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New Students

Nashville State Community College holds New Student Orientations before the spring and fall semesters. The New Student Orientations are for all first-time students/freshmen that have applied to the college under Associate Degree programs and Technical Certificates. Faculty advisors will be available to help with advising/registration at the end of the New Student Orientation Information sessions.

New Student Orientations on Nashville State Campuses

New Student Orientations for the fall semester have ended. Dates for spring semester orientations will be posted in October.

Online New Student Orientation

New students are encouraged to go to the online new student orientation: EmPower - Orientation for New Students Have your A# ready to begin the online orientation.

Advising for New Students

All first-time freshman (degree and certificate seeking students) are required to meet with an advisor prior to class registration regarding course selection, class registration, and career pathways.

Student Services Center, Main Campus (Map)

  • Starting August 24: Room S-214
    Monday–Thursday: 8:00 AM–5:30 PM
    Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM

Satellite Campus Advising
Click the link below for your campus’s faculty/staff contact info for advising:

Checklist for Attending Nashville State

Student Initial Course Placement Effective Fall 2015

Prerequisites and Co-requisites for NSCC Courses
As of Fall 2015, all entering students will be assigned to a placement level in English (Writing), Math, and Reading depending on their ACT, COMPASS, or SAT scores in those areas. Successful completion of Level 1 progresses students to Level 2. Students who completed all Learning Support competencies in those areas prior to Fall 2015 are categorized as Level 2.

When advising, use the learning support documents below to place students into an appropriate co-requisite experience to gain learning support competencies using the new model.

Advising for Learning Support English and Reading (PDF)
Advising for Learning Support Math (PDF)
Learning Support Advising Quick Sheet (PDF)

Levels for English

Level ACT English sub-score COMPASS Writing Skills SAT Critical Reading Placement
1 17 or below 76 or below 440 or below ENGL 1010 + ENGL 0815
2 18 or higher 77 or higher 450 or above ENGL 1010
Levels for Mathematics
Level ACT Math sub-score COMPASS Algebra SAT Placement
1 18 or below 37 or below Math: 450 or below MATH 1000 + 0815, MATH 1010 + 0825, MATH 1530 + 0835, MATH 1630 + 0845
2 19-26 38-83 Math: 460 or above MATH 1000 (for SAILS completers only), 1010, 1130, 1410, 1530, 1630, or 1710
3 27 or higher 84 or above Composite: 1220-1280 MATH 1720, 1830 or below
4 29 or higher 93 or above Composite: 1290 or higher MATH 1910 or below
Levels for Reading
Level ACT Reading sub-score COMPASS Reading SAT Critical Reading Placement
1 18 or below 82 or below 450 or below Designated college-level course + READ 0815
2 19 or higher 83 or higher 460 or above Any college-level course for which reading competency is a prerequisite

Advising for New Students

All first-time freshman (degree and certificate seeking students) are required to meet with an advisor prior to class registration regarding course selection, class registration, and career pathways.

Find Your Advisor Online
You can find your advisor by logging on to myNSCC with your A# and password, then select the “Advising Resources” tab. In “Academic Profile” your primary academic advisor will be listed at the bottom left under “Advisors”. Find your advisor on myNSCC

You can then go to the Campus Directory to get your advisor's contact information. If you are a current student and do not have an advisor, please contact Records at 615-353-3218 or Admissions at 615-353-3215 and they will refer you to the appropriate department.

Satellite Campus Advising
Click the link below for your campus faculty/staff contact info for advising:

Faculty/Staff Appointments

To set up an appointment to talk with a faculty or staff member in your intended major, please contact the program faculty or secretaries for scheduling.


Dual Admissions

Nashville State has partnered with surrounding universities to offer Dual Admission programs. The purpose of the Dual Admission program is to offer a structured, guaranteed pathway for progressing from an Associate's degree directly to a Bachelor's degree. Students get personal contact with advisors at both institutions during the program.

Participating Universities:
Austin Peay State University
Lipscomb University
Middle Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University


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