Hunter College Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Hunter College
Hunter College. Brad Clinesmith / Flickr

Located in Manhattan's East Side, Hunter College is a large public university with a 36% acceptance rate. 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 should check out 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 Hunter's acceptance rate, average GPA, and average SAT/ACT scores.

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.

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

According to the college's admissions website, the average combined SAT score for students who entered Hunter in the fall of 2018 was a 1300. When we compare that number to national SAT score ranges, we can see that the majority of Hunter students are among the top 20% of all test-takers. On the evidence-based reading and writing test, the middle 50% of Hunter students scored between a 570 and 650. It follows tht 25% scored a 570 or lower, and 25% earned a 650 or higher. Scores on the math section were slightly higher. The middle 50% of students scored between a 580 an 680. This tell us that 25% scored a 580 or lower, and students in the top quartile scored a 680 or higher.


Hunter College does not require the optional SAT essay, nor does the college require applicants to take any SAT subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Because such a small percentage of Hunter applicants take the ACT, the college does not publish score ranges for the applicant pool. The college's admissions website states that the average ACT composite score for matriculated students was a 28.

Hunter does not require the ACT Plus Writing, nor does the college require applicants who take the ACT to also take any SAT subject tests.


Although Hunter College has a low acceptance rate, you do not need to be a straight "A" student to be admitted. According to the admissions website, the average high school GPA was a 3.5. Most of the school's data is presented using the type of 100-point scale that is popular in New York State high schools. The college's 2017 Factbook reveals that 26.2% of students had an adjusted high school average between 90 and 100. 25.1% scored between 85 and 89.9. Another 21.3% scored between 80 and 84.9.

The average high school GPA for students who are admitted to the Macaulay Honors College is a 3.9 (94 on a 100-point scale).

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

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

Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Hunter College admissions website.