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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

Academic Advising

Welcome to Academic Advising at CSM!

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

March 2015 Edition

Are you a summer visiting student? Welcome to CSM!

The priority date for current and summer visiting students to register is March 4. Summer visiting students follow special instructions for registration. Current students, if you need assistance planning your spring/summer schedule, please see an Academic Advisor.

Minisessions are a fast-paced way to jump-start your education. They are recommended for the seasoned student. Choose a class that you think you will enjoy because one minisession class is like having 2 courses during the regular semester. The maximum number of credits a student may take in a summer session is 9 credits; and the maximum across the two summer sessions is 18 credits. Meet with an Academic Advisor who will work with you to help you choose courses that work with your program of study.

Summer 2015 Minisession Dates

Summer Minisession I May 26-July 2

Summer Minisession II July 6-August 14

Register for Spring Mini II before spring break!

There is still time to add another spring course to your schedule. Courses start March 23 and end May 6. The last day to register for a Minisession II class is 3 days after the start of a class. The campus will close at 5 pm on March 17 and reopen on March 23, so see your advisor now!

Starting classes in Spring Mini II or Summer 2015?

There are easy-to-follow Steps to Enrollment and Instructions on how to use the schedule of classes. More information is available on the Tuition and Fees page.

Be Ready for Mid-Terms!  

Although we sometimes hope for a lucky break, academic success is less about “luck” and more about planning to succeed. Learn about and use the free Student Success services on campus that are there to help you to get to the “pot of gold,” i.e. great grades!

Student Success tutoring services and other student success on-line workshops and essay paper review services are free for students! Did you know that you may have any essay paper for any class reviewed by the Student Success Center? See essay paper review services for details! Access free self-help pdf’s and online workshops on Test-Taking Skills, Time Management, Learning Styles, and more!

Graduating in Spring?

See an Academic Advisor to complete your graduation application before spring break! It is free to graduate. If you plan to participate in the ceremony, there is a fee for cap and gown. More information about spring graduation may be found in the 2014-2015 Commencement Guide.

Graduation Application Deadlines

Deadline to participate in Spring Ceremony is March 25 (extended)
Deadline to apply for a diploma is April 15
Commencement ceremony is May 21
Diplomas are received in the mail after June 30

Withdrawal Dates

Last day to drop or audit a course for Mini I semester is February 25
Last day to drop or audit a course for the regular semester is March 30
Last day to drop or audit a course for Minisession II is April 22

Don’t forget to complete your FAFSA!

March 1 is the priority deadline for the 2015-16 academic year financial aid application.

Fall Priority Registration Dates

Students with 45+ credits at CSM: April 20
Students with 30+ credits at CSM: April 21
Students with 15+ credits at CSM: April 22
Students with 1+ credit(s) at CSM: April 23 

Prepare to transfer!

It is never too early to start planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university. Now is a good time to make an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss transfer.

You may complete some legwork on your own to get started, by visiting the Articulation System for the Maryland Colleges and Universities (ARTSYS) and going through their brief tutorial. It is a user-friendly website that will assist you in finding what schools have bachelor’s degrees (and beyond) in the major that you seek, and will tell you what CSM courses to take to prepare for the transfer and more!

If it looks like the information in ARTSYS has not been updated in recent years, then please consult James Spence, our Transfer Coordinator, for those schools. If you seek out-of-state school information, please make an appointment to see James Spence.

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  


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Current Students

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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.