Prestige and affordability
This year, the College of Staten Island (CSI) is featured on Forbes magazine’s 2019 “Top Colleges” list. U.S. News & World Report named CSI’s Engineering program among the top 100 in the country, and CSI’s master’s programs in Nursing and Social Work are listed in its 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. In addition, CSI was named to Victory Media’s 2019–2020 “Military Spouse Friendly Schools” list, and ASecureLife.com ranked CSI as the 23rd-most secure campus in the United States for the 2019–2020 academic year. Finally, in summer 2019, CSI joined the NCAA Division II, competing in the East Coast Conference. CSI offers experiential learning opportunities, honors programs, independent and faculty-led research opportunities, study abroad, scholarships, financial aid, and luxury apartment-style housing.
Largest New York City campus
CSI is situated on a sprawling 204- acre campus located in the heart of Staten Island. As the largest single college campus (public or private) in New York City, its scenic landscape creates a rural oasis in an urban setting, with picturesque trees, lawns, and gardens. CSI St. George—our newest campus extension, conveniently situated near the Staten Island Ferry and the Island’s transportation hub—offers an assortment of undergraduate and graduate classes as well as easy travel for commuters and access to New York City.
Exemplary facilities and academics
State-of-the-art facilities are a hallmark of CSI’s campus. Highlights include a 16-foot domed astrophysical observatory, home of the most powerful supercomputer on the Eastern Seaboard; the 77,000-sq. ft. Sports and Recreation Center; one of only three animal labs in the country that breeds naked mole-rats; the student-operated radio station WSIA-FM; the Advanced Imaging Facility; an experimental black box theater; and the ultramodern Center for the Arts.
CSI also offers exemplary academics. The Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business faculty hold advanced degrees, publish in leading journals, and have extensive real-world experience. The School of Education offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescent Education and graduates students with 90% and higher pass rates on the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). CSI’s School of Health Sciences offers two of CSI’s most academically competitive programs, Nursing and Physical Therapy, along with the BSSW and MSW in Social Work.
CSI’s faculty are highly regarded experts in their chosen fields, and over 90% of our full-time faculty members hold PhDs or the highest attainable degree in their field. The media have sought our professors for appearances on television and radio and in print to share their expertise with the public. Most recently, Professor of Music Sylvia Kahan’s book Winnaretta Singer-Polignac: Princesse, mécène et musicienne was nominated for the prestigious Prix France Musique des Muses 2019.
Adding to the impressive pool of recent CSI faculty accolades are those of Dr. Daniel McCloskey, whose groundbreaking work with African naked mole-rats was recently featured on the Smithsonian Channel, and Professor Matt Brim, who was named a distinguished CUNY fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative for his work in queer studies. In addition, Professor of English Patricia Smith’s latest collection of poetry, Incendiary Art: Poems, won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Poetry, the prestigious $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry.
Grants recently awarded to CSI faculty include National Science Foundation Career Grants of $462,545 to Professor of Chemistry Sharon Loverde for her project “Career: Multiscale Modeling of Polymersomes”; $450,000 to Dwight Richards, Neo Antoniades, and Xin “Jessica” Jiang (Engineering and Environmental Science) for their project, “GOALI: Collaborative Research: An Experimentally Validated Simulation Framework for Next-Generation Plastic Optical Fiber-Based Systems on Airplanes”; and $124,422 awarded to Professor of Mathematics Tobias Johnson for his research titled “Phase Transitions in Random Interacting Systems.”
Luxury student housing
CSI’s luxury student housing allows students to live in comfort and convenience in the heart of our beautiful campus. Our student apartments are fully furnished, include private bedrooms and bathrooms, and have internet and cable access. Amenities include a fitness center, computer lab, study lounge, and laundry room.
The College of Staten Island offers the Macaulay Honors College University Scholars Program, which provides high-achieving students with an honors curriculum of innovative and challenging courses during their first and second years of study. Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs gave the Macaulay Honors College the highest rating among public honors colleges and programs nationwide. Only seven ranked schools (and only two in the Northeast) received the highest rating.
The Verrazano School, our local CSI honors program, offers students a unique undergraduate education through academically motivated learning communities. The Teacher Education Honors Academy, also unique to CSI, is designed for select students who are passionate about mathematics and science and want to teach those subjects to middle and high school students. All honors programs offer merit-based scholarships.