College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

Office of Academic Support
  Immersion Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of spending my vacation time taking these classes rather than taking them during the regular school semesters?

Immersion courses/workshops are FREE—you save time, money and/or financial aid to apply toward your credit-bearing college courses.

How do I know that I am eligible to register in an immersion course or workshop?

The outcomes of the CUNY Assessment Tests may impact your admission status, enrollment in the immersion programs and enrollment at the college.  Please be aware of the following enrollment requirements:

Incoming Students

All students who have failed

  • the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics* (ACCUPLACER) with a score of 39 or below must complete CSI's free July Math Immersion program prior to enrolling at the College.
    (*students who tested prior to November 2016 and failed parts I & II of the COMPASS test)
  • all three CUNY Assessment  Tests (math* score 39 or below) must enroll in and complete at least one semester of the CUNY Start** program and pass one or more of the Assessment Tests in order to enroll at the college. Such students may choose to enroll in the July Immersion Program and then continue in CUNY Start in the fall.
    (*students who tested prior to November 2016 and failed parts I & II of the COMPASS test)
  • all three CUNY Assessment Tests (math*** score between 40 and 56) 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 20 in the semester following immersion. Students who have not passed both tests must enroll in CUNY Start. Additionally, students who elect not to enroll in immersion must enroll in CUNY Start and cannot enroll at the College.
    (***students who tested prior to November 2016 and failed ONLY part II of the COMPASS test)

In addition to the above policies, students admitted for a Spring Semester who

  • failed only Mathematics* (scored 39 or below) must enroll in basic math in Winter Immersion.  If they pass, they must enroll in Math 20 in the spring semester.  If they do not pass, or choose not to enroll in immersion, they must enroll in CUNY Start and cannot enroll at the College.
    (*students who tested prior to November 2016 and failed parts I & II of the COMPASS test)
  • have failed more than one of the CUNY Assessment Tests must enroll in and complete at least one semester of the CUNY Start program and cannot participate in immersion.    Please note: This requirement differs from our Fall admission policy.
**CUNY Start is a program of rigorous, intensive instruction in academic reading, writing and math which prepares college-bound students for success on the Reading, Writing and Math CUNY Assessment Tests and in college course work.  CUNY Start is designed to help incoming college students minimize time in remedial course work and save financial aid for credit courses.  At a low cost of $75 for the semester, the cost includes books and college success advisement in planning, choosing a career path and paying for college.  Full-time CUNY Start students take all three courses: Pre-College Math, Academic Reading/Writing and College Success Advisement.  Part-time CUNY Start students take either Academic Reading/Writing or Pre-College Math plus College Success Advisement. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Students

If you qualify as an ESL student (including qualifying international students) you are exempt from the policies listed above.  ESL students will be required to complete special English courses for non-native speakers of English.  When possible, ESL students are encouraged to enroll in the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP). Students with F1 student visa status (international students) cannot enroll in CLIP.

Continuing Students

Continuing students are eligible to register only if they have continuously pursued any outstanding CUNY skills requirements prior to an immersion program.

How many opportunities do I have to pass exams to demonstrate basic proficiency?

According to CSI’s academic guidelines, students must demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics within one year. Students for whom English is a second language (ESL students) have two academic years to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing.  Remember, the more prepared you are for credit-bearing courses, the greater your chances for success.

Is this considered a college-level class?

The immersion programs consist of courses/workshops that do not carry any college-level credit. At the end of the immersion program, you will be retested in order to demonstrate proficiency in the area for which you have received instruction.

When does immersion begin?

Courses/workshops begin the first week of January for Winter Immersion, and a variety of immersion courses/workshops are offered throughout the summer. Please click on either Winter or Summer Immersion links for specific information regarding schedules.

Is there any additional academic support offered during immersion?

Students are offered free in-class and out-of-class tutoring. Counseling services are offered in the form of workshops and/or individual counseling sessions. All students are strongly encouraged to utilize these services to support their academic progress.

When and where do I register?

Winter Immersion registration begins in late November or early December, and Summer Immersion registration begins in May. Registration is completed in person only in the library building (1L), room 117.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the immersion programs, registration and eligibility criteria, visit 1L-117 or call (718) 982.4221.