What to do prior to Attending Your Scheduled New Student Orientation (NSO)


NSO has gone mobile! Be sure to download your FREE mobile Orientation Guide before attending NSO for your smart device. You will need this Guide when you attend NSO. Your schedule for the NSO program, materials, campus map, social media, FAQs, alerts, and much more are all available to you on your Guide. This mobile Guide will replace printed materials at NSO. The app is compatible with Apple and Android devices. Windows Phones 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site. To get your Guide, download “College of Staten Island” from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace. More information about how to use your Guide during NSO will be explained by your Orientation Leader (OL) during Team Meet-Up on the day of your scheduled orientation program.


In order to attend NSO, you must have been accepted to the College of Staten Island and have submitted your Admission Response Form/Commitment Deposit to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. You should also make sure that proof of your high school graduation is on file and to send your final high school transcript, official AP test scores (from College Board) and official college transcripts for courses taken while in high school directly to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. If you are still currently in high school, you must submit proof of your high school graduation as soon as it is available. For additional questions regarding the Admission Response Form/Commitment Deposit, proof of high school graduation, and other high school documents, please contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 718.982.2010 or visit building 2A, room 103.


In order to attend your scheduled NSO session, you must have completed all of your CUNY Assessment Tests including Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, or satisfied this requirement by achieving the necessary scores on the Regents, ACT, or SAT exams. Students, who have registered for NSO without taking these tests, are not yet eligible to attend NSO. Additionally, students who may have failed any of the CUNY Assessment Tests may need to be enrolled in a remediation program based on the college’s remedial policy in order to be eligible to attend the college and NSO. For additional questions regarding testing, please contact the College Testing Office at 718.982.2380 or visit building 1A, room 104.


If you are currently enrolled in an Immersion program, and have questions regarding your classes, please contact the Office of Academic Support in building 1L, room 117 or call 718.982.3964. Please note, your remedial status and your participation in the Immersion programs can impact your eligibility for NSO. If you are enrolled in an Immersion program, you must not miss instruction to attend NSO. You must attend a NSO session that does not conflict with your classes. However, if you are enrolled in an evening Immersion program, you are eligible to attend a NSO session that is not only designated for students participating in Immersion, as it will not conflict with your classes. If your NSO date conflicts with your Immersion program, please contact New Student Programs at 718.982.2529 to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.

5. CSI Advisement & Registration Training (CART) Session

Once you have completed steps one through five, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register for a CART Session. During your CART session, you will be provided an individualized Advisement Worksheet which is specifically prepared for you.  This worksheet designates courses which you are required to take based upon the major you have chosen to complete at the College.  CSI students can retain an “undeclared” major status until they have earned 44 college-level credits.  If you haven’t yet chosen a designated major, we encourage you to complete the MyMajors Assessment Inventory below to support you in your decision process.  Finally, at the conclusion of your CART session, you will then be given the opportunity to enroll in your mandatory NSO session. 

MyMajors Career Assessment Resource 
A free on-line career assessment tool which supports your ability to choose a CSI “best fit” major upon completing your Aptitude and Interest Profile.  A personalized Advisement Report is generated for you at the end of your assessment.

Additional information regarding CART available here

To help you prepare for your CART session, we recommend that you review the materials available here

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS) at: Building 1A, Room 101; 718.982.2280; advisement@csi.cuny.edu.


As per New York State Public Health Law, proof of immunization to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is required for all students born on or after January 1, 1957 taking six or more credits. The Immunization Record form must be submitted to Health and Wellness Services, 1C-112 (Fax: 718-982-2966) prior to registering for classes. The Meningitis section must be completed by all students. You may opt to sign the Meningitis refusal section instead of receiving the Meningitis vaccination. If you are under the age of 18, a parent/guardian signature is required. You will not be able to register for classes without meeting the immunization requirements. This should be completed at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled Registration session.

  • The form for MMR and Meningitis is available here.


Claim your CUNY First account.  You will learn more about CUNY First and your Student Center during your CART session.


If you are interested in applying for Financial Aid, you should do so online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Don’t forget to complete the New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) after filling out your FAFSA. CSI has a Student Service Center where students and parents may make an appointment to file the FAFSA on the web. The Financial Aid Office also provides information on Federal Direct Loans. If you have completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please visit our guide Financial Aid in CUNYfirst. Communications on the status of any financial aid application will be available there.  Please submit immediately to the Financial Aid office any requested documentation or additional information. For additional information, please visit the Financial Aid Office webpage or contact 718.982.2601 or visit Enrollment Services in building 2A, room 106.


Students with documented disabilities or temporary injuries, who may need special accommodations for NSO, must contact the Center for Student Accessibility at least one week prior to your scheduled session. The Center for Student Accessibility is located in building 1P, room 101. To setup accommodations, please contact the Center for Student Accessibility at 718.982.2510.


For students with prior knowledge of a language, we suggest the FAST TRACK to Language proficiency. With the Fast Track, students may finish any language requirements more quickly, be exempt from foreign language, and/or enter more quickly into language minors and majors. Graduates of high school in a non-English-speaking country are exempt from the language requirement. The Fast Track placement exam is administered by the Modern Languages Media Center. Students will need their EMPLID in order to take the placement exam. If you do not know your EMPLID, please contact New Student Programs at 718.982.2529. For more information about FAST TRACK and the placement exam, please contact the Modern Languages Media Center in building 2S, room 114, or call 718.982.3711 or contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures in building 2S, room 109, or call 718.982.3700.


All enrolled full time students attending the College of Staten Island, who are in good standing, are eligible to live in CSI Student Housing’s Dolphin Cove on a first come, first served basis. Students interested in living on-campus or learning more about student housing, should visit the Student Housing website, or call 718.982.3019.


The NSO program is designed to help acclimate new students to the CSI campus and all of its resources and support services, as well as, prepare students for their first semester. Therefore, we encourage new students to prepare any questions they have and to bring them with them to be answered during the NSO program.

Getting to CSI 
The CSI Ferry Shuttle will be available for new students both days of NSO. This is a direct bus from the St. George Ferry to the College of Staten Island. Visit the CSI Ferry Shuttle Services website here for more information regarding pickup locations and times, or call Operational Services at 718.982.3220. For information regarding different ways to get to the College of Staten Island, please click here. During days of orientation, you will need to print out the CSI Visitor Bus Pass. You will need to submit this to the bus driver each time you ride the ferry shuttle during orientation days.