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Entering Freshmen

Admissions Criteria for Entering Freshmen

  • A high overall high school average (a minimum of an 85 College Admissions Average)
  • A college preparatory program in science and mathematics
  • High grades in mathematics and science courses
  • High Regents scores in mathematics and science subjects
  • High SAT scores
  • Excellent recommendations that include at least one from a math or science teacher
  • Students entering the Teacher Education Honors Academy at CSI must be prepared to take calculus in their first semester. Successful completion of a pre-calculus course in high school is important
  • A strong desire to be a teacher in a high need New York City high school or middle school
  • A complete Application including both a CUNY application  and a Teacher Education Honors Academy Supplementary Application must be submitted by February 1st.  (See instructions below). Notification about admission to the Teacher Education Honors Academy will be mailed on March 15th.

Admissions Process for Entering Freshmen 

CUNY Application

You must apply to the College of Staten Island by completing a CUNY application form and by listing the College of Staten Island as your first choice.

You may apply to CUNY online by going to and clicking on Admissions. You will need to register for a CUNY Portal Username and Password in order to submit an online application

As part of your application to CUNY, you must request that your SAT scores and a high school transcript be sent to:

CUNY University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
P.O. Box 350136
Brooklyn, NY 11235-0001

Teacher Education Honors Academy Supplementaty Application 

In addition to the CUNY application, you must submit a supplementary application for entering freshmen to the Teacher Education Honors Academy at the College of Staten Island (Download Application Form).

This supplementary application includes an information statement, forms for 2 essays and forms for 2 recommendation letters. Please read this application carefully. When you have completed the supplementary application, either email (as an attachment) to,


mail it to:

Teacher Academy at the College of Staten Island 
Room 1S-215
College of Staten Island (CUNY)
2800 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, New York 10314

When you have submitted your complete application, please email and list your name, email address, and high school so that your application can be tracked.