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Campus life at Western Nevada College in Carson City

Every day, you make choices.

Whether you are a recent high school graduate or have been practicing “Life 101” instead, financial assistance, outstanding faculty, and a friendly learning environment will help you succeed.

WNC offers dozens of academic degrees to help you begin a new career or upgrade your skills. Classes meet at convenient times and locations close to home, or right inside your home, by internet.

We want you to begin college on the right foot, so we’ll help you prepare for a successful experience.

Below is a “Checklist for Success” to guide you through the process of enrolling at Western. You’ll also find links to customized services and information for different types of students. Take the time to prepare for your new educational journey, and it will be a rewarding experience!

Step 1: Apply for Admission

Am I eligible? You are eligible to attend WNC if you graduated from high school, or have a G.E.D., or are 18 years old.

How much does it cost? Per credit costs can be found on the WNC Academic Fees page. A $15 application fee is charged at the time of registration. See “Costs and Fees” section under the link to Admissions policies below.

When do I apply? Apply now to give yourself enough time to take the placement tests or to have your transfer credit assessed before the start of the next semester.

When do I register? Register for classes after you have filled out the application for admission, taken the placement tests, and met with a counselor for academic advisement.

How do I apply? Follow the application link and fill out the online application for admission. Please allow 3-5 business days for the application to be processed..

Step 2: Take Placement Tests

How do I schedule a placement test? Call Counseling Services at the most convenient location for you.

  • Carson City: 775-445-3267
  • Fallon: 775-423-7565
  • Douglas: 775-782-2413

When are tests given? The placement tests are given in Counseling Services. When you call, you can sign up for an appointment any day the office is open. Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.

How long does the test take? The tests are not timed, but you should give yourself two hours to complete all three tests.

Who needs to take the placement tests? Any student who plans on taking an English or math course needs to take the placement tests. Exceptions are students who have ACT or SAT test scores (which are no more than two years old) or students who have taken English or math at another college.

Why take placement tests? Testing will assess your current skills in reading, writing and math. Test results will help you select appropriate courses to take at WNC. In addition, some courses require qualifying test scores prior to registration.

How much does it cost? The testing fee is $15, which pays for the reading, English, and math tests.

How high would I have to score on the SAT or ACT to not have to test for certain classes? Those with recent ACT/SAT scores (no more than two years old) or with appropriate courses from other colleges may be exempt. Students who are not sure if they need to test should contact a counselor.

See the Placement Testing page on the Counseling Services website for more information and score requirements.

What are the tests like? The reading and English tests are online through Accuplacer. To view the student guide go to Accuplacer Student Guide.

Step 3: Attend an Orientation

Contact Counseling Services to sign-up for an orientation session.

  • Bristlecone 103 (Carson City), 775-445-3267
  • Bently Hall, Main office (Douglas), 775-782-2413
  • Virgil Getto Hall 321 (Fallon), 775-423-7565

What is a new student orientation? The purpose of the new student orientation program is to help students make a successful transition to the college environment. This program promotes academic excellence and social interaction.

Orientation also provides pertinent information related to academic expectations and campus resources and services. New student orientation is designed to promote the completion of educational goals and student success.

Who should attend? All first-time degree and certificate seeking students

How will this help me?

  • Get basic information that all new students should know
  • Learn how to be successful in college
  • Meet other new students

More information about WNC and Orientation can be found on the Orientation Information/FAQ’s page.

Graduate Stephanie Cisneros receives her diploama during the 45th annual Western Nevada College Commencement ceremony in Carson City, Nev.

Step 4: Meet with a Counselor

Before you register for classes, call Counseling Services at 775-445-3267 to make an appointment to meet with a counselor for academic advisement.

Why meet with a counselor? Meeting with a counselor prior to selecting your classes can save you time and money. Getting academic advice will alert you to prerequisites you may need, steer you into classes you can use for your degree or certificate program, and let you know which classes will or will not transfer to a 4 year college.

What should I bring? Bring your placement test results and a copy of your high school or college transcripts (unofficial copies are fine).

What other services are available? WNC offers a variety of counseling services as an integral part of each student’s educational experience, including:

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Exploration
  • Personality and Occupational Interest Testing
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Labor Market Information
  • Personal Counseling
  • Help with personal problems and concerns (strictly confidential)

For more information, please call 775-445-3267.

Step 5: Apply for Financial Assistance

To get help applying for financial assistance call 775-445-3264 or drop by Bristlecone 102.

What is Financial Aid? Financial Aid is money you may be eligible for which will help pay your college expenses. This might be a Federal grant, a low-interest student loan, a college work-study position, or scholarship.

Am I eligible? To find out if you are eligible for Federal financial assistance, fill out the FAFSA ( To find out if you are eligible for scholarships, check with the Financial Assistance office (contact information above).

How can I find out more right now? There is a lot of information available to you on the Financial Assistance web site.

Step 6: Check out a College Success Class

Take a college success class and learn the skills many successful students know. This is a college-level, transferable course.

10 Reasons to Consider Taking EPY 150 “Strategies for Academic Success”

  1. The number one reason people don’t do well in college is PROCRASTINATION. You will learn “procrastination busting” techniques.
  2. This is a transferable course. You will receive college credit.
  3. You will discover and analyze “how” you learn, when you identify your preferred learning styles.
  4. You will learn about motivation strategies that build self-confidence and improve success in college.
  5. You will learn how to plan and manage your time.
  6. You will learn how to improve your memory.
  7. You will learn effective and efficient study skills that help you get the most out of your college classes (e.g., active listening, reading, note-taking, and test preparation.)
  8. You will learn how to improve your test-taking skills.
  9. You will learn how to manage stress.
  10. You will explore and identify personal, academic and career goals for the future.

Step 7: Register for Classes

After testing and meeting with a counselor, register for your classes through myWNC.

Step 8: Pay Fees

When you register for your classes, it generates charges for tuition and fees. These charges must be paid no later than 5 pm on the Friday two weeks before classes begin to ensure that you are not dropped from your classes. After that date, unpaid balance is subject to a late payment fee of 10% or $10, whichever is greater.

Payment for short term classes is due the day before the class starts.