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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

Academic Advising

Welcome to Academic Advising at the College of Southern Maryland!

"The Hawkeye Advisor: We have our eye on you!"

  July Edition

Spark Your Imagination: Get a CSM Education


As you sit on your porch, sipping lemonade, and watching fireflies glow nearby, you may think to yourself: "I want to get a better paying and more satisfying job. I should go back to school." Let this upcoming academic year be the year that you make that commitment to yourself. View our programs of study  which lead to letters of recognition, certificates and degrees.  Choose one that ignites your passion for a new career. If college is new for you or if it has been a long time since you completed some courses, then read the New Student Information section below to see how to get started.

Congratulations to CSM Summer Graduates!

Complete information for Summer graduation is in the 2014 Commencement Guide.
Please make an appointment with Advising and Career Services to complete your summer graduation application. It is free to graduate.  Summer graduates are diploma-by-mail only but you may walk in the January ceremony.  Please let your advisor know that you are interested in this option.

Summer 2014 Graduation  Deadlines
Last day to apply for diploma August 1
Diplomas received in mail after
September 30

 2014 Terms
 Summer Session I
May 19-June30
 Summer Session II July 7-August 15
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Fall Full Session
Sept. 2-Dec. 15
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 Fall Mini I
Sept. 2-Oct. 20
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 Fall Mini II
Oct. 23-Dec. 15
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New Student Information

New students may register now for Summer II session and for Fall.  Apply to the college and sign up for a new student orientation with admissions.

  • If you have not yet completed college-level math, reading, and English, please take placement tests.
  • If you have AP credit and/or qualifying SAT/ACT scores, send official results to CSM. Bring unofficial results to an orientation for advisng purposes. The testing center requires that you log into your college board/ACT account in their presence and show scores in order to add placement test waivers.
  • If you did not include your social security number on your application, you will need to have it on file with Admissions.

Next, attend a new student orientation and you will be able to register for classes.

View Our Programs of Study

To see what courses you will need for your major of choice, visit the programs of study in the online  catalog.

View Our Schedule of Classes

On the upper left of the main webpage, see "Credit Courses." Once you view the blue credit-based schedule, use the drop-down menu to view the terms, campus choices, and course titles. Then, click "submit." If you need assistance with registration, please bring the desired 6-digit section code information (numbers in parentheses after courses title) with you to orientation.

Summer Course Withdrawal Dates

 Last day to withdraw without a grade for Summer II
 July 29
 Last day to change a credit to an audit or an audit to a credit for Summer II        
 July 29

Coming up in August edition:

Kick-Off to College: "Make the most of your first year college experience."

Leonardtown Campus
Bldg A, Room 206
 Aug. 21, 4 p.m.
Prince Frederick Campus
Bldg B, Room 103
 Aug. 27, 4 p.m.
La Plata Campus
Cntr for Business and Industry (BI Bldg)
 Aug. 28, 4 p.m.

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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.