Transfer Students

First-Year Students

What is the New Student Orientation requirement?

The College of Staten Island requires that all first-year incoming students attend a mandatory CART and NSO program.  These two events incorporate multiple offices and departments on campus to help you become familiar with the CSI campus, our academic programs, and the many services that are available to you as a student.  You will meet other freshmen, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen Orientation Leaders as you are introduced to life at CSI.  At the end of Orientation, you will work with staff to select and register for your first semester classes. For more information visit the New Student Orientation page.

What will I need before coming to register with the College of Staten Island? What will I need before coming to register with the College of Staten Island?

As a brand new incoming freshman student there are a few things you will have to complete before beginning the registration process.  It is essential for these items to be completed before you register so that you may fully benefit from New Student Orientation. For additional information visit the New Student Information Guide.

Health Records

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, Building 1C, Room 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. If you do not submit your Immunization Record Form prior to your registration date, it will delay the advisement and registration process.

Entrance Exams

All new incoming students entering CSI must take the entrance exams prior to registration. The entrance exams will demonstrate competence in three skills areas: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. In each of these areas, the University has set standards defining readiness to do college work. In some cases, due to an SAT exemption or high school Regents exemption a student may only be required to take a placement exam for Mathematics. For further information, you may contact the Office of College Testing in Building 1A, Room 104, 718.982.2380.

Commitment Deposit

The College of Staten Island (CSI) requires newly admitted undergraduate students to pay a non-refundable $100 deposit towards tuition and fee charges when they accept the offer of admission. By submitting your commitment deposit you secure your enrollment to CSI.  This deposit will be applied toward your tuition charges and will allow you to be scheduled for Orientation, Academic Advisement, and Registration; therefore, you are strongly encouraged to send in your deposit as soon as possible.

Commitment deposit deadline for Fall semester:  May 1
If you are admitted after May 1, your commitment deposit is due 30 days after the date indicated on your admission letter.  You must pay your commitment deposit before attending your summer orientation, advisement and registration.

Payment for the commitment deposit can be paid in person or mailed to:

College of Staten Island/CUNY
Office of the Bursar
2800 Victory Boulevard
Building 2A, Room 105
Staten Island, New York 10314

The $100 commitment deposit can be satisfied by a check or money order made payable to the “College of Staten Island” or cash.  (Please remember to print your commitment deposit payment form and attach with your payment.)

*You may be eligible to have your commitment deposit waived if you applied for financial aid using the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) with an estimated family contribution (EFC) of $3000 or less. We strongly encourage you to apply by the March 31st priority deadline.

What if I have failed one or more entrance exams?

Entering students who fail one or more of the CUNY Assessment Tests must take immediate steps to complete their remediation. It is best to participate in the free Summer or Winter Immersion Program prior to the start of the Fall or Spring term so that you will be eligible to register for a full-time load of college-level classes. Students who do not complete SIP or WIP successfully will be required to register for remedial (0-level) non-credit bearing classes in the spring term. Students are required to fulfill all remediation needs prior to the start of their third semester.

** ESL students have additional time to satisfy this requirement.  Please speak with your advisor.

What is Immersion?

The Immersion Programs are intensive workshops which provide an opportunity for students who need to demonstrate proficiency on the CUNY Assessment Tests to receive tuition-free instruction in reading, writing and mathematics during the summer and/or January intersession. Students will retake the CUNY Assessment Test(s) in the discipline(s) in which they receive instruction during the program.  

Students who are attending the Immersion programs may e-mail the Immersion Counselor at to schedule individual appointmen