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

  August Edition

Trade in Your Beach Bag for a Back Pack!

 The summer is flying by and CSM classes start September 2.  Be sure to make time to register for your fall classes.  Advisors are here to assist you with registration, so that you are only taking the courses that you need for your degree.  See below for the steps to enroll and learn about this month's Kick-Off to College event.

New Students

Apply to the college, take placement tests, and visit Academic Advising to get assistance with course selection.

  • If you have not yet completed college-level math, reading, and English, please take placement tests at our testing center.
  • 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.

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 advising.

 2014 Terms
Fall Full Session
Sept. 2-Dec. 15
 Fall Mini I
Sept. 2-Oct. 20
 Fall Mini II
Oct. 23-Dec. 15

Summer II 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

Congratulations to CSM Summer Graduates!

Complete information for Summer graduation is in the 2014 Commencement Guide. Please visit the advising center 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 is August 1.
Diplomas received in mail after September 30.

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

 RSVP here

  • Connect with CSM faculty and other new students.
  • Learn about student services, clubs, and athletics.
  • Discover the services and resources available, including veteran's services.
  • Get helpful hints to ensure your college success.
  • Receive your student ID.
  • Earn a 10% textbook coupon for CSM College Store.

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.

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.