CUNY – College of Staten Island

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College of Staten Island LogoGeneral Information

As a part of the City University of New York and a four-year senior college, the College of Staten Island (CSI) provides opportunities for students in Staten Island by offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees along with certificates. Located in a beautiful, central setting on a site that is the largest belonging to a NYC college, the CSI/CUNY campus was finished in 1994 with careful attention to architecture and landscaping.

Originally founded in 1976 as a merger between the University’s first community college and the upper-division Richmond College, CSI became the unique place for a four-year degree on Staten Island. As a member of CUNY, which is the third largest university in the nation founded in 1847, CSI participates in a citywide effort to provide educational opportunities to the people of New York City and beyond.

Admissions Information

With an extremely high percentage of admission of applicants, CSI/CUNY provides opportunities for a broad student-base in the midst of an urban setting. A special program, the College Life Unit Experience (CLUE), enables new students to become familiar with the commuter campus, faculty, and current students. First-year students, international students, transfer students, and graduate students can find detailed instructions online and receive help from admissions counselors.

College Majors

Majors include fields of study for students pursuing a bachelor’s or an associate degree or a certificate.
Associate degrees or Certificates are available for the following majors: Architectural Technology, Chinese Studies, Business, Computer Programming, Engineering, Nursing (RN) and Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Students have the opportunity to earn bachelor's degrees at CSI/CUNY in these majors:
African-American Studies
American Studies
Women's Studies
Drama/Theater Arts
Film Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
Computer Science
Information Sciences/Systems
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
English Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
English Language & Literature
Clinical Laboratory Science
Nursing (RN)
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Social Work
International Relations
Political Science/Government

Undergraduate Programs

With 35 different programs for undergraduate liberal arts and sciences degrees and six preliminary professional degrees (Pre-Law, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant), CSI/CUNY provides opportunities for students to earn bachelor’s degrees in a number of specialized majors. Additional courses for minor areas of study and development are also offered by disciplines such as American Sign Language, Anthropology, Astronomy, Civil Engineering Technology, Health Education, Honors College, Honors Courses, Integrated Science, Language Courses, Photography, Physical Education, Science Course, SEEK, and Student Services Courses.

Graduate Programs

In 16 fields within professional and liberal arts and sciences, CSI/CUNY provides Master of Art and Master of Science degrees for students completing their courses of study for Accounting; Biology; Business Management; Cinema and Media Studies; Computer Science; Education; English; Environmental Science; History; Liberal Studies; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Neuroscience, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities; and Nursing.

Graduate students can also earn Advanced Certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cultural Competence, and Nursing Education. Participation in the doctoral programs of The City University Graduate School also allows CSI/CUNY students to complete requirements in several fields on the CSI campus.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education currently provides accreditation for CSI. Specific programs within CSI/CUNY have received and maintain accreditation within specialized fields. These providers of accreditation include: the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the National Council for Accreditation of Teachers’ Education (NCATE), Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Program (AGLSP), National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

CSI/CUNY consists of the College of Business (a member of the AACSB), the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Division of Science and Technology. The departments offering services and degrees to CSI/CUNY students include: Accounting and Finance; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; Education; Engineering Science and Physics; English; History; Library; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Media Culture; Nursing; Performing and Creative Arts; Philosophy; Physical Therapy; Political Science and Global Affairs; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; and World Languages and Literatures.

Library System

The CSI Library provides specific media and reference services along with ebook collections and interlibrary loan options. The Archives present the detailed history of CSI, including information about departments, students, faculty, and many other aspects regarding the founding and development of CSI. The Special Collections focus on the history of Staten Island, with a particular emphasis on events since Staten Island became a part of NYC in 1898.


The CSI Dolphins are affiliated with the NCAA Division III and participate in the CUNY and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Sports include men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming, and tennis and women’s basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Students can also participate in cheerleading for both men and women.

Student Housing

As a commuter college, CSI has not traditionally provided student housing. However, in an attempt to provide more convenient access to students, the City University of New York (CUNY) has recently built on-campus student apartments that are open for any CUNY students. With several amenities, including lounges and fitness centers, and a variety of layouts, the apartments are located close to the academic buildings of CSI. Resident students also have the benefit of free shuttle services to nearby ferry terminals and the Staten Island ferry for Manhattan.

General Information

Admission Office
2800 Victory Boulevard 2A-104
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-2010
Fax: (718) 982-2500
[email protected]
Contact: Emmanuel Esperance
Director of Recruitment & Admissions
Main Address
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-2000
Total undergrads: 12,183
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,514
Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,901
Graduate enrollment: 909

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $4,328 $4,378 $4,978 $4,978 0.00%
Books and Supplies $938 $1,016 $1,070 $1,146 +7.10%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $5,266 $5,394 $6,048 $6,124 +1.26%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $7,360
In-state Student Fees $378
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $13,800
Out-of-state Fees $378

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,681 74%

Grant or scholarship aid 1,596 70% $7,329,563 $4,592
Federal grants 968 42% $3,803,645 $3,929
Pell grants 968 42% $3,616,778 $3,736
Other federal grants 345 15% $186,867 $542
State/local government grant or scholarships 1,492 65% $3,398,652 $2,278
Institutional grants or scholarships 27 1% $127,266 $4,714
Student loan aid 294 13% $1,162,344 $3,954
Federal student loans 294 13% $1,162,344 $3,954
Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1355 238 558 15
Architecture and Related Services 1
Architectural Technology/Technician 1
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 7
African-American/Black Studies 1
American/United States Studies/Civilization 2
Women’s Studies 4
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 40 5
Biochemistry 6
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 34 3
Neuroscience 2
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 259 10 101
Accounting 96
Business Administration and Management 10
Business/Commerce 163 101
Communication and Journalism Programs 58
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 58
Computing and Information Sciences 32 18 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1
Computer Programming/Programmer 2
Computer Science 21 18
Information Science/Studies 10
Education 47 165 13
Biology Teacher Education 3 5
Chemistry Teacher Education 1
Education/Teaching Of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs 36
Education/Teaching Of Individuals in Junior High/Middle School Special Education Programs 9
Educational Leadership and Administration 13
Elementary Education and Teaching 78
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 11 17
History Teacher Education 15
Mathematics Teacher Education 12 10
Social Studies Teacher Education 10
Spanish Language Teacher Education 5
Engineering 25 3
Engineering 25 3
Engineering Technology 8
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 8
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 94 8
English Language and Literature 94 8
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Spanish Language and Literature 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 48 9 101 2
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 8
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 11
Physical Therapy/therapist 1
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 37 101
History 55 6
History 55 6
Human Services 9
Social Work 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 227 6 342
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 227 6 342
Mathematics and Statistics 28
Mathematics 28
Natural Resources and Conservation 6
Environmental Science 6
Physical Sciences 12
Chemistry 12
Psychology 148
Psychology 148
Social Sciences 219
Economics 99
International Relations and Affairs 7
Political Science and Government 22
Sociology and Anthropology 91
Visual and Performing Arts 41 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 3
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 11 5
Fine/Studio Arts 18
Music 9
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $65
Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 100%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 82%

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
ArchitecturalTechnology A

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-AmericanStudies B
American Studies B
Chinese Studies C
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Drama/TheaterArts B
Film Studies B
Fine/StudioArts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business – General A,B

Communications & Journalism

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Programming – General A
Computer Science B
InformationSciences/Systems B

Biology Teacher Education B
ChemistryTeacher Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
MathematicsEducation B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

Engineering– General A,B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Nursing (RN) A,B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics– General B

Philosophy & Religion

Physical Sciences
Physics B

Psychology– General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Social Sciences
InternationalRelations B
PoliticalScience/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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