The Macaulay (CUNY) Application for admission to the Class of 2029 will open on September 1, 2024. For application details and essay topics please visit Applying to Macaulay.

The Macaulay Honors College application is designed to provide information about each applicant's academic record and preparation for a rigorous intellectual college experience. The admissions committee uses a holistic approach to evaluate applicant qualifications.

CUNY is Test-Optional

CUNY has extended its testing policy to test optional through spring 2027. First-year applicants can choose whether to submit SAT or ACT exam scores as part of their application.

Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island

Key Dates:

  • 9/1/24 Application live
  • 11/16/24 Application deadline by 6:00 pm
  • 11/28/24 All supporting documents due by 6:00 pm (hard deadline)
  • 3/15/25 Decision day
  • 5/1/25 Commitment day

Please note:  After completing the application, print out the application summary package.  It contains important documents and provides you with a printed record of your submission. The Macaulay Honors College application serves as both your general freshman application and your Macaulay honors application.  If you encounter technical issues with the application, please contact the HelpDesk at

For additional information or assistance with the application process, please contact
Ms. Michelle Buonacore-Artz, Deputy Director of Recruitment & Admissions.

The Macaulay Honors College provides generous financial support so that University Scholars can both maximize the time they spend on their education and take full advantage of the professional development opportunities our program offers. The Macaulay Honors College four-year, financial aid package includes:

  • Access to a Macaulay Honors College Opportunities Fund that supports academically enriching experiences like study abroad and unpaid internships
  • A Cultural Passport to participating NYC cultural institutions for free or significantly discounted admission

All students who are admitted to the Macaulay Honors College must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and remain in academic good standing. New York State residents must also file TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) applications. Both forms must be completed on an annual basis prior to the start of each academic year. Applicants may also log onto the FAFSA Web site at where FAFSA forms may be filed on-line; or call 1-800-4-FEDAID.

Save the Date!

Macaulay CSI Fall Open House
Sunday, September 29 from 1pm - 4pm
CSI Center for the Arts - 1P

Online Registration will open in August 2024


Macaulay CSI Virtual Information Session

Additional CSI Information Sessions

Take a virtual tour of the College of Staten Island campus, learn about selected majors, and/or make an appointment to attend a personalized information session with a campus recruitment representative:

Contact Us

For more detailed information about CSI and its Macaulay Honors Program, contact us at (718) 982-2222 or  Applicants may also contact CSI's Admissions Office by email at or by telephone at (718) 982-2010.