Admissions and Records
New students or those who have not taken a WNC credit course in the past two years should submit an application for admission at least four business days before planning to register for classes.
All students will be issued an NSHE ID number which will be a student's official identification number at WNC and at all other Nevada System of Higher Education schools. Students are provided with the number and a password to access myWNC online registration system when their application for admission is processed.
Degree seeking students should attend an orientation, take placement tests, and meet with a counselor.
High school students must submit a high school authorization form before they can register for classes.
Students registering at the beginning of a semester registration period should check the student center in myWNC for their enrollment appointment. Students can register any time after their enrollment appointment begins.
Students may add full-term courses through the first week of instruction; short-term classes may be added no later than the first day of class.
To add classes, students first add classes to their shopping cart in myWNC under "Enroll." Students need to ensure they finish the enrollment process (step 3 under "Enroll" in myWNC). A message will inform students if their enrollment was successful or if an error occurred.
Students should pay fees after registering for classes (no later than the published deadlines). Students who do not pay 100 % of all classes by payment deadlines or 100% of the first installment of a payment plan (when applicable) may be dropped from 100% of their classes. However, students are ultimately responsible to drop their classes if they no longer choose to be enrolled. Students who do not drop their classes by refund deadlines may be responsible for payment, regardless of whether or not they attended classes, and may end up with an "F" grade on their transcript.
Invoices are emailed to students who register well in advance of the semester start date. Students can also view their charges through myWNC. Students are responsible for payment regardless of whether an invoice is received. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all semester deadlines, including refunds and fee payments. Students who do not pay fees by published deadlines may be removed from class rosters. However, if a payment is made to a student's account for a previously registered class, or from any other source such as financial aid, a scholarship, a third party, etc. the student may not be removed from class rosters.
Students drop (withdraw) from classes using the "enroll" function in myWNC. Deadlines to drop classes are as follows:
A short-term class is defined as a class that is not scheduled to meet for the entire semester (16 weeks for fall and spring, eight weeks for summer).
Classes dropped after the refund period will remain on the student's transcript with a grade of "W."
Information about refunds can be found at http://www.wnc.edu/studentservices/admissions/refunds.php
Students should drop from classes by the published deadline if they are unable to attend or complete them. Students who do not withdraw themselves are subject to receive a grade issued by the instructor which could be a failing "F" grade. Courses dropped by the student after the 100% refund period will remain on a student transcript with a grade of "W." A "W" grade does not affect grade point average but may affect financial aid and scholarship eligibility.
Students should check the course catalog to ensure they have met the prerequisites for the classes they intend to enroll in; it is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are met.
Students currently enrolled at WNC in a class that fulfills a prerequisite may enroll in the subsequent class. If the prerequisite class is not successfully completed, the student may be dropped from the subsequent class that required the prerequisite.
Students who are seeking a degree or certificate of achievement may register for up to 18 units through myWNC; students who have not declared they are seeking a degree or certificate of achievement may register for up to six units. Additional registration requires approval by a WNC counselor; the maximum number of units that may be approved for one semester is 21 units for degree/certificate seeking students. Enrollment in more than 21 units (15 for summer term) requires the approval of the Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs.
The number of classes taken by a student, excluding courses taken for audit, makes up the total unit load. The load of a student receiving veterans benefits or financial assistance may have restrictions which affect the classes that apply to his/her course of study. Full-time students are defined as those who carry 12 or more units (six or more for summer); three-quarter-time students carry 9-11 units; half-time students carry six-eight units.
According to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities guidelines, a three-unit lecture class usually requires three hours of class time per week; and a one-unit lecture class usually requires one hour of class time per week. A one-unit class requires one hour of class time per week. A one-unit laboratory class usually requires three hours of class time per week.
Auditing a class is a process in which a student pays the fee, attends class sessions, receives all the instruction, and generally does the assignments and the work of a regularly enrolled student. However, he/she does not receive a grade or credit. The student is not required to take examinations. The last semester date to change credit/audit status for full-term classes is the end of the eighth week of classes for a 16-week semester (fall and spring) or the end of the fourth week of classes for the summer session. For courses that meet longer than 16 weeks, or less than 16 weeks but for at least two weeks, students may change credit/audit status during the first 50 percent of the class. For classes that meet for less than two weeks, students may not change their credit/audit status after the class begins. After the semester begins, students enrolling in short-term classes must use an enrollment form to change credit/audit status. Full-term classes may be changed through myWNC using the "edit" function under "enroll."
Students may register late by submitting a Late Registration Enrollment Request form with instructor signature/approval during the second week of classes. After the second week of the semester, students must pay for a class in full before a class will be added using the Late Registration Request. The last day to pay for and submit a request to add a full-term class is the Friday of the fourth week of the semester.
Submission of a Late Registration form does not guarantee the request will be processed. Students are responsible to check to see if their request was granted and to verify the accuracy of their course schedule through myWNC. If not pre-paid, students must pay for courses approved for late registration immediately.
Requests to exchange one full-term class for another with the same amount of credits must be submitted after the first week of the semester, with an Even Exchange Enrollment Request form, by the end of the second week of the semester. An instructor's signature must be submitted for any class to be added. Even exchange of class/credit will remove the dropped class completely from a student's transcript. Classes dropped after the 100 percent refund period that are not "even exchanged" will remain on a transcript with a grade of "W," and may affect student financial aid.
Submission of an Even Exchange form does not guarantee the request will be processed. Students are responsible to check to see if their request was granted and to verify the accuracy of their course schedule through myWNC.
A student who plans to enroll for one or more courses at another college while enrolled at WNC should consult with a counselor prior to enrollment. The counselor will help the student select courses at a college as they relate to degree requirements at WNC. Courses taken at another college must be transferred and evaluated for credit if the student wishes to use them in meeting WNC degree requirements. Veterans, international students and students receiving financial aid must indicate to the appropriate agency which institution is the school of primary enrollment.
After registering for classes, students can locate information on required and recommended books for their classes through myWNC, by visiting the campus bookstore, or online. Students visiting the bookstore in person are encouraged to bring a printed copy of their class schedule.
Western Nevada College reserves the right to cancel classes in which there is insufficient enrollment.
Students are expected to attend all classes for which they have registered. An instructor may fail any student when the student has an excessive number of absences as identified in the course syllabus. In general, if a student misses a number of hours greater than the number of units to be earned in the course, this may be considered excessive.
Students are encouraged to keep their email address, address and phone number current in myWNC. A change or correction to a name, birthdate, or Social Security number requires submission of a Personal Identification Change form with documentation to Admissions and Records.
Students should periodically check their class schedule in myWNC throughout the semester to make sure that fees have been paid and they are still correctly registered. This is the student's responsibility.
Students are responsible for all costs associated with registration, regardless of any invoice that may or may not have been received, and regardless of attendance or class participation unless classes are dropped within the 100 percent refund period.