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Macaulay Essays 2012 Toyota

All candidates must submit their applications no later than December 1; notifications will be sent out mid-March. All Honors College applicants are also considered for admission to Hunter's general bachelor's degree program.

Macaulay Honors College chooses candidates for admission by evaluating a combination of academic and leadership factors, including:   


High School Grades:

If you attend a New York City public high school, your transcript will be sent to Macaulay Honors College via your OSIS number. A list of OSIS numbers is included on the Macaulay online application.

If you attend a private or parochial high school in New York City or if you live outside New York City, you should ask your high school guidance department to mail an official copy of your transcript to:

The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
Attn: Macaulay Honors College
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Please be sure to include your CUNY ID number which can be found at the end of your online application.

Mid-year grade reports are not required by Macaulay, but if you believe it will help your application, you may send one to UAPC.


SAT or ACT Scores:

You must take either the SAT or ACT exam and have your scores sent electronically using the appropriate website before the application deadline. You may take the test more than once and tests will be super scored

For SAT Scores, only the Critical Reading and Math sections are reviewed.

You may submit SAT II scores if you believe they provide additional support for your application, but they are not a requirement.

The scores should be sent electronically to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC). Use the CUNY/UAPC institutional code (2950) at the time of testing. You do not need to use both the CUNY institutional code and an individual CUNY college codes because all campuses receive access.



Applicants must complete the required essays on the online application.

Check out this year's essay topics here!


Letters of Recommendation:

Recommendation letters are a key component of your application. Letters should highlight intellectual curiosity, leadership ability and experience, academic and community engagement of the applicant.

Recommendation Letters should be requested via the online application. We suggest checking with your recommenders to ensure they have received the email and have submitted their letter by the deadline. Letters may be submitted online or sent by mail to:

The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
Attn: Macaulay Honors College
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235 USA

All documents mailed to UAPC must contain the applicant't CUNY ID Code.


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Prompt: Discuss some issue of local, national or international concern and its importance to you


            While passing by posters showcased in my school’s annual club fair, I stopped at the sight of the image of a young African boy wielding a rifle. I took a step closer to notice in greater detail the horrible image—the disturbing realization that he wasn’t holding a stuffed animal, but instead a weapon of destruction.   

            The American dream is based on the belief that one can rise from the dusts of deep discrimination and hardship, and reach the skies of success. However, children in third-world countries do not have this same opportunity; their voices are mute and they are too poor and uneducated to take action. In one account, a group of child soldiers feared the horrid choice of killing their peers for escaping: it was a choice of killing or being killed. Reading about these accounts disgusted me; it was surreal to imagine that while I remained at school, there were children like me who were being easily manipulated into becoming automatons of violence. While I played video games at home, children inAfrica were treading hills and roads, sweltering in the oppressive heat while carrying—in the form of a rifle—the burden of an impoverished childhood.

This issue illuminated an abhorrent aspect of humanity. I couldn’t pretend that I didn’t have an innate desire to help others, and I especially couldn’t ignore the image of the young boy’s aching, sullen eyes piercing into mine. I joined Free the Children, a club dedicated to advocating and helping exploited and helpless children around the world.  

            I live in a country where the economy has plummeted, where the rich do not pay their fair share, and where a student graduating from college is unable to find a job. As much as the concerns of my country affect me, I believe the concerns of other nations are just as important. No child in any nation should have to voluntarily become a child soldier in order to support his or her family—to succumb to these pressures. Being able to take part in an organization that helps other children is very rewarding; it not only gives me joy, but it gives hope to others as well.

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