Academic Advising Services
The College of Southern Nevada is committed to providing quality academic programs and support services that promote student achievement, degree completion and lifelong learning. Our academic advising program is an essential component of the student learning experience. CSN employs an accomplished team of academic advising professionals whose mission is to engage each student in an ongoing developmental process in which advisors share information, and teach planning and decision making skills to help the student learn to manage his/her educational career. Advisors also help students formulate personal goals, explore interests, consider educational options, and focus on courses and campus activities that will enhance their learning experience.
While the student is ultimately responsible for ensuring personal progress towards the chosen major/degree, CSN provides a variety of academic advisement venues to assist the student in interpreting degree requirements. Students can choose to meet with Advisors on each of our three campuses in person or remotely by phone or web video chat.
For more information about the Office of Academic Advising or to schedule an appointment, visit www.csn.edu/advising. Students may also email email@example.com. Students are encouraged to run their Academic Advisement Report to check progress toward a degree by using the MyCSN guide available at https://www.csn.edu/mycsn-student-guides.
NOTE: Health Program students are advised through the Health Sciences Advising Department. Students may visit their website at https://at.csn.edu/meet-our-advising-staff.
Academic School Counselors
Counselors help returning, continuing, and transfer students with declared majors craft long-term academic plans, select courses, and conduct degree audits in preparation for graduation. For counselor contact and appointment information by academic school/department please go to www.csn.edu/academic-counseling. Health Program returning, continuing, and transfer students please visit https://at.csn.edu/meet-our-advising-staff.
NOTE: First-time college students without transfer credits, undecided or students without a declared major, and Associate of General Studies (AGS) students work with advisors located in the Department of Academic Advising.
Fine Art Gallery
The CSN Fine Art Gallery, located in Room H101 of the Nicholas J. Horn Performing Arts Center on the North Las Vegas campus, provides the campus and the community with a wide range of contemporary art exhibits. The gallery supports the educational mission of the Art and Art History Program and hosts exhibits and events by guest artists, students, and faculty. Exhibit announcements can be found posted on campus, online, in local media, or by calling the CSN Department of Fine Arts for information.
The CSN Artspace Gallery, located upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus, provides the campus and the community with a wide range of contemporary art exhibits. The gallery supports the educational mission of the Art and Art History Program and hosts exhibits and events by guest artists, students, and faculty. Exhibit announcements can be found posted on campus, online, in local media, or by calling the CSN Department of Fine Arts for information.
Level Up Galleries
The Level Up Galleries bring the highest quality fine art from the traditional art gallery to locations on CSN’s campuses where student, faculty, staff and the college community gather. The name “Level Up” indicates the location of this initiative (campus second and/or third floor locations), references College wide student success initiatives such as Achieving the Dream, and ties into contemporary video game nomenclature, specifically those synonymous with advancement, attainment, enlightenment and success. For more information please contact the CSN Department of Fine Arts.
Student Union Galleries
Each Student Union on CSN’s three main campuses; Henderson, West Charleston, and North Las Vegas, included gallery exhibition space. These spaces aim to celebrate the best artwork from CSN students, alumni and the greater college community. Exhibit announcements can be found posted on campus, online, in local media, or by calling the CSN Department of Fine Arts for information.
CSN Student Art and Design Exhibition Spaces
CSN Student Art and Design Exhibition Spaces exist on each campus to highlight artwork made in art and design classes at the College of Southern Nevada. The culmination of the creative process for both fine and applied art is only achieved through that artwork’s display. The College of Southern Nevada supports this culmination by providing informal, formal, and digital exhibition spaces for student art and design work.
CSN is proud to partner with Follett Higher Education to provide excellent service and competitive rates for students as the official bookstore of CSN. The Bookstore provides all textbooks and course materials for CSN classes and provides the best and lowest costs for textbooks while maximizing the number of used books in our inventory. Bookstores are located on the Charleston, North Las Vegas, and Henderson campuses. Visit the bookstore website at www.csn.edu/bookstore.
Additionally, we offer a wide variety of books, clothing and apparel (hoodies and T-shirts), gifts, school supplies, convenience items, and fan gear to support the Coyotes! Need an extra phone charger, notebook or your favorite pen? We can help. The Bookstore also partners with Josten’s to provide cap/gown combos and specialty graduation gifts. These are a wonderful option to commemorate your accomplishment!
Bookstore Refund Policy: Your textbooks are fully refundable in their original condition with sales receipt and/or online packing slip within 10 school days from the official start of classes for fall and spring courses and 7 school days for summer and/or short term courses. After this date, you may return your books within three business days of purchase with original receipt and/or online packing slip for your full refund. Books for classes that are cancelled by the school are fully refundable within one week of the scheduled start date for the course. Please use caution when opening package sets as some electronic media and textbook packages may not be fully refunded once opened. Textbooks purchased during the last week of classes or during exam periods are non-refundable. You can visit any of the bookstore locations for additional information on the Refund Policy.
Centers for Academic Success
Centers for Academic Success (CAS) provides quality DROP-IN academic assistance to all students enrolled in for-credit courses at CSN. No appointment is necessary. Drop-in sessions are 30 minutes. Students spend 30 minutes of study in between sessions to practice application of concept/s covered prior to advancing to the next topic. Bring a copy of the instructor’s or professor’s assignment and guidelines to show your tutor. Tutors are available for most general education courses and some historically challenging courses. In addition, many faculty from across the college hold their office hours in the centers and provide assistance to students. Academic learning support includes assistance with learning strategies, Canvas, Smarthinking online tutoring, Microsoft Office, reading, writing, oral presentations, math, and science. CAS tutors also provide support to study groups and assistance for placement test preparation in reading, writing, and math. For more information including hours, contacts, and locations, please visit www.csn.edu/centers-academic-success
. Academically successful students may also become learning assistants.
Contact us with any questions at one of our main numbers:
North Las Vegas……………. 702-651-4232
Communication Learning Centers
The Communication Learning Centers are designed to provide students with assistance during any stage of the speech making process for all classes requiring presentations. Our staff is knowledgeable and trained to provide you with individualized or group session assistance. Our focus is on helping students become effective speakers. We can help students select the perfect topic, research it, organize the speech, create functional speaker’s notes and presentation aids, and improve their physical and vocal delivery. Students can practice their speech in our whisper room to improve delivery and gain confidence!
North Las Vegas……………. 702-651-4232
Math Learning Centers
Free individual and group drop-in tutoring is available in the Math Learning Center on each campus. Students can access unlimited drop-in support designed for development of math skills and overall learning development. Drop-in sessions are 30 minutes. Students spend 30 minutes of study in between sessions to strengthen understanding of mathematical concepts before advancing to the next topic.
North Las Vegas……………. 702-651-4232
Reading and Writing Centers
The college strongly recommends that all students taking classes with reading and writing assignments use the Reading and Writing Center. It is a place where students from all disciplines and at all levels can come and discuss their coursework with a trained Reading and Writing Assistant. Students can get help with any stage in the writing process, from idea generation, through organization, to final revision. Students can also get help with active reading strategies for any reading in any class. Reading and Writing Assistants help students produce quality written essays, research papers, and other required assignments by offering feedback, guidance, and support throughout the reading and writing process. Students who visit the center will learn strategies and techniques to improve the effectiveness of their reading and writing. Bring a copy of the instructor’s or professor’s assignment and guidelines. For hours of operation and locations, please contact the nearest campus center:
North Las Vegas……………. 702-651-4232
Science Learning Centers
The Science Learning Centers offer drop-in learning assistance on a first come, first serve basis in a collaborative learning environment. The center staff encourage studying in groups, but individual 30 minute sessions may be available. Assistance is available in most subjects in the Physical and Biological Sciences. In addition, many faculty from Physical and Biological Sciences hold their office hours in the resource centers.
North Las Vegas……………. 702-651-4232
CIT/IS Software Lab
The CIT/IS Software Lab and Network Lab offers students the opportunity to collaborate with each other in solving problems and to get help with completing assignments and projects. Often Lab Monitors can help students to understand assignment requirements and explain the concepts. Students are then expected to complete work on their own. Both labs are equipped with computer hardware and software necessary for students to complete assignments and projects. The CIT/IS software lab is primarily dedicated to courses offered in the software program including IS101. The CIT/Network Lab is primarily dedicated to courses offered in the cybersecurity and network programs.
Further information can be found at https://at.csn.edu/cit-information.
Computer Labs - Interactive Learning Centers
During scheduled student teaching days, CSN students have access to full-service computer labs at the Charleston, North Las Vegas and Henderson campuses. There are also computer labs available at the High Tech Centers on the Green Valley High School and Palo Verde High School campuses. The computer labs are “Interactive Learning Centers” that bring together students, computing resources, Centers for Academic Success tutors, and instructors. Access to online instructional applications and software taught in CSN classrooms are available to currently registered students in all of the Interactive Learning Centers. For more information on the Interactive Learning Centers please visit https://at.csn.edu/computerlabs.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offer a variety of free and confidential services aimed at helping CSN students achieve their personal and academic goals.
CAPS provides confidential short-term counseling for individuals and couples (students only), as well as group counseling and crisis intervention. Students must be enrolled.
CAPS is also available to assist faculty and staff by offering consultation on student-specific concerns or classroom situations, educational presentations and referrals to other community resources.
More detailed information about CAPS can be found at www.csn.edu/caps. To schedule an appointment with CAPS, please call:
North Las Vegas…… 702-651-4099
CoyoteQ allows students to get in line for student services without actually standing in line. Students can enter the virtual queue from the following services: Advising and Coaching Services, Career Services, Cashier, Disability Resource Center, Financial Aid, International Center, Registrar, Career Services & Transfer Center, Testing Center or Veterans Affairs.
Coyote Student News
Coyote Student News serves the College of Southern Nevada’s community as a reliable source for news and entertainment. Coyote Student News is the official student-run online newspaper sponsored by the College. Find us at www.coyotestudentnews.com.
CSN Career & Transfer Services Center
Career & Transfer Services assists students and alumni with comprehensive career exploration and employment services. This department focuses primarily on the development and implementation of career, transfer, and employability plans. Career & Transfer Services maintains partnerships with employers, faculty, staff, administrators, local colleges, out-of-state colleges and universities, and the greater community to increase opportunities for the employment, career development and continuing education of CSN students and alumni. Resources, services, and events provided by this department include:
- Handshake – The #1 platform to connect job and internship seekers to employers! The system offers online resume review, local and national job postings, and students the ability to post their resume for employer consideration.
- Career Assessment Resource – Career & Transfer Services offers the TypeFocus online assessment tool to help students learn about themselves and connect them with potential careers in line with their personality profile. (https://typefocus7.com/, Access Code: CSN1971)
- Employment Events – The Career & Transfer Services department hosts job fairs, employer interviews, career-specific information sessions, and on-campus recruiting events at the three main campuses.
- Career Programming and Workshops – Students may attend these to learn job searching skills, develop interview competencies, correctly utilize professional networking sites, obtain information on professional organizations related to their field and create a career plan.
- Career Advisement and Guidance – Career Services Specialists can help students to improve career decision-making skills, prepare résumés and cover letters, provide current labor market information, prepare for salary negotiation discussions, determine costs of relocation and cost of living, and help students to prepare for job interviews.
- Employer Development – Career Services establishes, cultivates, and maintains contacts with local, regional, and national companies with the goal of connecting employers with CSN students seeking employment. Partnering employers are given direct access to our library of CSN student and alumni resumes to help them fill their open positions.
- Transfer Assistance - Career & Transfer Services houses transfer specialists from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Nevada State College (NSC) to assist students with continuing their education at other higher education institutions in Nevada. In addition, Career & Transfer Specialists will work with students and advisors to identify institutions outside of Southern Nevada that will fit their educational and professional goals.
Career & Technical Assistance Program (CTEAP)
The CSN Career & Transfer Services Center (Center) is the responsible entity for the Career and Technical Assistance Program (CTEAP) services to special population students (including the economically disadvantaged, single parents, and displaced homemakers). A primary focus of the Career & Technical Education Assistance program (CTEAP) which operates within the Center is to provide support to students who have declared an Associate of Applied Science, AB, or any of the certificates offered at CSN and taking core classes toward the completion of that program. CTEAP staff also reach out to academic faculty to provide presentations as well as partners with other student services departments in support of CTE students’ success.
The CTEAP program provides eligible students in Career and Technical Education programs (AAS, AB and Certificate) with tuition, books and support services assistance. Students belonging to the following special populations are encouraged to apply - low income, single parents, educationally disadvantaged, displaced homemaker, individuals with disabilities, or students declaring a non-traditional occupational degree. The program also provides information on pre-apprenticeship training for women.
Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year; declare an AAS, AB degree, or certificate program; participate in required meetings and programming; maintain adequate academic progress; and demonstrate financial need to be considered for CTEAP services.
Students who qualify for the CTEAP program may be eligible for:
- Financial Assistance – Funds may be available to assist with the cost of tuition, books, transportation, uniform, and/or equipment.
- Textbook Assistance Program (TAP) – Available to all CSN students, this service provides textbook loans to students on a per semester basis, depending on book availability. Eligible students must complete a TAP application and be enrolled in classes that they are requesting the book(s) for.
- Career Workshops – Topics may include job search skills, resume and cover letter preparation, career planning, dress for success, budgeting, building a support network, special topics for single parents, time management, etc.
- Transfer Assistance - Career & Transfer Services houses transfer specialists from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Nevada state College (NSC) to assist students with continuing their education at other Nevada higher education institutions. In addition, Career & Transfer Specialists will work with students and advisors to identify institutions outside of Southern Nevada that will fit their educational and professional goals.
- Career Advisement/Guidance – Non-traditional career exploration and career decision-making skills.
- Career Experience – Find internships, part-time and summer jobs, and volunteer opportunities to gain career related experience and build skills such as teamwork, task completion, time management and timeliness, communication skills, etc.
North Las Vegas……………. 702-651-4700
Additional Career Exploration Tool Offered by NSHE (me3)
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) with support from The Rogers Foundation now offers the opportunity to use a simple interactive tool that helps you find career options that fit your interests. Play a unique 60 image game that helps you assess your interest areas and matches them to careers. Each career option displays a list of associated education opportunities from various NSHE institutions, not just CSN. To find out more about the me3 program or play the game, please visit me3.careers/nevada.
CSN Identification Cards
CSN I.D. cards are available to students, faculty, and staff. The CSN I.D. card:
- Provides identification at the CSN Library for borrowing privileges.
- Provides identification for student status to qualify for discounts.
- Must be renewed each semester.
Students must be enrolled for the current semester and provide a photo I.D. in order to obtain a CSN I.D. card. There is a $2.00 charge for your CSN I.D. card. Fees are subject to change.
CSN faculty and staff must provide a signed memo from their department head indicating their position and title. Faculty and staff I.D. cards are not required to be renewed each semester.
CSN Libraries welcomes you! CSN Libraries support the research and academic needs for the college, and we are here to help you attain your academic and career goals. Expert librarians provide research assistance in person, via chat, video conference, text, and email, and have developed tutorials and guides to help you complete your assignments. Visit us at our libraries on the Charleston, North Las Vegas, and Henderson campuses, where we provide access to various collections of research materials, computers and laptops for use in the libraries, group study rooms, and more. Our extensive online library provides 24/7 access to electronic resources from any location, on- or off-campus. Please visit the library website at library.csn.edu for complete information on library resources and support, hours of service, locations, phone numbers, and policies.
Disability Resource Center (DRC)
The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is committed to providing equal access to all its educational programs and services to qualified persons with documented disabilities. CSN’s policy is to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008. Beyond the College’s legal responsibilities for promoting equal access, CSN has always welcomed all individuals, regardless of disability, who choose to visit, work, or take classes here.
Under federal law, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) includes two specialized areas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and Adaptive Technology. The DRC and the student with a disability will discuss the interaction between the disability and academic environment and determine the reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
Document conversion (alternative print format: braille, large print)
Referral services to campus, community, and state agencies
Learning disabilities consultation and strategy instruction
Assistive listening devices
Students with disabilities who require accommodation must seek assistance from the DRC promptly, usually before the start of classes or as soon as a disability becomes known. Such documentation should provide as complete a picture of the individual’s current functioning as possible. Documentation from an appropriately licensed or certified professional is preferred, and DRC staff are available to assist students in obtaining and reviewing documentation. The DRC is committed to ensuring that all information regarding a student is maintained as confidential as required or permitted by law. Any information collected is used for the benefit of the students. Any information regarding a student’s disability shall be considered confidential and shall be shared with others within the institution on a need-to-know basis only. Complete student information on all related policies, procedures, and guidelines may be obtained at www.csn.edu/drc or the DRC offices on each of the three campuses.
In order to request accommodations for a disability, please contact the DRC on any of our three campuses, or visit our website at www.csn.edu/drc/.
West Charleston……………………………….. (702) 651-5644
Henderson………………………………………. (702) 651-3795
North Las Vegas………………………………. (702) 651-4045
Deaf and Hard of Hearing…………………. (702) 651-4448
Video Phone…………………………………….. (702) 475-4676
Early Childhood Education Lab Program
The Early Childhood Education Lab Program (ECE Lab) is a nationally accredited preschool and child care program for children ages three months through five years, that also functions as a laboratory site within CSN’s Department of Education for students studying Early Childhood Education and related fields.
The ECE Lab Program has sites at the Charleston and North Las Vegas Campuses, and enrolls children of faculty, staff, students, and the community. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with closures for all state holidays and CSN’s closing periods. Class sizes are limited and there are waiting lists for all age groups. Early application is strongly recommended. For further information, visit our website at https://www.csn.edu/daycare.
Or contact the ECE Lab at:
North Las Vegas…………… 702-651-4004
English as a Second Language
The Department of World Languages’ ESL Program, which is fully accredited by the CEA, offers to both international and local students (including those referred to as “generation 1.5”) 20 courses including integrated skills, grammar, reading, listening/ pronunciation, conversation, writing, and editing. Most courses are available in the morning, afternoon, and evening, and many are now offered online. A free placement test is required for new students. For more information, contact one of the two full-service language labs:
North Las Vegas…………… 702-651-4475
The Language Labs located on the Charleston and North Las Vegas campuses administer English as a Second Language (ESL) placement testing and assist students with admission and registration issues. The Charleston and North Las Vegas Labs also offer World-Language students access to audio, video, and computer materials used in developing language proficiency. These materials are also available on several computer stations housed within the Henderson Library.
Performing Arts Center
The College of Southern Nevada’s Performing Arts Center provides artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities for students at the college and the community. It is located in the heart of the North Las Vegas campus at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue. CSN’s Performing Arts Center is home to the Nicholas J. Horn and the BackStage Theaters where a variety of art exhibitions, theatrical shows, music productions, lectures, political events and other community assemblies are presented each year. Students, staff members, and community members are all welcome to drop by to experience the live performances and enjoy these memorable events. Show tickets are available for purchase online at www.csn.edu/pac. Patrons can also visit the Performing Arts Center Box Office, located in the lobby of the Horn Theater for more information; call the box office at: 702-651-LIVE (5483); or, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Theta Kappa
If you have remained in good standing with Phi Theta Kappa while at CSN and you wish to obtain a Phi Theta Kappa notation on your diploma, transcript, and in the commencement book, you must visit CSN’s Phi Theta Kappa page at https://www.csn.edu/phi-theta-kappa and follow the Phi Theta Kappa graduation instructions. The deadline to submit your information is the same as that for CSN’s graduation. If you would like to be recognized as a Phi Theta Kappa member at CSN’s commencement ceremony in May, you must purchase a Phi Theta Kappa stole online at http://ptk.org/Store.aspx.
Planetarium and Observatory
CSN’s Planetarium, the only public planetarium in Southern Nevada, presents performances to the community that feature re-creations of the night sky on its 30-foot diameter domed screen that depict the relative motions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. Our DigistarTM HD digital projection systems provide science oriented virtual reality experiences.
The Planetarium is located in Room S146 at the south entrance of the North Las Vegas campus. Free telescope viewing sessions are held after Friday and Saturday evening public shows in the nearby Student Observatory on clear nights. Special telescope viewing sessions are also scheduled whenever notable astronomical events occur. The Planetarium, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), also operates the NASA/Nevada Regional Educator Resources Center. The Center, located in Room S222-B on the North Las Vegas campus, provides science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) materials to teachers and educators for classroom use.
For information, visit our website at www.csn.edu/planetarium, or call:
Astronomy Hotline…………..702-651-4SKY (4759)
Recruitment and College Connections Services
Recruiters provide personal assistance to prospective and newly admitted CSN students throughout the entire college exploration, application, and enrollment process. In addition to working with traditional high schools, our recruiters also work with local businesses and agencies, community organizations, and underserved populations to increase access to CSN’s many educational and occupational opportunities. Campus tours and large-scale outreach events are also coordinated by our team. For more information, visit www.csn.edu/studentrecruitment or email the Office of Recruitment and College Connections at email@example.com.
Student Ambassador Program
Student Ambassadors are current CSN students selected and trained to work alongside Student Services staff to provide peer-to-peer outreach and enrollment support to prospective and entering CSN students. Student Ambassadors are friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing individuals with strong public speaking skills and a great sense of pride in CSN. Benefits of being a Student Ambassador include becoming part of a prestigious and dynamic student program, developing leadership skills, gaining valuable work experience and earning above average hourly pay rates. Applicants must be full-time students in excellent academic standing (3.5 cumulative GPA or higher).
Those interested in learning more about the program or to apply to become an ambassador may visit www.csn.edu/ambassador or email the Office of Recruitment and College Connections at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Associated Students of the College of Southern Nevada (ASCSN) is comprised of an elected student body that represents all CSN students. ASCSN is committed to encouraging students to strive to achieve their educational goals by providing them with information and resources. ASCSN provides a variety of activities to promote social interaction amongst students.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Student Government awards funds to official student clubs and organizations. Through this funding, approximately 46 clubs and organizations are able to host a variety of extracurricular events:
- Accounting Club
- Alternative Processes Photography Club
- American Sign Language Club
- A.N.T.S. (Alliance of Non-Traditional Students at CSN)
- Arcade Anime Escape
- Biology Club
- Black Student Association
- Cardiorespiratory Sciences Club
- Chemistry Club
- Circle K International
- Collegiate Association For The Research of Principles
- Criminal Justice Association of CSN
- CSN Anthropology Club
- CSN Brother 2 Brother Club
- CSN Choir Club
- CSN Code Club
- CSN Conservative Leadership Club
- CSN Creative Writing Club
- CSN Culinary Club
- CSN Cyber Security Club
- CSN Environmental Sciences Club
- CSN Electronic Genesis Gaming Club
- CSN Gygax Tabletop Coalition
- CSN New Coyote Crew
- CSN Philosophy Club
- CSN Sister 2 Sister Club
- CSN Student Education Advocacy Union
- CSN Student Nurses’ Association
- Dental Hygiene Association (SADHA)
- Gaming Cluster Coalition Club
- Gender & Sexuality Alliance
- Generation Dreamers
- International Student Association
- Italian Club
- Japanese Language Club
- Jazz Club
- Living Sociology Club
- Multicultural Club
- National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA)
- Nursing Pinning Club (Senior Student Nurses)
- Performing Arts Club
- Phi Theta Kappa Club
- Psychology Club
- Sonography Student Association
- Student Organization of Latinos and Allies
- Surgical Conscience Club
Student Life and Leadership Development
The Department of Student Life and Leadership Development enhances the co-curricular experience by working with students, student government, student clubs, faculty, and staff to develop engagement initiatives which ensure opportunities for cultural sensitivity, awareness, and personal growth. The Department of Student Life and Leadership Development spearheads programs and workshops which develop academic, cultural, social programs, and activities that support the mission of the college. We champion preparing students for life-long learning and global citizenship by promoting and supporting campus activities that appeal to a diverse community.
CSN Serves is the volunteer and service learning component of Student Life and Leadership Development. We provide and promote volunteer opportunities at the College of Southern Nevada for students, faculty, and staff. CSN Serves partners with various agencies in Southern Nevada to provide invaluable volunteer experiences. Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and become entrenched in the Southern Nevada community through our regularly scheduled monthly events. For more information, please call 702-651-4669.
NSHE Title 4, Chapter 16 p4 Rev. 291 (9/20) requires the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and other NSHE colleges to help degree-seeking students who met the English college readiness assessment criteria to complete transfer-level courses or co-requisite course that do not exceed more than six units.
Placement services are available for potential CSN students, at no cost, at the three main campuses. CSN uses the Guided Self-Placement survey for English placement and ALEKS PPL for the Math placement tests. All new CSN degree/certificate-seeking or transfer students must complete required placement requirements or present an alternate method of placement.
English Placement Requirements1
New students admitted to CSN in the Fall of 2021 are no longer required to seek English placement from the Accuplacer -WritePlacer. This process does not apply to students currently enrolling for the Summer of 2021 or students who intend to use WritePlacer Scores that are less than two years old at the time of enrollment for Fall 2021.
Beginning May 1, 2021, all First Step CSN students will be placed into ENG 100, ENG 110, ENG 113, and ENG 101 by either:
- completing a Guided Self-Placement (GSP) survey, or
- by submitting to the Testing Centers equivalent scores on ACT, or SAT, or WritePlacer scores that are less than two years old, as outlined in the chart below.
- by submitting to the Registrar’s Office equivalent Advanced Placement (AP) scores or High School GPA.
1The ENG 110 Prerequisite has been waived for Fall 2021.
English Placement Chart Summary-Fall 2021
|English Course Advised/Placement
|ENG 100 - Composition Enhanced (5 credits)
||0 - 20
||0 - 2
|ESL Placement Test Referral
||0 - 20
||0 - 2
ENG 110 - College Composition I for International
and Multilingual Students Expanded (5 credits)
|18 and above
||500 and above
||2.50 - 2.99
||21 - 40
||3 - 5
|ENG 100 - Composition Enhanced (5 credits)
||18 and above
||500 and above
||2.50 - 2.99
||21 - 40
||3 - 5
ENG 113 - College Composition I for International
and Multilingual Students (3 credits)
|18 and above
||500 and above
||41 - 63
||6 - 8
|ENG 101 - College Composition I (3 credits)
||18 and above
||500 and above
||41 - 63
||6 - 8
GSP Cut off Scores by language profile.
L1 / native / monolingual speakers of English
|*0 - 20
ENG 100 + additional instructional support (e.g., DWED’s 8-week English refresher course)
| 21 - 40
|41 - 63
*These students have placed below the minimum for standard admission into ENG 100. Therefore, to ensure success in this course, it is strongly recommended that additional instructional support precede or accompany enrollment into ENG 100. Consult a counselor / academic advisor for available options at this link: https://at.csn.edu/virtualqline.
International / ESL / multilingual students
|*0 - 20
ESL Placement Testing Referral
| 21 - 40
|41 - 63
* ESL Placement Test referral. ESL Placement Test referral is recommended with the GSP scores of 0-20 as in the chart above if English is not the student’s first, primary, or native language. The student needs to visit https://www.csn.edu/esl to enroll in the CSN ESL Program.
What is the Guided Self Placement (GSP)?
The GSP is not a test but an online instrument/survey that helps the student to assess his/her skills level of preparedness to start an English course. The GSP has no right or wrong answer or a pass or fail grade.
The GSP can be accessed by clicking on this link and following the screen instructions: https://csn.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1IjEosroa6f0D78.
The GSP may be taken only one time only.
After completing the GSP and math placement testing, students should complete the online orientation, which now includes the Advising Workshop. After completing these three steps, students will receive a complete course recommendation form prepared by an academic advisor. Upon receipt of the course recommendation form, students will be able to register.
Exceptions. An advisor may grant an exception/exemption to First Steps students who do not wish to complete the GSP. To discuss this option with an advisor, students can speak with an advisor using the Virtual Express Advising service at https://at.csn.edu/virtualqline.
Other English Placement Information
Completing the English Placement Process is an essential requirement for a student who did not request an exemption from an Advisor or present an alternative placement result.
WritePlacer test is available on appointment to students enrolling in the Summer of 2021 until July 31, 2021, at the following link: https://www.csn.edu/placement-testing.
WritePlacer test will no longer be available to CSN students after July 31, 2021. However, WritePlacer scores that are less than two years old at the time of enrollment remains valid.
Processing of alternative pathways. English Placement eligibility using alternative placement measures shall be processed at the at the three campuses Testing Centers by submitting equivalent scores on ACT, or SAT, or AP, or High School GPA, or WritePlacer score that is less than two years old, as outlined in the chart.
Math Placement Requirements
New students admitted to CSN are expected to take ALEKS PPL Math assessment. ALEKS PPL math is an adaptive web-based program that can map a student’s strengths and weaknesses. The Placement Assessment has up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete.
The ALEKS Placement Test can be used to self-remediate for better test scores, in five attempts only, if the student does not place into or towards the path of the MATH/STAT course needed for their degree.
Alternative ALEKS placement assessment is not required for students who want to enroll into MATH 95E, 104B, 116, or 120E. Note that MATH 120E must be taken with MATH 20. On the other hand, Math 116 and Math 104B have no prerequisite, is non-transferable, and have no pathways to any other MATH/STAT courses.
If the student’s degree requires MATH 120 but he/she did not place into it, the student may still register for MATH 120E.
The Math Department will no longer accept ACCUPLACER Classic Math scores (AR, AG, or CM as it appears in MyCSN), even if the test scores are less than two years old. This means that if a student did not take the Accuplacer Next Generation Math (NGAR, NGQRAS, or NGAAF as it appears in MyCSN) or ALEKS Placement Test scores, which are less than two years old, he/she must take the current ALEKS PPL Math.
NextGen Accuplacer Advanced Algebra test score must be 263 or greater on the NextGen Accuplacer Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QRAS) test.
All acceptable Math test scores MUST be less than 2 years old from the date the test was taken.
The Math Department will not issue permission for any student to take a course they do not place into. This includes students that are even one point away from placing into a MATH/STAT course.
Students wishing to use placement test scores from another institution must speak with the Chair of the Math Department.
Students may contact the Math Department at the respective contacts as below.
Math Course Prerequisites and Minimum Placement Scores
All test scores MUST be less than 2 years old (from the date the test was taken). Students wanting to use placement scores from another institution must speak with the Chair of the Math Department.
Important. No placement or other test is needed for entry into MATH 95E, 104B, 116, or 120E.
|| Credit Awarded
| MATH 95
| MATH 96
|| MATH 95 or 95E
| MATH 120
|| MATH 95 or 95E
|| College Mathematics CLEP ≥ 50
| MATH 124E or 126E
|| MATH 95 or 95E
| MATH 122
|| MATH 96
| MATH 123
|| MATH 122
| MATH 124
|| MATH 96 or 97
|| College Algebra CLEP ≥ 50
| MATH 126
|| MATH 96 or 97
|| Precalculus CLEP ≥ 50
| MATH 127
|| MATH 126
| MATH 132
|| MATH 124 or 126 or 128
| MATH 176
|| MATH 124 or 126
| MATH 181
|| MATH 127 or 128
|| Calculus CLEP ≥ 50 or AP Calculus AB ≥ 3
| MATH 182
|| MATH 181
|| AP Calculus BC ≥ 3
| MATH 251
|| MATH 127 or 128
| MATH 253, 283, or 285
|| MATH 182
| STAT 152
|| MATH 124 or 126 or 128
*A grade of “C” or higher is required in prerequisite courses.
**NextGen ACCUPLACER Advanced Algebra test score must include a score of 263 or greater on the NextGEN ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics Test.
Please see https://at.csn.edu/math-placement for additional information.
Expiration of Test Scores:
All placement test scores are good for two years. Students must ensure to enroll in the course(s) level they are placed before the expiration of their test results. At the expiration of a test result, students’ enrollment in the course level of placement will be blocked, and such student will need to retake the test or present an alternative placement result.
Placement tests may be retaken as provided for under English and Math placement requirements, respectively.
Out-of-Area/Remote Testing Policy:
Any person who lives outside of Las Vegas may take a placement test without traveling to Las Vegas. Please visit our website at www.csn.edu/testing to make your request and/or for more information.
Math Familiarity Tests:
CLEP and Dantes (DSST):
These tests enable non-traditional and traditional students to earn college credit based on lifetime achievement and job skills. These tests are offered at the three main campuses. CSN does not accept Dantes for Credit.
High School Equivalence Exams:
The GED is given at the three main campuses; please make your appointment through www.GED.com.
CSN Chemistry Placement Test
The CSN Chemistry Placement Test is provided to allow students to go into CHEM 121 without taking the CHEM 103 prerequisite. It does not, however, cover the math prerequisite for the class. You can retest after six (6) months. This test is an online exam. Students are required to make an appointment online.
The test is 50 minutes long with 35 questions. You must get a 21 or higher to meet the prerequisite. You are allowed a personal Periodic Table and a scientific calculator, non-graphing, non-programmable on the exam. Detailed information is available at https://www.csn.edu/placement-testing.
ATI TEAS Exam
The TEAS is a computer-based diagnostic test instrument that is used to assess the preparedness of students applying to enter the health science fields.
The test is specifically used to assess prospective students for CSN Health Science Limited Entry (LE) Programs.
The TEAS test contains 170 questions written in a multiple-choice format with four-option answers and has a total duration of 209 minutes.
The test is designed to assess the necessary academic skills in the subjects of Reading (53 questions for 64 mins.), Math (36 questions for 54 mins.), Science (53 questions for 63 mins.), and English and Language Usage (28 questions for 28 mins.). Detailed information is available at https://www.csn.edu/csn-teas.
The Testing Centers proctor tests for courses taught at CSN free of charge (i.e., make-up tests and distance education/instructor exams). Proctoring for tests from other institutions (including all other Nevada System of Higher Education institutions: i.e., UNLV, UNR, NSC, WNC, TMCC, or GBC) is available for a fee.
Career Interest and Aptitude:
These tests (Strong, MBTI, and WOWI) are available on the three main campuses for a fee.
For more detailed information visit: www.csn.edu/testing. For Testing Hours and addresses, please see the Testing Centers Contact Information below.
Testing Centers Contact Information
|| Phone Number(s)
| Charleston Testing Center
|| 702-651-5049 or 702-651-5733
| North Las Vegas Testing Center
| Henderson Testing Center
| Virtual Business Hours: 8 am to 6 pm Monday; 8 am - 5 pm Tuesday - Friday
TRiO Student Support Services
The TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to provide academic support, guidance, and advocacy to first-generation, financial aid eligible, and/or disabled students seeking to complete a two-year degree at CSN and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. Services are offered within a very intensive, integrated, and individualized contact system that encourages participants to develop persistence, self-discipline, responsibility, and confidence. Final acceptance into the program will be determined by a two-tier interview process to ascertain academic need and an ability to benefit. All TRiO services are free of cost to participants. The TRiO Program is located on the North Las Vegas campus, Room E109. For more information call 702-651-4441 or visit www.csn.edu/trio.