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| this place is like a high school reunion for most people. everyone knows each other, and because of this they try to all have class with each other. if you're a minority, you'll most likely make friends with minorities. the faculty sucks. no one gives you a straight answer and if they do, you'll probably hear something completely different from someone else. I'm definitely transferring out of this crap hole. don't get me wrong there are some nice people and professors but there are more cons than pros. also, cars and school buses drive on the paths students walk on. and they don't honk to get out the way, they just keep driving until you decide to turn around or even hear a slow moving vehicle behind you. and lastly, academic advisement sucks. i recently went to take a stop off and they said i can register for spring semester, but when i tried to it wouldn't let me sign up for any classes. so thanks for that! you guys are real helpful! |
|Nov 27 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| CSI is nice aesthetically and dirt-cheap, but a nightmare otherwise. If you come here, get used to running between 1A and 2A (the administration buildings) a bunch of times, because everyone is convinced they're not the person who can help you. When you finally reach the person who can help you, expect them to completely contradict anything anyone else told you. When I first started here, I was told I should take Calc 2 my first semester because of my test scores, and to go see someone in the math building to get permission. He refused to look at my records and put me in Pre-Calc. |
Instructors are all over the place, but from what I've seen most of the good and nice ones that're willing to deal with students are in the English and Biology departments. I'm a math major and I've literally had a professor in my department tell me "it's a secret" when I needed clarification for something. Another one would respond "It's in the book" to everything. If not for the attendance requirement, you might as well just skip and read the book for most of the math classes here. You'll save on gas and frustration finding a parking space too!
As for students, everyone sets up their schedule so their friends are in all of their classes. So if you moved to Staten Island recently and don't know many people, you're out of luck. Everyone gets a ride with their friends to class, sits with their friends, and immediately leaves. Over my two years here, I've seen nothing about any student organizations. If you just want to get your degree and not go far from home, CSI is the school for you. If you want ANYTHING else out of college (including a degree from a half-reputable school), look elsewhere.
|Jun 13 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| Wow! What a nightmare this school is! I enrolled as a second undergrad degree student in order to change careers thinking this would be a relatively cheap way to do so. While the tuition is reasonable, the quality of teaching is horrendous. |
Often, my professors did not have a lesson plan and read to the class directly from a textbook. Not only are the professors poor teachers, many of them actually want their students to fail and go out their way to make life as difficult as possible. I did very well academically- not because of the teaching at this school, but in spite of it.
Overall, CSI has a very agressive and hostile atmosphere to it. Many Professors are contemptous of thier students for no apparent reason and speak to them as if they are garbage. There seems to be a presumption on the part of the faculty that if you attend this school, you must be a working class slob from the gutter who has no other career or educational alternatives. Likewise, many of the women working in the administrative offices are menopausal, deranged Staten Island houswives and exceptionally unpleasant to deal it. Between the professors and the staff, you really get the sense that no one at this campus really cares about the well being or future of the students at all. Many students are dissatisfied with how they are treated at this school, but are afraid to give voice to their experiences for fear of retailtion.
As far as career prospects go, don't be surprised if your CSI degree isn't worth much. There is no networking, no mentoring and career services is a joke--forget about finding a quality internship through this school or for that matter, a decent job after graduation. The school's poor reputation will ensure a dismal future for you.
While the tuition is a bargain compared to nearby colleges, in the end, you get what you pay for.
|Feb 27 2011|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2009 |