CUNYfirst Tutorial

FAQs on claiming CF account

Why are applicants being asked to claim a CUNYfirst Account?
The CUNYfirst Account gives applicants access to view the status of their application for each CUNY college to which they applied.  Once a decision is made ...
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 6:38 PM
Can you share the account claim email applicants will receive?
Here is a copy of the email applicants will receive. January 14, 2019 Dear Juan, It is important to check the "Application Status" secti...
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 5:27 PM
How can applicants claim their CUNYfirst accounts?
Applicants can claim their CUNYfirst account by following the steps below: Go to On the Login page, click ‘New User’ On ...
Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 1:39 PM
If applicants already have a CUNYfirst account, will they need to take any additional action?
No. Applicants can use their existing account to check the status of their application. The video below demonstrates the steps to check an applicatio...
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 6:40 PM
How do applicants who did not provide a social security number claim their CUNYfirst account?
Applicants who do not provide a Social Security Number will be provided their assigned four-digit number in their account claim email and should enter that ...
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 6:43 PM
What are the password requirements for a CUNYfirst account?
Passwords must be between 8-13 characters with at least one numeric or special character, one uppercase letter and one lowercase letter. Click here for the ...
Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 1:45 PM
When does a password expire?
A password will expire 180 days after the last password change.
Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 1:46 PM
Can students lock themselves out of their CUNYfirst account by entering an incorrect password?
Yes, an account will be locked for 60 minutes after 5 failed login attempts.  Students who have forgotten their password should use the “Forgot Password” fu...
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 12:27 PM
How can I differentiate between the formatting of an Application Account and a CUNYfirst Account?
A CUNYfirst Account is generally a student’s first name, last name and the last two digits of the CUNYfirst ID number: As an example, if the student’s name ...
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 12:28 PM
How can an applicant check his/her application status?
After successfully submitting their applications and activating their CUNYfirst accounts, applicants can view the status of their applications in the CUNYfi...
Tue, Aug 30, 2022 at 1:22 PM