The College of Staten Island is one of 11 colleges that together form the City University New York. Its campus, comprising more than 200 acres of land, is the largest in and around New York City.
CSI is the product of a 1976 merger between Staten Island Community College, founded in 1956, and Richmond College, founded in 1967. The only higher education institution on the island, it specialises in liberal arts and sciences. It is one of the youngest institutions in CUNY, which was established in 1847.
It is divided into three schools: the School of Business, the School of Education and the School of Health Sciences, and runs master’s and doctoral courses as well as undergraduate programs.
One of New York City’s outer boroughs, Staten Island is off the coast of Brooklyn, accessible on a free ferry which runs throughout the night. The majority of students live more centrally in New York City, taking the ferry to classes. The island is also accessible via road bridges which connect it with both New York City and New Jersey.
Staten Island’s highlights include a lot of greenery, a Chinese garden, a 190m ferris wheel usually thought to be the largest in the world, Historic Richmond Town, which has some of the oldest archival collections in the region, and the National Lighthouse Museum, which towers above Upper Bay.
Famous alumni include Gene Simmons, the co-lead singer and bassist from the band Kiss, and Kevin Sussman, the actor best-known for playing Stuart Bloom in The Big Bang Theory.