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Instructions for Applying for Admission

The applicant must have earned an acceptable bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
whose requirements for the particular degree are substantially equivalent to those of The City
University of New York.

To apply to the Writers’ Institute you must complete the online application form found through the link at the bottom of this section and upload a writing sample (15 pages maximum)  via the online form as a document or URL link. You must also have one letter of recommendation sent to the mailing address listed below.

The Writers’ Institute at The Graduate Center
Dr. André Aciman, Director
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 4114
New York, NY 10016-4309.

Please note that all materials become the property of The Graduate Center and will not be returned to the applicant.

If you are interested in applying to the Writers' Institute, please write to Director André Aciman at .


A nonrefundable fee of $25 must accompany the application. Make a check or money order payable to The Graduate Center. Cash will not be accepted by mail. Please note that for applicants outside of the United States, The Graduate Center can only accept either an international postal money order or a draft payable in U.S. dollars to a United States Bank.

The Graduate Center is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage or citizenship, or military or veteran status in its student admissions, employment, access to programs, and administration of educational policies. In accordance with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 and the implementing federal regulations, The Graduate Center maintains a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender in the operation of its educational programs and activities. Inquiries concerning Affirmative Action may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer (Telephone: 1.212.817.7410); and inquiries concerning Title IX may be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs (Telephone: 1.212.817.7400).

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must submit an Applicant Statement and upload the writing sample via the online submission form.

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