Newly Accepted Graduate Students

Newly Accepted Graduate Students


Welcome to John Jay College!

Whether your goal is to advance your career through graduate study, begin a new career in public service, or to seek knowledge as its own reward, you will find that you made an excellent choice to study at John Jay. 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 explore the site and follow the next steps as you prepare for arrival at John Jay, and begin to make your new life here.

  1. 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, declining or requesting a deferral to Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.  
  2. Commitment Deposit: Please submit your $250.00 commitment deposit or request a waiver 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. This fee or waiver request is required before students will be invited to register for classes. Your nonrefundable commitment deposit will be applied towards your tuition and fees and will guarantee your enrollment for the term for which you were admitted. Students can pay online via credit card by logging back into their application and clicking the link within their acceptance letter. Students can also mail the fee (check or money order) or documents to support a request for a waiver of the fee along with the Commitment Deposit Form. Veterans and Active Service members must submit a copy of their DD-214 or proof of active service in order to be waived from the commitment deposit requirement. We encourage students that have been admitted for Fall 2020 to submit the deposit no later than May 1 or if admitted after this date within 2 weeks of being admitted. We cannot guarantee students a seat without the deposit or waiver request.
  3. Immunization Requirements: Before you can register for classes, you will need to submit your immunization form to the Office of Health Services, 524 West 59th Street, Room L.68.00. The Health Office will review the documents and contact you directly if any additional information is required. Students who attended a CUNY school from 2004 to the present may not need to submit immunization records as they may be in the CUNYfirst system already.
  4. 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 2019-2020 FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. John Jay College FAFSA school code is 002693.
  5. Housing: John Jay College provides a Residence Life Program at The New Yorker. For information about housing options and the application process, please click here.
  6. NYS Residency Determination: Students who have lived in NYS for less than 3 years must prove NYS residency to get the in-state tuition rate. Determination for New York State Residency is based on the information provided on your application. You may qualify for the resident tuition rate if you are a US citizen or permanent resident 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.
  7. Registration: The first day of classes for the Spring 2020 semester is Monday, January 27, 2020.  You will receive information on how to self-register after you have sent your commitment deposit or submitted a request to waive it. New Graduate Students   begin registering for classes in May. 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.
  8. JJAY Email Account: You will be sent information on how to set up your John Jay College email account after your student account has been created (after submitting commitment deposit or receiving a waiver). After the start of the semester, John Jay College will be communicating with you exclusively through your John Jay College student email address. If you have any questions or problems with your John Jay College student email account, please contact the Department of Information Technology (DOIT) Helpdesk at 212-237-8200 or
  9. CUNYfirst Account: Signing on to CUNYfirst (Fully Integrated Resources and Services Tool) - from anywhere, anytime - allows students to manage their academic careers and financial accounts in real time and more. New student CUNYfirst accounts are not available until commitment deposit forms are received and processed. Students will then be able to register for classes within the CUNYfirst system. Students will receive an email with permission to register for classes after their accounts are set up when registration begins for Spring 2020 (starting approximately late November) Set up your CUNYfirst Account here.
  10. Graduate Student Orientation: You will receive an e-mail invitation to Orientation as the event nears. 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