An Overview of NSO

Welcome to the College of Staten Island!

The College of Staten Island (CSI) requires all first-year incoming students to attend NSO, a comprehensive mandatory one-day program, presented by multiple offices and departments on campus. NSO is an opportunity for students to become engaged with the college community and gain the knowledge necessary for a successful first-year experience.

NSO is designed to help students to become familiar with the CSI Campus, CSI’s academic programs, what is expected of students at CSI, and provide students with information regarding the many support services and resources available to them at CSI. NSO is also an opportunity for students to meet other incoming students, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen Orientation Leaders (OLs), while being introduced to college life at CSI. The overall goal of NSO is to provide students with a sense of belonging and connection to the campus community, to provide students with the tools to become responsible learners and college students, develop partnerships and effective communication skills, and ease students’ transition to CSI.

At NSO, students will formally be welcomed to CSI, engage in teambuilding activities among other incoming students, and have the opportunity to learn more about co-curricular options and involvement on campus through the Office of Student Life. Students will also be provided with more information about important CSI policies and procedures. During NSO, students will also be introduced to campus resources including: The Counseling Center, the Center for Career and Professional Developmentthe Center for Global Engagementthe Center for Student Accessibility,  the Office of Academic Supportthe Library, and Athletics. Additionally, students are also provided with a free lunch during the Lunch and Learn session.

Important information for students entering for the Fall 2019 semester

Summer 2019 NSO Dates:

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Tuesday. August 13, 2019
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Monday, August 26, 2019 (Dolphin Cove Residents Only)

You are required to attend NSO on one of the above dates. 

Once you have committed to the College and satisfied all testing and remediation requirements, you will receive an invitation to register for a CSI Advisement & Registration Training (CART) Session. Students must register for NSO during their CART Session. If you have not registered for an NSO session or want to confirm your registration, please contact New Student Programs at 718.982.2529. NSO is mandatory and students are given an appointment on availability basis only. Students are strongly encouraged to keep their NSO appointments. All incoming students must attend NSO in order to attend CSI in the Fall, and must complete a session by August 26,2019. Students, who do not complete NSO by this date, will need to reapply for the Spring 2020 Semester.


Orientation Leaders