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Staten Island, NY 10314
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College of Staten Island CUNY

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The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. It is a comprehensive four-year college that offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. CSI also participates in doctoral programs that are offered by the greater CUNY Graduate School and University Center.

Though founded in 1976, the current CSI campus opened in 1994, when it became the largest college campus site in New York City. It is also the only public college on Staten Island. There are 14 academic buildings and over 300 classrooms, offices, study lounges, and laboratories. The campus is divided into quadrangles, connected by a walkway called the Alumni Walk. There is ample room for walking, studying, or lounging outside in the open fields between the buildings. Sixteen works of art are scattered through this landscape, which is filled with trees and flowers and often resembles a garden – a rare find in New York City.


Academics are broken into two divisions: the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Division of Science and Technology. The college offers 35 undergraduate degrees and 15 graduate degrees in a variety of subjects.

STEAM Program

Science and technology students may enjoy the Science and Technology Expansion via Applied Mathematics program, STEAM for short, which is a National Science Foundation-funded comprehensive initiative that will greatly enhance undergraduate science and technology education on campus. Through semester-long scholarships, research stipends, mentoring, math seminars, and more, the STEAM program will encourage undergraduate research and the pursuit of science, mathematics, and engineering as career fields.

Teacher Education Honors Academy

Similarly, the Teacher Education Honors Academy seeks to instill a love of science and math in the next generation, but it accomplishes this by training students to become future middle and high school teachers in science and math fields. Through the Honors Academy, students can choose to major in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics. Students who successfully complete the Academy’s program are offered a paid New York City teaching position upon graduation.

Honors Program

CSI participates in the Macaulay Honors Program, which is offered in seven of the university system’s campuses. Students who are accepted to the Honors Program have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to continued education, and are expected to continue their studies at the graduate and doctoral level. The program offers a selective academic community, research opportunities, and special seminars to a limited number of students in each class. Students who have excellent high school transcripts and high SAT or ACT scores are invited to apply.

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Admissions requirements vary based on your intended degree program. Baccalaureate entrants are selected on the basis of high school transcripts and SAT or GED scores. Associate’s degree programs are available to any entrant who has a high school diploma or equivalent. Prospective first-time undergraduate students should complete the online application form, submit the accompanying application fee, and deliver any relevant hardcopy documents via standard mail by the application deadline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Admissions requirements for graduate programs vary depending on the master’s program sought. Please visit the website to learn about the admissions requirements for your desired program.

Financial Aid

Begin your financial aid search by completing the FAFSA, which is available for free at www.fafsa.gov. This form determines your eligibility for federal aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs, and may also be used as a qualifying factor in in-house scholarships and third party scholarships.

Once you’ve applied for federal aid, explore the website for school-sponsored scholarships and outside resources. In general, scholarships require a minimum GPA of 3.5 and full-time student status.

Student Financial Aid Details

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There are over 50 student clubs and organizations on campus. With organizations for everything from appreciating Japanese visual art to student government, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest. Visit the Office of Student Life for more information on student organizations and involvement opportunities. Here, you can also find ways to volunteer in the local community, tutor other students, or apply for leadership positions.

Sustainability Project

The campus itself has recently gone through some major changes that affect the student body. The Sustainability Project has affected nearly every aspect of the college, from increasing the recycling efforts in academic buildings to eliminating paper billing statements. You can get involved in this effort by joining a student organization or participating in a green initiative project.

Tobacco-Free Initiative

The school is also newly tobacco-free. Educational pamphlets and initiatives seek to teach students about the dangers of smoking and of breathing second-hand smoke, while the campus has begun enforcing a no-tobacco policy inside the buildings and on most of the grounds. Smokers can still smoke, but only in the designated smoking areas that have been marked throughout the campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

The campus is located conveniently near the island of Manhattan in New York City. Take the ferry across to the southern tip of the island to enjoy local hotspots, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Take a train up to Times Square to be a tourist for the day, or bring a blanket and book to Central Park for afternoon sunbathing. Students often get discounted prices on museums and events throughout the city, so check with student services for local activities that may take place in the surrounding area.

Additional School Information

The College of Staten Island’s campus is home to a number of unique and special purpose buildings. The Astrophysical Observatory, completed in 1996, is a tribute to the powers and future of the cosmos. It seeks to educate students and the community about the universe, our environment, and the discipline of astronomy as part of the Astronomy Program.

The Center for the Arts, located in the middle of campus, was completed in 1996. It has hosted hundreds of artists since its inception, and is home to CFA Presents, which is an annual series of comedy, dance, and music performances.

The Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building has state-of-the-art facilities and is home to laboratories and research equipment for the use of its students. It also contains the Center for Environmental Science and the Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities.

Finally, the Sports and Recreation Center is home to a pool, a fitness center, multiple gyms, and indoor racquetball courts. It is surrounded by outdoor tennis, handball, and basketball courts as well as softball and football fields and a quarter-mile track. It hosts a number of events and athletic games, in addition to a weekly schedule of classes for students and faculty.

Information Summary

Ranks 78th in New York and 700th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Staten Island, NY 10314
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population84,821 (84,821 urban / N/A rural)
Households30,313 (2.75 people per house)
Median Household Income$59,560
Families22,506 (3.26 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3611

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1228th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,730 $5,730 $12,240
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $428 $428 $428
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $510
FT Graduate Tuition $9,170 $9,170 $17,040
FT Graduate Required Fees $428 $428 $428
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $385 $385 $710
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,832 $24,832 $31,342
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,016 $26,016 $32,526
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,350 $11,350 $17,860

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,508 $5,858 $5,508 $5,858 $11,418 $12,068
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,179 $1,248
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,900 $11,902
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,823 $4,940
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,824 $3,871

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$65
Graduate Application Fee$125
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,785 (4,402 male / 5,383 female)
Admitted 9,761 (4,397 male / 5,364 female)
Admission rate 100%
First-time Enrollment 2,556 (1,246 male / 1,310 female)
FT Enrollment 2,402 (1,165 male / 1,237 female)
PT Enrollment 154 (81 male / 73 female)
Total Enrollment14,441

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference City University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference City University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference City University of New York Ath Conf

SAT Test Admission

891st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 77%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity454
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$10,620
Board Fee$1,750

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 62 184 306 205 3 1,435 2,206
Accounting 5 2 7 16 1 56 87
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 4 1 9 14
African-American/Black Studies 1 1 2
American/United States Studies/Civilization 3 3
Biochemistry 2 2 4
Biology Teacher Education 1 4 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 7 21 30
Business Administration and Management, General 8 3 1 5 17
Business/Commerce, General 7 19 21 44 153 244
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 5 1 7
Chinese Studies
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 2 8 9 20
Communication, General 1 9 11 3 40 64
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 1 4 7
Computer Science 12 4 3 7 11 37
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 3
Economics, General 8 8 10 48 74
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs 9 2 61 72
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Junior High/Middle School Special Education Programs 1 1 13 15
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs 2 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3 1 9 13
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 1 18 13 110 146
Engineering, General 2 1 1 17 21
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 16 5 65 91
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 3 2 30 36
Environmental Science 1 2 2 1 4 10
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 2 2 5 1 1 12 23
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 3 3 15 24
Foreign Language Teacher Education 3 3
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing
History Teacher Education 2 1 3 6
History, General 2 7 2 1 47 60
Information Science/Studies 2 1 3
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies 1 2 5 8
Italian Language and Literature 1 1
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 36 75 13 188 320
Mathematics Teacher Education 13 14
Mathematics, General 1 2 3 5 11
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 1 3 15 19
Music, General 1 1 4 6
Neuroscience 2 3 1 4 11
Nursing Education
Philosophy 1 3 4
Philosophy, Other 3 3
Physical Sciences 3 1 9 13
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 5 6 2 20 34
Psychology, General 1 15 36 15 130 200
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 25 23 29 163 244
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 12 13
Social Work 6 8 2 11 27
Sociology and Anthropology 2 18 14 4 83 121
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 2
Spanish Language and Literature 4 1 5
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 1 1
Women's Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 487th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,371 ($89,397 male / $82,263 female)
Number of FT Faculty 374 (198 male / 176 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,085
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $26,529,186

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