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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 CSM!

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

 May 2015 Edition

New Walk-In Academic Advising walk-in hours begin June 1

Welcome Summer Visiting Students

Are you looking to take a summer course while on break from your home institution? Summer visiting students follow special instructions for registration. Please read the instructions for information on applying to the college, registration procedures for students, and the payment policy.

Register for Summer classes now!

Summer Session I starts May 26 and Summer Session II starts July 6! If you need assistance planning your summer schedule, please see an Academic Advisor.  Choose a class that you think you will enjoy because one summer session class is like having 2 courses during the regular semester.  

The maximum number of credits a student may take in a summer session is 9 credits and the maximum credits across the two summer sessions is 18. These are fast-paced courses suited for the seasoned student who needs to jump-start their education! 

Summer 2015 Term Dates

•    Summer Session I: May 26-July 2

•    Summer Session II: July 6-August 14

When viewing the schedule, take care to note that some courses are only 1 month in duration, so they will have different start/end dates than above.

Fall registration is underway!

Continuing students, if you have questions about what classes fit in your program of study, view your program evaluation in your myCSMD account. If you need help getting into your myCSMD account, please contact the help desk. Their contact information is on that same page.

The general education list is a list of courses that meet general education requirements such as Art or Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. You may pick up a printed copy in Academic Advising as well as viewing it online. If you still have questions and need assistance with registration, please make an appointment with Academic Advising.

Fall 2015 Term Dates

  • Fall regular semester September 2-December 16
  • Fall mini I semester September 2-October 21
  • Fall mini II semester October 26-December 16

Welcome New Students to CSM!

New students may apply to the college and then set up a myCSMD account. Learn more about navigating your myCSMD account. You may also attend an orientation (schedule coming soon) or complete an on-line tutorial to assist you with learning how to register or prepare you for your first advising session.

Many courses have prerequisites, so you will need placement tests at the Testing Center unless you:

  • have already completed college-level English and Math at another institution
  • will use qualifying SAT/ACT scores

See the Testing Center website for prerequisite waiver information. Please make an appointment with Academic Advising if you will bring unofficial transcripts which show grades for prerequisite courses needed for courses at CSM. Otherwise, schedule an appointment with Academic Advising after you take your placement tests.

Placement test preparation information is available in an informative video on this webpage.

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.

Financial Aid

Financial aid information is available. March 1 was the priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.  

Congratulations to the Spring Graduates!

See you at the commencement ceremony on May 21!  The 2014-2015 Commencement Guide is available with complete commencement information.

Graduating in Summer 2015?

If you plan to graduate in August, please make an appointment in Academic Advising to complete your graduation application before August 1.  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 winter ceremony in January. It is free to graduate; however, if you plan to walk in the winter ceremony, there is a fee for cap and gown. Please find complete graduation information in the 2014-2015 Commencement Guide.

Summer 2015 Graduation Application Deadline

  • Last day to apply for a diploma is August 1
  • Diplomas received in the mail after September 30

“Time for your program review”

If you have reached your 18th or 36th credit, including adding/deleting classes, it is time to see your Academic Advisor.  Read more about this normal advising hold under the side link on this page, “Mandatory Advising." Please make an appointment with Academic Advising to go over your program of study and we will assist you with choosing courses for your summer and fall planning. If you are ready to register and need to learn how to self-register, please visit How to Use myCSMD to learn more.

Prepare to transfer!

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.

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? Watch the "What-If" video on this page to learn how or follow these instructions:

  • 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  



    Ask the Advisor Ask the Advisor

    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.