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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
Advising visit

Important Dates

  • Jun 17: Last Day to Audit or Withdraw from a Summer I Session Class

  • Jul 02: Summer I 2015 Session ends

  • Click here for the full Academic Calendar.

    Faculty Advising at CSM

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    Academic Advising

    Welcome to Academic Advising at CSM!

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

    New Academic Advising Walk-In hours begin June 1 

    As of June 1, Academic Advising walk-in hours have changed at La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick.

    Congratulations High School Graduates! Welcome to CSM!

    June 2015 Edition

    Make a splash this summer and register for Summer Session II!

    You may still register for Summer II semester courses! The Summer II session is from July 6 - August 14. Check your program evaluation in your myCSMD account to see what courses you still need to graduate. If you still need assistance, please visit Academic Advising walk-in hours or schedule an appointment.

    The maximum number of credits a student may take in a summer session is 9 credits and the maximum credits across the two summer sessions is 18. Summer sessions are fast-paced courses suited for the seasoned student who needs to jump-start their education!

    Welcome Summer Visiting Students!

    Are you looking to take a summer course while on break from your home institution? Summer visiting students follow special instructions for registration. Please read the instructions for information on applying to the college, registration procedures for students, and the payment policy.

    Register for Fall semester classes Now!

    New and continuing students may register for fall classes. Be sure to register now to get the class sections that you want! Make your academic planning appointment with Academic Advising and we will work with you to help you navigate your program of study and plan your fall courses.

    Appointments are available in June and July; and in August, when we are extremely busy, we will have brief 10-15 min. walk-in times available during the month.

    Fall Terms

    • Fall regular semester September 2 – December 16
    • Fall mini I semester September 2 – October 21
    • Fall mini II semester October 26 – December 16

    Welcome New Students to CSM!

    New students may apply to the college and then set up a myCSMD account. Learn more about navigating your myCSMD account. You may also complete an on-line orientation in your myCSMD account to assist you with learning how to register or prepare you for your in-person orientation. Go to the admissions page to learn more about on-line and in-person orientations.

    Many courses have prerequisites, so you will need placement tests at the Testing Center unless you:

    • have already completed college-level English and Math at another institution or
    • will use qualifying SAT/ACT scores.

    See the Testing Center website for prerequisite waiver information. Please make an appointment with advising if you will bring unofficial transcripts which show grades for prerequisite courses needed for courses at CSM. Otherwise, schedule an appointment with Academic Advising after you take your placement tests.

    Placement test preparation information is available in a video and on this web page and more information is available on the Testing Center website.

    You may view course descriptions with prerequisites, along with programs of study in our on-line catalog which may be viewed on CSM’s main web page. The schedule of classes is also available on the main CSM webpage.

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid information is available. March 1 was the priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.

    Summer Graduation Information

    If you plan to graduate in August, please make an appointment in Academic Advising  to complete your graduation application before August 1.  Graduation is not an automatic process. Summer graduates may participate in the January commencement ceremony. Let your advisor know if you would like to walk in the January ceremony. It is free to graduate; however, if you plan to walk in the January ceremony, there is a fee for cap and gown. Please find complete graduation information in the 2014-15 Commencement Guide.

    Summer 2015 Graduation Application Deadline

    Last day to apply for a diploma is August 1
    Diplomas received in the mail after September 30

    Summer Course Withdrawal Dates

    Last day to withdraw from summer I class June 17
    Last day to change a credit to an audit or an audit to a credit for Summer I June 17






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      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.