To be eligible for SEEK at CSI, you must:

  • be a legal resident of New York State for at least one year prior to entering college;
  • be a citizen or have permanent resident status;
  • be a high school graduate or recipient of a state-approved equivalency diploma;
  • be a first-time freshman —  or be a transfer from SEEK or College Discovery at another CUNY college, or have been previously enrolled in an HEOP or EOP program (private colleges and state college opportunity programs, respectively);
  • have a gross family income that meets the New York State guidelines; and
  • meet the minimum admissions requirements for entrance into CSI’s Associate degree program

To apply, you must:

  • Complete the Special Programs (SEEK and College Discovery) section of the CUNY Freshman Admission Application, either through a paper application or online at
  • You must also complete the Financial Aid Student Application (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be submitted electronically through the Internet at  You should list all of the CUNY colleges you are considering in your FAFSA. Be aware that not all eligible students are accepted to SEEK; therefore, you should submit your application early to increase your chances of being accepted.

Admission to SEEK is conditional until you have done the following:

  • taken the University basic skills assessment tests in reading, writing, and mathematics, unless you are exempted based on your SAT and/or Regents scores;
  • attended a summer pre-freshman program if you do not meet the University requirements in all three skills;
  • provided required documents that prove your economic eligibility for SEEK; and
  • contacted the SEEK Program at CSI at (718) 982-2410 to discuss additional requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: SEEK enrollment is available on a first come, first serve basis. There are only a limited number of seats available each academic year and that number changes annually.

All students' documentation must be submitted and approved by the first day of fall classes. In other words, you must be documented and approved the summer before that academic year begins, whether you are attending for the fall or the spring semester as a first-time incoming freshman.