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

New York, NY 4-Year Public

John Jay Admissions

If you want to apply to John Jay, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is May 31 and the application fee is $65. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from John Jay by February 15.

Applying Early to John Jay?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to John Jay?

John Jay is amoderately difficult school to get into. John Jay evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, John Jay **accepted 37% of students, around 7,850 of the 21,009 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like John Jay, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to John Jay?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at John Jay

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

John Jay Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to John Jay must submit the following items. Double check with John Jay's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2
Other Requirements minimum SAT score of 1100
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into John Jay?

Students admitted to John Jay have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.

Out of all students that were admitted, 0% submitted a class rank. At John Jay 0% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 0% were in the top 25% and 0% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 0%
3.75 and 3.99 8.96%
3.50 and 3.74 14.41%
3.25 and 3.49 16.73%
3.00 and 3.24 16.98%
2.50 and 2.9 28.82%
2.00 and 2.49 13.6%
John Jay does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2021, 96% of John Jay's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application.

What's a Good SAT Score for John Jay?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of John Jay students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of John Jay students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

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

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to John Jay.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is May 31. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by February 15.

Transfer students can enroll in John Jay during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

John Jay Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to John Jay?

Students who are admitted to John Jay must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does John Jay accept transfer credits?

John Jay accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does John Jay accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

John Jay accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to John Jay?

John Jay. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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John Jay Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into John Jay? John Jay is a somewhat selective institution. The John Jay acceptance rate is 37%. This means that the institution accepts 37 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

John Jay ACT Scores


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John Jay SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

500 - 570


Reading SAT Range

500 - 580

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John Jay GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At John Jay, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.08. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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