Congratulations on Starting Your CSN Journey!

CSN Academic Advising is looking forward to getting to know you and having the opportunity to work with you during your academic career.

After you are accepted to CSN and have completed your account validation, please complete the following steps before seeking advising:

  1. Complete your English and Math Placement Requirements

    Testing is currently available remotely and in person.  Take CSN’s placement OR submit your qualifying ACT/SAT scores that are less than two years old. For information on submitting ACT/SAT scores, please visit the Testing Center.

    Math Placement tests are delivered through the ALEKS PPL Math platform and can be taken anytime. Visit ALEKS PPL Math Placement, read all downloading and system requirements to take the Math placement exam.  ALEKS PPL also allows you to study and improve your math skills for placement.

    English Placement Self-Guided Survey: All new students are required to use our Self-Guided Placement Survey to help determine their English placement.  Please use this link to take the survey and receive your personalized recommendation.

  2. Complete the CSN New Student Online Orientation

    Complete the online orientation to become familiar with your CSN community, resources available to you.   Access is available in your GoCSN account.  Use your NSHE student ID number and password to login to GoCSN and select the New Student Online Orientation Tile. Visit the Orientation webpage or email us at for more information.

  3. Meet with an advisor on campus or by phone.

    After you have completed steps one and two listed above, you are ready to meet with an academic advisor! All students with Health Programs majors must meet with Health Programs advisors.  Visit the Health Programs area of study webpage to see a list of the Health Programs majors.

    Students majoring in all other programs can contact the Academic Advising Department for service.

    Please follow the steps below to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor using MyCoyotePLAN.

    1. Click "LOGIN" at the top of this webpage (or any CSN webpage)
    2. Enter your CSN username and password
    3. Click the MyCoyotePLAN icon or search for MyCoyotePLAN     MyCoyotePLAN logo
    4. Select the Academic Advising box that pertains to your area of study
    5. Select your assigned Academic Advisor's name or, if you don't have an assigned advisor, select an advisor who is based at your primary campus
    6. Click "Schedule" and select "Advising"
    7. Choose the primary reason you wish to meet with an advisor
    8. Click "Continue"
    9. Select the date range and time that works best for you
    10. Click "Continue"
    11. Enter any additional information related to your appointment
    12. Click "Confirm" to secure your appointment.

    *Students in Health Sciences majors should visit the Getting Started Webpage to schedule a meeting with a health programs advisor.

    *If you have an IEP or 504 Plan and wish to speak with someone before scheduling your appointment, please contact us by phone: 702-651-3165.

    *Still have questions?!

  4. CONCLUDE Your Enrollment Process: Register & Pay
    Upon the completion of steps 1 through 3, your FIRST STEPS HOLD will be removed and you can proceed to register for classes. For additional support in the online class registration process, please make an appointment with the Virtual Students First Station. The Cashier’s Office provides information about cost of attendance and payment deadlines. If you have applied for financial aid, you will be contacted via email. Login to MyCSN and check your “TO DO LIST” for possible verification requirements. Visit CSN Financial Aid webpage for important financial aid information and announcements.

How to Declare or Change Your Major

For a demonstration on how to declare/change your major in MyCSN, Go To MyCSN.

For printable instructions on how to declare/change your major in MyCSN,  View Printable Instructions.

NSHE Gateway Enrollment and Corequisite Policy

Effective Fall 2021, Nevada public colleges and universities will require all new, beginning students to enroll in the gateway college-level English and math courses required for their program/major within their first year of study. Some gateway courses will include college-level coursework only, while others will include the same college-level coursework along with corequisite instruction. Corequisite instruction delivers in-class, in-time support to ensure student success. While enrollment in courses featuring corequisite instruction will be open to all students, a qualifying test score may be required to enroll in courses without the corequisite support. Please see the chart which contains an overview of gateway and co-requisite courses, but does not replace an advisor's recommendation.

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