2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Jun 04, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Office of Admissions and Recruitment

Director of Admissions: Dulcie McPhatter-Clayton
718 270-6024 office
718 270-6411 fax
Office: dulcie@mec.cuny.edu

General Information

Applicants for admission to undergraduate programs at the College are encouraged to apply online at http://www2.cuny.edu/admissions/apply-to-cuny/. Applicants will be directed to the online application that will provide the procedures for application submission.  Freshmen and transfer students must apply by March 15 for the fall semester and September 15 for the spring semester.

Students must list all institutions attended, as requested on the appropriate application, and arrange to have official transcripts sent to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC). Freshman and transfer applications are processed at the UAPC, not at the College. Failure to list all prior institutions attended on your application will subject you to disciplinary action and review of the admission decision.

Transfer credits will be denied for courses completed at institutions not listed on the application for admission. The College reserves the right to deny admission to any student if, in its judgment, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the College or the College community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination, taking into account any information the College has about a student’s criminal record and the particular circumstances of the College, including the presence of a child care center, a public school, or public school students on the campus.

Freshman is a student who has not previously attended any college, university, and/or proprietary school within or outside the United States since graduating from high school or secondary school.

Matriculated student is one who has been admitted into an academic program and is recognized by the college as pursuing a degree. They may attend the college on a full-time or part-time basis.

Non-degree student is one who is registered for credit-bearing courses but has no intention of pursuing a degree.

Re-admit student is one who was in prior attendance as a matriculated student. or non-degree student who wishes to re-enter to pursue credit-bearing classes.

Second degree student is one who has already earned a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Transfer student has attended a college, university, and/or proprietary school since graduating from high school/secondary school. This definition applies whether or not you are seeking transfer credit.

Transfer students do not have the option to omit portions of their educational history in order to apply as a freshman.

Please read the CUNY Policy on Submission of Fraudulent Documents and on the Omission of Information in Support of an Application for admission located at http://policy.cuny.edu/general-policy/

Freshman Applicants

Freshmen are students who have not attended a college or university after completing high school. These students should file the Freshman Application for Admission indicating Medgar Evers College as their first choice. The application requires an application fee and an official high school transcript, copy of a high school diploma, or General Education Diploma (GED/TASC) scores from an accredited educational institution. Neither a high school certificate nor an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) diploma is acceptable. International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also submit TOEFL scores.

In partnership with the New York City Board of Education, the University has instituted requirements for entering students called the College Preparatory Initiative (CPI). Freshman applicants to our baccalaureate degree programs will be screened initially to select those with a minimum 80 average including academic subjects of:

  1. Two (2) units of Laboratory Science
  2. Three (3) units of Mathematics
  3. Four (4) units of English
  4. Four (4) units of Social Science
  5. Two (2) units of Foreign Language
  6. One (1) unit of Fine Arts

Each unit must equal a one-year high school course.

All other applicants may be considered for our associate degree programs. The admissions decision will be based on the overall high school performance of the applicants.

SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) Program provides a limited number of economically and educationally disadvantaged U.S. citizen, U.S. legal permanent resident, asylee, or refugee students with academic services and a stipend to help meet educational costs. Students applying for SEEK admission must complete the appropriate portion of the CUNY Freshman Application and select the SEEK option. Students who meet financial guidelines and show strong motivation for a college education are considered for this program. A stipend for educational expenses is awarded to those students who are eligible.

Credit for Work Completed During High School

Credit for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with appropriate grades of 4/5 within certain disciplines and for work completed in recognized pre-freshman programs may be considered.

College Now students and those students who have completed college-level coursework offered by an accredited senior or community college; while in high school, may receive credit for courses in which grades of C or better are earned. Official college transcripts must be submitted to UAPC or to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment for credit to be considered.

All accepted students must demonstrate basic skills proficiency upon admission to the college. Please see the “Academic Requirements and Regulations ” section of this catalog.

Transfer (Advanced Standing) Students

Students who have attended a college or other postsecondary institution should file a CUNY Transfer Application for Admission. The application requires an application fee and official transcripts from all institutions attended, including high school. Your high school diploma may be submitted in place of the official high school transcript. Transfer applicants are considered for admission with advanced standing if they meet the following minimum criteria:

Prior College Attended MINIMUM GPA
CUNY College 2.0
Non-CUNY College 2.25

Transfer students with fewer than 24 credits earned must have the minimum grade point average (GPA) and an acceptable academic high school average and course of study as outlined above. These are the requirements for consideration. Actual admission criteria are usually higher. Former students who have earned a Baccalaureate degree from Medgar Evers College must file an online Transfer application at www.cuny.edu/undergraduate in order to be considered to pursue a second degree.

Evaluation of Transfer Credits

Transfer credit will only be granted from regionally accredited institutions listed on the student’s admissions application. Failure to list all postsecondary institutions attended will subject a student to disciplinary action and a review of the admission decision. Credit is given only for courses taken at institutions that are accredited by one of the regional accrediting commissions in consultation with the appropriate School and department to which the student has been accepted.

The maximum number of credits that may be transferred toward a Baccalaureate degree is 90. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred toward the Associate degree is 30. All courses for which a student has a grade of “C” or better at an accredited institution will be considered for transfer. “C” and “D” grades from other CUNY schools may also be transferrable. “D” grades are not transferable in departmental requirements.

Transfer credit will not be granted for any remedial, developmental or ESL courses. Transfer students who have earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited college may have to complete more than 60 additional credits in order to complete the bachelor’s degree requirements. Transcript evaluations can only be performed for accepted students. Applicants are required to report and provide transcripts for all previous coursework taken after high school including coursework that was in progress at the time of application. Failure to do so may result in the denial of all transfer credit and suspension from CUNY.

Transfer Policies

Transfer Policies Pertaining to CUNY Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Programs.

  1. All City University of New York Associate in Arts degree recipients shall be:
    1. given priority for transfer over non-University students seeking transfer, accepted as matriculated students at a senior college of The City University of New York, and upon transfer, granted a minimum of 60 credits toward a baccalaureate degree and be required to complete only the difference between the 60 credits granted and the total credits normally required for the degree.
  2. All Liberal Arts and Science courses successfully completed in one City University college are transferable, with full credit, to each college of the University. Credit will be granted for these courses in all departments and programs, and recognized for the fulfillment of degree requirements irrespective of whether the student has fulfilled the requirements for the associate degree.
  3. Effective Fall 2013, students who have earned a City University Associate in Arts (A.A.) and the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree will be deemed to have automatically fulfilled the lower division liberal arts and science distribution requirements for a baccalaureate degree. However, students may be asked to complete a course in a discipline required by a senior college’s baccalaureate distribution requirements that was not part of the student’s associate degree program. In such cases all coursework required will be applied towards the total number of credits normally required for the baccalaureate degree (see note c).
  4. Based on a fair and reasonable evaluation of a student’s transcript at least nine (9) credits will be granted in the student’s major (including laboratory science). Note that this does not preclude a senior college from granting more than nine credits in the student’s major. (Students who change their major upon transfer may not have completed coursework that can be applied towards a new major.)

Please note the following:
When students transfer prior to the completion of an A.A. degree, the liberal arts and science courses they have completed will be deemed to have fulfilled discipline-specific distribution requirements for all baccalaureate programs on a discipline-by-discipline basis, with the exception that upper division coursework will not be recognized unless appropriate prerequisites have been satisfied.

  1. Students who have completed professional courses such as Accounting, Education or Nursing, where instruction is begun at the associate degree level and continued at the baccalaureate level, will be granted credit for such coursework upon transfer with the A.A. degree. However, the senior college shall determine the proper level of placement in its professional course sequence and the coursework can apply to the professional degree.
  2. Graduates of A.A. degree programs who have not completed at least one year of foreign language study (or established an equivalent proficiency) and transfer into a baccalaureate program requiring a foreign language may be asked to complete six (6) to eight (8) credits of foreign language coursework (or establish an equivalent proficiency), in addition to their normal degree requirements. Proficiency may be established based upon high school coursework, native language abilities, or examination.

Special Admission Programs

Newly accepted freshman or transfer students intending to pursue the following degrees and/or programs must complete pre-requisite program requirements as Medgar Evers College students and the submission of a secondary application for these specializations:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (RN)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Special Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN)
  • SUNY Downstate Bachelor of Science degrees
    • Diagnostic Medical Imaging
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant

Please refer to the specific section of the catalog that pertains to the degree you are interested in for details.

PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of the degree programs will require the passing of specific state licensing and certification exams in order to practice in these professions.

International Applicants

For admission purposes, an international student is defined as an applicant who seeks an F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant classification. International applicants should file the appropriate freshman or transfer application online at www.cuny.edu.

Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must submit TOEFL scores along with official educational transcripts including English translations where applicable to the University Application Processing Center. The deadline for international applicants to submit a completed application and official transcripts is posted on the www.cuny.edu website for fall and spring admission. Conditional admission is not available to students who require a semester or a year to learn English. Applicants are responsible for the payment of all tuition and fees at the time of course registration every semester. Financial assistance is not provided to international students; they must provide proof of financial ability to finance their tuition, fees, room & board, books, transportation and incidental expenses.

The estimated cost is $45,827 USD per year and is subject to change. Housing arrangements must be made by the student. The law regulating international students studying in the United States can be found on the United States Citizenship & Immigration website at www.uscis.gov under 8CFR214.2. Policies governing International Student Services are based upon policies and practices recommended by CUNY General Counsel, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and other educational organizations.

Non-degree and Permit Students

An individual may attend as a non-degree student or permit (visiting) student if they wish to take credit bearing courses but are not working toward a degree. These students are limited to a maximum of thirty (30) credits. All applicants must fulfill CUNY and College- wide requirements by meeting appropriate basic skills proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics. Non-degree students may only register for courses for which they have the prerequisites. Applicants must complete pre-requisite and co-requisite courses with a passing grade before enrolling in college level or advanced level courses. Permit students and baccalaureate degree holders are exempted from taking the placement examination. Applications may be obtained in person from the Office of Admission, or on the website https://ares.mec.cuny.edu/admissions/admissions/ Students must submit copies of their college transcripts and proof of having paid the application fee at the time of application submission. Permit students from colleges outside the CUNY system should obtain a non-degree application and follow the instructions. Currently enrolled CUNY students should file an e-permit application via their CUNY Portal accounts. Applicants must check the college’s Academic Calendar for application deadline dates and course registration dates.

Senior Citizens

Bona fide New York residents 60 years of age and older and who have completed high school are permitted to register for undergraduate courses on an audit basis as non-degree students on a space-available basis for $80 per semester (a $65 application fee and a $15 Comprehensive Fee). These students are exempt from all other fees and charges. Senior citizens may take no more than 6 credits a term on an audit basis only. Senior citizens who wish to take courses for degree credit will be assessed the appropriate tuition charges. Senior citizens must submit a non-Degree application and a Senior Audit Form, proof of high school completion and provide proof of eligibility (i.e., Medicaid card, birth certificate, or passport) to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment. Applicants must check the college’s Academic Calendar for application deadline dates and course registration dates.

Change of Status from Non-degree to Degree

Students who wish to change their status from non-degree to degree must complete a CUNY Transfer Application located at http://www2.cuny.edu/admissions/apply-to-cuny/. In order to have their non-degree courses considered as part of the degree requirements, students must also submit a Matriculation Application for Degree Status. This may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Applicants must check the college’s Academic Calendar for application deadline dates and course registration dates.


Students who formerly attended and wish to be readmitted to the College must complete a Readmission application. This may be obtained from the Office Admissions in person or via the website at https://ares.mec.cuny.edu/admissions/admissions/. There is an application fee and official transcripts from all institutions attended since you were last in attendance are required. Applicants must check the college’s Academic Calendar for application deadline dates and course registration dates. Former students with a GPA below 2.0, who stopped out, or who were dismissed for academic reasons must apply for reinstatement with the appropriate Committee on Academic Standing before a readmission decision can be made. Students who attended other colleges or universities after leaving Medgar Evers College should file a readmission application prior to returning to Medgar Evers College rather than a transfer application. Students not in continuous attendance are subject to any new curriculum requirements in effect at the date of reentry.

Veterans Affairs

Medgar Evers College is an approved training institution for veterans, disabled veterans, and children of deceased or totally and permanently disabled veterans. Students have veteran status if they:

  • have engaged in active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves and were called to active duty for purposes other than training, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies and,
  • were released under condition other than dishonorable discharge and had been engaged in active duty for at least one day. Box 24 of the DD214 indicates the “Character of Service.” Students currently serving in the Active Reserve Forces, or entitled to benefits accrued in the reserve component, while not technically veterans, are entitled to certain resources.

Please contact the Veteran Certifying Officer for more details. Veteran applicants are exempt from paying the CUNY undergraduate application fee and commitment deposit. Please log on to the following website http://www2.cuny.edu/about/university-resources/veterans-affairs/veterans-admissions/ for procedures on how to obtain the Veterans Fee Waiver.

To obtain general educational benefits questions or to inquire about the status of an educational claim, veterans should contact the Veteran Affairs Educational Service through the following website www.gibill.va.gov