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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

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Important Dates

Admissions Calendar

Credit Student Admissions

Enrolling as a Credit Student

Getting Started

Visit our Steps to Enrollment page to find out how to enroll in credit courses at CSM.

For individuals who may be experiencing difficulties with completing the online application due to a disability, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance at:

301-934-7765 or

Full-Time and Part-Time Enrollment

Students enrolling in 12 credits or more are considered full-time.
Students enrolling in less than 12 credits are considered part-time

You can enroll in less than 6 credits, but this may impact your Financial Assistance. For further information please contact Financial Assistance at 301-934-7531 or

Visiting Summer Students

Students who are enrolled in another institution may take courses at CSM over the summer and then transfer these credits back to their home institution.  For more information, contact the Academic Advising office at 301-934-7574.

Scholars Program Students

The College of Southern Maryland's Scholars Program is a selective admission program for students who are seeking exciting opportunities and academic challenges. When admitted into the program, you will be eligible to enroll in specially designed honors courses. These courses will be distinguishable by the level of reading, critical thinking, writing, class interaction, research, and rigor that they contain. Students who participate in the CSM Scholars Program may be eligible for special transfer opportunities at four-year institutions, such as the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program offered through the University of Maryland College Park.

To get started

View the application process for the Scholars Program and submit the necessary documents.

Veterans' Educational Benefits

To find out more about using Veteran's Educational Benefits visit this page. 

Active Duty Military Personnel Students

Active duty military personnel should follow the admission procedures for full-time, part-time, or transfer students, as appropriate.

CSM will grant credit for courses taken from service schools and other agencies recommended in the American Council on Education's National Guides to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, current editions. Credits are limited to those courses which the college determines to be applicable to its degree and certificate programs. Credits will not be granted for courses not recommended or not found in these publications. Before any evaluation can be made, records for each school or agency attended must be submitted to the Admissions Office.

The College of Southern Maryland is a member of SOC (Service members Opportunity Colleges). SOC is a worldwide consortium of colleges and universities which assists military personnel in completing degree programs by reducing residency requirements, sharing course information and increasing opportunities for transfer of credits between member institutions. Students should meet with the SOC advisor at their primary institution to complete a degree contract to ensure maximum transferability of credits. Additional information about SOCNAV and SOCAD can be obtained from an academic advisor

Dual Admission/UMUC Alliance Students

College of Southern Maryland and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offer a dual admission and concurrent undergraduate enrollment option for students participating in certain associate's degree programs.

To learn more about this program, visit the CSM/UMUC Alliance Web site.

Who this includes

CSM students interested in finishing their degree programs at UMUC should explore this opportunity.

This alliance is applicable to selected majors. Learn more about which CSM programs link to which UMUC majors at the CSM/UMUC Alliance Website.

Also, since programs of study at CSM are linked to related majors at UMUC, you can enjoy a seamless transition from your associates to your bachelor's degree. Learn  more about which CSM programs link to which UMUC majors at the CSM/UMUC Alliance Website.