Accepted Freshmen Students

Accepted Freshmen Students

Welcome to John Jay!

We are delighted that you will be joining our college community.  While this is an exciting time for you as you embark on your college career, it's an exciting time for us, too.  We look forward to seeing how you and your classmates will make John Jay a different place - by making it your own.  

To enroll as a Freshman, follow the steps below:

Steps to Enroll

1. Accept our Offer of Admission

To ensure that you have a seat, you must accept our offer of admission in CUNYfirst and submit a non-refundable, non-transferable $100* commitment deposit. This deposit will be applied toward your tuition charges.

To submit your deposit:

  1. Log in to your CUNYfirst account using the same username and password you created when you filed your admission application.
  2. Navigate to View My Application Status.
  3. Go to the Admissions tab at the bottom and select View Details for John Jay College. You can then either accept or decline your offer of admission to John Jay. If you accept, you will have the ability to pay by credit or debit card.


*If you qualify for a waiver, you will not see the Pay Commitment Deposit button. Waivers are given to veterans and their dependents; SEEK students and students who have filed financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less.

For the Spring semester, the deposit must be received by December 15th. If you are admitted after December 15th, the deposit is due 10 days after the date you received your admission notification.  

For the Fall semester, the deposit must be received by May 1. If you are admitted after May 1, the deposit is due 10 days after the date you received your admission notification.

2. Submit your Immunization Form

Students can submit the immunization form to the John Jay College Student Health Center at:

Please visit for details and to download the form. The Health Office will review the documents and contact you directly if any additional information is required.


3. COVID-19 Vaccine

In order to attend in-person/hybrid courses and access the campus for student services, CUNY requires all students to be fully vaccinated (two weeks beyond their last vaccine shot).


Upload your COVID -19 documents if you have not already done so.


• You must upload your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card or a medical exemption or religious exception request into CUNYfirst. Medical exemptions and religious exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are not automatically granted.

• Here is a step-by-step video on how to upload your Vaccination Documents 

• Here are step-by-step written instructions on how to upload your Vaccination Documents


Here are some tips to complete the upload:

• Please make sure that you upload both dose information on the upload. You have to put the information in for the 1st dose and then, once completed, you have to hit the blue “+” button which is on the top right of that box. Then, you need to upload the 2nd dose information. If you got a J&J shot, you just need to upload 1 dose information.


• DO NOT CHECK the EXCELSIOR PASS attestation box. If you do, you must be able to provide a screen-shot of your NYS Excelsior pass. You do not need to take this step.


• Please include your full name and EMPLID number ({#EMPLID#}) when you email the health Office or the campus LVA.


Exceptions to the vaccination requirement are available if you have a medical contraindication or sincere religious belief that prevents you from receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. More information about exemptions is available in the FAQs.


Failure to upload your COVID-19 vaccine verification or request a medical/religious exemption will result in you being blocked from registration.


Please visit the #VaxUpCUNY webpage for information on where to get a free shot near you, and CUNY’s policies. If you have any questions or other concerns regarding vaccination and attending in-person classes, please do not hesitate to reach out to Student Health Services Office at


4. Apply for Financial Aid

To determine your financial aid eligibility, you must complete your Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) application. John Jay’s code is 002693If you are a New York State resident, complete the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application process.  The TAP code is 1414.  Information and deadline dates about the Excelsior Scholarship Program, visit the HESC website.

For more infomation regarding financing your education, contact the John Jay Financial Aid Office at or call the Jay Express Services at 212.663.7867.

5. Learn About Housing

For information about housing options, please go to

6. Advisement and Registration

Accepted Freshman Students will receive an email invitation in late fall/early winter to setup an appointment with an academic advisor to register for classes. 

7. Attend Orientation

New student Orientation is your first steps to successfully transition to John Jay. You will receive an email invitation as the event nears.  

8. Proof of High School Graduation

Upon graduation, please have your college or guidance counselor e-mail proof of high school graduation to