CUNYfirst is the City University of New York’s student information, registration, and administrative system. It is a CUNY-wide, web-based portal that students from Hunter, Queens College, Baruch, BMCC, Lehman College, John Jay, CUNY City Tech, and LaGuardia Community College use to register for courses, pay bills, manage personal information, and file for graduation.
To access the CUNYfirst portal for the first time, you need to claim your account to obtain access to CUNY’s first self-service system for course registration, checking grades, degree audit, transcripts, and more.
How to log into cunyfirst
To access cuny first portal;
- Go to home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu.
- Enter your cuny username.
- Then, enter your password.
- Click on “Log In” to access your portal.
- Don’t forget to log out of your account.
Your CUNYfirst username is your CUNY ID number or your EMPLID. It is displayed at the top of your dashboard. Your CUNYfirst username usually looks like ‘firstname.lastnameXX@login.cuny.edu’.
You can also look up your CUNYfirst ID (EMPLID) and Live Student Email Username by going to the Look Up page on the website.
You can change your preferred email on the CUNYfirst portal. To do this, select My Info on the left side menu. Next to Personal Email, select “change,” edit, and save. To edit your phone numbers and/or mailing address, select “Change in CUNYfirst.”
Log out of the system once you’re done and only enter your CUNY Login password on CUNY Login websites for security purposes (ssologin.cuny.edu and login.cuny.edu).
How to claim your CUNYfirst account
Applicants or new users can claim their accounts by following the steps below:
- Navigate to the CUNYfirst Portal Login page.
- On the Login page, click ‘New User’.
- On the Account Activation page, enter the following:
- First Name, Last Name as they appear on your submitted application
- Date of Birth (‘D.O.B’) in mm/dd/yyyy format (example: 01/02/1999)
- The last four digits of your Social Security Number in the ‘SS#’ field
- Click the box next to the words “I’m not a robot” and follow the CAPTCHA text prompts
- Confirm your email or enter a new email address.
- Receive an email with a unique account activation confirmation link (valid for two hours).
- Click to confirm your email address and set your password.
- Set your password retrieval questions.
The video below demonstrates the steps to claim your CUNY first account:
Video on claiming your cunyfirst account.
How to change your username on CUNYfirst portal
CUNY requires LEGAL documentation for any name change. You’ll need to attach two (2) types of appropriate documentation.
One type of documentation must be either a marriage certificate, passport, birth certificate, social security card, divorce decree, or court order.
The second documentation type must be a Photo ID.
To change your preferred name on CUNY first,
- Navigate to the CUNY login student center.
- Log into your account.
- Go to Student Center.
- Scroll down to Personal Information and Click “Names” on the left-hand side.
- On that page, you should be able to add a name and indicate that it is your preferred name.
How to reset your CUNY first password
Forgotten your password? Cunyfirst password reset is a simple process.
- Navigate to the CUNYFirst portal login page.
- Click on “Forgot Password” below the log-in fields.
- Enter either your CUNY First username OR your EMPLID then click “Continue”.
- Answer both security questions then click “Continue”. These answers are not case-sensitive.
- Enter a new password in both fields then click “Continue”.
- Enter a new password in both fields then click “Continue”. The password criteria are as follows:
- Must be between 8 and 13 characters long
- Must contain at least one uppercase and one lowercase letter
- Must contain at least one number
- Must NOT be among your last 4 created passwords
- After resetting your password your CUNY First username and EMPLID will be displayed on the confirmation screen. You will also receive a confirmation email to your account management email.
Frequently asked questions.
Why can’t I log into my CUNYfirst account?
If you can’t log into your account, Follow these steps;
1. Make sure the caps lock is off.
2. Quit and reopen the browser and ensure you are logging in with this exact URL https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu.
3. Clear your browser cache.
How do I check my grades on CUNYfirst student center?
To check your grades or CUNY transcript, Log in to CUNY first portal and click on HR/Campus Solutions. Click on Self Service and then on Student Center. In the Academics section from the Other Academic dropdown box, select Transcript: View Unofficial and then click the Go icon.
How do I upload documents to CUNYfirst portal?
To upload documents to cuny first, log into your Cuny account. Then, select Campus Solutions > Self Service > Document Upload. The Document Upload page is displayed with your name and 8-Digit CUNYfirst ID. A Document Type drop-down menu is added to the Document Upload page. Uploading documents through CUNY first works best on a computer and not a mobile device.
How do you accept financial aid on CUNY first?
Login to the Cuny portal, Select HR/Campus Solutions from the left menu. Navigate to Self-Service, followed by Student Center. In the Finances section, click the Accept/Decline Awards link.