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The College of Southern Nevada (CSN), which was founded in 1971, offers distance learning and weekend/evening college for students earning associate and bachelor’s degrees. This four-year college also awards <1 - 2-year certificates to students.

Overview of College of Southern Nevada (CSN)

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN), which was founded in 1971, offers distance learning and weekend/evening college for students earning associate and bachelor’s degrees. This four-year college also awards 1 - 2-year certificates to students.

This means that the entire student population is undergraduate. And credits are accepted for advanced placement (AP) courses, dual credit (taking college classes while in high school), and credit for life experiences, as long as those experiences taught the student.

Henderson, where the College of Southern Nevada is located, is a large city just southeast of Las Vegas. Students who have just moved here might be interested in visiting Las Vegas itself, Hoover Dam which is just east of the school, Boulder Beach just north of the dam, or Charleston Peak and the national conservation areas to the west.

Students attending on-campus classes will find that, while campus buildings are spread out, the physical campus itself is not large. The campus is bordered by S. Torrey Pines Drive to the west and Community College drive to the east. Parking on campus is abundant and there is a student union, student center, student services, campus library, and other academic buildings are available to serve students’ needs. There are also career counseling services and employment, placement services for online and on-campus students, and a daycare for students’ children.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 21:1
Graduation Rate 15%
Year Founded 1971

Student Enrollment

Total Students33,942


Undergraduate Student

Male 14,595
Female 19,347

Graduate Student

Male 0
Female 0

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Application Fee $20
High School GPA NA
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High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses NA
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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

CSN Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The sticker price of attendance at the College of Southern Nevada was $20,399 for the academic year of 2020-2021. This included in-state tuition, while out-of-state tuition was $7,190 more. Books and supplies cost students an average of $1,280 and other fees cost an average of $4,748. One important thing to note is that there are no dorms on this campus. If you’re not going to be living with family, you will need to find somewhere to rent. The school has estimated that students who do not live with family spend around $10,493 on their living space.

Around 86% of first-year students were able to receive financial aid to help them pay for school. Eighty-three percent received an average of $5,745 in grant and scholarship aid. Even so, 12% also received school loans at an average amount of $3,730 per student.

For freshman students, the average net price for the 2019-2020 academic year was $7,574. Student’s final price often depended on how much financial aid they were able to receive, which depends on how much their families made in a previous year. Families who earned less than $30,000 paid around $6,140, while families earning more than $110,000 paid around $11,630.

Average net price 2019-2020
Net Price $7,574
Average Total Aid $5,74
Students Receiving Financial Aid 86%
Room & Board $10,287

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $3,652
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $10,842
  • Books and Supplies - $1,280
  • Room & Board - $10,287
  • Other - $4,654


The student population of the College of Southern Nevada was 29,965 in the most recent year. The availability of distance learning (online) classes and evening courses benefits students with work or family obligations.

As enrollment is nearly all part-time, the school was not able to post data pertaining to the retention rate of first-year students and the known graduation rate is quite small. However, the student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1, which is solid despite the high student population.

The five most popular degree programs offered here are Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Services; and Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies. The majority of awarded degrees are associate degrees.

Student Population Total

Student Population 33,942

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 22 Total Graduates / 46%
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 11 Graduates
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 6 Graduates
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 5 Graduates
All Business Majors 12 Total Graduates / 25%
Project Management 12 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 11 Total Graduates / 23%
Fire Services Administration 11 Graduates
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3 Total Graduates / 6%
Deaf Studies 3 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 0 Total Graduates / 0%

Outcome & Salary

Graduates of the College of Southern Nevada, based on data gathered by the school, earned early-career salaries of around $30,500 and mid-career salaries of around $36,000.

The 4-year cost of education, based on the net average cost, is $30,296. If we subtract that cost from graduate’s income over time, we can see their return on investment (ROI). This makes their 10-year salary earnings potential $332,500 and their 20-year salary earnings potential is closer to $692,500. Deducting the 4-year cost of education, this leaves a 10-year projected ROI of $302,204 and a 20-year ROI of $662,204.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $65,600
College Grads Average Salary $52,200
College Grads Mid Career Salary $44,700
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $522,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $969,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $29,312
10 Year Projected ROI $492,688
20 Year Projected ROI $939,688
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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