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CUNY Baccalaureate recruits students from within CUNY as well as outside of CUNY.  (Approximately 30% of our new admits each semester are students who were not enrolled in CUNY at the time of their CUNY BA/BS application.) 

In addition to being a part of the program, each CUNY Baccalaureate student must be matriculated at one of the CUNY colleges; the college of matriculation is known as the home college. The home college is where the student pays all tuition and fees, takes the university entrance and assessment tests, and handles all non-academic matters, such as financial aid.

For those not enrolled in a CUNY college, they can apply to CUNY colleges and CUNY BA Program at the same time. These are two different applications.

A community college may be the home college until a student has earned an associate’s degree or accumulated 68 credits, whichever comes first. At that point, the student must officially transfer to a senior college which becomes the new home college. (Students attempting to earn their associate’s degree en route to the BA/BS degree while in the program should take extra care in discussing their community college credit options and limits with their CUNY Baccalaureate academic advisor.)

The home college receives the tuition/fees payment and the “headcount”; the college(s) the student attends receives the FTEs; the student’s first senior college of matriculation receives the graduation “credit.”  Upon graduating, CUNY BA students are given alumni privileges at their home colleges.

At the beginning of each semester, the CUNY Baccalaureate Registrar’s Office mails each campus a list of that college’s students who are enrolled in the program. From that list, some colleges automatically change students’ major code to CUNY BA. If that does not happen and students encounter problems with registration appointments, financial aid, departmental requirements, etc., they should go to their registrar’s office and declare CUNY BA as their major.