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 explore the following next steps as you prepare for you arrival 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 Spring 2021 or Fall 2021. Students cannot defer admissions for more than one year. 

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 . If admitted after this date deposits should be made within 2 weeks. We cannot guarantee students a seat without the deposit or waiver request. 

Immunization Requirements

All Summer 2020 classes will be offered online. Students for Fall 2020 will be allowed to register for classes however they will be required to submit Immunization records to the Health Office prior to the start of Fall 2020 classes, August 25, 2020. 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 usually will not need to submit immunization records as they can be found in the CUNYfirst student information system already.

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 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 or 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 Fall 2020 semester is Wednesday, August 26, 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. 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 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.

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