Apply as an International Student

Apply as an International Student

Example: "How do I apply as a freshman?"

F-1 Students

Please visit the F-1 site for more information

Questions or comments with respect to the information presented on this webpage should be directed to Christopher Laudando.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice welcomes students from around the world.  These students come to John Jay because of our international reputation for offering the very best education for the study of justice, focusing on the themes of fairness, equity, and justice under the law as well as emphasizing international perspectives in the areas of law and justice.  Additional details are available through CUNY. 

Here are the steps:

1.  Explore our majors and minors.  You’ll find interesting choices, many focused on criminal justice and public service.

2.  Visit us.  We offer a range of optional admission events, as well as campus tours. 

3.  Complete your applicationApply online.
All applications for admission are processed through CUNY. You must register for a portal account in order to complete the application.

4.  If your native language is not English and you live outside the United States, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Have your scores sent directly to CUNY Admissions.  Our code is 2950.  A score of 500 is required for the paper-based test; 173 for the computer-based test and 61 for the internet based test.  Students can also take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A score of 6 is required on the IELTS.

5.  For freshman students, send copies of your official high school credentials directly to CUNY.
Freshmen students must submit copies of their high school documents with official translations to CUNY if the native language is not English. You do not need to submit evaluations.  Students are required to take the SAT or the ACT in order to be considered for admission to John Jay College.  Visit here for CUNY Skills Requirements.

6.  Remember to send the required documents, along with the $65 freshman application fee if you are not paying online to:  
                The City University of New York
                The University Application Processing Center 
                P.O. Box 350136 
                Brooklyn, NY 11235-0001

7.  For transfer students, have official transcripts of your post-secondary schooling sent directly to CUNY.
Transfer students are required to have official copies of all of their post-secondary transcripts sent directly from their institutions to the University Application Processing Center.  You do not need to submit evaluations of your post secondary work, only official translations.  Note that once you are accepted as a transfer student, you must provide official course descriptions and syllabi of work already completed at the post-secondary level for evaluation by the College.

8.  Remember to send the required documents, along with the $70 transfer application fee if you are not paying online to: 
                The City University of New York 
                The University Application Processing Center 
                P.O. Box 359023 
                Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023

9.  You can check the status of your submitted application through your CUNY portal account.
You can also CUNY's Call Center at (212) 997-2869 or email the Help Desk at:

10. Upon acceptance, you must apply for a Form I-20 to gain F-1 student visa status.
If you are in need of an F-1 visa or F-1 status, you will receive information by mail upon receiving an acceptance package from the college.