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CSN accepts applications year-round. However, it's best to apply early to get the best choices for classes. Follow the link below to complete your application online.
Step 1 - Apply
CSN is an open-access institution, and any adult can apply for admission and enroll in classes. Those applicants 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 instructions on how to validate your CSN student account.
After validating your student account and registering your password, you are able to log on to GoCSN (https://go.csn.edu/LoginPolicy.jsp) and access your MyCSN, Canvas learning platform, and student email accounts.
If you encounter any technical issues validating your account, please call our OTS Help Desk at (702) 651-4357 (HELP).
The priority date to submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA is March 1, 2019, however, applications are still being accepted.
All additional verification documents must be submitted 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 was January 1st, however, applications are still being accepted.
For technical issues regarding your financial aid documents please contact 702-651-4303.
Step 4 - Placements
All first-time degree and certificate seeking students are required to complete placement tests for English, math and reading or submit SAT/ACT scores (if scores are less than two years old). 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 are a high school student, you can 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.
If you have a college degree already you do not need to take placements.
Step 5 - 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 6 - 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.
First-time college students meet with an Advisor/Success Coach. To schedule an appointment, please go to www.csn.edu/advising.
Transfer students with a declared major meet with a Counselor within their academic program. To schedule an appointment, please go to www.csn.edu/advising.
Step 7- Course Registration
You can search for classes by semester, course subject, and course number. Use the course information provided to you by your advisor/success coach. We have designed a 2018-2019 MyCSN and Canvas Pocket Guide we hope you will find helpful as you register for courses.
Step 8 - Pay Tuition and Fees
Tuition Payment Options:
Pay online with a debit or credit card through MyCSN self-service.
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.
Step 9 - Print Class Schedule
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 10 - 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 11 - Buy or Rent Coursebooks
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.
Step 12 - Use our Resources for Success
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!