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John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

New York, NY 4-Year Public

About John Jay

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York is a public, state school that was founded in 1964. It is moderately difficult to get into John Jay. The institution enrolls around 15,766 students a year, including 13,662 undergrads.

John Jay does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

John Jay Acceptance Rate 2021

Around 37% of applicants get into John Jay each year. Last year, 21,009 students applied to John Jay and 7,850 were admitted.

John Jay Application Deadlines

May 15 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All regular decision applicants should hear back from John Jay by February 15.

Early Admissions at John Jay

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York does not offer early decision. John Jay does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 37%
Average GPA 3.1
In-State Tuition $305
Out-of-State $620

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to John Jay.

Financial Aid at John Jay

John Jay meets 85% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,776 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Does John Jay Provide Dorms?

Most John Jay students live off campus.

Annual Commencement, College Group Tour, and and Orientations are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at John Jay.

GPA and Test Scores for John Jay

John Jay is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities , recommendations and essays. The average high school GPA for a student at John Jay is 3.1 on a 4.0 scale.

Is John Jay Test Optional?

John Jay does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 96% submitted the SAT.

Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates. John Jay reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is John Jay a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at John Jay

About 83% of students who start at John Jay come back the next year. Out of the 1,744 students who started at John Jay as first-time freshman, 570 graduate within four years.

Around 51% of students who started at John Jay earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 76 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Based on this information, how does John Jay sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is John Jay a good school for you?

How Big is the Endowment for John Jay?

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $13,370,907.

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Where is John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York Located?

John Jay is located in the urban setting of New York, New York , less than an hour from New York City.

If you want to see John Jay for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Henry Hudson Parkway to New York, or book a flight to the nearest airport, LaGuardia.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what John Jay and New York are like without leaving home.

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College Info

524 West 59th Street New York, NY 10019

Campus Setting: Urban

John Jay Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 31

Transfer Applications are Due

May 31

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to John Jay is May 31.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to John Jay is May 31.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at John Jay is like? There are approximately 15,766 students enrolled at John Jay, including 13,662 undergraduate students and 2,104 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from NY and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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