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College of Southern Nevada

United States


The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is the largest and most diverse higher education institution in Nevada.

CSN offers its students an exceptional study environment on three dynamic campuses in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, each of them featuring state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, brand-new student unions, and a host of student services available to all.

Students may choose from a comprehensive range of ambitious degree and certificate programs divided into 11 areas of study designed to fuel their curiosity and prepare them for successful careers.

Students may enroll in one of the college's 180 plus associate degrees or one of its 11 bachelor's degrees. It is also possible to transfer to one of the college's four-year partners after graduating from CSN to pursue a bachelor's degree with pre-approved credit transfer for the first two years from CSN.

The mission of CSN is to make sure that every student can achieve, succeed and prosper.

Students will become part of a learning environment that offers affordable, quality programs in a values-based teaching environment with room for academic and personal development.

CSN campuses are home to more than 36,000 students who are also pursuing their goals, dreams and ambitions. CSN offers extensive services to international students to ease the transition into their new lives in Las Vegas, leaving them time to focus on their studies and make new friends.

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What's new

What's new

New Bachelor's Degree in Tourism, Convention & Event Planning

Apart from its extensive portfolio of associate degrees, CSN also offers 11 bachelor's degrees.

In late 2020, the college added a newcomer to the family when it received approval for a new bachelor's degree in Tourism, Convention, and Event Planning and what better place to study exactly that than in Las Vegas?

With a massive influx of tourists and convention participants visiting from all over the world each year, students at CSN will literally be in the heart of the tourism, convention and event industry, and have the opportunity to learn from the best in the world. The first cohort will be enrolled in the Fall 2021.

What is the 2+2 model?

Students at CSN are able to transfer to one of the college's partner institutions to earn their bachelor's degree after they complete their two-year associate degree at CSN.

When students earn an AA, AS, or AB degree at CSN, the courses they complete at CSN will fulfill the first two years of their bachelor's degree with one of the college's many partners.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Two-year colleges in the United States undergo the same accreditation procedure for the quality of their study programs and are judged on the same set of criteria as four-year universities.

Students attending the College of Southern Nevada will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a learning environment that provides value for money and quality programs of study.

Alongside this, the college focuses on sustaining a value-based environment for teaching that creates space for personal and academic development.

The college values its excellent staff and maintains a cohort of well-trained professors, instructors and tutors who have robust real-world experience in addition to teaching expertise.

Students at CSN will be able to take their academic and professional achievements to the next level by taking advantage of the wide range of additional academic services including tutoring, writing assistance, counselling, accounting, language, mathematics and science lab assistance available to all students.

At CSN, the college prides itself on its Circle of Excellence offering its students:

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • ACE Culinary Program – Exemplary Ranking
  • Professors with Real-World Experience
  • More Science/Technology Graduates than any two-year college in the United States
  • Free tutoring and writing assistance.

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Department structure

Department structure

The College of Southern Nevada offers an impressive range of ambitious and innovative programs delivering degree and certificate level qualifications to students to kick-start successful careers.

The college offers a total of 4,994 classes, of which a total of 1,304 classes are offered entirely online.

The college is comprised of six schools and two divisions:

  • Advanced & Applied Technologies
  • Arts & Letters
  • Business, Hospitality & Public Services
  • Education, Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Division of Workforce & Economic Development
  • Apprenticeship Studies

These six schools and two divisions offer a variety of programs within 11 areas of study :

  • Art & Design
  • Biological & Physical Sciences
  • Business
  • Computing & Engineering Technologies
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality & Culinary Arts
  • Humanities & Communication
  • Industry, Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Public Safety
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Degree Program

The Degree Program is for students who are ready to take full-time coursework in English that leads to a certificate of achievement, associate degree, or bachelor's degree. The program has no ESL component. Students should consult the English Language Proficiency requirements of the college for more information.

Pathway Program

The pathway program is a one-year program for students who have an intermediate command of the English language, but still need some ESL instruction before they are ready for full-time academic coursework. Students have a blended schedule of advanced ESL and first-year college coursework.

ESL Program

The ESL (English as a Second Language) program is a full-time program for students who wish to learn the English language. Students will study English grammar as well as reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with an emphasis on preparing for study at an English-speaking college or university. There are not any specific English language proficiency requirements.

Language Proficiency Requirements

All non-­native English speakers* must provide proof of one of the following. This requirement will be used for admission purposes only, unless noted. Test scores cannot be more than two years old.

The following test scores represent the minimum scores for the college's degree and pathway programs:

Degree program

IELTS: 6.0

TOEFL: 61 iBT / 500 PBT*

Duolingo: 90

Pathway program

IELTS: 5.5

TOEFL: 52 iBT / 470 PBT

Duolingo: 80

*TOEFL scores above 71 iBT/527 PBT allow direct admission into ENG 113

Some applicants may be exempt from submitting a language test. Students can visit the college website for a list of countries with test waivers.

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Each campus features its own library. Students can schedule an introduction session, rent books, articles and films, browse databases and attend workshops and events, or just unwind in a quiet corner and do homework.

Student Unions

CSN has three state-of-art student unions. These student unions serve a multitude of purposes and events and are open to all CSN students. If students are looking for food, coffee, counseling, want to check out student organizations, join volunteer services, meet new friends, visit the multicultural center, meet up with friends, do homework or just hang out, this is the place to go to.

Student Organizations

With more than 30 different student organizations, CSN offers its students plenty of social networking and extracurricular opportunities allowing students to meet new people and make friends.

CSN Athletics

The CSN campuses also feature several athlete sports teams.

International Student Organization (ISO)

This award-winning club was started by international students for international students.

The ISO organizes social and volunteer events every semester so students can network, find potential roommates, develop friendships, create study groups, and more.

ISO members also volunteer at International Center events like Ambassador Day during International Education Week and Welcome Day for new students.

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Student safety

Student safety

On Campus

The College of Southern Nevada considers the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors to be of the highest priority. CSN's campuses and centers are protected by University Police Services South, a comprehensive police department created and governed by the Nevada System of Higher Education to protect its students. Officers patrol all facilities to ensure that students can focus on what matters: their studies.

The college recommends that all students install its MobileSAFETY App on their phone so they receive important safety alerts and have instant access to Campus safety resources and emergency contacts.

Las Vegas

As is the case with many other cities of similar size, Las Vegas is considered a safe place to live for the most part. However, it is always wise for students to be mindful of their surroundings, avoid dark alleys at night, not to engage with people who make them feel uncomfortable, avoid parts of town with which they are not familiar at night, and to have the company of a friend or two. Students are encouraged to take advantage of everything the city has to offer while exercising due caution and common sense.

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International students

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