You may hand-deliver official copies of your transcripts and test scores to an academic advising office at any campus. You may also mail or have the issuing institution mail your transcripts directly to CSM:
College of Southern Maryland
Attn: Admissions Office
P.O. Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646
No, only courses taken†at CSM will be computed in your GPA.
Typically, it takes three-four weeks to evaluate a transcript for credit. However, there are certain times of the year where it will take longer. During the weeks before and after a new term begins, the volume of transcripts received by CSM increases and it may take slightly longer.
If courses were taken at a foreign institution, the transcript must be translated by a CSM accepted, professional, accredited transcript evaluation service before transfer credit will be reviewed. CSM requires the course-by-course evaluation from these services if transfer credit is sought. Transcript evaluation service recommended by CSM:†American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
Some courses may be transferred to CSM as developmental courses (preparatory for college-level courses) and have no associated credits. It is acknowledged that you have taken the course and may move on to the next course in the sequence but no credits are awarded. Some of these courses may be used in place of CSM's placement exams. Talk to an academic advisor for more information. Some courses may require that a course description or syllabus be provided for further review. If a syllabus or course description is requested, please contact that institution and have send the information requested to CSM.
Transcripts are evaluated in the order in which they are received and this may mean that we have not received all transcripts that you have requested. Updated Transfer Credit Summaries are mailed as each transcript is evaluated.
No. Transfer credit cannot be awarded for a course if credit has already been earned at CSM.
Transfer credit policies vary by institution and by state. CSM does not rely on another institution for transfer evaluations.
You should follow the Transcript Appeal Procedure that was mailed to you along with your Transfer Credit Summary. Send an email to†firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the transcript evaluator directly.
You must contact an academic advisor to change your program of study. Once this has been completed, send en email to†email@example.com with your student ID number, the transcript you want re-evaluated and your new program of study.
It may be possible to earn credit for your work experience. Please contact an academic advisor.
An official transcript is a transcript received by CSM in a sealed envelope from the institution. It may be mailed directly by the institution or hand-carried, as long as the envelop has not been opened. Faxed copies, copies printed from the Internet, or transcripts that arrive in an opened envelope are considered "unofficial" and can not be used to award transfer credit. Unofficial transcripts can be used to waive English and math placement testing and course prerequisites, as long as the courses are deemed equivalent to CSM courses.
Yes. CSM is regionally accredited by the†Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSACHE).
Yes. CSM accepts coursework from other U.S. colleges and universities. However, the institution must be recognized by a regional accrediting agency and/or other accrediting agencies approved by CSM.
Yes. As a community college, CSM only accepts lower division credits and some upper level classes if we offer an equivalent course. Also, although the college might accept credits from other institutions, they may not count toward all degree programs.
The quarter system has four 10-12 week terms of instruction during an academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). The semester system has two 15-18 week terms of instruction during the academic year (Fall and Spring). CSM operates on the semester system.
According to national guidelines, the following formula is used to transfer quarter credits into semester credits: Quarter credits X .667=Semester Credits Example= 4.0 Quarter Credits X .997=2.7 Semester Credits If a course taken on the quarter system is a general education course at the sending institution, it will also satisfy the general education course requirement at CSM. However, students who have transferred quarter hour courses may be required to take an additional 1-credit course in order to satisfy the overall number of semester hour credits required for graduation at CSM.
Courses from other institutions may transfer in as 1999s and 2999s if CSM does not offer an equivalent course. These courses are normally used as electives. However, there are times when a 1999 or 2999 may be substituted for a required course.
Yes. However, CSM only accepts subject exams. For a complete listing of the exams, please refer to the CSM catalog or the Student Success Center website for more information.
Yes. Advanced Placement credit can be used toward an Associate degree. Credit is granted by submitting an official copy of the test score to the†Advisement and Career Services†Office. For many exams,†a score of 3 or higher is required. If credit has been granted at another college, additional credit may not appear on the CSM transcript.
Yes. There is a maximum number of credits that can apply towards a degree. Contact an academic advisor at any campus for more information.
No. Developmental courses that are transferred in are not degree applicable as stated in the college catalog. However, these courses may transfer in as equivalent to developmental courses offered/required by CSM.
CSM does not accept "D" grades to be transferred in from out of state institutions. However, a "D" grade earned in state will transfer in only if the cumulative GPA is above 2.0.
For information on how to obtain a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) agreement and/or degree plan, please contact an academic advisor.
Military credits are awarded according to the American Council of Education (ACE) Guide only if the discipline is offered at CSM. If a student's experience involved areas pertaining to the military such as hydraulics, aircrafts, etc., credits cannot be awarded. If a student feels as though credit should have been given for a certain course, he/she can contact the transcript evaluator, who may recommend that the student take a test to earn credit for prior learning.
To view how your transfer credits apply to your degree at CSM, log-in to your myCSMD account, click on "Current Students" and then click on "Program Evaluation" under the "Advising" heading. This will show you exactly how your courses fit into your program of study. You can also view how your credits apply to a different program using this feature as well.
Couldn't find the answer to a question you were looking for? Check out the links to the left for further advising information or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org