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SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) is a higher education opportunity program offered in the senior colleges of the City University of New York.

The State Legislature of New York established the SEEK program in 1966, as a means of supporting educationally and economically disadvantaged New York City residents pursuing higher education. York's SEEK program accepts students who would not otherwise qualify for admission to the College, and provides those students with the instructional programs, tutoring, counseling and financial assistance needed to meet the demands of a college environment. Those students accepted into the SEEK Program become full-time, matriculated students of the College, pursuing courses leading to the baccalaureate degree. SEEK students are eligible for up to 10 semesters of financial aid.

SEEK freshmen will be considered for admission on the basis of a C average and demonstration of considerable financial need.

SEEK applicants are encouraged to consult their high school's college advisor/guidance counselor for application procedures. Applications are available online at If you have questions about the SEEK Program, please call (718) 262-2300.

Freshman applicants to the SEEK program should file the following:

  1. CUNY Online Freshman application (be sure to answer all SEEK related questions on the application).
  2. $65 application fee
  3. Official high school transcript or GED scores and diploma
  4. SAT or ACT standardized testing scores

Additional Requirements

In addition to the requirements above, SEEK applicants must:

  1. File the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Complete a financial eligibility screening with a counselor in the York College Student Financial Services Office
  3. Take the CUNY Assessment Test. If testing failures are evident, SEEK applicants must participate in a pre-freshman summer experience before beginning classes.