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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 and 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 - Submit Transcripts For Credit Evaluation
Request official transcripts from all colleges or universities you attended before CSN or since you were last enrolled at CSN. All official transcripts should be submitted to the CSN Office of the Registrar. Please allow 8-10 weeks for processing. Finally, all student loan applications require an evaluation of credits from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
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 Financial Aid Office 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 was 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:
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 Counselor
Working with a counselor can make the difference between college success and failure.
New transfer students with declared majors work with an academic counselor within their academic program. To make an appointment please go to https://www.csn.edu/advising.
Limited-entry Health Sciences Program Note: New students interested in a Limited- Entry Health Sciences Program must first attend a Health Programs Orientation through the Ralph & Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences before registering for classes and working with a health science advisor. Call the Health Program orientation line at (702) 651-5015 or visit the Health Sciences site for dates, times and locations.
Next Steps: Countdown to Day 1
Step 9 - Course Registration
Registering for Classes
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 2018-2019 MyCSN and Canvas Pocket Guide we hope you will find helpful as you register for courses.
Step 10 - Pay Tuition and Fees
Payment arrangements for Spring 2019 must be made by January 8, 2019, or you will be dropped from ALL of 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 & 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!