Welcome to CUNY BA, where students work with faculty mentors to design their own degrees.

Print the application and detailed instructions from this link:

PDF IconCUNY BA Application for New Students (Download PDF)

You can also obtain a hard copy from the CUNY BA Campus Coordinators or the CUNY BA Office at 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6412, New York; phone 212-817-8220.

There is no fee to apply. See admissions criteria HERE.


Where do you submit the CUNY BA application?

You can send your completed application via mail, or drop it off at:
365 5th Avenue, Ste 6412, New York, NY 10016

You can also email a scanned copy to admissions@cunyba.cuny.edu.

[If you were previously enrolled in CUNY Baccalaureate and are seeking readmission, please visit this page]

Filing Dates:

We accept applications throughout the year but strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible before the start of the semester in which you intend to begin.

Enrollment in a CUNY College (Matriculation):

If you are not currently enrolled in CUNY, you must become matriculated. (And if you have 68 credits or more, please apply to a four-year college.)

Apply to a CUNY college now:

If you are former CUNY student who would like to reapply to the same college you were in, contact that college directly.

You do not need to wait for an admissions response from the colleges to submit your application.


You do not need to send any CUNY transcripts, however, we do appreciate a student copy if you have access to one. If you have sent your non-CUNY transcripts to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC), we can access those in many (but not all) instances.

We will need you to submit official sealed college transcripts in the following instances:

  • If you submitted your non-CUNY transcripts directly to one of the CUNY colleges
  • If you applied to CUNY and submitted your non-CUNY transcript(s) to the UAPC while you had coursework in progress (even if you already submitted a finalized copy to one of the CUNY colleges.)

Letters of Recommendation:

We are not requiring letters of recommendation, however, if you believe that it is important or necessary (for example, if your GPA is close to the minimum 2.8) you can have your professor email us one from their “.edu” email to general@cunyba.cuny.edu. We will also accept letters of recommendation on official letterhead in a sealed envelope.

Note: All materials that are submitted become the property of CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies and cannot be released to the student or to other institutions.


Application Questions?

Visit our FAQ page.

Admissions contacts appear on the right side of this page; please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions after you have reviewed the application.