National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Welcome to the NOLS program.
(For NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, click here.)

NOLS and Western State Colorado University have developed a partnership to provide college credit for NOLS courses.

Once a student enrolls in a NOLS course, credit registration is available through Western Extended Studies. Upon successful completion of the course and assignments due, Recreation and Outdoor Education credit is awarded. The amount of credit earned is based upon the length of the course. 


BEGINNING JUNE 1, 2016, ALL REGISTRATIONS FOR FALL 2016 AND FUTURE TERMS WILL BE CHARGED $125.00 PER CREDIT. This brings NOLS Expedition equitable in credit cost through Extended Studies with all other wilderness programs we partner with to provide registration and  grading, as well as financial services with AmeriCorps and 529 plan funds processing. 

Effective for the 2016-2017 academic year, credit registrations for NOLS Expedition courses through Western Extended Studies received beginning June 1, 2016, the credit cost will be $125.00 per credit. SUMMER 2016 TERM REGISTRATIONS WILL REMAIN AT THE CURRENT CREDIT COST. If you have sent your registration to us for the fall term before June 1, 2016, you will not be billed the increased cost.

Additional information for questions concerning summer 2016 courses: Your NOLS course is placed into a Western school term based upon the END DATE of your course. If the end date of your course is August 22 or later, this is a fall 2016 term course, and you will be billed the new rate of $125.00 per credit hour.

Remember! If we have received your fall registration before June 1, 2016, you will not be assessed new charges.

The 2016-2017 registration packets are available for download beginning June 1, 2016. After this date, new registrations using the 2015-2016 packet will only be honored for Summer 2016 registrations. 



Download Registration Packet for Summer 2016 Registrations


Download Registration Packet for Fall 2016-Summer 2017 Registrations

Beginning with new registrations for the 2016-2017 academic year received by our office after June 1, 2016, the Recreation and Outdoor Education Department and Extended Studies have designed a new assignment with reduced writing for NOLS Expedition students that will provide catalog specific Western State Colorado University course credit. Based on length of course, students will have choices to register in as little as 3 credits or as many as 10 credits to earn ROE catalog course credit. Additional special topics (ROE 397) credits may be added, as well. Each category of credits has a corresponding assignment. For the new assignment catalog description, please click here.


  1. Download, carefully read, and complete the NOLS Course Credit Registration Packet (Word fillable or .pdf version above)
  2. Sign and initial all areas in Sections A, B and C (required).
  3. Complete and sign Section D (optional).                
  4. Carefully review Payment Instructions (Cash, AmeriCorps, or 529 Plan). Make sure this section is complete.
  5. Return Sections A, B, C, and D to the Extended Studies Office by email, fax, or mail.
  6. Keep all other information with you in an accessible place for reference. 

​​IMPORTANT:  Registration and full payment for credit should be received by our office no later than two weeks before the first day of a course. Incomplete registration forms will not be processed. Registrations are processed in the order they are received. If received less than two weeks before the course start date, processing is not guaranteed. Registration requests to process AmeriCorps or 529 plan funding for NOLS tuition and fees must be submitted no later than 30 days before the NOLS payment deadline for course fees.

New for Fall 2016

NOLS STUDENTS - Download your assignment below:

One Credit Assignment - Special Topics

One Credit Assignment – LNT course only

Two Credit Assignment - Special Topics

Three Credit Assignment

Six Credit Assignment

Nine Credit Assignment - Snow Based

Nine Credit Assignment – Water Based

Nine Credit Assignment – Land Based

Ten Credit Assignment – Snow Based plus LNT

Ten Credit Assignment – Water Based plus LNT

Ten Credit Assignment – Land Based plus LNT

Additional 1-8 Credits -  Special Topics Assignment

Your assignment is due in to our office no later than 3 weeks from the last day of your NOLS course. You may send it by email or fax to our contact information below. Please refer to the NOLS Assignment Instructions for specific guidelines concerning Student Responsibility, Content Instructions, and Assignment Format. 



Registration forms and check payments may be mailed to:

Extended Studies
600 N. Adams, Taylor Hall 303
Gunnison, CO 81231

Make checks out to: Western State Colorado University

Registration forms, assignments and questions may be sent by email or fax:

Fax: 970.943.7068