New Student Orientation
The College of Staten Island requires all first-year incoming students to attend a mandatory two-day New Student Orientation (NSO) program, which is a comprehensive program presented by multiple offices and departments on campus. The program provides opportunities for students to become engaged with the college community and consists of orientation, advisement, and registration. The two-day mandatory NSO program will help students to become familiar with the CSI campus, CSI's academic programs, and what is expected of students at CSI. The NSO program is also designed to guide students through their degree requirements at CSI, and provide students with information regarding the many services and resources available to them. It is also an opportunity for students to meet other incoming students, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen Orientation Leaders as students are introduced to college life at CSI. Students also work with the staff from the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS) to select and register for their first semester of classes.
In order to register and attend the mandatory two-day NSO, incoming students must complete the following steps outlined in the New Student Orientation Checklist below:
In order to attend the mandatory two-day NSO session, students must have been accepted to the College of Staten Island and have submitted their Admission Response Form to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, informing the College about their intentions to enroll for the upcoming semester. Students interested in applying to CSI can find out more information here. Along with their Admission Response Form, students must satisfy the College’s Commitment Policy outlined on the Admission Response Form. Students must complete this step in order to be eligible to register for an orientation session. Students will also be asked to submit proof of their high school graduation (high school diploma) to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. If a student is still currently in high school, they must submit proof of their high school graduation as soon as it’s available. In addition, students should mail any official Advance Placement test scores and official college transcripts for courses taken while in high school to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions in building 2A, room 103. For additional questions regarding applying to CSI, the Admission Response and Commitment Policy, as well as questions regarding high school documents, contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 718.982.2010 or visit building 2A, room 103.
2. TESTING INFORMATION
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 orientation. Some students may satisfy this requirement by achieving the necessary scores on the Regents, ACT, or SAT exams, or with college-level English and math courses (transfer students only). Incoming students will automatically receive a testing appointment in the mail. Students should try to make their first scheduled appointment, as it will impact their ability to enroll. In addition, the outcomes of these tests may impact a student’s admission status and enrollment at the college and for orientation. For example, the College of Staten Island requires all incoming students who have failed parts I & II of the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics to complete CSI's free math immersion program prior to their first semester of matriculation at the College and must be enrolled in the program in order to attend orientation. In order to attend the mandatory two-day orientation, students should have completed all of their CUNY Assessment tests including Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, and have retrieved their results. Students, who have registered for two-day orientation without taking these tests, are not yet eligible to attend orientation. If a student has completed their CUNY Assessment tests and have not yet retrieved their results, please visit the College Testing Office in building 1A, room 104. When a student has satisfied their admissions and testing requirements, they become eligible to register for orientation pending the results of their tests. For additional questions regarding college testing, contact the College Testing Office at 718.982.2380.
3. REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION
After students have satisfied their admissions and testing requirements and have enrolled in the appropriate remediation program, if necessary, incoming students are then eligible to register for the mandatory two-day New Student Orientation. Incoming students will receive an email invitation to their VIP accounts setup through the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, followed by a postcard in the mail from the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE with instructions on how to register. Incoming students should follow the instructions on the email and postcard in order to register for the two-day New Student Orientation. For more information about the VIP account, click here. The two-day mandatory New Student Orientation is an opportunity for students to become engaged with the College community and includes advisement and registration for their first semester of classes. For additional questions regarding the mandatory two-day New Student Orientation, contact the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE at 718.982.2529, or visit building 2A, room 208.
4. 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 will retake the CUNY Assessment Test(s) in the discipline(s) in which they receive instruction during the program. Students who have failed parts I & II of the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics must be enrolled in the Immersion Program in order to attend orientation. If students are enrolled in the Immersion Program, they must not miss class instruction to attend an orientation. Students should register for an orientation program that does not conflict with their class instruction. Students participating in an Immersion workshop are to register for a two-day NSO session when they sign up for the Immersion Program with the Office of Academic Support, building 1L, room 117. Students who are already enrolled in the Immersion program, and have questions regarding their classes, or incoming students who would like to enroll in the Immersion program, please contact the Office of Academic Support in building 1L, room 117, or call 718.982.3964.
5. IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Students are required to hand in their immunization records in order to register for classes. 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 meningitis vaccination. However, if students are under the age of 18, a parent signature is required. Return the completed Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Immunization Certification and Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response Form to the Health & Wellness Center in building 1C, room 112 or fax it to 718.982.2966. Students will not be able to register for classes without meeting the immunization requirements. This should be completed at least 72 hours prior to their scheduled mandatory two-day NSO session. The form for MMR and Meningitis is available here. For additional questions regarding immunization requirements, visit the Health & Wellness Center in building 1C, room 112, or call 718.982.3045.
6. FINANCIAL AID
If students are interested in applying for Financial Aid, they should do so online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Parents and students should use a federal PIN number to sign their FAFSA. If students need a PIN #, go to Federal Student Aid PIN. Don’t forget to complete the New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) after completing the FAFSA. For additional information, please visit CSI’s Office of Student Financial Aid’s webpage here. CSI has a Student Service Center where students and parents may make an appointment to file the FAFSA on the Web. To make an appointment, contact 718.982.2601. For Information on Federal Direct Loans please click here. There will be Financial Aid representatives available at the orientation to address any of concerns with financial aid packages, federal direct loans, and any other questions regarding the application process.
7. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS
Students with documented disabilities or temporary injuries, who may need special accommodations for the mandatory two-day New Student Orientation, must contact the Center for Student Accessibility at least one week prior to their scheduled orientation date. The Center for Student Accessibility is located in building 1P, room 101. For additional questions regarding reasonable accommodations or setting up accommodations for orientation, contact the Center for Student Accessibility at 718.982.2510 or visit building 1P, room 101.
8. CSI STUDENT HOUSING
All enrolled full time students attending the College of Staten Island or any CUNY institution, who are in good standing, are eligible to live in CSI Student Housing on a first come, first served basis. Students who are interested in living on-campus or learning more about student housing, should visit the Student Housing website here. For additional questions regarding student housing, contact the CSI Student Housing Office at 718.982.3019.
A reminder that the entire two-day NSO is mandatory and attendance will be taken at each segment of the two-day orientation. All students who do not attend the two-day NSO will not be able to enroll at the College for the upcoming semester and will have an Orientation INDICATOR (hold) on their registration account. This INDICATOR (“ORI-ORNSO”) is normally removed at the two-day NSO once students meet with an advisor and register for classes. Students who do not attend the two-day NSO will continue to have an INDICATOR on their account which prevents them from registering for classes. See FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the mandatory two-day New Student Orientation.