The College of Staten Island of the City University of New York is a senior college within the City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university. It offers an unusual opportunity to students: to experience life in New York while studying on a large and picturesque 83-hectare campus which boasts the Great Lawn, athletic fields, sculpture and seating areas, all surrounded by mature woodlands. Fourteen buildings house classrooms, laboratories, instructional spaces, study lounges, and offices. At CSI, students will find: excellent degree programs, renowned faculty, vibrant campus life, affordable tuition, cutting-edge technology, and state-of-the art facilities.
The College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CSI) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. CSI also participates in several challenging doctoral programs in cooperation with the CUNY Graduate School and University Center.
The College of Staten Island has an exceptionally well qualified faculty, committed to both research and teaching: they create and transmit knowledge and gladly mentor students majoring in their disciplines.
The College of Staten Island combines the best features of the U.S. educational system with special support and personal attention for international students from the day they inquire about admission until the day they graduate, diploma in hand. In addition to processing all the required immigration documentation, the Center for Global Engagement provides extensive orientation, ongoing advisement, and assistance. It also overseas student activities and organizes a variety of on-campus programs throughout the year. Some of the activities include the International Coffee Hours, World on Wednesdays. Immigration 101 Workshops, and International Education Week events.
Programs We Offer
Information for 2017
- Total enrollment: 13,559
- Undergraduate enrollment: 12,485
- Graduate enrollment: 1,074
- International Student Enrollment: 300
- Male 44.1%, Female 55.9%
- Faculty-student ratio: 1:26
- Faculty: Full-Time – 351, Part-Time – 813
- Number of countries represented on campus: 54
- Top five countries represented on campus: China, India, Sri Lanka, Albania and Japan
English as a Second Language Program and Services
Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?
Yes, the English Language Institute offers intensive English and cultural orientation programs to international students, visitors, professionals, and local community members. The programs features:
- 18 hours of classroom instruction in the fall and spring sessions and 22 hours in the summer sessions
- TOEFL preparation and specialized workshops
- Highly qualified faculty, small classes and personal attention
- Housing assistance
- Introduction to U.S. life, field trips to New York City cultural institutions and events
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Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?
Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?
Yes. All students are required to take CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for placement purposes. We offer specially designed courses in reading and writing for non-native speakers of English who fail the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading and/or the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing.
International Student Housing Options
Is on-campus housing available for international students?
Our residence halls provide students with the convenience of living in the heart of beautiful campus along with the comfort of living in a fully furnished apartment. Residential students have access to educational and social community events and on-side residence life staff. The residences also feature exclusive amenities such as our in-residence fitness center, study lounges, and social lounges. For contact information, please click here.
The College of Staten Island (CSI) offers a wide range of study abroad and exchange programs for its students. For a list of available programs, please click here
First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students
Admission to our various undergraduate programs and levels is based upon the academic background of the applicant at the secondary level and post-secondary level (if applicable). In addition, all applicants from non-English speaking countries must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. For more information on how to apply, please click here.
Admissions requirements for graduate studies vary by program. You may visit the Graduate Admissions page for the specific admission requirements for your program of interest.
Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?
Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students
Per credit: $600 (Undergraduate/ $830 (Graduate)
Fees: 279.60 per semester
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Is financial aid available for international students?
Yes. The CSI Scholarship Program is based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and service to the college and greater community. It requires a minimum of 90 high school average from freshman or 3.25 out of 4.0 from transfer and graduate students. The application includes a 500 word essay, a 250 word biographical profile, and two recommendations. For more information, please click here.
Student Activities and Campus Life
The is always available to help students make a connection to the CSI community and enhance their educational experience. Life as a student at CSI is quite exciting and goes beyond the classroom. In addition to a top-class education, students get a chance to be a part of various fun-filled activities. Be it athletics and group fitness, exploring the sights and sounds of New York, or joining a student club; there are lots of things to do and there’s never a dull moment at CSI.
CSI students looking to explore, develop and expand their leadership skills can do so by joining the . ELP promotes leadership, excellence and civic engagement opportunities focused on leadership skills, collaboration and decision making, conflict resolution, cultural competency, goal setting and civic engagement and service.
The provides individual and group counseling for students. Be it academic counseling or emotional care and support, student-identity is kept confidential. The CSI Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).
The at CSI is a comprehensive career planning and placement center that uses current technology and information to teach students the skills necessary to achieve their career goals. Workshops on interview skills, resume-writing, guidance on securing internships and career-planning are some of the services that are offered.
An education at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York is designed to create students who go on to become leaders in their chosen area of study and cherish their study experience at CSI for a life-time.