Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021


Office of the Registrar

Registrar, Kerri Gerson

Building 2A, Room 110


Visit our Website:https://www.csi.cuny.edu/students/registrar

The Office of the Registrar assists students in navigating the necessities of the school. The Office performs a variety of services both online and in person for students including: registration, transcript ordering, grade reporting, enrollment certification, final examination scheduling, the schedule of classes, academic calendars, transfer credit evaluation, degree audit, and graduation evaluation.


Students must register each semester using their CUNYfirst self-service account. Registration and appointment materials are sent by the Office of the Registrar prior to registration to all current, readmitted, and newly admitted students.  Instructions for using CUNYfirst are also available online.  An open registration period is scheduled at the beginning of each semester for students who miss their registration appointments or who are returning to CSI too late for an appointment to be scheduled.

Students who do not meet the course prerequisites will be unable to complete the registration process.  Undergraduate course prerequisites could include any one or more of the following: matriculated or non-matriculated undergraduate student status; curriculum restrictions; completion of other courses; completion of other courses with a minimum grade; corequisite courses (which must be taken with the course); class or standing; and/or department/program approval/permission.

If a major requirement has a prerequiste(s), it automatically becomes part of the program requirements and the credits are added to the total credits for the major.  In some cases, the same course may satisfy both the major and a general education requirement. 

A detailed registration schedule and class listings and course information are available online each semester on the Registrar's website. Registration is not complete until all financial obligations have been satisfied. 

Special Categories of Registration

Permit or Visiting Students

Permit students from within The City University must submit a valid CUNY permit through the ePERMIT system from their home college to the CSI Registrar’s Office prior to registration. Visiting students from outside The City University must submit the Visiting Student Application available online on the Registrar's website along with documentation from their home schools that they have permission to enroll at CSI.

Undergraduate first-year students in Macaulay, and CUNY BA programs can take e-permit courses in their first semester, and throughout their college careers; other undergraduate students can start taking e-permit courses in their second semester and can continue thereafter. First semester transfer students may also take a course on ePermit, with eligibility based on the previous college GPA.

Senior Citizens

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York authorizes colleges to permit residents of New York State sixty years of age and older to enroll in undergraduate courses, on an audit basis without tuition charge and without credit, on a space-available basis. Individuals who enroll shall be charged an administrative fee ($65), the student consolidated service fee $15), as well as any other fees they may incur.

Senior citizens may enroll as undergraduate degree degree-credit student, but may not be categorized as an “audit” student and a degree student during the same semester or session.

Senior Citizens are not permitted to register tuition free for any graduate level course and utilize a tuition fee waiver.


Undergraduate students who do not register for a semester and then decide to return in a subsequent semester must file an application for readmission with the Registrar. Readmission is routine unless the student is applying for a different curriculum, which may entail a review of qualifications. Applications may be filed online at https://www.csi.cuny.edu/students/registrar.

Students who have been academically dismissed by the College will be readmitted only upon successful appeal to the Committee on Course and Standing.  Please refer to the Counseling Center for further information on Readmission and Grade Appeals.

Immunization Requirement

New York State Public Health Law requires immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella for some students. All students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are enrolling for six or more equated credits, must have proof of immunization on file at the College Health Center, Campus Center (1C), Room 112, one week prior to registration. Transfer students must request that their health records be transferred to CSI. Information and the immunization forms are available at the Health Center and at the Registrar’s Office

New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires that all college and university students be informed of the meningococcal disease, a potentially fatal bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis. The College of Staten Island is required to maintain a record of the following for each student:

  • A response to receipt of meningococcal disease and vaccine information signed by the student or if a student is under the age of 18, by the student’s parent or guardian. The information provided to you must include information on the availability and cost of meningococcal meningitis vaccine (Menomune™);


  • A record of meningococcal meningitis immunization within the past ten years;


  • An acknowledgment of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student or if a student is under the age of 18, by the student’s parent or guardian.

Meningitis is rare. However, when it strikes, its flu-like symptoms make diagnosis difficult. If not treated early, meningitis can lead to an increase in fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column as well as severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation, and even death. Cases of meningitis among teens and young adults 15 to 24 years of age (the age of most college students) have more than doubled since 1991. The disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year and claims about 300 lives. Between 100 and 125 meningitis cases occur on college campuses and as many as 15 students will die from the disease. A vaccine is available that protects against four types of the bacteria that cause meningitis in the United States: types A, C, Y, and W-135. These types account for nearly two-thirds of meningitis cases among college students. The College of Staten Island does not offer meningococcal immunization. The meningitis vaccine is provided at the New York City Department of Health Travelers’ clinics, wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/contentFindClinic.aspx. The meningitis vaccine may or may not be covered by insurance. The vaccine cost is approximately $75. The Ryan Chelsea Clinton Community Center, 645 Tenth Avenue (between 45th and 46th) New York, NY 10036, 212.265.4500, offers the meningitis vaccine at a low and affordable cost. Note: Per public health law, the College may not permit any student to attend the institution in excess of 30 days without complying with this law.

To learn more about meningitis and the vaccine, please consult your physician. You can also find information about the disease at:

The College Health Center’s Website:


New York State Department of Health Website:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Websites:

wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentFindClinic.aspx and www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions

American College Health Association (ACHA) Website:


and the National Meningitis Association (NMA), Website: www.nmaus.org

I.D. Cards

Each student will be provided with a photo identification card. Each semester the I.D. cards are validated upon completion of registration. Validated I.D. cards must be carried by a student on campus at all times. Duplicate I.D. cards are available at a cost of $5.