Newly Accepted Students
Congratulations on your acceptance to the School of Education!
- New graduate students entering a partnership program should consult the Newly Accepted Partnership Program Students page.
- New undergraduate education majors should consult the New Education Majors page.
New Student Orientation and Program Advising Sessions
Most new students will attend 2 orientations to cover all the information needed to start your program. The School of Education hosts both General New Student Orientations and Program Advising Sessions or individual advising sessions.
Part 1: General New Student Orientations
The School of Education hosts monthly virtual new graduate student orientations. These 60 minute online sessions will provide you with an overview of Hunter College and the School of Education. Additionally, you will find answers to many of your questions regarding registration, student life and certification.
Part 2: Program Advising Sessions
Each program hosts program-specific group advising sessions or individual advising sessions that cover the course of study, progress standards and fieldwork requirements. Visit your Program Home Page via Graduate Programs or Doctoral Program for details on upcoming sessions located in the Program Related Events section at the bottom of the page.
New Student Support
If at any point you need support, please reach out to our School of Education New Student Liaison, Kristen Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Student Checklist
Use the list below to support you in getting started at Hunter College.
Accept Your Enrollment
All admitted, matriculated students, must accept their decision in the Apply Yourself application portal to indicate their intent to join Hunter.
Claim your CUNYfirst Student Account
Once you have accepted your enrollment, you may claim your CUNYfirst student account after you receive an email from the Hunter College Graduate Admissions Office. Please note this follow-up communication may come 2 – 3 weeks after you receive communication from the School of Education.
The CUNYfirst student account contains your academic record and is used to enroll in courses. All students will be assigned an EMPLID, which serves as your student ID number.
If you previously attended a CUNY college you can log into your existing account via CUNYfirst.
You may also find your enrollment appointment, also known as your registration date after you claim your CUNYfirst account.
For a tour of the CUNYfirst Student Center, please review CUNY’s CUNYfirst Student Center video.
For support on using the CUNY Schedule Builder within CUNYfirst, please review the CUNY Schedule Builder How To Guide.
Submit MMR and Meningitis Immunization Documentation
Please note that you must claim your CUNYfirst account prior to submitting immunization documentation.
All students must have immunization documentation on file with the Office of Wellness Services, including students in fully online programs.
If you previously attended a CUNY school, you do not need to resubmit your immunization documentation.
If you plan to register for less than 6 credits, review and complete the Meningococcal Meningitis Requirement. This can be done via the CUNYfirst Student Center page, or through email submission of the Immunization Record Form (part 3).
If you plan to register for 6 or more credits, complete the Meningococcal Meningitis Requirement, and review the following options for submitting your MMR Immunization Documentation:
To upload and submit documents using the CUNYfirst Document Uploader:
Note the CUNYfirst Document Uploader works best in Google Chrome or Firefox.
- Include your name on each page of the documents.
- Scan your records into PDF format before uploading them. We do not accept photos of immunization records from mobile devices.
- Review your scans. Forms and photo IDs that are not legible cannot be processed, and this will delay your registratio
- Log into CUNYfirst
- Select Student Center > Student Tools > Document Upload. The Document Upload page is displayed with your name and your Student ID (CUNYfirst ID).
- Using the Document Class drop-down menu, select one of the document classes corresponding to the document to be uploaded. Generally this is “Health Services.”
- A Document Type drop-down menu is added to the Document Upload page. Using the Document Type drop-down menu, select HS Immunizations
- Click on the >> (“Go”) button to the right of the Document Type drop-down menu.
- Click the OK button to continue with the document upload. If you are presented with a Student Documents Repository login prompt, enter your CUNY Login credentials and click Log In.
- Click the Choose Files button to open your computer’s file manager/explorer tool. You may select multiple files to upload for the document type selected.
- After you have uploaded your records, email email@example.com with your EMPL ID number so the Office of Wellness Services can update the system.
New students born in New York City during the 1990s, may contact the Office of Wellness Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for support with obtaining immunization documentation from the CityWide Immunization Registry (CIR).
If you do not have access to a scanner, many mobile devices now contain a scanning feature that will convert a document into a pdf.
Submit COVID-19 Immunization Documentation
Please note that you must claim your CUNYfirst account prior to submitting immunization documentation.
Students can provide verification of a COVID-19 vaccination by submitting evidence of vaccination through CUNYfirst. A user guide on how to upload proof of vaccination can be found here. Deadlines for submission can be found on the CUNY Coronavirus page.
Review the Academic Calendar
Review the Academic Calendar for important dates including the first day of class and holidays.
Review the Registration Information table for add/drop deadlines.
Review Deposit, Financial Aid and Payment Options
After accepting their decision in the application system, newly admitted students should review the procedures for the $250 commitment deposit on the Graduate Admissions page. Doctoral students admitted to the EdD program are not required to submit the commitment deposit.
Please review the School of Education’s Financing Your Degree page, and the Bursar’s Office page via One Stop for Students for payment options and timeline. Payment plans are available. Payment deadlines can be found on the Tuition and Payment Deadlines page.
If you are applying for financial aid, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov and forward your financial aid information to Hunter College using code: 002689.
More information on Financial Aid for Professional and Graduate students can be found at the studentaid.gov website.
The Hunter College Office of Financial Aid is also hosting monthly workshops on Financial Aid Wellness, Filing the FAFSA and more.
For more information about financial aid and to RSVP for a workshop, visit the Office of Financial Aid page.
You can review School of Education Scholarships and other financial opportunities such as CUNY CAP, TEACH Grant and NYC Men Teach on the Scholarships and Opportunities page.
Find Program Specific Information and Advisors
Every program in the School of Education has a dedicated page for program-specific information that includes details on your course of study, advisors, fieldwork, and certification or licensure requirements. Make sure to bookmark this page as you will refer to it often throughout your program, especially at registration.
To find your School of Education Program Page, visit the Academics page and select Graduate Programs or Doctoral Programs.
Register for Courses
Students register for courses via the CUNY Schedule Builder via CUNYfirst after completing the steps above. After reviewing your program page, if you have questions on which courses to register for in your first semester, then plan to attend your program’s Program Advising Session if you have not already done so. To find your School of Education Program Page, visit the Academics page and Graduate Programs or Doctoral Program.
Review the School of Education Registration page for technical assistance and troubleshooting guides.
Start Fingerprinting Process (Teacher Education and School Counseling Programs Only)
Fingerprinting is required for NY State Teacher and School Counseling Certification and select clinical experiences. Due to COVID-19, this process now takes longer to complete for candidates that have never been fingerprinted by New York State or the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and therefore we encourage all new students to start this process early. Please review the School of Education Fingerprinting page for all required steps.
Students in the Childhood Education Clinically Rich program must complete the fingerprinting process by the start of their first semester. Students in all other programs must complete the fingerprinting requirement during their first semester. Again, starting early is best.
Please be advised that the DOE is in the process of changing the location whereby fingerprinting occurs, due to this change, there will be a period from April 22, 2022 until May 5, 2022 when no fingerprinting will occur.
Submit Official Transcripts
Submit your official transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Office at 695 Park Ave, North 223, NY, NY 10065 as early as possible. Non-matriculated students must show proof of Bachelor’s degree conferral.
Access your myHunter Email
All email communication between students and Hunter College faculty and staff must occur via the Hunter email systems (@hunter.cuny.edu, @myhunter.cuny.edu). Access your myHunter Email account using your CUNYfirst login credentials.
For tutorials and directions on using your myHunter email, please review the help resources on the Hunter Instructional Computing and Information Technology page.
Claim your Hunter NetID
Your NetID is used to access Hunter WiFi and log into all shared computers at Hunter College. You may claim your NETID after you are enrolled in classes. It may take 2-3 days for the system to automatically generate a NETID after you register. To claim your NETID visit the NetID Central page.
Access your Navigate account
Stay connected to your advisors and fellow students with the Navigate Student app. Use the app to make advising appointments, connect with campus resources, and view your class schedule, among many more features. Sign up to receive alerts and text or email messages.
Request your Zoom Account
Request an account via https://cuny.zoom.us and login with your CUNYfirst ID.
For troubleshooting, please refer to the Zoom help information provided by Zoom.
Access Books and Articles for Courses
The Hunter College Bookstore is located on Lexington Avenue at Shakespeare and Co. Review book requirements on CUNYfirst or via the Hunter College Online Bookstore, if available. Note that some course materials will be assigned on the first day of class.
You can also access course materials, both books and articles, through the Hunter College Library.
Obtain your Hunter Student Identification Card (OneCard)
The OneCard Office is currently processing OneCard requests by appointment only. To obtain your OneCard, please complete one of the options below:
Option 1: In-Person Photo Appointment
Appointments are available Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm. Schedule an appointment at hunter.cuny.edu/IDCard.
- You must be registered for classes at the time of your appointment.
- A valid photo ID (state ID, passport or high school ID) and your Student ID (EMPLID) number are required. Your Student ID number can be found on the front page of your CUNYfirst Student Center.
- Appointments will be added daily. If slots are unavailable, please check back regularly for additional dates/times.
- Appointments are located at the OneCard ID Station in the corner of the West Building Lobby.
Option 2: Online Photo Submission
- Visit onecard.hunter.cuny.edu.
- Log-in with your Hunter NetID and password.
- Click the “Profile” link located on the top menu.
- Click the “Click to submit a new photo” link to open the Online Photo upload window. A new browser tab will open to the Online Photo Submission application.
- Click the link to accept the Terms and Conditions to continue.
- Click the cloud icon or drag a photo file to the cloud icon to upload your photo. You may also snap a new photo when a camera is available (may not be available for some browsers and devices.)
- Be sure to follow the photo requirements displayed on the screen and make any adjustments to your photo as needed.
- Once you are satisfied with your image preview, click “Submit and Sign Out”. If not satisfied with the preview, click the pencil icon to edit/restart the photo upload process.
- Once your photo has been approved, the OneCard Office will contact you at your Hunter College email account with instructions on how to pick up your OneCard.
Should you have any questions, please email the OneCard Office at email@example.com.
Your student identification number, also known as your EMPL ID number is printed on the front of the card. This number allows faculty and staff to access your record in CUNYfirst. Include this number in all email correspondence. You can also find your EMPL ID number via the Student Center in CUNYFirst.
Complete Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
As part of our comprehensive prevention program for new students and our commitment to providing a supportive learning environment that fosters a safe, healthy relationship among students, Hunter requires you to complete the SPARC Online Training program. The Dean of Students will send a message to your myHUNTER email account in your first semester with a link to the training.
Review and Make a Plan to Meet Your Admission Conditions
If you are admitted with admission conditions such as missing prerequisites or New York State certification, these items will be listed in your official acceptance letters. Additionally, you will receive an email to your MyHunter account listing your conditions of acceptance. Review the Satisfying Admissions Conditions page and be in touch with School of Education admissions advisors with questions.
Students who were accepted to Master’s degree programs pending certification for Fall have until February 1 to submit proof of New York State certification. Students who were accepted to Master’s degree programs pending certification for Spring have until July 1 to submit proof of New York State certification.
For questions about your admission conditions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review Certification or Licensure Requirements
Every program in the School of Education has a dedicated page for program-specific information that includes details on your certification or licensure requirements. Make sure to bookmark this page as you will refer to it often throughout your program.
Additionally, plan to make an appointment to meet with your Administrative Advisor in your first semester or attend a Certification Workshop to go over your specific requirements and any questions you may have.
Review Progress Standards
Every program in the School of Education has a dedicated page for program-specific information that includes details on the specific progress standards (minimum grades and GPA) for your program. Make sure to bookmark this page as you will refer to it often throughout your program.
Review COVID-19 Updates and Guidance
The current public health emergency is ever evolving and so is information from New York State, CUNY, Hunter and the School of Education. You can review all past and current updates via the Hunter College Focus on Fall page and the School of Education COVID-19 Updates page.
Hunter College Emergency Resources
You can review all Hunter College and School of Education emergency resources, including emergency funding, laptop loans and other resources on the Student Concerns and Emergencies page. Additionally, you can review other supportive policies and procedures on the Appeals, Special Circumstances and Transcript Requests page.
Hunter College Academic Resources
Supportive academic policies and procedures can be found on the Appeals, Special Circumstances and Transcript Requests page.
Hunter College has various tutoring centers available to support students with writing, math and science. The use of these centers has proved helpful for School of Education students looking to hone their academic writing skills as well as pass certification exams.
Office of AccessABILITY
For students with documented disabilities who need to coordinate accommodations, the Office of Accessibility is here to support you. In addition to accommodations coordination, the office also provides workshops and student clubs.
International Students Office
The International Students Office (ISO) supports international students and exchange visitors in their cultural and educational transition to the College. The ISO can assist you in reaching your educational goals by informing you about your rights and responsibilities regarding your immigration status in the United States and creating a supportive environment. The ISO helps to ensure legal compliance with the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Students and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP).
Student Veteran Services
Student Veteran Services (SVS) is the central hub that connects student veterans with academic and personal support resources on and off campus. SVS is here to support your academic and personal endeavors at Hunter, from acceptance to graduation.
Equity and Action at Hunter College
School of Education Equity and Advocacy Committee
The School of Education Equity and Advocacy Committee supports anti-racist practice and advocacy through resources, public events and committee work. The committee hosts a conversation series that focuses on issues of justice, diversity and advocacy and an Equity Eats lunch time reading and discussion series. Students are also invited to join the committee to launch events and help develop the School of Education’s Equity Plan. For more information, please visit the Equity and Advocacy page.
Presidential Task Force on Racial Equity and Speaking of Justice: Race, Racism and Reform
Established by President Raab, the Presidential Task Force on Racial Equity, convenes conversations between students, faculty and staff that connect various initiatives underway across campus to be collaborative, productive, and effective. The President also hosts a discussion series, Speaking of Justice: Race, Racism and Reform which are virtual events that feature faculty, scholars and activists who speak to topics such as the history and current impact of protests, health inequities, voting rights and voter suppression among other topics.
Professional Learning Opportunities
School of Education Student Council
The School of Education Student Council is a student-led group composed of undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Council amplifies the student voice in the School of Education and provides opportunities to participate in community building efforts. Students have input on school-wide projects and develop professional skills while enhancing the experience for all School of Education students. If you are interested in joining the student council, please review the School of Education Student Council page.
National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success, also known as NSLS, is a leadership-based honor society. NSLS offers lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. NSLS also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. All matriculated students with a GPA of 3.5 are invited to join. Invitations are sent during the second semester of attendance. If you are interested in learning more about NSLS, please review the National Society of Leadership and Success page.
Career, Professional and Partnership Development
The School of Education’s Career, Professional and Partnership Development division, or CPPD for short, is here to support you in starting, changing or continuing your career. CPPD offers an online job board and opportunity listing through the School of Education Opportunity Bulletin. The bulletin is sent weekly to your myhunter email account. CPPD also hosts job fairs and professional learning sessions to support you in growing your networks and enhancing your skills.
In addition to virtual resources and events, CPPD also supports students with cover letter and resume writing through one on one appointments. You can make an appointment with a career advisor through the Advising page.