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The Verrazzano Experience

As a Verrazzano student, you’ll stand out. Verrazzano students are recognized campus-wide for their ability and contributions to the campus and local community. Our program offers you what an ideal college education should look like. You’ll leave with a top-notch degree and great stories to tell!

For some great student stories, check out The Verrazzano Voyager.

Perks of participation

  • honors courses with smaller class sizes
  • a generous and active community of like-minded students
  • meaningful interactions with full-time faculty in classes, workshops, and research
  • study abroad scholarships for CSI-led programs
  • personalized academic advisement and career preparation
  • early registration to get the classes you want—every semester
  • fun and engaging academic, social, and cultural activities on and off campus
  • dedicated Verrazzano student lounge—your home on campus
  • the Verrazzano distinction noted on your final transcript and recognition at Commencement-related events including Honors Convocation
  • opportunities to work with full-time faculty on honors capstone

Our students pursue advanced degrees

Verrazzano students are accepted to a wide range of graduate programs and schools! These include PhD programs in History, Molecular Biosciences, Molecular Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics; Doctoral programs in Dentistry, Optometry, Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Physical Therapy; MA and MS programs in Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, School Psychology, Library Sciences, History, English Literature, Museum Studies, Forensic Psychology, and Global Health and Public Policy, Education, Sports Business, and more.

Verrazzano alumni have attended the following graduate programs and professional schools (among others):

  • Baruch College
  • Brooklyn College
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Columbia University
  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • Harvard University
  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • John Jay College
  • McGill University (Montreal)
  • Nazareth College
  • New York University
  • Pennsylvania School of Optometry
  • Rutgers University
  • St. John’s University
  • SUNY Downstate
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 

Our students stand out

Verrazzano graduates are outstanding as a whole and as individuals. We’re proud to say that many of the CSI Valedictorians and Salutatorians in recent years have been Verrazzano students (and we are ALWAYS finalists!

Estie Szczupakiewicz, CSI Salutatorian '19 - Linguistics
RinZhi Go, CSI Valedictorian ‘16 – Biology
Blaze Fraser, CSI Valedictorian ‘14 – Biology
Elizabeth Krawczun, CSI Salutatorian ’14 – Epidemiology (CUNY BA)
Christopher Bitetto, CSI Co-Valedictorian ‘13 – Media Studies
Evelyn Okeke, CSI Co-Valedictorian ‘13 – Biology
Christina Terracino, CSI Salutatorian ’13 – English Literature
Irvin Ibarguen, CSI Valedictorian ‘12 – History
Melissa Horne, CSI Valedictorian ‘11 – English Literature