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Created by the College of Staten Island/CUNY (CSI), St. John’s University/ Staten Island campus (SJU), Wagner College (WC), and four local public high schools, the 30,000 Degrees initiative has worked over the past six years to leverage the unique identities and assets of the partner anchor institutions to increase the number of college graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Staten Island by 30,000 by the year 2025; AND to build sustainable institutional practices for college access and completion that endure beyond 2025.  CSI, SJU & WC draw strength toward a common undertaking that will yield more historically underrepresented college graduates on Staten Island, contributing to a more equitable economy and democratic citizenry.  

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Crystal Montalvo


Building 1A-310
Email Crystal Montalvo


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This page lists all of CSI's smaller learning communities (SLCs) committed to college access and completion, as well as the civic and economic mission of 30,000 Degrees; making it easier for admitted and non-admitted students to make informed decisions about the learning experience that is best for them.


Looking for a meaningful on campus experience for your K-8 students?  Please click on the hyperlinks below for more information on how to schedule your next trip to campus:

•   On Campus K-5 Theatre Visits by Enrichment Through the Arts
•   CUNY Explorers  

Elementary and Middle School Smaller Learning Communities:

•    Liberty Partnership’s Avid Pipeline
•    STEP  


Opportunities for High School Students:

•    College Now
•    Girls Who Code at CSI Tech Incubator  


CSI's Athletics provides a variety of sports programming for K-12 students all year round.  Contact TJ.Tibbs@csi.cuny.edu for more information.

CSI's credit-bearing and non-credit smaller learning communities that serve students, prior to enrollment with the goal of college completion.


•    CLIP
•    CUNY Start
•    Math Start
•    Immersion


CSI has developed new pathways for credit articulation with priority to local high schools.  The process of credit articulation entails review, collaboration and approval with an Academic Department, as well as CUNY Board of Trustees approval.  For more information email crystal.montalvo@csi.cuny.edu


CSI's credit-bearing smaller learning communities that support enrolled students with the goal of college completion.


•    ASAP
•    Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI)
•    CUNY 2X
•    CUNY Edge
•    Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK

CSI’s Office of Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities administers the CSI Scholarship Program. Students, regardless of citizenship status, also receive assistance with the application process for a variety of fellowships and scholarships in a safe and confidential manner.

Students can schedule an appointment, browse jobs/internships, access resources, and RSVP for employer sessions, through csicuny.joinhandshake.com. Partners can recruit and track CSI student and alumni candidates, and access other added benefits through Handshake. Alumni and partners please email careers@csi.cuny.edu for additional ways you can engage with CSI's Center for Career and Professional Development.