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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

  • Today: Easter-College Closed

  • Apr 21: Fall 2014 Priority Registration -CSM Students with 45+ credits

  • Click here for the full Academic Calendar.

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    Welcome to Academic Advising at the College of Southern Maryland!

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    April Edition

    Visiting Summer Students: Welcome to CSM!
    Please review our procedure to register for summer classes.

     Summer  Session I
     May19- June 30

     View schedule now on main webpage. Register NOW!

     Summer Session II
      July 7- August 15

    Class schedule available to view on April 15.  Registration opens April 21.

    Course Withdrawal Date Change: 

    The last day to withdraw from a class without a grade or to change a credit to an audit (or an audit to a credit) for Spring Regular term is April 8. The last day to withdraw without a grade or change a credit to an audit (or an audit to a credit) is April 24 for Spring Mini II term.

     Spring Graduation

    There is still time to apply for spring graduation to receive your diploma by mail! Please see an advisor to fill out a simple graduation application by April 15. See our advising hours or make an appointment. Complete graduation information for May and summer graduation is in the 2014 Commencement Guide.


     Deadlines for Application for Graduation

    Deadline to participate in Spring Ceremony
    March 15
    Last day to apply for diploma

    April 15

    Commencement Ceremony
    May 15
    Diplomas received in mail after
    June 30

    Face your finals with flair! Become a whiz for your next quiz!

    You may access tutoring schedules from the student success page.

    Enroll in on-line study skills and other student success workshops by completing the following steps.

    See the Student Success Center's schedule of upcoming workshops to learn about better time management, test-taking skills, stress management and memorization techniques.

     Spring Mini-Session II
     March 31-May 12
     End date extended
     Summer Session I
     May 19-June 30
     Register NOW
     Summer Session II
     July 7- August 15
     Registration starts April 21
    Fall Full Session  Sept. 2- Dec. 15
     *Priority registration starts April 21

    Returning students: See when you are eligible to register by checking the Registrar's page

     New students: Apply to the college and sign up for new student orientation with admissions.



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    Current Students

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    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.