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College of Southern Maryland
askme@csmd.edu
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-2251

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Steps To Enroll at CSM

Registration Steps for Credit Courses

1. APPLY TO CSM

APPLY NOW online. Upon successful completion of your application, you will receive an acceptance letter containing your student ID number via the email address that is provided on your application.† Typically, you will receive this email within 1-2 business days of completing your application.†

 

2. APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND SCHOLARSHIPS

  • In order to see if you qualify for Financial Assistance, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov .
  • Make sure to use the federal school code for CSM: 002064.
  • Look for available scholarships at: www.csmd.edu/Financial/Scholarships

Transfer Students- Please note that if you are receiving financial assistance from another school you will need to log back in to your FAFSA account and indicate CSM as a recipient of your FAFSA form using our school code: 002064

For additional Financial Assistance information please visit their page or contact the Financial Assistance office at 301-934-7531 or fadasst@csmd.edu.

3. TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST OR SUBMIT COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS

Option 1 - CSM PLACEMENT TEST

La Plata Campus Prince Frederick Campus Leonardtown Campus
301-934-7657 443-550-6040 240-725-5340
†Walk-ins welcome. No appointments necessary
†Call to schedule.
†Call to schedule.

Current high school students who have applied to CSM may be able to take the placement test at their high school.† For more information and to see when the test will be given at your high school, click here.

For more information about the placement test and how to prepare, visit www.csmd.edu/StudentSuccess.

Option 2 - SAT/ACT SCORES

Submit proof of acceptable ACT or SAT scores. The placement test can be waived:

  • SAT: A score of 550 or higher in critical reading will waive the English portion of the placement test; A score of 550 or higher in math will waive the math placement test. Please note that some students who wish to take a higher level math course should still take the math portion of the CSM Placement Test
  • ACT: A score of 21 or higher in reading and English will waive the English portion of the placement test; A score of 21 or higher in the math portion will waive the math placement test. Please note that some students who wish to take a higher level math course should still take the math portion of the CSM Placement Test

Students may have test scores sent directly to the Student Success Center or can come into a Center and print the scores out in front of a SSC official. For more information, visit www.csmd.edu/StudentSuccess.

 

Option 3 - TRANSFER STUDENTS

Students who already have college credits may submit their transcripts for evaluation. If you have not taken college level math or English, you may still need to take the placement test. Official evaluations may take up to 4-6 weeks, so completing this step early is helpful. Submit official, sealed transcripts to:

College of Southern Maryland
Attn: Registrar's Office
P.O. Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646

In some cases, advising can assist students with registration using an unofficial copy of their transcript while the official evaluation is taking place. Please contact advising for more information:

La Plata Campus Prince Frederick Campus Leonardtown Campus
301-934-7574 443-550-6026 240-725-5320

4. ORIENTATION AND CLASS REGISTRATION

Click here to log into your myCSMD account to access the Online Orientation

Once you have applied and been accepted to CSM, you can view our Online Orientation session at any time from the comfort of your own home.† By viewing our Online Orientation session, you'll learn how to:

  • Navigate through Online Services using your myCSMD account
  • Utilize CSM's online catalog to view the required courses for your program
  • Register for courses using your myCSMD account
  • Discover CSM services and resources that are available to you as a student

To access the Online Orientation and Registration session, log into your myCSMD account and click New Student Orientation on the right side of the page.

If you are having trouble logging into your myCSMD account please contact the Help Desk with your student ID number at 301-934-7740.† If you have not received a student ID number or do not know your number, please contact the Call Center at 301-934-7765 (option 9).

 

 

After you have completed our Online Online Orientation session, you will have access to our online registration system through myCSMD and you will be able to sign yourself up for your courses.†

Need Help Signing Up for Courses?

If you have viewed our Online Orientation session and still have questions regarding the class registration process, you can click here for assistance with registering for classes through your myCSMD account.†

You can also attend an on-campus Advising and Registration Session.

5. MAKE PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS

At the time of registration you will be required to make payment arrangements. Payment options are as follows:
  • Pay 20% down (if registering prior to full payment deadline)
  • Full payment
  • Enroll in the FACTS payment plan
  • Submit tuition assistance paperwork to the Bursarís Office
  • Have sufficient approved and processed financial assistance already in place
    (The CSM college code is 002064; it may take 4 weeks or more to process your request. If you have not completed a FAFSA form yet, you will need to make alternate payment arrangements and be reimbursed if/when you receive FAFSA funds)

6. ATTEND KICK OFF TO COLLEGE

The†Kick Off to College gives new and transfer students a vital opportunity to learn about CSM, ask questions, sign up for classes, get to know the campus, staff, faculty, and administration, and confidently begin your journey as a CSM student.† A program for parents, siblings, and guests runs concurrently with the lineup for students.†KOTC takes place at La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses.† The dates, locations, and how to register can be found at http://www.csmd.edu/StudentSuccess/kickoff.html.