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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

  • Feb 25: Last Day to Audit or Withdraw from a minisession I class

  • Mar 11: Spring Minisession I ends

  • Click here for the full Academic Calendar.

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    Academic Advising

    Welcome to Academic Advising at CSM!

    The Hawk Eye Advisor: "We have our eye on you!"

    February 2015 Edition

    Put your heart into some college transfer work!

    It is never too early to start planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university. Now is a good time to make an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss transfer.

    You may complete some legwork on your own to get started, by visiting the Articulation System for the Maryland Colleges and Universities (ARTSYS) and going through their brief tutorial. It is a user-friendly website that will assist you in finding what schools have bachelor’s degrees (and beyond) in the major that you seek, and will tell you what CSM courses to take to prepare for the transfer and more!

    If it looks like the information in ARTSYS has not been updated in recent years, then please consult James Spence, our Transfer Coordinator, for those schools. If you seek out-of-state school information, please make an appointment to see James Spence.

    The Transfer Fair is coming to CSM!

    Join the academic advisors and meet college representatives from many schools at the Transfer Fair. Learn about schools with your program of interest and pick up information on those schools and majors.  See the Transfer Services  web page for:

    • Transfer Fair dates at CSM
    • Transfer-related workshop information for the week of February 16
    • To sign up for the free spring Transfer Academy

    Destination Graduation Event for Spring Graduates!

    If you plan to complete your degree in the Spring, please sign up now in Academic Advising for a special day for upcoming graduates.

    • Fill out your graduation application with an Academic Advisor
    • Receive commencement information
    • Sign up for door prizes
    • Get a professional portrait in a cap and gown and much more!

    If you cannot make the following event date, please schedule an appointment in Academic Advising for February to meet with an Academic Advisor to fill out the graduation application. It is free to graduate. There is a fee for a cap and gown. More information about spring graduation may be found in the 2014-2015 Commencement Guide.

    Destination Graduation Dates 

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Noon-6pm at La Plata Campus

    Monday, February 16, 2015 Noon-6pm at Leonardtown Campus

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Noon-6pm at Prince Frederick Campus

    Graduation Application Deadlines

    Deadline to participate in Spring Ceremony is March 15
    Deadline to apply for a diploma is April 15
    Commencement ceremony is May 21
    Diplomas are received in the mail after June 30

    Register NOW! Do you need to add a spring semester course?

    Register for Mini II classes, which meet from March 23-May 6. The last day to register for a Mini II class is 3 days after the start of a class.

    Starting classes in Spring Mini II or Summer 2015?

    There are easy-to-follow Steps to Enrollment and Instructions on how to use the schedule of classes.

    Course Drop Dates

    Last day to drop or audit a course for Mini I semester is February 25

    Last day to drop or audit a course for the regular semester is March 30

    Thinking of changing your major?

    View all of our programs of study in the online catalog. Did you know that you can propose that you are in any of our programs of study and see how your previous coursework will fill in the needed areas of a different degree program? Here’s how: 

    • From the CSM home page, log into your myCSMD account
    • Select “Online Services” in the center of the screen
    • Select the blue box entitled: “Current Students”
    • Once in the “Student Services” Menu, see “Advising” on the left side of screen
    • Select “Program Evaluation” and use the drop down menu to choose,
              “What if I changed my program of study?”
    • See what courses you need and what has been completed  


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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.