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Transfer NSO

An Overview of New Student Orientation (NSO)

Welcome to the College of Staten Island!

The College of Staten Island (CSI) recommends that all incoming transfer students complete NSO, a 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 transition to CSI.

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. It is also an opportunity for students to meet other incoming students, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen New Student Mentors, 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. Some of our Mentors are former transfer students.

During 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 EngagementOffice of Accessibility Services,  the Office of Academic Supportthe Library, and Athletics. Additionally, students are also provided with refreshments.


Important information for students entering for the Spring 2024 semester

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an important first steps in your journey at CSI. The overall goal of NSO is to provide students with a sense of belonging and connection to the campus community with a fun interactive program. The first year at a new college can be overwhelming, but during NSO, you learn about all of the resources available to help you succeed.

You will receive an email communication from New Student Orientation with directions on how to register for NSO. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

All incoming transfer students with less than six credits must complete NSO in order to register for the Fall 2024 semester.


CUNY Transfer Tips

The Transfer Tips series was created to help prepare CUNY students transferring to a senior college. Hear directly from other CUNY students, who share their own experiences and tips for how to access college resources, succeed academically, maintain a healthy and balanced life, and plan for a rewarding career. 

Transfer Tips #1: Starting Strong 


Transfer Tips #2: Accessing Resources 


Transfer Tips #3: Practicing Self Care 


Transfer Tips #4: Gaining Professional Skills