College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
CSI Campus

The Verrazano School
 Current CSI and Transfer Students

Who is Eligible?

Current CSI or transfer students with high cumulative GPAs are encouraged to apply. 

We look for students who demonstrate strong academic abilities, and we also consider characteristics such as leadership, community service, campus involvement, creativity, talent, and enthusiasm that will contribute to The Verrazano School community. 

The Fall 2014 admission profile is a 3.7 GPA.

You may be eligible for admission into The Verrazano School Honors Program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at CSI or another accredited institution
  • Full-time enrollment in a baccalaureate program at CSI
  • Passed or exempt from all three CUNY Assessment Tests
  • Completion of 12-36 credits.  Applicants with more than 36 credits completed and at least two full academic years of undergraduate study remaining are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Refer to the Important Notes section below for more information if you fall into this category.  Applicants with fewer than 12 credits completed will be considered based on the high school academic record in addition to the CSI academic record.
How do I apply?

1. Apply for admission to CSI by completing a CUNY application online at  We encourage you to indicate the College of Staten Island as your first choice on the CUNY application.  Current CSI students do not need to complete the CUNY application again.  Transfer applicants from other institutions must mail an official copy of their transcript directly to the Verrazano office in addition to any transcripts requested by CUNY.

2. Submit the Verrazano Supplemental Application, including the two required essays and the completed 4-year plan that are part of the supplemental application, and two typed confidential letters of recommendation (sealed in an envelope and signed across the flap), to The Verrazano School Office.  Applications can be mailed or delivered in person.  Applications must be typed, and for your convenience the Verrazano Supplemental Application PDF can be edited. 

Applications are accepted for fall only, and the deadline is May 15.  Applications from current CSI students and transfer students must be submitted by this deadline, and the review of applications will not be completed until spring semester grades are official.  Upon receipt of spring semester grades a final evaluation of applications will be conducted, and decision letters will be mailed soon thereafter.

Important Notes:

  • Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application with The Verrazano School to determine whether or not letters of recommendation have been received and the application is complete.
  • Students who will have completed 36 or more credit hours at CSI or another accredited institution by the end of the current semester and have at least two full academic years in a bachelor's degree program are eligible for admission into The Verrazano School only on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants with over 36 credits completed and/or only two full academic years remaining must schedule a meeting with the Associate Director to discuss their eligibility before submitting an application and should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4.
  • Students accepted into the program with over 36 credits are required to fulfill the same requirements that a student transferring in with under 36 credits must fulfill.  Please inquire with The Verrazano School for additional information.
  • Students should be able to enroll in at least two Verrazano-designated courses during their first semester in the program.  Students who are unable to do this must schedule an appointment to discuss their situation with a member of the Verrazano staff.

Please e-mail or call 718.982.4171 with any questions.