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Freshman Online Application Process

Students who have never attended a college, university, or post-secondary institution since graduating from high school/secondary school or receiving a High School Equivalency diploma (also known as TASC) in the U.S. or abroad should complete the CUNY online Freshmen Application and indicate Hostos as the first choice by logging onto Students can contact the Hostos Admissions and Recruitment Office for assistance with filing the online application. 

All documents are to be submitted to the University Application Processing Center. When submitting supporting documents, you will need your CUNYfirst ID number (an 8-digit number).

The freshman application requires the following:

  1. An official high school transcript or the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), formerly high school equivalency diploma (GED) and scores. Applicants receiving a High School Equivalency diploma outside of New York State should contact the appropriate State Education Department.

If you are an International Student, please visit the website to learn more.

The following are not acceptable:

• A high school certificate
• An IEP diploma
• At home study diploma
• Correspondence High School diploma
• Online or virtual high school

Students from these schools must successfully complete a high school equivalency examination to be considered for admission to a CUNY college.

  1. After completing each application section , you will be prompted to pay your application fee. The application fee is $70 for Freshman applicants.

    Pay Online using one of the following:

  • American Express

  • Discover

  • Electronic Check

  • MasterCard

  • Visa

Submit Money Order via Mail:
Submit a $70 money order payable to "CUNY" to the address listed below. Write your CUNYfirst ID number on your money order. You can find your CUNYfirst ID number (an 8 digit number) on your Application Summary.

Mail Code: 8770
P.O. Box 7247
Philadelphia, PA 19170-8770

The application fee is non-refundable.

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 answering the U.S. Military Status question on the CUNY application and submitting proof of their Veteran/Military status (i.e., DD-214, Current Military ID Card, or Deployment or Pre-separation orders). Spouses of veterans can provide Form 1173/1173-1 as proof of military affiliation.

  1. Students educated outside the United States should review the "Students Educated Outside of the United States" section for additional information and requirements.