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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.

Step 2: Apply for admission.

International students should visit the International Student Services website.

For graduate admissions information, call 757-823-8015 or email

Step 3: Confirm your intent to enroll.

If accepted for admission, you will receive a congratulatory enrollment packet.

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.

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

Step 5: Register for Classes


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

Step 6: Pay Your Tuition and Fees


Step 7: Verify you have the appropriate tools.

The Blackboard Learning Management System can be accessed using most web browsers. However, it is very important that your web browser is configured correctly. Additionally, your course may require the use of course contents from publishers or an online proctoring tool.

A best practice is to delete cookies and browser history at least once per month. Please close all applications in your computer, start the browser, use the CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE keys to delete or clear the cookies and the browser history. For the best online learning experience, you will need:  Windows 7 or, Mac OS X 10.6 or later


While mobile devices, especially smartphones, are convenient and may be utilized for some course functions, they cannot be the primary device for completing your online course work.

Step 8: Begin Your Online Learning Experience

Log in to MyNSU, then choose the Blackboard icon to access your courses. Your registered courses that have been made available by your professor will show under the My Courses module. Some may require synchronous meetings using a webcam. Detailed technology requirements, proctoring and testing procedures, and assignment submission instructions will be delineated on your course syllabus. If you have questions or concerns, please email or call toll free 1-844-266-4990.