The Office of the Registrar would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to The Graduate Center and extend our best wishes for your success.  Graduate Center students register for classes through the CUNYfirst system. 
●            Log in to CUNYfirst to begin registration.  You can access CUNYfirst through the GC Portal link at the top of The Graduate Center homepage. On the next page, the CUNYfirst link on the right takes you to the login page.
●            If you are a new CUNYfirst user, or if you have forgotten your password, the New User link on the login page allows you to claim or reclaim your account. More general information about using CUNYfirst is available through the CUNYfirst Information for Students page.
●            In your Student Center, please verify and update your physical address and your preferred email
●            To search for classes, login to CUNYfirst and navigate to your Student Center. The “Search for Classes” button is found at the top right of your Student Center. Class search information can also be found through the Global Search link on the Registrar landing page.
●            The Registrar homepage is your resource for the latest information regarding enrollment and academic records.  Including a link to our Solutions VIDEO guides for various tasks.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER ON TIME AND TO CHECK THE ACCURACY OF YOUR LEVEL AND RESIDENCY STATUS SO THAT YOU WILL BE ASSESSED THE PROPER TUITION.  You will find this information in your CUNYfirst Student Center, Academics tab. We encourage you to bring any questions to our attention before relevant deadlines to avoid registration and financial aid problems. We can be reached via email at registrar@gc.cuny.edu while all GC offices are closed by order of the Governor and Chancellor. Please refer to the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines.
·   Registration begins for new students.
·   Last day to file ePermit request. 
·   Last day to drop for 100% tuition refund.  Please consult the link below for the tuition refund schedule and information about how to ‘SWAP’ classes:  https://www.gc.cuny.edu/CUNY_GC/media/CUNY-Graduate-Center/PDF/Registrar/Graduate-Center-Tuition-Refund-Schedule.pdf  
·   First day of classes.
·   All students who register on or after this day must pay tuition and fees in full at that time, including $25 late registration fee.  Students making an adjustment to an already existing enrollment on or after this day will be assessed an $18 Program Adjustment Fee.
·   Last day to register.
·   Last day to drop a class for 75% tuition refund.
·   Last day to drop a class for 50% tuition refund.
·   Last day to drop a class for 25% tuition refund. 
·   Deadline to add a course with permission or drop (without the grade of “W” appearing on the student record).  All changes that may affect student billing must be completed by this date (including level and residency changes). No petitions for changes will be accepted after this date.
·   Be sure that you are properly registered on time so that your immigration status is maintained.
v  We strongly encourage you to login to CUNYfirst in advance of registration and review your Student Center page for outstanding holds. Holds can prevent you from registering for classes.
v  A video guide to Registering for Classes is available on The Graduate Center Registrar Solutions Youtube channel.
v  CUNYfirst step-by-step user guides and tutorials are available through the CUNYfirst Information for Students page.
Important Notice Concerning Billing
All tuition and fees listed in the college’s catalog/bulletin and in any registration material issued by the college are subject to change by action of The Board of Trustees at any time. In the event of any increase in the tuition or fees, payments already made will be treated as partial payment. Notification will be given of the additional amount due and the required date of payment.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. The FERPA Release Form allows students to authorize the school to selectively waive those rights.

New Student Orientation – Fall 2020


Welcome to The Graduate Center!

After considering the unprecedented situation of COVID-19 and the health and safety of all, the decision was made to move the Fall 2020 New Student Orientation online.

Students should check with their academic programs for information on program-specific orientations. International students are also required to complete a MANDATORY orientation session and will receive an email with instructions on how to register for one of the sessions. For more information, please contact the Office of International Students at instu@gc.cuny.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact studentaffairs@gc.cuny.edu.

The orientation program will be announced the first week of August, and the orientation online “event” will launch mid-August.



Advice to new graduate students

You are starting a new graduate program in the Fall.  What better time to seek out some advice from scholars who have been down this road before you?

We highly recommend the blog post from our very own Grad Center student, Danica Savonick entitled Dear Fellow Graduate Student.   Additionally, we recommend reading two great articles for new graduate students appeared that appeared in The Chronicle several years ago: An Open Letter to New Graduate Students and Too Much Self-Doubt? Try Thinking Like a Creator.

And while you haven’t even started yet, here is a short article giving some great advice on how not to become a PhD non-completer.

Have you read any advice about starting graduate school that you’d like to share with other incoming students?  Post a link in the comments section!

credit to David Whittaker @rundavidrun

Getting ready for Registration

We are getting ready to place registration holds for any official documents that have not yet been received by the Office of Admissions. Please be sure to once again check the online application to track whether or not we have your official documents.  Information on what documents are needed and how to best get them to us can be found here.

If you have not received an email letting you know how to log in to claim your CUNY First account by 8/2, please email admissions@gc.cuny.edu