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Opportunities for High School Students

College Now

Students at New York City public high schools may acquaint themselves with undergraduate life by participating in the College Now program at Hunter. Activities range from workshops for sharpening writing or mathematics skills to college-level courses across the arts and sciences. Each summer, the College Now program focuses on the sciences and mathematics by hosting high-performing students at the Summer Institute for accelerated coursework that is complemented by tutoring, college guidance and co-curricular activities. Admission to college-level courses offered through College Now is competitive. To qualify for college-level coursework, including the Summer Institute, a student must demonstrate mastery of basic mathematics and/or verbal skills, depending on the discipline, as measured by the SAT, PSAT and English language arts and mathematics Regents exams. College Now offerings, including credit-bearing courses, are provided at no cost.

 For more information on how to apply, visit College Now.

College Credit Exams

There are a variety of exams available for high school students to gain college credit before they enroll. Currently, Hunter College accepts the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, GCE (The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level generally termed the GCE Advanced Level or more commonly the A-level). Hunter students may be granted as much as a year of degree credit (normally 30 credits) for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, GCE, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Regent College Examinations (RCE), and College-Level coursework.  Students who completed college-level coursework offered by an accredited senior or community college while in high school will receive credit for courses in which grades of C or better are earned. Official college transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment for credits to be awarded. Students should not register for the same classes once they matriculate.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students need to score at least a 3 on the AP exam to earn credit and/or exemptions from requirements (some exams may require a 5). For more information on how Hunter evaluates AP exams for credit see our Advanced Placement (AP) Examination Course Equivalencies sheet. 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

In accordance with CUNY policy, students have two ways to earn credit from an International Baccalaureate (IB) program:

  • 30+ POINTS WITH AN IB DIPLOMA: Students who have completed an IB Diploma with 30 points or higher may be awarded 30 credits (7 credits for each HL exam and 3 credits for each SL exam). See the International Baccalaureate Policy for more detailed information.

  • 24-29 POINTS: Students with 24-29 points may be awarded credits for HL (Higher Level) IB exams with a grade of “5” or better in accordance with the equivalencies in our International Baccalaureate Policy.  SL (Standard Level) courses are not transferable with 29 points or less. An official IB transcript and diploma (if applicable) are required for credit review.


The GCE traditionally comprised two levels: the Ordinary Level (O Level) and the Advanced Level (A Level). Hunter College awards 3-4 credit for A-Level subject results of A-E.


Hunter College participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), under which registered Hunter matriculated students can receive college credit by taking CLEP Subject Examinations. Only the subject Examinations listed in our CLEP Examinations handbook are honored. Please see the handbook for the Hunter’s minimum qualifying score for each exam.

Hunter College does NOT accept CLEP GENERAL EXAMINATIONS. No student can earn more than 30 credits for CLEP plus AP, IB credit.