Things to Know:
How to Pay for College

Did you know that Maryland has the second highest student loan debt rate in the country? Find out more.

Learn more about 10 Ways to Pay for College.

CSM also offers the FACTS monthly payment plan which enables you to more easily afford education expenses. FACTS gives you a convenient, interest-free way to budget education expenses. Instead of having to pay tuition at the beginning of each semester, you may budget tuition and fees for four (4) months for the Fall and Spring semesters and up to two (2) months for the Summer sessions. Because FACTS is not a loan program, there is no credit search, and no interest assessed on the unpaid balance. Enroll in CSM's Tuition Payment Plan now!



Peak registration is going on right now! Beginning on August 1, academic advising at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses will be on a walk-in basis only. We appreciate your patience.

Advising Group Sessions

Advising staff will be available at the La Plata Campus during these events to assist you in achieving your educational goals:

First Flight
Friday, August 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Business (BU) Building, Room 208

Textbook Discount Day
Wednesday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Business (BU) Building, Room 208

New to CSM? Get to Know CSM at Kickoff to College!

Kickoff to College (KOTC) gives new and transfer students vital information about succeeding at CSM. KOTC is designed to empower you with the knowledge and tools needed in order to begin classes at CSM. Through KOTC, you will come to understand faculty expectations and college policies, have the chance to ask important questions, join student organizations, get to know the campus, staff, faculty, and administration, and find out what it takes to be successful in college.

At KOTC, you will also be able to access registration information and your my.CSMD account, meet and network with CSM students, become familiar with CSM resources, eat, have fun, AND get some awesome CSM gear! Sessions for parents, siblings, and guests run concurrently with the program for students.

KOTC takes place on all three campuses.
Click here for details.


Auditions for Fall Theatre Performances

Open Auditions:
August 17 and 18
6 p.m.
La Plata Campus
Fine Arts Center Theatre
Ages 10 and up

Open auditions for these productions:

• Alexander, Who's Not Not
 Not Not Not Not Going to
(Children's Theatre)
• The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note (Cause Theatre)
• Oliver! (Main Stage Musical)

Performances will take place between October 9 and November 21, 2015. Please see the Fine Arts Center events calendar for specific show dates.

• Prepare a one-minute monologue and 16-bars
 of a song.
• Bring the sheet music for the accompanist.
• NO "A CAPELLA" will be accepted!
• Dress to move.

Questions? Contact Keith Hight at 301-934-7827 or hhight@csmd.edu.

Are You an Online Learner?

Many CSM students prefer to take classes online. Online courses can provide highly interactive, learner-centered environments.

Are you new to online courses at CSM? SmarterMeasure is the premier solution for identifying levels of student readiness for online learning. We encourage you to take a few minutes and complete the SmarterMeasure survey.

Before beginning an online class for the first time, you are highly encouraged to attend an Online Class Orientation Session, offered just before each semester begins. For more information, contact the CSM Distance Learning office at 301-539-4736.

CSM uses Blackboard, a web-based, course-management system, for online classes and traditional classes. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat discussions, online quizzes, an academic resource center, and more. The degree to which Blackboard is used in a course varies, but if you're enrolled in a course that uses Blackboard, be sure to find out how Blackboard will be used in that course.

Learn more on our website.


Tutoring is Available!

Need a little extra help with a Summer Session II course? Check with Student Success for tutoring services to help you be successful!


Time to Finalize Your Fall 2015 Schedule!

Register NowThere is still time to take fall classes at CSM! Register now for the best selection of courses. Classes begin September 2.Walk-in advising is available week days at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses for your convenience. Please contact your local campus for further details. To choose courses, review your program of study in your my.CSMD account and see the recommended sequence of courses in the college catalog for your catalog year. See the Advising page for steps to register. If you still need help, academic advisors are here to work with you.

Fall 2015 Terms
• Fall Semester (full term): September 2 - December 16
• Fall Minisession I: September 2 - October 21
• Fall Minisession II: October 26 - December 16


Meet the Bloggers. blogs.csmd.edu/realstories

Peter KlausnerWords of wisdom from a sophomore pursuing an associate's degree:

Transferring to Stevenson University

Heather MurphyMother, aspiring nurse, and SGA president always finds time to share fun with family:

Summer Time!

Save Money on
Textbook Discount Day

Textbook Discount Day is August 26! Get a 10% discount on textbooks at the CSM College Store. This is a ONE-DAY-ONLY sale. Shop online at www.csmcollegestore.com or visit one of our three CSM College Store locations. (Discount does not apply to previous purchases, e-books, and rental books. No rainchecks and no other discounts apply.)

Fall textbooks are available for purchase beginning August 1, 2015. Visit www.csmcollegestore.com for more details.

First Flight:
A 2015 Welcome Event!

The La Plata Campus Student Activities Committee is excited to welcome all first-time and returning students to an event that celebrates you. You have made a valuable investment in your future by attending CSM, and we want to welcome you to what promises to be an amazing year. Come join us on August 21 on the La Plata Campus, Physical Education Center (PE Building), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for bubble soccer, Zorb balls, and dodgeball. There will be snacks and goodies for all.

Advising and registration services will be available during this event in the Business (BU) Building, Room 208.


BeyondMTH-0900 Lecture

New this Fall! MTH-0900 is coming to the Waldorf Center for Higher Education.

September 2 - December 16
Monday and Wednesday,
10 - 11:20 a.m.

September 2 - December 15
Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 - 9:50 a.m.

September 4 - December 11
Friday, 12:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Register by using your my.CSMD account.