New Student Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding CSI’s SPLASH: New Student Orientation
Please read through this section to find answers to the most commonly asked questions by new students regarding SPLASH: CSI’s New Student Orientation
Is the two-day SPLASH mandatory for all new students?
All incoming students with less than six transfer credits are required to attend SPLASH. College Now credits do not count towards the six transfer credit transfer exemption. All segments of the two-day program are mandatory and attendance is taken at each segment of the program. Incoming students with more than six transfer credits and students participating in the Verrazano School, Macaulay Honors College, Teacher’s Academy, Veterans, and students enrolled through a Network program (1199 union) are exempted from the two-day requirement, but may have to fulfill orientation requirements within their individual programs. Students participating in these programs should consult with their program advisers regarding their program requirements. All incoming students must register and complete SPLASH in order to enroll for their first semester of classes.
Do I have to pay an orientation fee?
No. Currently, there is no fee to attend SPLASH. However, students interested in staying on campus during SPLASH can do so for a discounted rate. Students may opt to stay on campus for 2 nights during SPLASH with all meals and activities included, and will receive a free Dolphin Cove t-shirt, all for $99/person. For more information about this package, visit the CSI Student Housing website.
Why is the two-day SPLASH mandatory?
The College of Staten Island strongly believes that orientation and acclimation to our university are important to new student success. The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) has developed standards and guidelines for Student Orientation Programs (SOP) that is essential to student development. CSI is also required by the federal government and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide new students with information regarding health, wellness, academic policies, and safety at CSI.
What happens at the two-day SPLASH?
SPLASH is a comprehensive program that consists of multiple departments and offices on campus. Students will be formally welcomed to the College by the CSI Administration. The program also provides opportunities for students to become engaged and meet other students, staff, and Orientation Leaders through team building activities. Students also learn about co-curricular options and campus involvement from the Office of Student Life. In addition, students are also provided with an opportunity to learn about academic expectations, which engage students about academic strategies for success, and provide students with an opportunity to understand CSI’s academic environment. An additional academic overview is also provided to students from the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS), which gives students insights for understanding the advisement and registration process, which will take place on day-two of SPLASH. Students will also learn more about academic majors by participating in academic major workshops, giving students the opportunity to meet and talk with advisers to explore the various requirements of a particular major. The NSO also provides students with the opportunity to ask questions regarding student and academic services on campus in an interactive “talk show” format. Students will also receive important information about their rights and responsibilities as a CSI student, including academic policies and the University Code of Conduct. Furthermore, students learn about campus civility and diversity, participate in a tour of our library facilities, and engage in an Orientation Leader led JAM, “Just Ask Me” session to learn about strategies for succeeding as a first-year student and understanding first-year requirements. Additionally, students participate in an Office of Information Technology workshop, where students are able to set up their CUNY Portal accounts, CSI email accounts, and other important content regarding technology on campus, such as CUNY First. Students culminate the program with registration for their first semester of classes and receive their CSI DolphinCard.
How do I register for the two-day SPLASH?
In order to register for the mandatory two-day SPLASH, students must have been accepted to the College and have submitted their Admission Response Form to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions and have satisfied the College’s Commitment Policy outlined on the Admission Response Form. All new students entering CSI must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics through a series of CUNY Skills Assessment Tests prior to registration for SPLASH. Some students may satisfy this requirement by achieving the necessary scores on Regents, ACT, or SAT exams. Incoming students will automatically receive a testing appointment in the mail, and are encouraged to make their first scheduled appointment, as it could impact a student’s ability to enroll at CSI and for SPLASH. In addition, students may need to be enrolled in the immersion program prior to their SPLASH registration depending on their remediation status. Once a student has fulfilled their admissions and testing requirements, and have retrieved their results, they are then ready to register for the two-day SPLASH. Students will receive an email invitation to their VIP email accounts set-up through the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. Incoming students should follow the instructions on the email in order to register for SPLASH. Students without any remediation needs will be eligible to register for SPLASH online, and students with any remediation needs will be strongly encouraged to visit the Office of Academic Support in building 1L, room 117 to learn more about the impact of their CUNY Assessment Test results and register for the immersion program and SPLASH.
How do my CUNY Assessment Test results impact my ability to register for SPLASH?
The outcomes of the CUNY Assessment Tests may impact students’ admission status and enrollment at the college. Please be aware of the following enrollment requirements:
For students admitted for a Fall Semester, who have failed
- parts 1 & 2 of the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics are required to complete CSI's free July Math Immersion program prior to enrolling at the College.
- the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics (parts 1 & 2) cannot participate in Immersion. These students must enroll in and complete at least one semester of the CUNYStart program and pass one or more of the Assessment Tests in order to enroll at the college.
- the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and Writing but have failed one part of the Mathematics Test must enroll in and complete Reading and Writing Immersion in the July and August sessions. Upon completing Immersion, these students must have passed the Reading and Writing Assessment tests in order to enroll at the College and must register for and complete Math 020 in the semester following Immersion. Students who have not passed both must enroll in CUNYStart.
Students who have failed the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and Writing but have passed at least one part of the Mathematics Test and decide not to enroll in Immersion must enroll in CUNYStart.
In addition to the above policies, students admitted for a Spring Semester
- who passed the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and Writing but failed Mathematics (parts 1 & 2) must enroll in basic math in Winter Immersion. If they pass, they must enroll in and complete Math 020 in the spring semester. If they do not pass, or choose not to enroll in Immersion, they must enroll in CUNYStart and cannot enroll at the College.
- who have failed two of the three CUNY Assessment Tests (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) must enroll in and complete at least one semester of the CUNYStart program and cannot participate in Immersion.
Students should retrieve the results of their CUNY Assessment Tests in person with a valid photo ID from the College Testing Office in building 1A, room 104.
I registered for the two-day SPLASH, but I need to change my date. Can I do that?
Students are strongly encouraged to keep their original date of their scheduled SPLASH session. Dates can only be changed if space is permitted into another session. Therefore, it is recommended that students ensure they register for a SPLASH session that they can attend. Students participating in the immersion program should register for a SPLASH that does not conflict with class instruction. Students participating in the immersion program cannot miss class instruction to attend SPLASH, and should attend a SPLASH session designated for students participating in the immersion program. Students enrolled in evening immersion courses are eligible to attend a SPLASH session that is not designated for students participating in the immersion program only if it does not interfere with their course instruction. If a student needs to change their SPLASH date, they should contact the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE at 718.982.2529 to inquire.
What if I only complete day one of the orientation? Can I attend a second day at another time?
No. Students must complete the full two-days of the SPLASH program consecutively in order to be eligible to register for classes and enroll at the College of Staten Island. Students who complete day one of the program, and do not complete a consecutive day two, will need to re-attend both days of another SPLASH session, if space permits. Otherwise, students run the risk of not being eligible to enroll for the upcoming semester. If you have difficulties attending your scheduled SPLASH, please contact the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE prior to your scheduled SPLASH session at 718.982.2529. Please note, when you register for the two-day NSO that you should intend and plan on being there for the full duration of the program. Students are not permitted to leave early.
What is the Immersion Program?
The immersion programs are intensive workshops which provide an opportunity for students who need to demonstrate proficiency on the CUNY Assessment Tests to receive tuition-free instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics during the summer and/or January intersession. Students are placed into the immersion programs based on their performance on the CUNY Assessment Tests. Students who have remedial needs are strongly encourage to learn more about the immersion program by contacting the Office of Academic Support at 718.982.3964, or visiting building 1L, room 117.
Do I have to take a Foreign Language Placement Exam?
Students enrolled in an Associates in Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Art, Communications, Dramatic Arts, or Music must demonstrate intermediate competency in a foreign language as part of their degree requirement. If applicable, students may register for any of the following foreign languages at the beginning level: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, or Spanish. For students with prior knowledge of a language, it suggested students participate in the FAST TRACK to language proficiency. With the FAST TRACK, students may finish the language requirement 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. For more information about the FAST TRACK, 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.
What are my required immunization records and why do I need them?
Students are required to hand in their immunization records in order to register for classes. Without these records, students will not be able to register for classes at SPLASH. Students must provide proof of 2 doses of measles, 1 dose of mumps, 1 dose of rubella, and 1 dose of meningococcal vaccines. Students may opt to sign the meningitis refusal form instead of receiving the vaccination. Students should complete the Immunization Certification Form prior to their scheduled SPLASH session in order to avoid any delays with their class registration. It is recommended that students submit their completed forms at least 72 hours prior to their scheduled session or earlier. Students under the age of 18 require a parent signature on the form. All completed forms need to be submitted to the Health and Wellness Center in building 1c, room 112, or faxed to 718.982.2966. Please be advised that students will be stopped from registering for classes until the Health and Wellness Center receives the student’s immunization forms and has cleared the student to continue with the registration process. If a student is scheduled to attend SPLASH, but does not have their immunization forms completed, students may still attend their session, but will not be able to register for classes at SPLASH, and will be required to register for classes at a later time after the forms have been submitted. For additional questions regarding medical records, the immunization certification forms, or acceptable records to fulfill this requirement, please contact the Health and Wellness Center at 718.982.3045.
What if I am currently finishing up the CUNY Start program?
Students who are currently completing the CUNY Start program and did not fail all three CUNY Assessment Tests, and are looking to enroll for the upcoming semester at CSI upon completion of the program, are eligible to register for SPLASH. Students who did not fail all three CUNY Assessment Tests and have completed the CUNY Start program will register for SPLASH when they meet with their program adviser. Students who finish the CUNY Start program, and remain failed in all three CUNY Assessment Tests, are not eligible to enroll for SPLASH, and will need to participate in another remediation program.
What do I bring to SPLASH?
On both days of SPLASH, please bring a photo ID (high school ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.). Keep in mind the weather and dress accordingly. Students will be walking outside between buildings. Also, please bring an umbrella if the weather requires one. SPLASH occurs rain or shine.
When do I register for my classes?
At SPLASH, you will take part in an Advisement and Registration session on the second day of the mandatory SPLASH, if you have completed day one in its entirety. The purpose of this session is to make you aware of the requirements of the degrees offered at CSI and to ensure you enroll in the appropriate courses in order to progress towards your degree in a timely fashion. During the Advisement and Registration session, you will learn more about the results of your CUNY Assessment Tests, and you will receive a New Student Advisement Worksheet that details the General Education, prerequisite, pre-major and/or major requirements of your intended degree. In addition, you will register for your classes electronically through CUNY First. At the conclusion of your registration, you will receive your program indicating the classes you are registered for, and find out your tuition balance. Students do not need to pay their bill during SPLASH. The final bill due date will be on your CUNY First account.
What classes do new students take?
The typical courses a first-term student attempts will differ depending upon that individual’s intended major and remedial status.
A typical schedule may include courses that will:
An academic advisor will review the various requirements of your degree and assist you with selecting eligible courses that will provide you with a solid foundation for success for your first semester at CSI.
What if I changed my mind about what I want to major in after I registered for SPLASH?
Students who need to change their major can do so prior to or during SPLASH. If a student needs to change their major prior to SPLASH, they should contact the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE at 718.982.2529. Otherwise, students will learn more about the academic requirements of a particular degree during SPLASH, at which, students can then meet with an Academic Adviser and change their major.
How should I prepare for SPLASH?
Students should dress comfortably and be ready to move between buildings on campus. Students are highly encouraged to look over their New Student Orientation Checklist to ensure they have completed everything necessary to avoid any delays with their registration. Students should also bring their photo ID (high school ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.) as well. Students will be provided with information and a pen. However, students are encouraged to browse our website and the CSI website to familiarize themselves with the college and prepare any questions they may have to be answered during SPLASH. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to review their transportation plans to the College and be sure to arrive on time at 8:30am.
Where is SPLASH?
SPLASH sessions are located at different venues throughout the summer. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE at 718.982.2529 to find out the check-on location if a student has not received a reminder email from our office. SPLASH occurs in several buildings around campus. Students driving to SPLASH should park in parking Lot 4. Parking decals are not required to attend SPLASH and parking is free in Parking Lot 4 during orientation days. Public Safety officers are stationed at both main entrances to the campus in case you need directions. There are also signs along the main campus loop road, which will inform you where to go. Click here for more information on reaching CSI by means of public transportation. For a map of the campus, click here. For information and schedules for the free Ferry Shuttle and Loop Bus service, click here.
Can I bring a guest or a friend or a family member to SPLASH?
SPLASH is the first big event of a student’s college career and is the first event that guests of students cannot participate in due to space restrictions. The goal of SPLASH is to make students responsible for their own college career. Therefore, only the student can attend SPLASH. Family members who have questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE at 718.982.2529.
Do I need to bring food to SPLASH?
Students are not required to bring food to SPLASH. A lunch will be provided free of charge to students on both days of SPLASH. Students are encouraged to eat a light breakfast before attending SPLASH. If you have any dietary restrictions, after you have register for SPLASH, please contact the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE at 718.982.2529 and inform the office of your dietary restriction, so that we are able to provide that accommodation.
Who do I contact if I need special accommodations?
Students with documented disabilities or temporary injuries, who may need accommodations for orientation, must contact the Center for Student Accessibility at least one week in advance of their orientation date. Students can reach the Center for Student Accessibility at 718.982.2510.
What if I do not attend the mandatory two-day SPLASH?
All-incoming students are required to attend the two-day SPLASH. Students who do not attend the two-day SPLASH will not be able to enroll at the College of Staten Island for the upcoming semester. All students will have an orientation INDICATOR on their registration account on CUNY First. This INDICATOR is normally removed at SPLASH once students meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. Students who do not attend SPLASH will continue to have an INDICATOR on their account. The orientation INDICATOR prevents a student from registering for classes.
What should I do after orientation to ensure a smooth transition into my first semester at CSI?
Once you have completed your two-day SPLASH and have registered for your classes, be sure to pay your bill by the due date found on your CUNY First account, or you will be deregistered. You should also explore the resources you learned about at SPLASH to help support your academic success and attend CLUE events on campus to compliment your personal growth and co-curricular experience and to fulfill your CLUE requirement. Lastly, be sure to visit the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE to speak with student mentors if you have questions. Know your schedule and the first day of you classes. The Fall 2014 semester starts on Thursday, August 28.
How do I pay my bill and are their services offered to help me pay my tuition?
You must pay your bill by the date indicated on your bill, which you can access through your CUNY First account. If you have not yet applied for financial aid, you should do so at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and visit CSI’s webpage for financial aid for additional information. If you are eligible for financial aid, you should inquire with a counselor if you qualify for the federal work study program, which provides on-campus jobs to students. If you require a loan, after you register for your classes, download a Federal Direct Loan Application from the Student Financial Aid Office to make application. The college also offers an Academic Management Service (AMS) pre-payment plan that allows you to make semester payments over a five-month period (two months before the semester and three after the semester starts). We recommend you sign up for the plan by phone 800.635.0120 or on the AMS website. There is a fee to sign up with AMS. To avoid being deregistered from your classes, pay your bill by the due date. You can pay online through CUNY First, by mail, or pay in-person at the Office of the Bursar.
Do I need a parking decal?
The college policy requires all students (visiting, full-time, part-time, weekend, Continuing Education, etc.) and employees who park on campus to register their vehicle with the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services, and display a valid CSI Parking Decal. Students have the option of purchasing a decal for the fall semester, the spring semester (which includes the summer sessions), or for the full academic year (fall, spring, and summer sessions). For up-to-date information regarding parking fees and policies, please visit the Parking & DolphinCard Services webpage.
What is the Orientation Degree Requirement?
Students who enter the College with fewer than six credits are required to complete the orientation requirement. To satisfy the requirement, students must attend a mandatory two-day SPLASH to fulfill part one of the requirement, and choose between two options to fulfill part two of the requirement listed below, which should be completed prior to the completion of 12 equated credits:
- (A) Successfully complete a one-credit freshman orientation course:
SPD101: Issues in College Life (2 hours; 1 credit)
SKO 100: Freshman Orientation (2 hours, 1 credit – open only to SEEK students)
- (B) Attendance at four CLUE-certified events: two Personal Growth (PG) Experiences and two Co-curricular (CC) experiences.
Who is exempted from the Orientation Degree Requirement?
Any incoming student with more than six transfer credits and students participating in the Verrazano School, Macaulay Honors College, Teacher’s Academy, Veterans and students participating in the ARC (Adults Returning to the Classroom) program or enrolled in a network program (1199 union) are exempted from the two-day SPLASH portion of the requirement, but may need to fulfill orientation requirements within their respective programs. Students should check with their program advisors.
Any incoming students with more than six transfer credits and students participating in the Macaulay Honors College, Teacher’s Academy, and ARC program are exempted from the CLUE portion of the requirement as well. In addition, students enrolled through a network program (1199 union) and Veterans are also exempted from the CLUE portion of the requirement. In addition, students who have transfer credits for an orientation course equivalent to SPD101 are exempted from the CLUE requirement.
If you have additional questions
please contact the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE at
718.982.2529 / 718.982.2596
Building 2A, Room 208
We look forward to seeing you at CSI!