College of Staten Island

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The college campus

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 CUNY Graduate Center 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. 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. 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. 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]


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]


The College of Staten Island currently competes at the NCAA Division III level.

Notable people


  • Zaghloul Ahmed, neurophysiologist and professor of Physical Therapy[17]
  • Nancy Bogen, professor of English, producer of mixed media combining photography, poetry and music
  • Patricia J. Brooks, professor of psychology, director of the Language Learning Laboratory
  • Jean Halley, professor of sociology, focusing on issues of social power
  • Tyehimba Jess, professor of English, recipient of 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry[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]
  • Michael Petrides, professor of electrical technology, dean of administration, namesake of Michael J. Petrides School[21]
  • Sarah Schulman, CUNY distinguished professor of the Humanities, novelist, playwright, nonfiction writer, screenwriter and AIDS historian[22]


  • Farooque Ahmed, imprisoned for planning to bomb Washington Metro stations
  • Joanne Bland, civil rights activist in Alabama
  • Justin Brannan, New York City Council since 2018, representing Brooklyn; former musician
  • Sara M. Gonzalez, New York City Council 2002–2014, representing Brooklyn
  • Vinny Guadagnino, American reality television personality, best known for MTV's Jersey Shore
  • Muriel A. Howard, president of Buffalo State College 1996–2009
  • Raj Amit Kumar, filmmaker and writer, best known for Unfreedom which is banned in India
  • Jeremy Luke, film and television actor
  • Bahman Maghsoudlou, filmmaker and film historian, CSI Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Michael Mulgrew, fifth President of the United Federation of Teachers[23]
  • Joe Rigby, jazz saxophonist, NYC music teacher of the year 1996
  • Gene Simmons, co-lead singer and bassist from the band Kiss[24]
  • Kevin Sussman, actor in The Big Bang Theory.[24]


  1. ^ a b c CSI Institutional Profile, Fall 2015
  2. ^ a b c 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 March 3, 2016.
  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. ^ a b "CUNY, College of Staten Island". Forbes. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Mission Statement | CUNY High Performance Computing Center". Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "America's Top Colleges 2018". Forbes. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "U.S. College Rankings 2019". Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Best Colleges Rankings: CUNY-College of Staten Island". US Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "College of Staten Island CUNY". Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "America's Top Colleges - CUNY, College of Staten Island". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  15. ^ [email protected], All: URAP Lab. []; e-mail:. "URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance". Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  16. ^ CollegeNET. "Social Mobility Index by CollegeNET". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Treatment being studied at College of Staten Island stimulates the brain, spinal cord and muscles in those with cerebral palsy, stroke". Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "CSI professor weaves poetry with history in Pulitzer-winning work". Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "Wanted: People with spinal cord injuries for clinical trials". Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  20. ^ "CSI symposium honors career of Dr. Fred Naider". Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  21. ^ "Michael Petrides, 53, Adviser To Mayor and Schools Leader". The New York Times. June 30, 1994. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  22. ^ "Publishing Triangle". Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  23. ^ "CUNY College of Staten Island". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  24. ^ a b "College of Staten Island CUNY". Times Higher Education (THE). Archived from the original on June 28, 2018.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)

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

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