Names CSI to Its List of Best Bachelor’s in Film Programs [UPDATED] has named CSI one of the Best Bachelor’s in Film programs.

Editor’s Note: This accolate was originally published on March 24, 2021. has recently added a description of our program and its merits.

In its 2021 rankings of the Top 50 Best Bachelor’s in Film Programs, has named the College of Staten Island No. 33.

In it’s review of the College, noted that “The Department of Media Culture at College of Staten Island CUNY offers a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies with two concentrations: Critical Studies and Production. The department houses a robust film/video lab for class instruction and experiential video projects. Those struggling to find their way around the lab may receive one-on-one tutoring from an experienced lab technician. Students benefit from experienced and prestigious faculty members like Dr. Racquel Gates, a frequent contributor to publications like The New York Times and Film Quarterly, and the 2020 recipient of the Academy Film Scholar grant–an award established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”

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CSI Named No. 8 on Military Friendly Spouse School® List

The College of Staten Island has, once again, been named to Viqtory Media’s Military Friendly Spouse Schools® list. This year, CSI was ranked Number 8.

In extending the award, Viqtory Media noted that the College was recognized for its “efforts in creating sustainable and meaningful education paths for Military Spouses.”

CSI is committed to actively recruiting and supporting military spouses, knowing firsthand that they bring a level of maturity, discipline, life experience, and talent to the classroom.

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“U.S. News” Ranks Nursing MA Program in 2022 Best Grad Schools List

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the MA in Nursing program at the College of Staten Island on its list of Best Graduate Schools 2022.

According to the publication, “The Best Graduate Schools rankings…are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data for the rankings…came from statistical surveys of more than 2,125 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021.

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CSI Ranked No. 11/85 for Early Childhood Ed

Discover Early Childhood EDU has recognized CSI’s Early Education Program.

Discover Early Childhood EDU has ranked the College of Staten Island Number 11 of its Top 85 Most Affordable Early Childhood Programs 2021.

In its description of CSI, Discover Early Childhood EDU said, “College of Staten Island CUNY has a specialized birth to second grade early childhood education program that leads to teaching certification in the state of New York. Students are required to complete a highly strict and detailed sequence of coursework to qualify for graduation, including at least a 3.0 GPA. It is essential to meet this academic standard to be able to continue with the program.”

The organization’s Website explains the methodology behind the rankings: “When ranking early childhood education programs, Discover Early Childhood EDU used the very best data available. In fact, most of our rankings are based on government sources, which provide us with unbiased and objective information. However, we also recognize that no ranking system will ever be perfect…we have devised a system that will help students make the very best choices for their educational experience. Each program has received the same treatment and we have done our best to eliminate any sort of bias in our system. Students can confidently use our information to help make their decisions, which should then be informed by campus visits and admissions interviews.”

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CSI Ranked No. 2 on Military Friendly® Schools List 2021-2022

The College of Staten Island has been named Number 2 on the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list under the category “Small Public.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation.

The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

According to Viqtory Media, “Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment. We measure the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.”

The mission of CSI’s Veterans Support Services is to facilitate a smooth transition from military life to the college experience by providing veteran students with centralized “vet-friendly” services and a strong support system. Veterans Support Services collaborates with veteran organizations within the community in order to identify additional resources and foster a sense of community between CSI student veterans and the veteran population on Staten Island. This relationship ensures that Veterans Support Services stays current on all new legislation and initiatives that will affect our student veteran population.

Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them to select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

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Best Value Schools Names CSI #1 in Its Best 19 Music Colleges in New York in 2021

CSI is Number 1 on Best Value Schools’ list of the 19 Best Music Colleges in New York in 2021.

In its description of the College, Best Value Schools said, “CUNY — College of Staten Island stands out as one of the best value music colleges in New York. Students can choose between a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in music with majors in classical performance, literature, and theory, music technology, and jazz studies and performance. The music program offers comprehensive training in all areas of music and serves as a foundation for graduate study of any specialized aspect of the field. Music graduates from the College of Staten Island have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs and had their work featured in venues including the Look and Listen Festival, Richmond Choral Society, Staten Island Philharmonic, and the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble.”

By Terry Mares

CSI Named to College Rank’s Best Bachelor’s in Communications List

College Rank has just named the College of Staten Island to its list of Best Bachelor’s in Communications.

A statement from the company says that ”College Rank synthesizes data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statics, Payscale, and the College Scorecard. Ultimately, colleges are scored based on their commitment to online education, admission rates, student satisfaction, alumni debt, and speciality in the program in question.”

More information is available online.

By Terry Mares