Hunter College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Hunter College
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Hunter College is a large public university with an acceptance rate of 36%. Located in Manhattan's East Side, and part of CUNY, Hunter has done well in national rankings because of its strong academic programs and relatively low cost of attendance. High achieving students might consider the Macaulay Honors College which offers tuition waivers, special classes, and many other perks. Hunter College has an impressively diverse study body, and the school's location in New York City offers students a world of cultural, social, and professional experiences.

Interested in applying to Hunter College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

For students who entered CUNY Hunter College in the 2018-19 academic year, the acceptance rate was 36%. This means that for every 100 applicants, 36 received acceptance letters and 64% were rejected. As these numbers suggest, Hunter has a selective admissions process.

Admission Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 31,030
Percent Admitted 36%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled 23%

SAT Scores and Requirements

All applicants to Hunter College must submit either SAT or ACT scores. The SAT is by far the most popular exam. For students entering the university in the 2018-19 academic year, 88% submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 650
Math 580 680

This admissions data tells us that most of Hunter College's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Hunter College scored between 570 and 650, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 580 and 680, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1330 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Hunter College.

Requirements

Hunter College does not require the optional SAT essay, nor does the college require applicants to take any SAT subject tests. Note that Hunter will consider your highest section from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

All applicants to Hunter College must submit either SAT or ACT scores. Because such a small percentage of Hunter applicants take the ACT, the college does not publish data regarding the number of applicants who submit ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 25 32

This admissions data tells us that most of Hunter College's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Hunter College received a composite ACT score between 25 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Hunter does not require the optional ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Hunter College superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of Hunter College's incoming class had high school GPAs between 88 and 94. 25% had a GPA above 94, and 25% had a GPA below 88. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Hunter College have primarily A and high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Hunter College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph..
Hunter College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. 

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Hunter College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

CUNY Hunter College receives thousands of applications, and well over half of applicants are unsuccessful in receiving an offer of admission. To get in, you're going to need grades and test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Hunter did not get in. At the same time, some students were accepted with test scores and grades that were below the norm.

These seeming inconsistencies are because the CUNY application used by all of the CUNY campuses is evaluated holistically. Hunter College and the other CUNY schools want to see high grades in rigorous courses and strong test scores, but they also take into consideration your application essay.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Hunter College Undergraduate Admissions Office.