College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
 
  

The Verrazano School
Newly Accepted Current CSI
and Transfer Students

Congratulations!  As a newly accepted student to The Verrazano School at the College of Staten Island, please note the following important information.  

Verrazano Response Form

You must return the Verrazano Admission Response Form that was included in your Verrazano letter immediately and no later than Friday, June 20th. You can also download the Verrazano Current and Transfer Student Response Form.  By returning this form, you will secure your seat in this selective program.

Verrazano Kick-off Event

We would like all new Verrazano students to attend the Verrazano Kick-off Event on Monday, June 30th from 12:00-5:00 pm in the Recital Hall of 1P. This includes a welcome by Professor Liu, the Verrazano Director, free lunch, and teambuilding activities on the Great Lawn that will help you get to know your fellow Verrazano students.  It’s a fun day, and we look forward to seeing you there!  If you are unable to attend this event, please call us immediately to let us know.  Otherwise, you’ll confirm your attendance at the Verrazano Kick-off on your Verrazano response form.

Check-in will take place in the atrium/lobby of the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) at noon and the welcome will begin at 12:15 pm.  Lunch will take place in 1C, and the teambuilding activities will take place on the Great Lawn.

Enclosed are two waiver forms that you must complete and submit to the Verrazano office with your acceptance form to participate in the Verrazano Kick-off Event.  The forms are also available on the Verrazano website under the "Program Events" link and on the “Admitted Students” page.  The CSI Release Form must be notarized when it is signed, and there is a Notary available at most banks. 

As a special component of the Verrazano Kick-off, you will participate in activities facilitated by an experiential education organization called Project U.S.E. based out of New Jersey.  Project U.S.E. has been providing unique, experiential learning experiences for groups for over 40 years, and its learning philosophy is based on the belief that experiential learning can be the catalyst for not only individual growth but also community growth.  You will be participating in fun teambuilding activities on the CSI campus that will help you get to know your Verrazano peers.

Important Information about the Project U.S.E. component of the Verrazano Kick-off:

Project U.S.E. leaders will facilitate the teambuilding activities as part of the Verrazano Kick-off.  When you read the waiver from Project U.S.E. it may sound like we’ll be going to the site in New Jersey and participating in some of the more complex activities.  However, this is not the case.  The Verrazano Kick-off will not include hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, rappelling, high challenge courses, map and compass land navigation, canoeing, basic outdoor living skills, or basic survival skills.  Our event will be held on the CSI campus and will include teambuilding, group games and low challenge course exercises. 

The following two waivers are required for participation in the Verrazano Kick-off Event, and they must be completed and returned to the Verrazano office along with your Verrazano Response Form

Verrazano Orientation/Welcome Event

Save the date for the mandatory Verrazano Orientation that will take place on Thursday, September 4th during club hours (2:30-4:30) in 5N-112.  This is a required orientation and welcome event for students who have been accepted to The Verrazano School as current CSI students or transfer students.  You will have the opportunity to meet the Verrazano Director and staff as well as current Verrazano students and learn more about the opportunities available through the program.  When you return your Verrazano Response Form to accept your seat, you are confirming that you will be attending the Verrazano Orientation on September 4th. Be sure to add the event to your calendar!

Verrazano Requirements

As a Verrazano student, you must fulfill certain requirements each year in order to remain in good standing.  You must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be a full-time student (complete at least 12 credits) each semester.  You will take at least three Verrazano-designated honors sections, attend Verrazano Extracurricular Learning Activity (VELA) events, participate in community service, prepare for your future career and/or graduate school through resume development and career workshops, and complete a capstone project in your major. 

Program requirements vary slightly by class year, and the guidebook for your Verrazano class year can be found here.

Please review the guidebook for your class year for the complete list of Verrazano requirements and let us know if you have any questions.

E-mail Communication

We send all e-mail communication from The Verrazano School to your CIX student e-mail account.  Other e-mail addresses will not be used.  It is your responsibility to check your CIX account regularly for updates from The Verrazano School and from CSI.  CIX is the official college e-mail address for all students.

Verrazano Information

The Verrazano website is updated with Verrazano-designated courses, VELA events, and other program events each semester, and you will also find a list of VELA events posted on the bulletin board outside the office in 5N-113 each semester.

We encourage you to visit The Verrazano Voyager - the blog for The Verrazano School - to read highlights about our students' involvement on and off campus.  In addition, we invite you to "like" the Verrazano Facebook page (The Verrazano School at the College of Staten Island).