College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
NSO Staff New Student Programs

Location: North Administration Bldg (2A), Room 208

Phone: (718) 982.2529
          (718) 982.2596



New Student Programs (NSP)
 SPLASH: New Student Checklist

What to do prior to Attending Your Scheduled SPLASH Session

SPLASH has gone mobile! Be sure to download your FREE mobile Orientation Guide prior to attending SPLASH for your smart device. You will need this Guide when you attend SPLASH. Your schedule for the SPLASH program, materials, campus map, social media, FAQs, alerts, and much more are all available to you on your Guide. This mobile Guide will replace printed materials at SPLASH. The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site. To get your Guide, download “College of Staten Island” from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace. More information about how to use your Guide during SPLASH will be explained during the check-in process on the day of your scheduled orientation program.

Kick the Commute—stay on campus for two nights during your SPLASH program for just $125/per person** with meals (continental breakfast and full dinners), activities, linens, and a t-shirt, all included. Please note that the overnight package includes the night BEFORE Orientation and the FIRST night of Orientation. If you would like to stay for an additional night, you may do so for an additional fee. If you are interested in this package, please complete the Dolphin Cove Overnight Orientation Accommodation Request Form as soon as possible. For additional questions and details regarding the overnight package for SPLASH, please contact CSI Student Housing’s Dolphin Cove at 718.982.3019. **If you are using a debit or credit card to make your payment, there is a $19.95 convenience fee. Students are strongly encouraged to make payment by check or money order made out to CSI Student Housing to avoid this fee.

In order to attend SPLASH, you must have been accepted to the College of Staten Island and have submitted your Admission Response Form/Commitment Deposit to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. You should also make sure that proof of your high school graduation is on file and to send your final high school transcript, official AP test scores (from College Board) and official college transcripts for courses taken while in high school directly to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. If you are still currently in high school, you must submit proof of your high school graduation as soon as it is available. For additional questions regarding the Admission Response Form/Commitment Deposit, proof of high school graduation, and other high school documents, please contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 718.982.2010 or visit building 2A, room 103.

In order to attend your scheduled SPLASH session, you must have completed all of your CUNY Assessment Tests including Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, or satisfied this requirement by achieving the necessary scores on the Regents, ACT, or SAT exams. Students, who have registered for SPLASH without taking these tests, are not yet eligible to attend SPLASH. Additionally, students who may have failed any of the CUNY Assessment Tests may need to be enrolled in a remediation program based on the college’s remedial policy in order to be eligible to attend the college and SPLASH. For additional questions regarding testing, please contact the College Testing Office at 718.982.2380 or visit building 1A, room 104.

If you are currently enrolled in an Immersion program, and have questions regarding your classes, please contact the Office of Academic Support in building 1L, room 117 or call 718.982.3964. Please note, your remedial status and your participation in the Immersion programs can impact your eligibility for SPLASH. If you are enrolled in an Immersion program, you must not miss instruction to attend SPLASH. You must attend a SPLASH session that does not conflict with your classes. However, if you are enrolled in an evening Immersion program, you are eligible to attend a SPLASH session that is not only designated for students participating in Immersion, as it will not conflict with your classes. If your SPLASH date conflicts with your Immersion program, please contact New Student Programs at 718.982.2529 to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.

As per New York State Public Health Law, proof of immunization to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is required for all students born on or after January 1, 1957 taking six or more credits.  The Immunization Record form must be submitted to Health and Wellness Services, 1C-112 (Fax: 718-982-2966) prior to registering for classes. The Meningitis section must be completed by all students. You may opt to sign the Meningitis refusal section instead of receiving the Meningitis vaccination. If you are under the age of 18, a parent/guardian signature is required. You will not be able to register for classes without meeting the immunization requirements. This should be completed at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled SPLASH session.

  • The form for MMR and Meningitis is available here.

Claim your CUNY First account. You can view our Claim Your Account video if you need assistance with claiming your CUNY First account. Once logged into CUNY First, you can view our CUNYfirst Student Center Video Tutorial for assistance with the different components of the Student Center. You will learn more about CUNY First and your Student Center during your Office of Information Technology (OIT) Workshop at SPLASH.

If you are interested in applying for Financial Aid, you should do so online at Don’t forget to complete the New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) after filling out your FAFSA. CSI has a Student Service Center where students and parents may make an appointment to file the FAFSA on the web. The Financial Aid Office also provides information on Federal Direct Loans. If you have completed a 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please visit our guide 2015-2016 Financial Aid in CUNYfirst. Communications on the status of any financial aid application will be available there.  Please submit immediately to the Financial Aid office any requested documentation or additional information. For additional information, please visit the Financial Aid Office webpage here or contact 718.982.2601 or visit Enrollment Services in building 2A, room 106.

Students with documented disabilities or temporary injuries, who may need special accommodations for SPLASH, must contact the Center for Student Accessibility at least one week prior to your scheduled session. The Center for Student Accessibility is located in building 1P, room 101. To setup accommodations, please contact the Center for Student Accessibility at 718.982.2510.

For students with prior knowledge of a language, we suggest the FAST TRACK to Language proficiency. With the Fast Track, students may finish any language requirements more quickly, be exempt from foreign language, and/or enter more quickly into language minors and majors. Graduates of high school in a non-English-speaking country are exempt from the language requirement. The Fast Track placement exam is administered by the Modern Languages Media Center. Students will need their EMPLID in order to take the placement exam. If you do not know your EMPLID, please contact New Student Programs at 718.982.2529. For more information about FAST TRACK and the placement exam, please contact the Modern Languages Media Center in building 2s, room 114, or call 718.982.3711 or contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures in building 2s, room 109, or call 718.982.3700.

All enrolled full time students attending the College of Staten Island, who are in good standing, are eligible to live in CSI Student Housing’s Dolphin Cove on a first come, first served basis. Students interested in living on-campus or learning more about student housing, should visit the Student Housing website, or call 718.982.3019.

The SPLASH program is designed to help acclimate new students to the CSI campus and all of its resources and support services, as well as, prepare students for their first semester. Therefore, we encourage new students to prepare any questions they have and to bring them with them to be answered during the SPLASH program.

Getting to CSI 
The CSI Ferry Shuttle will be available for new students both days of SPLASH. This is a direct bus from the St. George Ferry to the College of Staten Island. Visit the CSI Ferry Shuttle Services website here for more information regarding pickup locations and times, or call Operational Services at 718.982.3220. For information regarding different ways to get to the College of Staten Island, please click here. During days of orientation, you will need to print out the CSI Visitor Bus Pass. You will need to submit this to the bus driver each time you ride the ferry shuttle during orientation days.

Learning More About Your Intended Major
Upon registering for the SPLASH program, students have selected their intended major. This is to help inform our academic advisors of your potential academic interests to better advise you for your first semester of classes. In preparation for SPLASH, we encourage students to view the college’s Undergraduate Catalog for a list academic degree programs, and an overview of each degree’s requirement to better familiarize themselves with their intended major. Students will have the opportunity to change or declare their intended major during the SPLASH program.

Check Out Student Health 101
Maximize your college experience! Read Student Health 101, our online health and wellness magazine. Student Health 101 can be accessed at any time and on any electronic device including phone, tablet, PC or laptop. Check out the new issue each month to help make the most of your time at CSI! Containing information about upcoming events, CSI resources, and topics of interest, Student Health 101 has it all! In addition, this special orientation issue is a free reference guide for incoming CSI students.