Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some frequently asked questions about admission to BMCC. If you have any additional questions, please contact BMCC Admissions.

What is the deadline for the upcoming semester?

The CUNY priority deadline for the Fall semester (which starts in August) is February 1st and the priority deadline for the Spring semester (which starts in January) is September 15th. However, BMCC does accept late CUNY Applications and also usually hosts Direct Admissions on-site after the CUNY Application is no longer available. For more information, please visit the CUNY Website.

How do I know whether I should apply as a freshman or transfer student?

You should apply as a freshman if you have never been to any post-secondary institutions or registered for or taken any classes after completing High School or gaining a high school diploma. If you have registered for classes, completed any amount of coursework, or attained any degree after high school (in the US or outside of the US), you should apply as a transfer student.

Does a Non-Degree student have to fill out an application every semester?

No. The system automatically activates you for the next semester. All Non-Degree students do not have to fill out a new application every semester just continue to register for classes the following semester. (If you miss a semester as a non-degree student you must fill out a Readmit application in the Registrar’s office room S315)

Can I meet with an adviser before applying to BMCC?

While you cannot meet with an Academic Advisor prior to applying to BMCC, you can sit with an Admissions Specialist one-on-one to go over all the necessary requirements and answer any questions that anyone may have prior to applying.

What is Direct Admissions?

Direct Admissions is period after the CUNY application is no longer available, where applicants can apply directly to the college for the upcoming semester. Those interested will need to come to the college in person to apply, along with the required documents (i.e., transcripts) to complete their application and enrollment process.

When is Direct Admissions held?

There is no exact date that Direct Admissions begins for each semester, however, it is usually a couple of months before the first day of class.

Can I have my high school/college send my transcripts?

Yes, you may have your high school/college to send your transcripts to CUNY directly, so as to complete your CUNY application. All transcripts must be official in order to complete application requirements. Official transcripts come in sealed envelopes directly from the high school or college and are usually signed or sealed by a school official.

How do I know if I should apply as a readmit student?

If you have left BMCC in good standing, and have not attended another college since your departure from the college, you may apply to the college as a readmit. If you have taken courses since leaving BMCC, you must provide an official transcript to BMCC Admissions Office and a transfer credit evaluation will be performed. If you left the college having been academically dismissed from BMCC, you will need to reapply as a readmit student and you may also have to undergo the appeals process.

What is the minimum GPA for freshmen/transfer applicants to be accepted/apply?

BMCC accepts all freshman applicants as long as we receive proof of HS graduation. Therefore, no specific GPA is required for admission. BMCC does not require any standardized test scores either such as the SAT or ACT. Transfer applicants will be accepted if they have a 2.0 GPA, or higher. Any transfer student with below a 2.0 GPA will need to contact the college directly to see if their application may be reviewed.

How do I apply as a non-degree or non-matriculated student?

In order to be accepted by the college, you will need to complete a Non-Degree Application, as well as your unofficial college transcript, Immunization Records and Proof of Residency to the Admissions Office in person, by mail or fax, or even by email.

Does BMCC give Life Experience credits?

There is no definitive answer for this as the student must bring all documentation and information to the chairperson of the department that they there are seeking credit for to gain approval for any life credit to be added onto the account.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for the Fall 2018 semester, please complete the following:

  • Submit a CUNY application and creating a portal account or logging in to an existing account
    • Please choose the correct application for yourself (Freshman or Transfer) and complete the application
    • Submit payment for the corresponding application fee
      • Freshman=$65 /Transfer=$70
      • It is suggested to pay by debit/credit card as your application will be processed sooner than if you choose another payment method.
    • Submit All required documents for admissions purposes directly to CUNY/UAPC

Once CUNY receives your application, application fee and your high school transcript and any/all college transcript(s) (if applicable), they will forward us (and any other CUNY College you apply to that you are eligible for) your full application for us to process.

Can I still apply to BMCC if my English is poor?

Yes, you may! If you are accepted by the college, you will be able to take the CUNY Assessment Test (CAT), which will measure your English composition, writing and mathematics skills. Based on your score, you may be placed in appropriate remedial courses to improve your English and/or Math skills. Once you have successfully passed these remedial courses, you will be able to move on to accredited courses that will work towards your degree. Additionally, BMCC offers CUNY Start and Immersion programs for remedial courses as well as the CLIP or BLIIS program for students where English may not be their first language.

Can I delay my acceptance?

Yes, you may delay or defer your acceptance for the upcoming semester, by contacting the Admissions Office directly.

Can I defer my CUNY application?

Yes, you may. In order to do so, please contact CUNY directly at

What documents do I need to apply to BMCC?

Freshman applicants must submit the following:

  • Proof of high school graduation in one of three ways:
    • Official HS transcript in a sealed envelope
    • Original HS diploma
    • Original GED Certificate
  • Transfer applicants must submit the above as well as:
    • Official copy of your college transcript(s) from any/all college(s) attended

All documents submitted must be submitted in a sealed envelope sent directly from the high school/college in order to be considered official.

International Students may have to submit additional documents such as TOEFL/IELTS scores or copies of their VISA or Passport. Please note that other CUNY colleges require additional documents so you will have to check with each college to see what documents are required to complete your CUNY application.

Can my application fee be waived?

Freshman students can request CUNY fee waivers from their counselor/college advisors at their high schools. A very limited quantity of CUNY fee waivers are provided to high school counselors/college advisors to be distributed to current students with the most financial need. Once the high school’s supply of CUNY fee waivers is exhausted, no additional waivers will be provided.

Additionally, undergraduate applicants who are Veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves May obtain an application fee waiver by following a few easy steps. Contact CUNY admissions at (212) 997-CUNY (2869) or BMCC’s Veterans’ Resource Center offers assistance and advice about veterans benefits and resources.

Where should I send my transcripts?

Please send your documents directly to CUNY via postal mail. The address you send your documents to will depend on whether you are applying as a freshman or transfer applicant:

Freshman Admission

P.O. Box 350136
Brooklyn, NY 11235-0001

Transfer Admission
P.O. Box 359023
Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023

Overnight/Express Shipping
2001 Oriental Blvd., Building T-1, Room 122
Brooklyn, NY 11235

What is my application status?

In order to verify the status of your application, you may check your CUNY Portal account online. You may reach a CUNY admissions representative to obtain the status of your application by calling, emailing, or visiting us at the CUNY Welcome Center.

Does BMCC offer CUNY Assessment Test preparation?

Yes, we have several ways to Prepare for the CUNY Assessment Tests including a CUNY Assessment Test Workshop, Test Prep Strategy Sessions, an ACCUPLACER Study App as well as test guides, practice questions and other resources.

How do I claim my CUNYfirst account?

Students can register for classes, view their grades, view their financial aid, and pay their bills through their Student Center on CUNYfirst. However, new students must claim their accounts before they can utilize these features by using the step-by-step guides or watching the how-to videos provided.

How do I know if I’ve been accepted?

BMCC will send you a letter or email regarding your acceptance. After you receive your acceptance letter from BMCC, please follow the steps on the New Student Checklist to complete your enrollment.

How do I register for classes?

After you are accepted, have submitted all required documents and completed your CUNY Assessment Test, you will be invited to attend a new student orientation where you will meet with an Academic Advisor and receive assistance with degree choice, course selection and registering for classes which will be through your CUNYfirst account.

How may I apply for ASAP?

Applying to ASAP is simple . . .

  • Be accepted to BMCC and complete all admission requirements
  • Apply to ASAP by contacting the BMCC ASAP Office

Does BMCC have an ESL program?

BMCC offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for accepted students through the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics. These courses provide developmental writing instruction to BMCC students who have taken but not yet passed the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW) and whose first language is not English. However, the Lower East Side Literacy Zone offers many services to students and families including ESOL classes and the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at BMCC offers many different ESL courses as well.v

Does BMCC offer a GED program?

BMCC does not offer a GED program. However, BMCC’s Lower East Side Literacy Zone offers many services to students and families including GED/HSE/TASC preparation classes. Additionally, the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers free programs and services including High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation.

Does BMCC offer online programs?

The E-Learning Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College offers E-Learning courses to help students from around the globe. Online courses offer convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives. Within required deadlines, students can work at times, days and locations that are convenient for their schedule. Hundreds of sections from several programs are available each semester. A substantial portion of the Liberal Arts Program (LIB) may be completed through E-Learning courses.

There are 3 Types of E-Learning Courses:

  • Fully Online: A course delivered 100% online. Scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities and virtual meetings, including online exams. No face-to-face meetings.
  • Online: A course delivered via the Internet which is 80%-100% online. Some online courses may require campus meetings for orientations or exams.
  • Hybrid: A course where learning occurs through a combination of online and face-to-face instruction. Regular attendance in both formats is required. At least 33%-80% of the content is online with the remainder of the content delivered through face-to-face sessions.

How can I apply & what do I need to do as an international student?

To apply, the first step is to submit an online CUNY application and your academic documents. When we refer to “international student”, we mean a non-immigrant student who is seeking an I-20 and to be on F-1 student VISA status.

If you are in the U.S. on another type of non-immigrant status (such as A, B, G, H, J or M) and want to study at BMCC, or if you are not sure about your status, please contact us at

Note: If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are not considered an international student.

How many credits do I need to be a full-time student?

Full-Time Status = 12 credits/credit hours or more
Part-Time Status = 11 credits/credit hours or less
Credit hours are important with remedial courses. Remedial courses do not carry credit but they are counted as credit hours for financial reasons. The average student needs to take 15 credit hours each semester, or 30 credits per year in order to graduate with an Associate degree in two years.

I already passed my CUNY Assessment Test (CAT) in Math, or am exempt. Why was I advised to take MAT 56?

The CAT in Math or any math exemption does not cover the intermediate Algebra & Trigonometry (MAT 56) material. Some majors require you to be exempt from MAT 56 before you can take other courses. You can become exempt from MAT 56 by taking a MAT 56 exemption exam in the Math Lab located in room S-535, 199 Chamber St. where you can also pick up a practice exam prior to the exam.

I was advised to take credited courses that I have taken at another college. How do I transfer those credits?

Check CUNYfirst to review any and all transfer credits awarded to you at BMCC. If you haven’t done so already, you need to submit your official transcript(s) to the Admissions Office for a transfer credit evaluation or a re-evaluation if you have already received one. Once the evaluation is complete, you should contact the Academic Advisement & Transfer Center in room S-108, 199 Chambers St. to re-review if you need to take courses that have already been completed elsewhere.

What is FYE?

FYE is the First Year Experience course that spans the first four weeks of the semester. It is a curriculum designed to promote student success. This is strongly suggested for all new students. You can register for the course through CUNY First.

BMCC Admissions

199 Chambers Street, Room S-310
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1265

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