Newly Accepted Graduate Students

Newly Accepted Graduate Students


Welcome to John Jay College!

As a new John Jay graduate student, you will be joining a community of dedicated students, scholars, and practitioners who are fierce advocates for justice in their communities, across the nation, and throughout the world. Please review the following next steps as you prepare for your enrollment at John Jay and begin to make your new life here.

Enrollment Information Form

Please complete this online form. The form is found within the electronic decision letter you received for John Jay. You can log into your application to view this form. Please indicate whether you are enrolling now, declining now, or accepting and requesting a deferral to Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. Students cannot defer admissions for more than one year. 

Commitment Deposit

We are currently waiving the $250 Commitment Deposit however students must still submit the commitment form. Please submit your Commitment Form to accept your admission and save your seat for the next semester in the Advanced Certificate or Master’s Degree program at John Jay College. Only students who submit this form will be invited to register for classes. We encourage students that have been admitted for Spring 2021 to submit the deposit within 10 days but no later than December 15. If admitted after this date the form should be submitted ASAP. We cannot guarantee students a seat without the commitment form within the required time. 

Immunization Requirements

Immunization forms are usually required for all students admitted to on-campus programs.  Students admitted to online degree and certificate programs do not need to submit immunization forms, unless they plan to use on-campus facilities or take on-campus courses. CUNY students who attended or graduated after 2004 will not need immunization forms as CUNYfirst has this data from all CUNY schools already. Since the campus is closed and offices are open remotely, all documents must be sent electronically to the health office at If required, you will need to submit your immunization form before you will be able to register for Spring classes. If we decide to operate online or virtually for Spring, the immunization forms will not prevent you from registering for Spring classes and students will have until the next term to submit immunization records. 

Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid as soon as possible. Financial aid includes scholarships, grants, and federal student loans. Please note that you will need to complete your FASFA Application (Select 2020-2021 FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. John Jay College FAFSA school code is 002693. *Please note, Advanced Certificates do not qualify for federal student loans.


John Jay College provides a Residence Life Program at The New Yorker Hotel. For information about housing options and the application process, please click here.

NYS Residency Determination

Students who have lived in NYS for 2 years or less must prove NYS residency to get the in-state tuition rate. If students are not US citizen’s or permanent residents, they will also need to prove residency. Determination for New York State Residency is based on the information provided on your application (How long have you lived in NYS?) and your immigration status. You may qualify for the resident tuition rate if you are a US citizen or permanent resident or an immigrant in a qualifying status and you have continuously maintained a residence in New York State for a period of at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes. Additional information regarding residency status is available on the residency webpage.


The first day of classes for the Spring 2021 semester is Friday, January 29, 2021.  You will receive information on how to self-register about one week after you have sent your commitment form. New Graduate Students begin registering for Spring classes in late November. Graduate students are not required to get advisement before registering for courses but you can contact your graduate program director for advisement on recommendations if necessary. Registration will take place within our student information system CUNYfirst.

JJAY Email Account

You will be sent information on how to set up your John Jay College email account after submitting the commitment form along with Registration information. After the start of the semester, John Jay College will be communicating with you exclusively through your John Jay College student email address.

Graduate Student Orientation

You will receive an e-mail invitation to Orientation as the event nears in late January. Orientation usually takes place a few days prior to the start of the term. You must RSVP to the invitation, so we know you will be attending.


For questions about the admissions and enrollment process not included on this page, please contact Graduate Admissions at