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.
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||21:1|
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CSN Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||NA|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||NA|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|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|
|Average Total Aid||$5,74|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||86%|
|Room & Board||$10,287|
- 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
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.
|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|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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