Should I Go to  CUNY College of Staten Island?

Bonnie earned her bachelor’s degree in math from CUNY College of Staten Island. She specializes in algebra tutoring, ISEE tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below she shares her experience at CUNY College of Staten Island:

Describe the campus setting and transportation options. 

Bonnie: The campus setting was beautiful. The landscape was surrounded by fountains and a picturesque atmosphere that made visitors feel as though they were in a park. There were shuttle buses that took you wherever you wanted to go. Also, there was public transportation that took you onto campus.

How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?

Bonnie: The faculty were always available to answer our questions and to help us when we had concerns. I very much appreciated the easy access we had to professors and academic advisers.

How would you describe the dorm life – rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?

Bonnie: We didn't have dorms on campus while I attended. However, there were plenty of opportunities to socialize by joining clubs and participating in activities on campus. All students have to do to get involved is to find clubs or teams that correlate with their individual interests. There's something for everyone.  

Which majors/programs are best represented and supported? 

Bonnie: The nursing and education programs were best supported and represented. I majored in mathematics and secondary education because I wanted to teach higher level math. The campus did a fantastic job supporting my area of study.

How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?

Bonnie: It was easy to meet others and form relationships when I was a freshman. There were plenty of opportunities to socialize at various events around campus.

How helpful are the Career Center and other student support services? 

Bonnie: The career center was very helpful. They posted job opportunities around campus and had resume writing workshops. I was very pleased with the amount of resources they offered students.

How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?

Bonnie: The libraries and lounges were quite spacious and easily available for us to relax between classes or to study for exams. They became crowded during exam weeks, as all college libraries typically do. Aside from that, they were enjoyable places to hang out with friends or prepare for classes.

Describe the surrounding town.

Bonnie: The surrounding town was fun since there were a multitude of places to go to meet others, such as restaurants and coffee shops. There was always something fun and exciting going on around town to participate in with friends.

How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?

Bonnie: The student body was big. However, I was pleased with my class sizes. Once I began major-focused courses, the class sizes became quite intimate. Therefore, I had the benefit of receiving plenty of individual and personalized attention.

Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.

Bonnie: My most memorable experience with a professor occured my senior year when I needed one more class to graduate. Sadly, this class was not available that semester. Thankfully, the professor offered me the class as an independent study so I was able to graduate on time.


Check out Bonnie’s tutoring profile.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of Varsity Tutors.