept your offer. Thank you for your patience!)
Online Panther GPS Orientation (or Panther GPS, for short) will give you the basics you need to start college and introduce you to your fellow BMCC Panthers.
Orientation is offered online through a tool called Blackboard. (This is the same tool you will use to engage with most of your classes later on!) You are already signed up for orientation and your content is waiting for you!
Log in using the same username and password you use to access CUNYfirst:
Once logged into Blackboard, the left-hand side of the screen should have a box that says “My Courses” and there you will see a course titled “Spring 2021 New Student Orientation | Online Panther GPS”. Click that link to gain access and start your orientation.
Panther GPS has two parts:
- Online Learning & Pre-Advisement Prep gives you quick introduction. This part must be completed before you may make an appointment with an Academic Advisor to choose your classes for the coming semester.
- Panther Live Chats are series of online gatherings (and more!) where you can meet your new classmates and some of BMCC staff members. Join us for a Zoom session to get an in-depth review of information and tools that will fully prepare you to succeed as you start your academic journey.
An academic advisor is looking forward to meeting with you to plan your classes for the upcoming semester. Watch your email inbox for an advising appointment invitation.
If you have signed up for a Success Program like ASAP or College Discovery, your advising invitation will come from your success program. All other students will meet with advisors from the Academic Advising and Transfer Center.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) health environment, all advising meetings will take place over video conference. Please see your email invitation for additional details.
Please contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-220-8000.
After you register, prepare for classes:
Your teachers, mentors, and all offices at BMCC will use your BMCC student email to communicate important information with you. Two days after you register, you can set up your account.
If you do not want to check multiple emails accounts, you can configure your BMCC student email to forward messages to any personal email account you choose.
Tuition payment plans are available for all students. This allows you to pay your tuition balance in smaller portions over the course of the semester, instead of one lump sum before your deadline. You can only enroll in these plans at the beginning of the semester. Check it out soon so you don’t miss the deadline!
If you have applied for federal or state financial aid, those funds will be applied directly to your tuition balance, and you are responsible for paying the remaining amount. Visit the Financial Aid website for a step-by-step guide to viewing your financial aid information in CUNYfirst.