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CSN - Accreditation

MISSION The College of Southern Nevada empowers our students and communities to achieve, succeed, and prosper.

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since September 1, 1975. NWCCU recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality and expects accredited institutions to comply with the requirements of the Higher Education Act of 1965. This accreditation qualifies CSN and enrolled students to access federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid. CSN is authorized by NWCCU to award Associate and Bachelor degrees.

NWCCU Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter

In Fall 2018, CSN participated in a Mid-Cycle Evaluation and provided follow-up reporting on Recommendations 1, 2, and 3 for our Fall 2015 Year Seven peer Evaluation Report. During 2021-2022, the College of Southern Nevada will prepare a Year-7 comprehensive self-study  Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness for submission to the NWCCU.  The NWCCU will conduct an on-site visit to the College of Southern Nevada on October 5-7, 2022, as part of the Year-Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness Review.  Individuals are invited to provide comments to the NWCCU regarding CSN's compliance with the NWCCU standards.

The NWCCU adopted new accreditation standards (effective January 2020) that focus on mission fulfillment, institutional effectiveness, student learning, student achievement, governance, resources, and capacity.

Accreditation and CSN (PDF)

Specialized Program Accreditation

Several CSN academic programs are accredited through their professional and specialized organizations.  List of Programs , accrediting agency, and accreditation status.

Professional Licensure Programs

Several CSN academic programs lead to state licensure or national certification.  List of Programs.


CSN's Men's Baseball and Women's Softball programs are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Contact Us

Shari Peterson, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Assessment & Accreditation

Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
(702) 651-7784