CUNYfirst - Activate My CUNYfirst Account
By participating in College Now (CN), you are beginning to build your academic record at CUNY.  Students are required to activate their CUNYfirst account to view their grade(s) and unofficial transcript.  Final grades will not be mailed or emailed, and we cannot provide students or parents with grade results. Please Note: If you intend to attend John Jay, the grade you earn in the College Now program at John Jay will be calculated in your GPA. To activate CUNYfirst, type in your browser.

Once your CUNYfirst account is activated, a confirmation screen will appear with your username (i.e., if your name is John Jay, your username will be john.jay12.) and CUNY ID number.  Make a note of your username and password and keep them in a safe place; you will need to update your password every 90 days. A reminder will be emailed to you at 85 days. You will not be able to re-use one of your four previous passwords. Your password cannot be changed for five days after you last changed your password. 

Viewing Grades and Academic Record


To access Blackboard, use the same username and password as CUNYFirst. Blackboard Learn allows students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. The degree to which Blackboard Learn is used at the University varies. The primary purpose is to better support the development and delivery of web-enhanced, hybrid, and online instructional opportunities. 

Accessing Blackboard

Transferring Credits
There are two kinds of transcripts: Student Copies and Official Copies. Student Copies are unofficial copies that the student can request for his or her records. Official Copies are not given directly to students. They must be prepared and processed in the order received. Sealed Official transcripts mailed to students are stamped "Issued to Student."

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. The Act applies to all institutions that are recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education. Students who are currently enrolled or formerly enrolled regardless of their age or financial dependency status are protected under FERPA

What does this mean to my students and me?
In accordance with FERPA, the College will disclose the academic and financial records of a student to a third party provided the College has written consent from the student on file. Your student will need to fill out this form for the College to release information to a third party, including parents. Without this form, parents CANNOT conduct College business on the student’s behalf at ANY office.