The Verrazano School
As an accepted student in the incoming Verrazano freshman class, please note the following important information. For general information for incoming freshmen at the College of Staten Island (CSI), please visit the New Student Guide online.
Verrazano Welcome Night for Accepted Students
As you make the important decision about which college you will attend next year, it is helpful to have information so you can make informed choices. We invite you and your family to attend the Verrazano Welcome Night on Tuesday, April 9th so you learn more about The Verrazano School Honors Program and hear from Verrazano students who have taken advantage of the many opportunities available here at the College of Staten Island. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the student panelists, Verrazano staff members, and members of the CSI administration, faculty, and staff.
Date: Tuesday, April 9th
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m., check-in begins at 6:00 pm.
Refreshments will be available after the event.
Location: Recital Hall, Center for the Arts (1P)
Parking: Lot 6 by the Sports & Recreation Center
(pick up a guest pass at entrance gate and write The Verrazano School on the pass)
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, April 5th by calling the Verrazano office at 718.982.4171. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there.
Verrazano Response Form
In addition to returning your College of Staten Island admissions response form, you must return the Verrazano Admissions Response Form that was included in your Verrazano acceptance packet no later than May 1st.
You can also download the Verrazano Freshman Response Form. This will secure your seat in this selective program.
Verrazano Intended Major Form and Incoming Freshman Survey
By filling out The Verrazano School Intended Major Form you’ll help us get a better understanding of your interests and goals. On the first page, you'll indicate the major(s) that you may be interested in. On the second page, you'll tell us more about what you're hoping to do while you are in college and after you graduate. Please return this paperwork along with the Verrazano Freshman Response Form.
CUNY Compass Math Placement Exam
As you prepare to attend CSI, we strongly recommend all incoming Verrazano students to take the Compass Math Placement Exam. By taking the exam, you will have the advantage of advancing to the appropriate level of mathematics related to your major and career goals. If you do not take the exam, we will not have all of the information we need to place you at the appropriate level.
You should plan to attend the testing appointment date that you receive in the mail. The placement exam lasts approximately one hour, and you should take the exam before May 1st.
In the event that you did not attend the testing date you were assigned, please contact the Verrazano office at 718.982.4171 as soon as possible. In these rare cases we will try to help facilitate another appointment date prior to May 1st.
Immunization and PED 190 Forms
As an incoming student in The Verrazano School, you must have proof of immunization on file in the College Health Center by May 1st. We cannot create your fall schedule unless this information is on file. State law requires that you must be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and meningitis. This rule applies to all students regardless of your entry date into the College. You may also opt to sign a meningitis refusal form in lieu of the vaccination.
You must return the completed Medical Certification for MMR Immunizations, the Meningitis Response Form, and the Medical Certification for PED 190. Please return these forms to The Verrazano School Office with your Admissions Response Form, and we will deliver them to the Health Center.
Immunization forms and the PED 190 form can be found online on the New Student Guide.
The College of Staten Island (CSI) requires newly admitted undergraduate students to pay a $100 deposit towards tuition and fee charges when they accept the offer of admission. The commitment deposit deadline is May 1st.
By submitting your commitment deposit you secure your enrollment to CSI. This deposit will be applied toward your tuition charges and will allow you to be registered for classes and attend New Student Orientation; therefore, you are strongly encouraged to send in your deposit as soon as possible. Additional information regarding this requirement can be found online on the New Student Guide. There is not a separate deposit for The Verrazano School.
College Courses/AP Courses
If you have elected to take college courses while in high school, you must submit official documentation in order to receive possible credit for these courses. Official AP scores need to be requested from College Board; student score reports are not accepted. Official transcripts for courses taken through a college (e.g. St. Johns University, SUNY Albany, etc.) must be requested from those institutions unless you have taken a course through a CUNY school. If you have taken a course through a CUNY (e.g. Kingsborough), please notify our office and we will make arrangements to retrieve your transcript when possible.
Please have your official test scores and transcripts mailed directly to The Verrazano School Office. Transcripts for courses already completed should be mailed immediately. Transcripts for courses you are taking currently should be mailed as soon as possible after the completion of the course. Submitting your transcripts will help us create the most ideal course schedule for your first semester at CSI.
New Student Orientation
Save the date for the mandatory Verrazano New Student Orientation that will take place on Thursday, June 27th! This is a required orientation designed specifically for Verrazano students. We have an exciting day planned, and more details will be provided over the course of the spring. For now, be sure to mark your calendars for the June 27th Verrazano New Student Orientation from 8:30-5:00 pm.
As an incoming freshman in The Verrazano School, your fall schedule will be carefully created for you. We will develop your schedule based on the information you provide about your area(s) of interest for your major and/or minor as well as plans for graduate or professional school. We will also review your math placement scores and take into account any college credits that are already posted on your record.
As part of your fall schedule, you will be enrolled in a Verrazano learning community (LC) with other first-year Verrazano students. Each Verrazano learning community consists of a set of linked course sections that are smaller in size than general course sections and taught by experienced faculty. These LCs will provide an enriching learning experience in your first semester at CSI. One of the courses in your LC will be an English writing course, and the other course(s) will fulfill general education or pre-major requirements. In addition to your LC courses, you will take a Mathematics course relevant to your intended major and one or two other courses that satisfy general education and pre-major requirements according to your area(s) of interest.
You can view sample LC schedules on the Verrazano website at the Courses link on the menu.
Your fall schedule will be created only after all of the appropriate paperwork indicated above has been submitted. Additional communication about your Verrazano fall class schedule will occur prior to the Verrazano New Student Orientation.
Special Note: If you are interested in taking a language during your first semester and would like to continue studying a language that you have taken in high school, you must take a language placement test. You can find the schedule for the language placement test, along with more information about the requirement, at the following website: http://www.ml.csi.cuny.edu/lab/placement/. If you decide to go for a placement test, please notify the Verrazano office to let us know. That way we can check for your appropriate placement. Also, you must bring a copy of your acceptance letter to CSI or your Verrazano acceptance letter when you go for the placement test.
- RSVP for and attend, the Verrazano Welcome Night on April 9th – we hope to see you there!
- Take the math placement exam
- Send the following to The Verrazano School:
- Submit the general admission response form to the College along with your Commitment Deposit
If you have any questions, please call The Verrazano School at 718.982.4171.