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The College of Southern Nevada is a two-year college with three campuses; Charleston, Cheyenne, and Henderson—all in the Las Vegas area. It offers over 200 undergraduate degrees in fields ranging from dental hygiene to applied sciences to general studies.


The college is home to its School of Advanced and Applied Technologies; School of Arts and Letters; School of Business, Hospitality and Public Services; School of Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences; School of Health Sciences; School of Science and Mathematics; and Division of Workforce and Economic Development.

CSN also features an online learning program, with degrees in arts, applied sciences, business, and general studies. Moreover, students can work online toward certificates of achievement in business management, criminal justice, hotel management, and numerous other fields.

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Admissions are non-competitive and open to all applicants 18 or older who have a high school or GED-equivalent diploma. Students do not need to submit transcripts.

International applicants must apply through the International Center, and must also provide proof of personal finances and English proficiency. Moreover, international students must purchase health insurance through the International Center, as foreign health insurance policies are not accepted.

Both domestic and international students can apply online. A detailed web site helps students work through the admissions process.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who need help paying for college. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Student Aid form.

Many Nevada residents take advantage of the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship, an award based on high school academic performance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3869th for the average student loan amount.
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The college has more than 30 clubs and organizations that students can join and acquire leadership skills outside of the classroom. The Actor’s Guild, American Sign Language Club, Latino Student Alliance, Photography Club, and Alpha Xi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are just some of these organizations.

The college has three locations in southern Nevada, all of them close to the attractions and temptations of Las Vegas. On-campus points of interest include the Performing Arts Center on the Cheyenne campus, which features performances by both students and professionals. The Fine Arts Gallery, also at the Cheyenne campus, features exhibits from local and national artists. In addition, the Department of Ornamental Horticulture operates the Desert Garden Center at the Charleston campus.

Day care is available at both the Cheyenne and Charleston campuses. All three campuses have libraries, and students can renew library materials online and return books to any of the three libraries or the main library of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, regardless of where the book was checked out.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic department fields teams in two sports, men’s baseball and women’s softball. Both teams, nicknamed the Coyotes, compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The college also offers an extensive intramural program. Sports include flag football, basketball, racquetball, indoor and outdoor soccer, bowling, dodgeball, and volleyball.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 26 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Las Vegas, NV 89146-1164
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population18,265 (18,265 urban / N/A rural)
Households7,122 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,820
Families4,582 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3201

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3716th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,535 $2,535 $9,180
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $165 $165 $165
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $85 $85 $178
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,720 $3,720 $10,365
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,281 $16,281 $22,926
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,817 $8,817 $15,462

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,559 $2,700 $2,559 $2,700 $8,902 $9,345
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,800 $7,318
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,800 $4,997
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,800 $4,997

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2019th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,499 ($64,143 male / $62,784 female)
Number of FT Faculty 487 (255 male / 232 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,314
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $12,216,000

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