College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

The Verrazano School

What is advisement?

Advisement helps you figure out what you want to study, assists you in making informed decisions for your chosen course(s) of study, provides tools to help you navigate college life, and connects you to resources that can enhance your undergraduate experience and prepare you for the future.

Advisement is an active experience.  We are here to get to know you and support your academic and professional goals.  In this process, we expect that you will be prepared and take an active role in seeking information and resources as you navigate your undergraduate experience.  Take notes.  Ask questions.  Be open to new opportunities.  If you stay motivated and engaged, we can better assist you in achieving your goals.  

Verrazano Advisement

All Verrazano students meet with the Verrazano Associate Director for academic advisement through the fall of the sophomore year or until completing 45 credits – whichever comes later. After that time, students meet officially with their departmental faculty advisor.   Students are required to meet before registration begins each semester, and the advisement meeting is a time to discuss general academic plans and concerns as well as extracurricular resume-building activities and career and graduate school plans.  All Verrazano students can meet with the Associate Director throughout the year to discuss a variety of issues and concerns, but they are required to meet once a semester until the spring of the sophomore year as they plan for the upcoming semester. 

To schedule a general meeting with the Associate Director, please contact Cynthia Palumbo at 718-982-4171.

For advisement regarding your major or intended major, we strongly recommend that you consult with a faculty member in the appropriate department before your official scheduled meeting with the Associate Director.  See below for how to find faculty contact information.  You are required to declare your major by the semester in which you complete your 45th credit, and you should plan to complete 45 credits by the end of your sophomore fall semester.

Departmental Academic Advisement

In the spring of your sophomore year (after you have completed 45 credits) you will officially go for academic advisement with a full-time faculty member or senior advisor in your academic department.  When you meet with a departmental advisor, be sure to go with the list of course sections you plan to take in the upcoming semester along with any questions you have about your academic plan, career preparation, or graduate school.  This is an opportunity to discuss your field of interest as well as your academic plans.

Nearly all students will have a departmental hold placed on their CUNYfirst record.  This can only be removed by your academic department after you have gone for advisement.

Scheduling Your Verrazano Advisement Meeting

Fall and spring Verrazano advisement meetings last 20 minutes.  Appointments are made by calling Cynthia Palumbo in the Verrazano office at 718-982-4171.  Appointments will not be made via email.

Preparing For Your Verrazano Advisement Meeting

It is essential that you be prepared, and you are expected to do the following things before you come for your advisement meeting:

1) Access the College Catalog and viewed information about your majors and minors.
2) Access DegreeWorks/DegreeAudit and reviewed the requirements for your intended majors and minors.  If you are undeclared or want to view other majors, use the “What If” feature.
3) Identify courses and sections in which you plan to enroll for the upcoming semester through CUNYfirst.
4) Compile a list of any questions you have.  Make every effort to find answers to your questions first – particularly if the questions pertain to which courses satisfy which requirements.  The Catalog is the resource for this.
5) Complete your student survey and academic plan for the upcoming semester to bring to the meeting (see below for links to the appropriate documents). Schedules cannot be approved if they are not complete. 

Required Documents for Your Verrazano Meeting

Each semester, you must review the advisement checklist and complete the appropriate student survey and academic plan, depending on your class year.  You must bring these completed documents to your Verrazano advisement meeting.  If you arrive without these completed forms, we will not meet and your advisement meeting will need to be rescheduled.

Required Freshman Fall Meeting Documents
Freshman Fall Advisement Checklist and Important Notes
Freshman Fall Advisement Survey
Winter/Spring Student Registration Plan

Required Spring Schedules for Verrazano Freshmen by Major/Career Interest

Verrazano spring schedules for freshmen vary by major or intended career interest.  There are specific honors sections required depending on your major.  Please review the relevant schedule(s) below as you begin to build your spring schedule.

Required Freshman Spring Meeting Documents
Freshman Spring Advisement Checklist and Important Notes
Freshman Spring Advisement Survey
Summer/Fall Student Registration Plan

Required Sophomore Fall Meeting Documents
Sophomore Fall Advisement Checklist and Important Notes
Sophomore Fall Advisement Survey
Winter/Spring Student Registration Plan

Required Sophomore Spring Meeting Documents*
Sophomore Spring Advisement Survey
Summer/Fall Student Registration Plan

*if you will be completing your 45th credit in your sophomore spring semester, you are still required to schedule a Verrazano advisement meeting.  However, you must meet with a faculty member in your intended major department prior to coming for your Verrazano meeting.

At Your Verrazano Advisement Meeting

To the best of our ability, we aim to have all scheduled student advisement meetings start and end on time.  To help us, make sure that you’re on time for your meeting. 

Be sure to write down important information that is discussed during your meeting.  Always take notes.  You will not remember everything from the meeting, so it is essential to write things down.  This is important for any meeting you attend.

If you have questions that we don’t have the answers to, we’ll direct you to the appropriate resource(s) or help you find the answer.    

If we run out of time and still have items to discuss, please speak with Cynthia Palumbo about scheduling another time to meet at the end of the advisement period.

Verrazano Honors Hold

You will see the Verrazano honors hold on your CUNYfirst record until the start of the spring semester of your sophomore year.  Students who do not complete 45 credits by the spring of their sophomore year will continue to see the hold on their record.  This is not common.

As long as you have fulfilled the requirements of the Verrazano advisement meeting and made any necessary updates to your schedule after the meeting, your Verrazano hold will be lifted by the first day of priority registration, and you will have two days to register.

Verrazano holds will be reactivated two days after registration begins.  In the event that you need to make a change after this, please contact the Verrazano office at 718-982-4171 or 718-982-4219.

General Resources

The College Catalog and DegreeWorks are two of the most important resources you will utilize during your undergraduate years. Click here to download an informational document on how to use these resources.

Use the Schedule Grid Template  and Academic Plan Template to help in your planning process.  The Schedule Grid Template helps you organize your schedule for the upcoming semester.  The Academic Plan Template is a blank grid to help you project and plan your overall schedule for future semesters.  

Office hours are the posted days and times when a professor can be expected to be in his/her office and available to students.  Students see professors during office hours for a variety of reasons, including specific questions or concerns about a class and graduate school guidance.  For a list of faculty office hours by department, visit the CAAS website.  Office hours for faculty change every semester and are posted here:

Knowing how to find contact information is important, and while you’re a student you’ll find that you need to reach out to various people who work on campus.  To find contact information for faculty and staff, visit the Telephone and Email Directory on the Faculty and Staff link on the CSI homepage:  You can search by department or by last name.  If the email for a professor is not listed, please contact the appropriate academic department to inquire about how to reach the professor.

Four-year plans are assembled to help guide students through the requirements for different majors.  To access the four-year academic plan for each major, visit the CAAS website:

Tutoring resources and study centers on campus are free to matriculated CSI students, and we encourage students to utilize these resources.  For information about the study centers and tutoring resources, including locations and hours, visit the Office of Academic Support website:

Semester bills are electronic, and the only place you will see your semester bill is on your CUNYfirst account.  Tuition per semester for New York residents who are full-time, matriculated undergraduate students is the same between 12-18 credits excluding any lab fees for specific courses.  Students are considered full-time if they are registered for at least 12 equated credits.  You can read more about the tuition rates and payment options on the Bursar’s website:

CUNYfirst is where you’ll make most of your transactions.  Visit the Student Self-Service website for information on a variety of topics including searching for classes, enrollment, your bill, transcripts, graduation, and more.  You’ll find the Student Self-Service site here:

CLUEs are a general requirement for new CSI freshmen.  For information about the CLUE requirement, visit the New Student Orientation/CLUE website:  You can also visit them in 2A-208 or call 718-982-2529 to check on the status of your CLUE requirements.