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Students

Whether you’re a new student, current student, or transfer student here at CSI, we have the information and steps you’ll need to get you started and keep you on the right track.

I’m a New or Transfer Student! Where do I Start?

Becoming a CSI student is a simple process! Visit the Getting Started website for an outline of the steps necessary before your first semester.

The First Year Advisor booklet will introduce you to terminology and proven best practices to provide a smooth transition to college life.

Attend a SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) session to receive information about the College and student life. The session provides an overview of what to expect, how to be prepared to succeed as a new student at CSI, and registration of classes during a Registration Lab. You will need to meet with an advisor and review classes before attending this session! Feel free to contact us with any questions (admissions@csi.edu or 208-732-6221). We look forward to seeing you!

Student and Advisor Responsibilities

Your college educational planning is a shared responsibility between you and your advisor. Doing your part will open doors of opportunity and develop your growth on campus.

Course Placement

The College of Southern Idaho (CSI) is an open-door, equal opportunity institution. We welcome all students who can benefit from our educational programs and services regardless of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and/or disability. We are also committed to providing all eligible students access to appropriate educational offerings. The College accepts the following placement information in order to assist students with the selection of appropriate level courses in the educational planning process: ALEKS, Write Class, ACT (American College Testing), SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), Dual Credit, Alternative Credit, and Transfer Credit.

All students, degree and non-degree seeking, at the College of Southern Idaho, must submit placement information prior to enrolling in courses that require math or English placement. The score results are used during the educational planning process to assist students in selecting appropriate level courses in which there is a reasonable probability that they will be successful. Certain courses and program-specific admissions criteria require specific course placement level attainment. Refer to the catalog’s curriculum and program description sections for details. Placement scores are valid for three years from the testing date.

The College provides testing facilities and you are encouraged to contact the Campus Testing Center for more information on placement test availability. You are strongly encouraged to discuss any placement questions relating to your college studies with your major faculty advisor.

ALEKS

The ALEKS Placement test is used for math placement here at CSI. The ALEKS must be taken in a proctored environment for the scores to be used for official placement. After completing ALEKS students will be given learning modules if they do not reach the placement score they need to register for their class. ALEKS placement may be taken a total of 5 times without charge.

Write Class

The Write Class Placement survey is used for English placement here at CSI. The Write Class gathers information from students about previous writing experiences and gives the student a clear set of expectations for each of the composition courses offered at CSI. Write Class placement is offered through an online environment and does not require a proctor to be completed. To complete the Write Class survey, click on the link provided.

http://thewriteclasscsi.com/

English Placement Flowchart

ACT/SAT

The use of ACT and/or SAT scores may be acceptable for course placement purposes and could exempt you from taking ALEKS and/or Write Class placement exams.

ACT/SAT scores may also be used in conjunction with high school GPA to establish course placement in math as seen on the following chart.

HSGPA and ACT/SAT Placement Chart

Transfer College and University Credits

Successful completion of transfer courses indicated on official transcripts from regionally accredited colleges and universities may be used for placement purposes. Be sure to send all official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar for transfer equivalency consideration. The following transfer guides are provided by colleges and universities as a reference.

Alternative Credit

CSI provides students several opportunities to receive undergraduate credit on the basis of satisfactory standardized testing performance or challenging courses in one or more of the areas listed at the Alternative Credit website. In some instances, alternative credit may be used for course placement purposes.

Financing Your Education

CSI offers an affordable education that can be worked into all types of budgets. Learning how to manage your expenses will help stretch your dollar while attending college. The following link provides vital financial literacy information and planning tips.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

I'm a Current Student! What do I need to know?

Prerequisite & Corequisite Information (Current Students)

As an incoming student, you probably submitted placement scores during the registration process. Your degree curriculum includes specific prerequisite and corequisite standards necessary to progress in the direction of program completion. These standards can be located in the CSI Catalog. Your student success advisor or major faculty advisor can help explain and determine if you have met the prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s) for each course desired.

Registering for Classes

New students will register for their courses during SOAR Registration Lab.  Current students entering their second semester or beyond are expected to register online using MyCSI, after meeting with an advisor. Remember the "2:1 Rule" when planning your schedule. Most college courses require at least two hours of outside study for every hour in class.

Transfer Guide

If you are planning on transferring to a four-year college or university after you complete your CSI degree, it is never too early to start preparing. The Transfer Guide provides valuable information about the transfer process.

Learn, Grow, and Graduate!

As you near degree completion, we highly recommend that you check your Student Graduation Audit in MyCSI. This report allows you to view the requirements you have completed and plan for what you have left. Having trouble reading your Graduation Audit? Meet with your Student Success Advisor or Major Faculty Advisor for assistance in reviewing your requirements.

Students will need to apply for graduation through MyCSI to confer their degrees and participate in commencement.

Informational Links

General Education (GE) Core

Each associate and technical degree will require general knowledge area completion, also known as "General Education". The goals may include Communication, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. Be sure to check your intended program's curriculum requirements for GE specifics.

Change of Major

Our office recommends discussing a change of major with the intended Major Faculty Advisor first, so you can find out if this major is right for you and if your completed courses meet program requirements. Students receiving financial aid and scholarships should consider discussing a change of major with the Financial Aid Office as well. Students can submit their change of major request online through MyCSI.

CSI Catalog

The CSI Catalog contains official information regarding policies and procedures, admissions, program offerings, degree requirements, course descriptions, and student life activities. When in doubt refer to the CSI catalog!

Online Courses

Are online classes right for you? Take this quick online self-assessment survey to determine if you are ready to learn online.

Online Learning Survey

University Programs in Twin Falls

There are opportunities to further your education beyond your degree achievement at CSI. Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, and University of Idaho offer bachelor, master, and doctorate level courses in Twin Falls that lead to the completion of various degrees.

Extended Studies Opportunities