College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
NSO Orientation Leaders

Division of Student Affairs
 First Year Experience

The First Year Experience at the College of Staten Island builds upon the two-day orientation program required of all incoming students. The College strives  to provide a quality first year experience, both academically and personally for all incoming students. The First Year Experience seeks to prepare students for a successful career at the College and beyond.

  • New Student Orientation prepares students for exploring a new environment. It gives students both "campus competence" and "campus confidence," as they learn where classes are located, what to expect from professors, how to tap into college resources and support services, and much more. Orientation is the "experience that starts students on their journey to graduation."
  • First Year Student Convocation is an annual tradition at the College of Staten Island. The event looks a little like graduation. There is an academic procession of faculty dressed in academic regalia (caps and gowns), a tradition that goes back to the 12th century when scholars were clerics. New students learn from the College‚Äôs top administrators and faculty about the importance of a college education, the meaning and responsibilities that come with being a CSI student, and the value of a degree from CSI. New students are officially inducted into their graduating class by Dr. William Fritz, President of the College.

    • First Year Convocation
  • Academic Counseling/Intervention helps first-year students achieve their full academic potential through assessment and individual counseling.  First-year students may experience academic difficulties for a variety of reasons. Students experiencing academic difficulty are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center to meet with an academic counselor. 
  • Student Professional Development Courses are for students who enter the College with fewer than six credits. These students are required to complete a Student Professional Development course, SPD 101 Issues in College Life, or SKO 100 Freshman Orientation (open only to SEEK students), or to complete the non-credit College Life Unit Experience Program (CLUE).
  • FIRST Learning Communities are designed to designed to help first-year students develop a sense of belonging to the CSI community by building relationships with faculty, peers, and other key personnel as they begin their college experience.
  • The Foundations of Excellence Initiative is facilitated by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence ( in Undergraduate Education, a national project that has been instrumental in refining and improving the First Year Experience for students at many institutions. This year we have the privilege of being among four CUNY campuses that will participate in the project, which is in essence is a self-study of the first-year experience at CSI.