Welcome to the Fall Semester

Welcome, Bloodhounds! Campus services are fully open and we're ready to assist you in making the most of your college experience. Please check regularly your text messages and John Jay email for important updates, reminders, and student events throughout the semester. Here are some steps to start the semester strong.

Steps to a Successful Fall Semester

If you don’t have an ID card, you can get your ID in the  Faculty and Staff Lounge, 2.64 NB, 9am to 7pm. Please make sure you have your vaccination record uploaded  and approved on CUNYfirst before requesting your ID. 

If you already have an ID card, you don't need to get a new one. If you've uploaded proof of vaccination to CUNYfirst, your ID card will be activated before classes start.

To obtain an ID later in the semester, or request a replacement, students can visit the main office of Public Safety, L2.61 NB.

Important dates at the start of the semester

8/25: First day of classes
8/31: Last day to add/swap classes
9/14: Last day to drop without a W grade; Attendance verification closes
9/23: Last day to resolve INC grades from Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 

For further dates and deadlines, review the Fall 2022 Academic Calendar.


  • Use the Schedule Builder tile in CUNYFirst to check your course schedule. Make sure class details are on to see instruction modalities, meeting times, and room assignments. See a description of the instruction modalities and how to do well in each modality. 
  • Online classes: Make sure you can access Blackboard for your classes and check your John Jay email for messages from your professors.
  • In-person classes: Use this map to find your classes on campus.
  • Avoid getting dropped from your class on September 14. Show up for your online and in-person classes and participate in the class activities to be counted as present.  

You can change a course or add a course for the spring semester before August 31: 

1. Click on your DegreeWorks tile in CUNYFirst to see what areas of your degree still need to be completed..
2. Meet with an academic advisor if you need help or have questions.
3. Folow this guide to register for courses in CUNYfirst using Schedule Builder.  

Update your email in CUNYfirst (see infographic)

1. Log in to CUNYfirst.
2. Click on Student Center > Profile.
3. At the left side of the page, select Contact Details > click on Campus Email.
4. Click the checkbox next to “Preferred” under your John Jay email address.
5. Click Save to save changes.
6. Empty your inbox regularly to continue recieving messages.
7. If you run into trouble, call the John Jay Technology Helpdesk at 212-237-8200. 

Update your email in Blackboard (see infographic)

1. Log in to Blackboard.
2. Click on Home button on the upper-left corner of the window.
3. Find Tools > Update Email.
4. Enter your John Jay email twice when asked.
5. Click Submit to save change.
6. Empty your inbox regularly to continue receiveing messages. 
7. If you run into trouble, contact Blackboard student support at blackboardstudent@jjay.cuny.edu

Update your phone number in CUNYfirst (look out for text messages from a JJC Student Success Specialist)

1. Log in to CUNYfirst.
2. Click on Campus Solutions. 
3. At the top of the page, select Main Menu > Self Service > Campus Personal Information > Phones.
4. Modify your phone number or add a phone number.
5. Click Submit to save changes.
6. If you run into trouble, call the John Jay Technology Helpdesk at 212-237-8200. 

Check out the following financial assistance sources and check in with  John Jay’s Financial Aid Office for  more information on financial aid options and scholarships students can apply for. 


  • Submit your 2022/2023 FAFSA application to apply for federal financial aid for Fall 2022.  The FAFSA code for John Jay College is 002693.
  • NYS residents can apply for TAP directly if they were not prompted to do so when filing their FAFSA application. The TAP code for Undergraduate Students is 1414. 

Emergency Funds 
Students needing additional funds for tuition or books can apply for emergency funds. Information on the different funds available and how to apply can be found on the Emergency Funding Website

The Acceleration Program

  • The Acceleration Program provides tuition assistance to eligible John Jay Undergrads during the Summer and Winter intersessions. The goal of the Acceleration Program is to help students who have fallen behind in credit accumulation get “back on track” by taking a class in the summer/winter when they otherwise might not be able to afford it. 
  • Tuition Assistance is limited to one course per student. Eligible students for Winter 2023 will receive an invitation to participate around November 2022.

All students are required to complete SPARC (Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course). Failure to complete your SPARC training will result in the inability to register in future semesters.

1. Log in to Blackboard to access the course.
2. You will see “John Jay College Student SPARC” listed on the right
side of your Blackboard homepage, under the “My Organizations” heading.
3. Follow the instructions to complete the training.

Please contact Blackboard Support at blackboardstudent@jjay.cuny.edu if you need technical assistance.

  • Check out the Student Resources webpage for information on academic advising & support, tutoring, financial aid, welness & emergency support, and much more.    
  • Review these essential tips to help you thrive and succeed in college.