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Online courses are open to all students. Online courses are designated with section designators beginning with the number “9.”  For example, an online English course is ENG 101.90.

Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire
Before enrolling in an online course, you should first assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment. Your answers to the following questions will help you determine what you need to do to succeed at online learning. Post-survey feedback will also provide you with information on what you can expect from an online course.


Step 1 - Secure Funds for Your Education

  • Learn about financing your education, paying your tuition, and taking advantage of various payment options, by visiting the Financial Aid website.  Financial Aid is available to students from federal, state, local and private resources, institutional grants, scholarships, loans and work-study awards. 
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible at Pay special attention to the priority deadlines.
  • Review available institutional scholarships delineated in the University’s Scholarship Guide.

Step 2 - Apply for admission

  • Visit the Office of Admissions website.
  •  Review the undergraduate or graduate admissions requirements.

 International students should visit the International Student Services website.

  • Learn more about the available infinite possibilities by scanning the University’s View Brochure.
  • Apply for admissions, transfer or re-admission. 
  • For additional undergraduate admissions information, call toll free 800-274-1821 or email
  • For graduate admissions information, call 757-823-8015 or email   When the graduate application file is complete, the application is reviewed by the Departmental Admissions Committee, which makes a recommendation on admission.  Upon completion of the process, the Graduate School conveys the decision, in writing, to the applicant with a copy to the appropriate graduate office.

Step 3 - Confirm your intent to enroll

If accepted for undergraduate admission, please view the Next Steps for Admitted Students. Next Steps for Admitted Students

  • Complete and return the enrollment response form.  Without this confirmation, you will be unable to register for any courses.  After receipt of this form, you will be given information about how to access your MyNSU account.  Students use MyNSU to manage their student accounts and register for classes. 
  • Review the MyNSU Guide for detailed information about the campus portal.


Step 4 - Activate your MyNSU account

MyNSU, the University’s educational portal system, provides access to your NSU e-mail account, Office 365, and Blackboard Learn.  Setting up your account is quick and easy.  The University sends official communications to this account.

  • Go to the MyNSU login.  When prompted enter your user name (for example: j.j.jones) and password then click the Sign In button. Your MyNSU ID and password.  This is the same as your username and password for other campus network computer resources.  In order to access MyNSU you need a computer with Internet access and one of the following supported web browsers:
    • Chrome 86+
    • Firefox 82+
    • Safari 14+

For questions or concerns about accessing MyNSU, please call NSU Client Services at 757-823-8678 or email


Step 5 - Register for Classes

  • Log-in to MyNSU, click the Spartan Self-Service Student Menu.
  • Select “Plan Courses” then the Course Planning Wizard to select your coursework for the designated term.
  • Use the tools provided to email your academic advisor your completed course planning guide.

Your academic advisor will review your educational plan for any courses added and requiring approval.  

Step 6 - Pay Your Tuition and Fees

  • Pay your tuition and fees.  There are different payment options.  Regardless of the option chosen, make certain payment or satisfactory arrangements are made by the scheduled class cancellation dates published for each term.
  • Log-in to MyNSU, click the Spartan Self-Service Student Menu.
  • Select “Make a Payment.”
  • Choose “Pay for registration.”


Hardware and Software Requirements

Macintosh OS X (10.13 or higher) or Windows 10 (version 1809 or higher).

4 GB RAM (8GB RAM or more is highly recommended).

20GB of available hard-drive space - Screen resolution set to 1280 x 1024.

Dedicated broadband/high-speed Internet access (if web conferencing or online exams will be used, hard wired Ethernet connection is preferred over the wireless network for the best experience)

Webcam, sound card with microphone, headphones, and speakers (a wearable headset is highly recommended if web conferencing will be used).

Ability to install and update software. Some exams require Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor. The browser is used for exam purposes only.

Google Chromebook computers are NOT supported on some applications.