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Admissions–Find Out More About the College

The Admissions Office encourages prospective students to attend an Information Session or one of the many admissions events scheduled throughout the year to learn more about LaGuardia Community College. An Admissions Counselor will help students examine their objectives, review requirements for programs of interest and discuss career opportunities. We also provide assistance in the application process. Students can sign up for admissions events at or by calling (718) 482-5000. If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an Admissions Counselor please call (718) 482-5118.

Office Hours: Monday & Thursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm *summer hours may vary

Location: 29-10 Thomson Avenue, C102 Long Island City, New York 11101 Phone: (718) 482-5000


Types of Applications

Students should only complete one of the three applications listed below. Students are responsible for filing the correct application.

1. Freshman Applicant

A freshman applicant is defined as a student who has never attended a college, university or postsecondary institution since graduating from high school or receiving a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE). Neither a high school certificate nor an Individualized Education Program (IEP) diploma is acceptable. We do not accept wallet-sized diplomas. Applicants who earned a United States Armed Forces Institute Diploma must submit proof of having earned a minimum passing score on the GED/HSE examinations. Application fee is $65.

Requirements to Apply* (Submit one of the following:)

  • Copy of high school diploma

  • Original GED/HSE certificate and scores

  • International secondary education credentials equivalent to a

    U.S. high school diploma and English translation (if applicable)

2. Transfer Applicant

A transfer applicant is defined as a student who has attended a college, university or post-secondary institution (either in or outside the U.S.), since graduating from high school or receiving its equivalent GED/HSE. Students who file a transfer application may qualify for advanced standing credit for completed coursework. In addition, they must meet CUNY’s standards of retention as a condition for admissions. Application fee is $70.

Internationally-educated transfer students can submit their applications directly to the LaGuardia Admissions Office. We can accept copies of unofficial high school foreign documents, but foreign university documents must be officially sealed.

Requirements to Apply:

  • One item listed above* to prove the completion of high school or equivalent

  • Sealed official college transcripts from all colleges attended, regardless if you are seeking transfer credit or not

  • Sealed official international transcript from non-U.S. college and English translation (if applicable)

3. Visiting / Non-Degree Student

A visiting/ non-degree student is defined as a non-matriculated student who enrolls for individual courses, but is not enrolled in a specific curriculum or major. Therefore, the student is not working toward a degree. Visiting/non-degree registration is on a space available basis each semester, and students are not eligible for financial aid. Students can apply four times a year; Fall and Spring sessions I and II (see enhanced semester calendar — inside front cover.) The application fee of $65 will only be charged if you have successfully registered for a class.

  • Apply online and learn what documents are required to process the non-degree application. Obtain information about immigration status, residency status and restrictions on registering for certain courses:

Senior Citizens

Senior citizens (persons of 60 years of age and older) may enroll in undergraduate courses at LaGuardia Community College in a variety of ways.

Senior citizens may enroll and enter degree programs identical to any other student and may be eligible for financial aid. All fees apply to these degree seeking students.

Senior citizens may also enroll on a space available, audit basis without tuition charge and without credit at LaGuardia Community College. Individuals seeking this waiver must apply as a non-degree student and must submit proof of age and residency at the time of admission and specify that they wish to participate in the program to receive the CUNY senior citizen rate. They are charged a $65.00 per term/session fee and a one-time $15.00 university consolidated fee as well as any penalty fees that they may incur e.g., late registration payment, processing fees, library fines. Seniors are usually invited to register shortly before the start of the semester. A registration date will be sent upon receipt and review of the application.