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International Profile

Imagine receiving a world-class education in the world’s most exciting city, New York, while experiencing the comforts of a serene, beautiful campus.

College of Staten Island is a senior college within the City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university. It offers an unusual opportunity to students: to experience life in New York while studying on a large and picturesque 83-hectare campus that boasts the Great Lawn, athletic fields, sculpture, and seating areas, all surrounded by mature woodlands. Fourteen buildings house classrooms, laboratories, instructional spaces, study lounges, and offices. At CSI students will find excellent degree programs, renowned faculty, vibrant campus life, affordable tuition, cutting-edge technology, and state-of-the-art facilities.

National recognition in the past few years
• One of the nation’s “Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges” by Washington Monthly
• One of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes
• “Best Colleges” ranked third in New York State by Money magazine
• “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report
• Top Institution in New York State by Business Insider
• 48th in the country by Time magazine

Honors programs
The College of Staten Island offers a number of honors programs, learning communities, and undergraduate research opportunities. Our programs range from the Macaulay Honors College: University Scholars Program, which provides high-achieving students with a special honors curriculum of innovative and challenging courses during the first and second years of study, to the Verrazano School, a program designed to offer students a unique undergraduate education through academically motivated learning communities.

Our faculty
Our faculty members are passionate about their role in the leadership process. They provide students with
a rich and structured intellectual opportunity—and they do so with a dazzling array of methodologies. At CSI our world-class faculty do more than teach. They take a personal interest in students’ development. They mentor them. They partner with them on research projects. They help them shape their professional goals.

Our campus
Center for Global Engagement
The Center for Global Engagement provides services for students and scholars from around the world. In addition to processing all required immigration documentation, the Center provides extensive orientation, ongoing advisement, and assistance. It also oversees student activities and organizes a variety of on-campus programs throughout the year. Some of those activities include the International Coffee Hours, World on Wednesdays, Immigration 101 Workshops, and International Education Week events.

New CSI student housing
Since fall 2013, students are able to live in comfort and convenience in the heart of our beautiful campus. Our student apartments are fully furnished and include cable and Internet. Great amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a computer center, study lounges, a café and social lounge, and much more are available.

Campus Center
This is where students go to relax, eat, and find out what’s happening around campus. They can choose from a variety of culinary options and enjoy our spacious cafeteria. They can visit the bookstore, the health center, or the study lounge. The Center is also home to the student-run radio station, WSIA FM 88.9, and the College’s more than 50 student clubs and organizations.

Sports and Recreation Center
Our 77,000-sq. ft. athletic center features two gyms, an eight-lane swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness center, and five racquetball courts. Outside, students work out on a quarter-mile track; compete in tennis, basketball, and handball; and play soccer, baseball, and softball.

Our library features modern resources that promote learning in a quiet, comfortable setting. The building houses a study center, a collection of books and journals in the liberal arts and sciences, computer facilities and online services that provide access to resources beyond the library, an instructional facility on information retrieval and information literacy, and media distribution services in support of instruction.

Centers for Scientific Exploration
Our campus houses a number of advanced science laboratories. Using modern facilities and cutting-edge equipment, our teams take science to new levels.

Center for the Arts
Located at the heart of campus is our Center for the Arts, a world-class performance venue and scholarly resource that is home to a series of first-rate performances featuring music, comedy, theater, dance, and children’s theater.

First-year international undergraduate students are required to submit the following documents:
• Online application available at
• Non-refundable application fee
• Secondary school credentials
• Photocopy of certified translation of all transcripts, diplomas, and certificates if they are not in English
• Proof of English proficiency required


New York City is the crossroads of the world, with a dynamic mix of culture, commerce, entertainment, and excitement. Staten Island, New York, on the other hand, is a quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. One of New York’s five boroughs, Staten Island is also called the borough of parks and is the greenest borough in the city.



SIZE OF CAMPUS: College of Staten Island is 83 picturesque hectares. On-campus housing is available.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Undergraduate enrollment is 12,417. International student population is 2%.

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 646 full-time faculty members; student-faculty ratio is 28:1.

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: College of Staten Island offers a wide range of programs in our School of Business, School of Education, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Division of Science and Technology.

• Accounting
• African and African Diaspora Studies
• American Studies
• Art: Studio Art Concentration
• Art/Photography
• Biochemistry
• Biology*: Tracks: Bioinformatics; Ecology; Evolution and Behavioral Biology; Health Science; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Neuroscience  
• Business: Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing Concentrations
• Chemistry*
• Cinema Studies: Critical Studies and Production Concentrations
• Communications: Corporate Communications, Design and Digital Media, Journalism, and Media Studies Concentrations
• Computer Science
• Computer Science/Mathematics
• Drama
• Earth and Environmental Science
• Economics: Business and Finance Specializations
• Education: Adolescence, Childhood, and Early Childhood Programs
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Science: Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Specializations
• English*: Dramatic Literature, Linguistics, Literature, and Writing Concentrations
• Geography
• History*
• Information Systems and Informatics
• International Studies
• Italian Studies*
• Mathematics*: Pure and Applied Mathematics
• Medical Technology
• Music: Classical Performance, Jazz Studies, Literature and Theory, Music Technology, and Performance Concentrations
• Nursing
• Philosophy
• Philosophy and Political Science: Dual Major
• Physics*
• Political Science
• Pre-professional Preparation: Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Physical Therapy, and Podiatry Programs
• Psychology
• Science, Letters, and Society: Early Childhood Sequence (Birth–2) and Childhood Sequence (1–6)
• Social Work
• Sociology-Anthropology
• Spanish*
• Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
* Adolescent Education Track available (Grades 7–12)

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: International students come from more than 60 countries.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: The Center for Global Engagement provides services for students and scholars from around the world. In addition to processing all required immigration documentation, the Center provides extensive orientation, ongoing advisement, and assistance.

Tuition and Fees . . . $ 13,720
Living Expenses . . . $  27,192
Total . . . . . . . . . . .$ 40,912

FINANCIAL AID: International students may apply for a partial CSI scholarship, which recognizes academic excellence and college or community service.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: TOEFL or IELTS is required from non-native speakers of English. SAT and ACT are optional but highly recommended.

Fall semester: February 1
Spring semester: September 15
Freshman application fee: $65