Welcome to the City College of New York. This site contains critical information for first-year, transfer, and international students and explains important steps and requirements to help you make a smooth transition to City College.

As a new student, you must fulfill several requirements from various offices and divisions before you can begin classes in the Spring. This website guides you through the various actions you must take to complete requirements by the stated deadlines so that you can avoid delays and penalties.


City College New Student Orientation is a great opportunity to experience life as a City College Student. At New Student Orientation, you will register for courses, and get the tools you need to start the first day of class. You will also learn about academic and student involvement opportunities, become familiar with our campus traditions, learn how to access City College services and resources and meet the City College Community. City College New Student Orientation has sessions for first year, transfer students and International students. The information given at sessions is based on the student’s chosen area of study. International students will receive their Orientation appointments by email.

Why is orientation important? Transition is difficult for anyone, which is why we have developed a truly immersive and comprehensive program to help you transition to our community. We mean community in every sense of the word, coordinating and meeting the challenges of the college environment should not be met alone, and student affairs as well as other members of the college are here to make that transition as seamless as possible. We have programs that are tailored for all our new students, for example our GPS program for students that are not already in specialized program. Our goal is to make sure you get the support and acclimate to your new community, and that your journey is fruitful and successful.

Prepare for Orientation

We're here to help you succeed.  Part of being a successful college student is learning how to navigate the College's rules, regulations and deadlines. 

Important Steps

Before you Register

New York State Public Health Law 2165  and 2167, and Title 10 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations Subpart 66-2 (10 NYCRR Subpart 66-2) mandates that all incoming students born after December 31, 1956, must be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) before registering for classes. For details go to


After you Register

  • Activate your CityMail Email Account.
    Your CityMail email is the main way for City College to communicate with you. Here the College will send alerts about your bill and other information crucial to your transition to City College. To find out how, go to Email and Portal Accounts.
  • Activate your Citizen CUNY Portal Account.
    Citizen CUNY Portal is your secure and private one-stop access to all your CUNY records. Through Citizen CUNY, you can securely view private information such as financial aid information, register for courses, access BlackBoard and learn about services and benefits offered through CUNY.
  • Review and pay your bill.
    Your tuition due date is based on the date you initially registered for classes. You will receive an alert at your CityMail email address, telling you when your bill is available. To find out when your bill is due for the Fall semester, please see deadlines here.


View the Academic calendar


For general inquiries about orientation

North Academic Center
Room 1/210
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
p: 212.650.7040/8913
f: 212.650.7080
e: ccnyorientation@ccny.cuny.edu

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
9 AM to 5 PM

International Student Orientation: