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Follow the steps outlined below to go through the admission process.
If you need help at any point, each step lists the appropriate office to contact.
Apply to CSN
Step 1 - Explore Our Degrees & Certificates
Before moving forward, it helps to explore CSN’s Degree and Certificate choices and to know the difference between occupational degrees, transferable degrees, and certificates. It is also important to know distinctions between the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, the Associate of Applied Science, and the Associate of General Studies.
An ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (AA) is designed for those students who will ultimately be transferring to a 4-year school to pursue a Bachelor degree that is not math or science oriented. Examples of this type of 4-year degree are: Liberal Arts (Psychology, History, Speech, etc.), Music, Education, Criminal Justice, etc.
An ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE (AS) is designed for those students who will ultimately be transferring to a 4-year school to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. Some examples are (but not limited to): Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, etc.
An ASSOCIATE OF BUSINESS (AB) is designed for those students who will ultimately be transferring to a 4-year school to pursue a Bachelor of Business degree.
Non-transferable Occupational Degrees
An ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (AAS) is designed for those students who want to pursue training so they can quickly enter the workforce. Some examples are: Nursing, Professional Office Technology, Dental Hygiene, Aviation Management, Sonography, and many more!
ASSOCIATE OF GENERAL STUDIES (AGS) – a non-transferable degree designed for students seeking to learn about a variety of academic disciplines or occupational programs who do not wish to concentrate on any one field.
Certificates Of Achievement (CA) are industry-driven credit programs (not college diplomas) designed to provide intensive training in specific occupational areas.
Step 2 - Apply for Admission
CSN is an open access institution, and any adult can apply for admission and enroll in classes. Those applications who are specifically seeking a degree or certificate of achievement and are applying for federal financial aid must have a high school diploma, its equivalent, or be a qualified international student to be admitted to CSN. If you would like to prepare and take the GED/HSE you may do so at CSN. For more information please contact CSN's Testing Center.
Note: Once your admission application is confirmed, you will receive an email with your NSHE student ID number followed by a separate email with your password and login instructions for the MyCSN Student Account.
Step 3 - MyCSN Student Account Access
Your MyCSN portal is your primary tool for registration and services
The priority date to submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA was May 1, 2018; however, applications are still being accepted.
All additional verification documents must be turned in to the Office of Student Financial Services immediately upon request as indicated in your Communication Center and To-Do-List, within your MyCSN Student Account.
All communication about financial aid will be sent to your MyCSN Communication Center.
If you are applying for scholarships, you must also go through the CSN Scholarship Application Portal. The Priority Scholarship Filing Date for Fall 2018 was May 1, 2018; the final deadline is June 2, 2018.
For technical issues regarding your financial aid documents please contact EdPro at 702-651-4303.
Step 6 - Placement Testing
Follow the two steps below to help you place in the class level that is right for you:
Take your placement tests. Placement testing is free of charge and no appointment is necessary. For more information visit the Testing Center webpage.
If you prefer to submit your SAT, ACT or advanced placement scores for evaluation, only official score sheets are accepted by the Testing Center. Scores can also be faxed to the Testing Center directly from your high school. CSN does not accept printouts from the ACT or SAT web site.
Step 7 - New Student Orientation
All new degree/certificate and transfer seeking students must participate in a New Student Orientation.
You may participate in orientation in one of two ways:
Online Orientation: Access it 24/7 through your MyCSN Student Center. Use your NSHE student ID number and password, then click on the Online Orientation link located at the bottom of the Student Center screen.
Step 8 - Academic Advising
Academic advising can make the difference between college success and failure. CSN’s Advisors/Success Coaches help first-time college students and undeclared majors select first-semester schedules, assess personal strengths and limitations, learn academic success strategies, explore careers, declare a major, learn to navigate the educational system, benefit from campus and community resources and connect to campus life.
You can search for classes by semester, course subject, and course number.
Use the course information provided to you by your advisor/success coach.
During your first semester, you must take your designated math and English courses.
Remember that CSN enforces the NSHE policy that requires completion of all remedial coursework prior to a student earning 30-credits. We have designed a Student Enrollment Pocket Guide we hope you will find helpful as you register for courses.
Step 10 - Pay Tuition and Fees
Payment arrangements for fall 2018 must be made by August 6, 2018 or you will be dropped from all your classes.
If you pay for all classes by the tuition payment due date and proceed to add another class after registration re-opens, you must pay new fees related to this additional class by midnight on the day of registration or risk being dropped from ALL classes, including courses that had been previously paid. A refund will be issued to the student in this instance.
To protect your enrollment and hold your classes, you must set-up a Payment Plan in your MyCSN portal.
Tuition Payment Options:
Pay online with a debit or credit card through MyCSN self-service.
Don’t forget to save and print your class schedule within MyCSN. You will need it for the next step and on the first day of class!!
Step 12 - Obtain Student ID Card
A CSN student ID card provides identification, access to CSN facilities, and qualifies you for student discounts in the community. To get your ID, bring your current semester schedule, photo ID, and paid receipt ($2.00 fee payable at one of CSN’s Cashiers Offices) to any Student Life and Leadership Development Office.
Step 13 - Buy or Rent Course Textbooks
Textbooks are NOT OPTIONAL. They are necessary for you to do well in all college classes. Before the semester starts, you must buy or rent all textbooks required for your classes. Take your printed class schedule to a CSN Bookstore. The bookstore staff will tell you which books you need to purchase and which books may be available for rent. You can also order your books online at Follett Live.
Final Step - Use Our Student Resources
Please print this list of Resources for Student Success, keep it handy, and take advantage of the resources you need. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it. We are here for you!