CUNY College of Staten Island Reviews

  • 22 Reviews
  • Staten Island (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $15,440
91% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 22 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 1/10/2024
  • Degree: Psychology
"College of Staten Island gets a bad rep but I think it is underrated. The college has alot of opportunities but you just have to look out for it and make an initiative on your part which makes sense because it is college after all. I got to work with many amazing professors throughout my undergraduate career. As a psychology major, I got to get very rich research experiences which even helped me land an internship at NASA and gave me the opportunity to present my research overseas. Definitely use rate my professors to your advantage to seek out the good professors (there can be some bad ones) because CSI indeed has them. This school also prepared me for graduate school with the professors' mentorship at CSI. I recently got into Rice University and I know of many alum who went onto other great schools for their graduate education including Columbia, NYU, other CUNY colleges, among others. Overall, I believe the school is what you make of it and the pretty campus is a plus."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2023
"Take 40 lectures in one semester. No week or two to study before finals. Just 2 days or something with 40 lecs to study before the finals. Grading is bad . Registration is awful. You register for each semester from months before even knowing your grades in the previous semester. You take more courses than whats written in your major. Alot of permissions required to register for each course . Take stuff from high-school again before actually taking your college course and at the end you didn't even need this waste of time. Not enough professors. Evaluations for transfer students are horrible. Might not even except most of the elective course you took and tell you take it again even though it's the same or more easier than what you took at the end. Make you take the whole course again of your course is missing one credit. They give you too much credits in one course . There's no lecture halls it's just classrooms. Not enough students can go in a course. Not enough open lecture times too . Counseling is not great . You mostly help yourself in this college and figure things out by yourself. Midterms and quizzes are extremely big . You can have 4 or 5 chapters coming in one quiz or on Midterm. Not enough time for anything in this college . Most students fail course many times in this college. Every year you have to find students retaking courses from how much pressure this college gives you."
Yarma Gundogan
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2018
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"PROS: Graduated in 2014 with EE. Got a decent job 3 weeks after graduation. a year later I applied for a lot better job in a fortune 100 company and almost at 100k barely 4 years out off school. Its decently easy school, if you are considering higher education keep that GPA above 3.00 believe me it will save headaches for you. CONS: CSI has absolutely no career services, connections, workshop,guidance to get you into your first job or help. All above is my own effort, resume, applications, skill set etc. Would I go again if I could go back in time, yes 100%."
Marieli Quintero
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I would highly recommend attending the College of Staten Island. The professors are great many are adjunct professors that teach in surrounding schools such as Rutgers, NYU, and other CUNY schools. I truly enjoyed all my professors there and the campus is beautiful. The price is also inexpensive and the new housing apartments look gorgeous inside."
  • Reviewed: 6/22/2017
  • Degree: English
"I would recommend my undergraduate school, the College of Staten Island to undergraduate students who wish to attend. The school has many undergraduate programs that require high grades and testing in order to enter into such as the Nursing program. However some of the undergraduate programs are a bit easier to get into such as English. The easier ones only require that you simply go to one of the administrative building on campus and select a major. After completing the general education requirements which take about two years and then choosing a major, the students must complete the requirements for their specific major. At that point the student only takes classes that are required by the major. This generally takes two more years. I would recommend pursuing your Bachelors Degree at this school if you are ambitious, patient, and if you are willing to work hard. You can make it and it will be worth because you will have your degree in the end. I would also recommend my graduate school, Brooklyn College. Brooklyn College at the graduate level requires that any given student maintain a "B" average which is equivalent to a 3.0 GPA (Grade Point Average). Therefore the graduate programs at Brooklyn College are challenging and you must be highly focused to succeed and to graduate. Graduate school generally takes two years, however this would not be guaranteed or simple. The student must complete all of the required classes and also do the Thesis paper, no matter how long that takes. If you take a semester off, then of course the full program would take longer. Once all classes are complete with at least a "B" average and the thesis is approved, you would qualify for graduation. It's a shorter process than four year undergrad but it is still time consuming and requires a great deal of concentration and ambition. If you have career goals, it is worth it. In the end you will have your Masters Degree."
T Mitchell
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2017
  • Degree: History
"College of Staten island pushes you to seek information and want to learn more than what the instructor asks of you. The class sizes are more concentrated that larger scale state schools, The interaction with your classmates will make you stronger as a person and make you feel confident in your opinions and responses. You will meet some of your best friends, amazing mentors and grow as a person because of the environment."
Elizabeth D.
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2017
  • Degree: English
"My experience at CUNY-CSI was wonderful. The level of professionalism, diversity and integrity of both the program and the faculty has enabled me to begin teaching on the University level immediately after graduation and I have plans to pursue a PhD."
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I find my Master's prepared me to enter the teaching field."
Samantha Gomez
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2016
  • Degree: English
"The College of Staten Island has been growing over the past decade, including dormitories and more parking lots. They offer a great graduate program for English where the professors are all published and super helpful with mentorship. I am pursuing my English MA at night and with smaller classrooms, the lessons are very informative."
Frances Resuta
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2016
  • Degree: Special Education
"I was lucky enough to have obtained a full-time teaching position a few months after receiving my Bachelor's Degree from CUNY College of Staten Island (CSI). As all new teachers are, I was nervous starting a job I had worked so many years toward, but going into it, I felt fully prepared because of the training and experience I gained throughout my studies at CSI. My professors were all former childhood educators and spoke from experience, providing valuable insight that I still carry with me today. I would highly recommend CSI to anyone who is looking to obtain a degree in education."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"There was both good and bad that went along with going to CSI. The good was the campus, some of the students and professors. The bad was class schedules and book prices."
Alexandra Crimmins
  • Reviewed: 9/3/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
"The positive aspects of my graduate program definitely have to be the professors, I feel because of them I am prepared to stepping into the classroom as a special education teacher. The negative parts are sometimes the overpopulation of students on campus and within the program. This leads to overcrowded classes, lack of parking, and not enough computers and places to complete work in the library."
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2015
  • Degree: Laboratory Technician
"There have a very good nursing program, education program and accounting program! Make a good choice!"
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2014
  • Degree: English
"I majored in English/Creative Writing . A college degree is necessary to secure any professional job and my mastering of the English language, my ability to communicate effectively, has afforded me the opportunity to teach in the private sector....but Science...not English. My school did not help me with my employment search...I was basically left to fend for myself and am still not making nearly enough to support my self"
Irena Werner
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2014
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"So far the experience I have had at in my Masters program has been great. I have learned so much from my professors and peers. This degree will lead me to my dream job and I can not wait."
Irena Werner
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2014
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"I have only finished the first semester and I only have pros. It feels great to meet people who share the same concerns about the environment as me. I am excited to learn more to achieve my future goal!"
Amanda Weber
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"The Liberal Studies program allowed the flexibility to study what interests you. The professors are very supportive and made the masters degree a much smoother process. It was a great experience!!"
christian walker
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2014
  • Degree: Special Education
"Most of the professors are very reasonable and accessible. Class sizes are not usually overcrowded, so the professor to student ratio is decent. A lot of the courses are offered at the same time, so you might not be able to take as many classes as you'd like. The campus is easy to navigate, and small enough that you can get from one side to the other quickly, although parking can sometimes get a bit hairy."
Jolene Maggio
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"This program is really great. The faculty are always available to help students. There is a strong emphasis on the cohesion of the cohort and therefore you do not feel as though you are completing the program alone. It's not a competitive program; everyone helps each other."
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2013
  • Degree: Counseling