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Academic Advising

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La Plata Campus

Leonardtown Campus

Prince Frederick Campus
443-550-6000 or 301-870-3008

Waldorf Center
301-632-2900 or 301-870-3008, ext. 2900

College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
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Important Dates

  • Aug 14: Summer II 2015 Session ends

  • Click here for the full Academic Calendar.

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    Welcome to Academic Advising at CSM!

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    August 2015 Edition

    Advising by walk-in only starting August 12

    Due to peak registration, Academic Advising will move to a walk-in basis starting August 12 to maximize the number of students that advisors see during this busy time. We appreciate your patience.

    Is your  Fall schedule set? Classes start September 2

    STEPS to registration

    1. Apply

    New students may apply to the college and then set up a myCSMD account. Learn more about navigating your myCSMD account. You will need to complete an on-line orientation in your myCSMD account to assist you with learning how to register or prepare you for your in-person advising visit.  

    2. Choose a Program of Study

    View our programs of study online! Learn a little about the program and see what courses are needed for that program. 

    You may view course descriptions with prerequisites, along with programs of study in our on-line catalog which may be viewed on CSM’s main web page. The schedule of classes is also available on the main CSM webpage.  

    3. Meet course prerequisites:

    • Take placement tests at the Testing Center 
    • Show unofficial college transcript with  college-level English and Math  
    • Bring unofficial qualifying AP or SAT/ACT scores.

    See the Testing Center website for prerequisite waiver information. Placement test preparation information is available in a video and on this web page and more information is available on the Testing Center website.

    4. Self-Register or see Academic Advising

    After you complete your application and take your placement tests, you may register for classes. If you cannot self-register, come to walk-in Academic Advising.

    Complete your FAFSA for Financial Aid!

    Financial aid information is available. March 1 was the priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA. This is a process, so get started right away.

    RSVP for the “Kick off to College” event!

    Join staff, faculty and current students at CSM to:
    • ask questions and learn more about the campus
    • register for classes
    • join student organizations and
    • attend special workshops geared towards students and parents

    Read an overview of the activities, see dates and locations, and sign up here!

    Fall Terms

    •    Fall semester (full term) September 2 - December 16
    •    Fall minisession I September 2 - October 21
    •    Fall minisession II October 26 - December 16

    Succeed in Summer Sessions!

    Student Success Tutoring is available to assist you with your summer courses. Find study skill-building information online!

    Summer Course Withdrawal Dates  

    Last day to withdraw from a Summer II class is July 28
    Last day to change a credit to an audit or an audit to a credit for Summer II is July 28

    Summer Graduation Information

    If you plan to graduate in August, please visit Academic Advising to complete your graduation application before August 3.  Graduation is not an automatic process.

    Summer graduates may participate in the January commencement ceremony. Let your advisor know if you would like to walk in the January ceremony. It is free to graduate; however, if you plan to walk in the January ceremony, there is a fee for cap and gown.

    Please find complete graduation information in the 2014-15 Commencement Guide.

    Summer 2015 Graduation Application Deadline

    Last day to apply for a diploma is August 3

    Diplomas received in the mail after September 30

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    Current Students

    New Students

    Check out  Faculty Advising at CSM!

    Ask the Advisor

    Where do you go to ask a question when you don’t know where to go? Try Academic Advising! We’re here to make sure you have no unanswered questions. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll try to find it. Whether you are a new student, returning student, or transfer student and have questions about programs, classes, instructors, or transfer we are available by phone, email, and appointment or you can just walk in for a quick question during advising walk in days. Click on “Advising Hours” on the left-side menu for all the office information.

    Here’s a quick guide to making the best of your advising visit.

    Transfer to another institution
    Appointments Walk-ins
    Select program of study Change program of study
    Career assistance Select courses
    Job search assistance "Program Review" notice
    Graduation Audit Probation restriction
    Transfer to CSM Prerequisite not complete
    Assessment of prior learning (Portfolio) Resources referral
    Cooperative education planning Cooperative education (forms)
    Advice on complicated academic situations Advice on academic situations
    First Advising Session Scheduling First Advising Session
    Student Responsibilities
    • Know academic policies and procedures, academic calendar deadlines, program requirements, and where to go for assistance. Don't really understand how advising works? Check out our Advising Syllabus!
    • Remember to contact an advisor at or around 18 credits and again at 36 credits. You will be restricted from registering until the connection is made.
    • Schedule and maintain appointments with an advisor. Come to appointments prepared by bringing your CSM student ID number and myCSMD log-in information, course selections, requirements of your program, transfer information, etc.
    • Do your homework! Follow-up on advisor recommendations and seek further assistance when necessary.
    • Make decisions. An advisor will offer you options but you must make the decisions for your future.

    Current Students

    Did you know that advising is not just for new students? Don’t forget we’re here as you continue your education. We can assist you with changing your program of study, transferring to another college, and staying on track to complete your degree. Did I mention that there are two times at CSM when you must meet with an advisor? When you reach 18 credits and again at 36 credits, you will not be allowed to register until you speak with an advisor. You’ll know when your time is up when you see this message in Online Services:

    You are not eligible for registration. Time for your program review. You must contact an advisor by web, phone or in-person.

    It's not to punish you, honest. It’s our way to make certain you are on track to graduate. To avoid missing out on an important class, plan ahead. Make an appointment with your advisor before you get the message!

    In academic distress?
    Don’t get caught with a low GPA! Use our GPA Calculator to find your GPA. Students with a low cumulative GPA are placed on Academic Probation and must meet with an Academic Advisor to register for classes. Don’t wait until registration to meet with an advisor. Make an appointment today! Complete the Academic Probation Success packet to bring with you. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to turn your situation around. Check out our “Success Strategies” for the many resources available to get you back on track.

    CSM offers confidential personal counseling for when life, college, and work becomes too much. For contact information and hours go to Counseling Services.

    New Students

    Orientation and Registration 
    at CSM


    Congratulations! Now that you've been accepted to CSM and taken your placement tests, you are ready to take your first steps toward completing your academic goal by participating in Orientation and Registration - Your first year at CSM.  Designed to orient you to college life, Orientation and Registration is a series of touch points to guide you successfully through your first semester and beyond.

    Your first step is to have your First Advising Session. At this session, you will begin to develop your academic plan, discuss placement test results (if transferring to CSM, click here), select courses, and plan your schedule with an advisor.  At  Orientation and Registration you will be introduced to college resources and myCSMD, the college's online portal.

    Just before the start of your first semester, join the fun at Kick Off to College where you will fill up your success tool kit to "start" college the "smart" way: network with other students, meet faculty, tour the campus, learn about CSM clubs, and more! Ready to get started!?

    Checkmark Orientation and Registration  Checklist

    1) Meet with an advisor at your First Advising Session.  In some cases, your First Advising Session will occur immediately after testing.  If not, you will be directed at testing on how to arrange your First Advising Session.

    2) Attend Orientation and Registration

    Call the campus nearest to you to reserve your seat. Click here for dates and times. RSVP is required.

    3) Attend Kick Off to College.  RSVP is required.


    Arrow point to the left The advising website is packed full of resources and tips to help you complete your educational goals. Look on the left menu for success strategies, program information and student resources.

    Arrow point to the rightWhile you are here, check out our “we’re in your corner” advice column for fun and friendly advice on college situations.