College of Staten Island

The City University of New York
College of Staten Island
College of Staten Island Seal
Motto Opportunity and Challenge
Type Public
Established 1956
President William J. Fritz, PhD.
Provost Gary Reichard, PhD
Academic staff
1,239 (Fall 2015)[1]
Administrative staff
1,138 (Fall 2015)[1]
Students 13,798 (Fall 2015)[1]
Location Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Campus CSI Willowbrook
CSI Merrill
CSI St. George
Colors Dolphin Blue & Gray
Affiliations City University of New York
Mascot Dolphin

The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a public college in Staten Island, New York. It is one of the 11 four-year senior colleges within the City University of New York system. Programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies lead to bachelor's and associate degrees. The master's degree is awarded in 13 professional and liberal arts and sciences fields of study. A clinical doctorate is awarded by the department of Physical Therapy.The college participates in doctoral programs of The Graduate Center, CUNY in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology.


The College of Staten Island is the product of a merger in 1976 of Staten Island Community College (SICC), founded in 1956, and Richmond College, founded in 1965. Richmond College had been threatened with closure because of New York City's financial crisis, while SICC, because of its status as a community college, received state support. The merger was particularly logical since the community college offered two-year degrees, while Richmond College was an "upper divisional" college (the third in the nation) that offered degrees to those in their third and fourth years of schooling.

The College of Staten Island has been located on the grounds of the former Willowbrook State School since 1993. It is the largest campus, in terms of physical size, in New York City. Before the relocation to Willowbrook, the College had a split campus, located at the former Staten Island Community College (in Sunnyside, on Todt Hill; the campus now houses the Michael J. Petrides School) and Richmond College (in St. George).


  1. Dr. Edmond Volpe, 1976-1994,[2] an American literature scholar, retired in 1994, after having successfully handled the merger of the two colleges and the unification of the two campuses.
  2. Dr. Marlene Springer, 1994-2007,[2] an English and American literature scholar, under whose leadership the College improved academic standards, introduced two doctoral programs and several master's programs, raised the level of the faculty, added research institutes, and introduced an Honors College, The Verrazano School, and the CSI High School for International Studies, retired in August 2007
  3. Tomás D. Morales, 2007-2012;[2] arranged for a free shuttle from the Staten Island ferry to the Willowbrook campus; announced in May 2012 that he would be leaving to become president of California State University at San Bernardino some months after the faculty senate passed a motion of no confidence[3][4][5]
  4. Dr. William J. Fritz, geologist, appointed interim president on August 15, 2012 and as President on May 6, 2014[6][7]



CSI has more than 80 science labs which includes the Center for Developmental Neuroscience and The CUNY Interdisciplinary High-Performance Computing Center (HPCC)[8]. HPPC is made to advance the University’s educational and research mission by providing advanced high-performance computing technology resources and corresponding technical assistance to faculty and students[9]. It is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the region[8].


University rankings
Forbes[10] 451
Times/WSJ[11] 601-800

As of the 2016 school year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked The College of Staten Island between 146th and 187th in their Best Regional Universities in the North category, and tied for 118th in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs that do not offer a doctorate, yet the college is unranked nationally.[12] For 2018, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings has placed The College of Staten Island between 601st and 800th in their US University Rankings category,[13] while Forbes ranks the college 451st nationally, 152nd in their Public Colleges category, and 164th in the Northeast.[14] . Furthermore, Forbes ranks the college 111th in their America's Best Value Colleges. The college is also very research oriented and the High Impact Universities Research Performance Index (RPI) grades CSI with a B for its research performance[15]. Furthermore, the College is ranked 37th nationally in the 2017 SMI Ranking which measures the upward economic mobility[16].

Notable faculty

  • Tyehimba Jess, professor of English 2017 Pulitzer Prize[17]
  • Sarah Miriam Schulman, CUNY distinguished professor of the Humanities novelist, playwright, nonfiction writer, screenwriter and AIDS historian[18]
  • Maria Knikou, neurophysiologist and professor of Physical Therapy[19]
  • Fred Naider, CUNY distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Leonard and Esther Kurtz term professor[20]
  • Zaghloul Ahmed, neurophysiologist and professor of Physical Therapy[21]

Notable alumni


  1. 1 2 3 CSI Institutional Profile, Fall 2015
  2. 1 2 3 Hall of Presidents, College of Staten Island.
  3. Wrobleski, Tom College of Staten Island faculty avoids no-confidence vote on President Dr. Tomas Morales Staten Island Advance April 19, 2012
  4. "College of Staten Island faculty avoids no-confidence vote on President Dr. Tomas Morales". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  5. "Prominent Geologist Dr. William J. Fritz Named Interim President of the College of Staten Island". CUNY Newswire. May 21, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  6. "CUNY Board Appoints William Fritz President of College of Staten Island". CUNY Newswire. May 5, 2014.
  7. About Dr. William J. Fritz, College of Staten Island.
  8. 1 2 "CUNY, College of Staten Island". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  9. "Mission Statement | CUNY High Performance Computing Center". Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  10. "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. July 5, 2016.
  11. "U.S. College Rankings 2018". Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  12. "Best Colleges Rankings: CUNY-College of Staten Island". US Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  13. "College of Staten Island CUNY". Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  14. "America's Top Colleges - CUNY, College of Staten Island". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  15., All: URAP Lab. []; e-mail:. "URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance". Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  16. CollegeNET. "Social Mobility Index by CollegeNET". Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  17. "CSI professor weaves poetry with history in Pulitzer-winning work". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  18. "Publishing Triangle". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  19. "Wanted: People with spinal cord injuries for clinical trials". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  20. "CSI symposium honors career of Dr. Fred Naider". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  21. "Treatment being studied at College of Staten Island stimulates the brain, spinal cord and muscles in those with cerebral palsy, stroke". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  22. "Vinny Guadagnino". Wikipedia. 2018-03-30.
  23. "College of Staten Island CUNY". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  24. "College of Staten Island CUNY". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2018-04-07.

Coordinates: 40°36′00″N 74°09′00″W / 40.60000°N 74.15000°W / 40.60000; -74.15000

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