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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

  • Feb 25: Last Day to Audit or Withdraw from a minisession I class

  • Mar 11: Spring Minisession I 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!" 

    January Edition

    Register Now for January Term and the Spring Semester!

    Set your alarm! Before you get too used to sleeping 12 hours-a-day on Winter Break, visit Academic Advising to set your January Term or Spring semester classes. We will partner with you to select the classes that you need for your program of study!

    You may register for the 2-week January Term until January 6. Please note that no refunds will be given once courses begin. Register for the Spring Full semester by January 26 and for the Mini I no later than 3 days after the start of the class. The College of Southern Maryland will be closed starting at 3 PM on December 22 and will re-open on January 5. Please visit Academic Advising when the college re-opens.

    Starting classes in Spring 2015?

    There are easy-to-follow Steps to Enrollment and Instructions on how to use the schedule of classes.

    Are you a visiting January Term student?

    Are you on winter break from your “home” institution and want to take a course at CSM? Learn more about registration for January Term courses.

    Register Now for January Term and Spring Semester!

    January Term is January 6-January 15

    Full Spring Semester is January 20-May 6  

    Spring Minisession I is January 20-March 11

    Spring Minisession II is March 23-May 6

    Are you registered for a web or web-hybrid course for Spring semester?

    Learn how to use the black board at an in-person Introduction to On-Line Learning workshop. Create your myCSMD account prior to the session to take full advantage of the free 1-hour workshop. There are also “Tips for Success” available to help you successfully navigate an on-line course.

    Schedule Adjustment Dates

    The last day to add a regular semester class is January 26. The last day to add a Mini I class is 3 days after the start of the class.

    Thinking of changing your major?

    View all of our programs of study in the online catalog. Did you know that you can propose that you are in any of our programs of study and see how your previous coursework will fill in the needed areas of a different degree program? Here’s how: 
    • From the CSM home page, log into your myCSMD account
    • Select “Online Services” in the center of the screen
    • Select the blue box entitled: “Current Students”
    • Once in the “Student Services” Menu, see “Advising” on the left side of screen
    • Select “Program Evaluation” and use the drop down menu to choose,
              “What if I changed my program of study?”
    • See what courses you need and what has been completed  

    Step up your game plan with Student Success skills!

    Use Student Success tutoring and other online or in-person skill-building workshops, like study skills, test-taking skills and time management, to help you score a touch-down this semester. Free on-line or in-person essay paper review services are also available. 

    Congratulations to the Winter 2015 graduates!

    The Winter Graduation Ceremony is January 15 at 6:30 p.m. for students who applied by November 15, 2014 to walk at graduation.  Details about the ceremony are available in the 2014-2015 Commencement Guide.

    Spring graduates! Sign up for Destination Graduation!

    Contact Academic Advising about this special event. See page 7 of the 2014-2015 Commencement Guide for more information about this event and spring graduation. More information on this exciting event is coming in the February edition! 

    Graduation Application Deadlines

    Deadline to participate in Spring Ceremony is March 15
    Deadline to apply for a diploma is April 15
    Commencement ceremony is May 21
    Diplomas are received in the mail after June 30

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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.