Get Started as a Credit Student

At the College of Southern Maryland, we are driven by your success. Whether you’re hoping to earn your associate’s degree, or transfer from CSM into a bachelor’s degree program at one of our many partner institutions, we want to be your catalyst toward success.

Steps to Enroll

All students need to complete an Admissions Application, but additional steps vary. Choose an option below for more information:

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    New Full-Time Students and Recent High School Graduates

    Learn how to get started at CSM. This information applies to all students not meeting an exception listed below.

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    Current High School Students

    Get a jump on your college education and save money by enrolling at CSM while you’re still in high school. We have a variety of admissions programs for students who attend a secondary school or home-school program or who are younger than 18 and have not graduated.

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    Transfer Students

    If you are going to apply 12 or more credits of successful college-level work from another institution toward a degree or certificate at CSM, you are considered a transfer student.

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    International Students

    CSM welcomes students from all over the world, and we benefit from the cultural diversity they provide. We currently have students from 19 countries attending here, beginning their higher education experience with us.

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    Visiting Students

    If you are enrolled in another institution you may take courses at CSM over the summer and then transfer these credits back to your home institution. 

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    Non-Graduate Students

    If you have completed a home school program but did not receive a diploma, or you did not complete high school, get a GED or External Diploma, follow the Non-Graduate Steps to Enroll.

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  • Veteran


    If you’re active duty military or a veteran, follow the regular admissions process. From there, we have staff at CSM who will help you understand your benefits, which are different for active duty military and veterans.

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    Dual Admission/UMUC Alliance Students

    With some associate’s degree programs, you can have dual admission and concurrent undergraduate enrollment at CSM and the University of Maryland University College. CSM programs of study are linked to related majors at UMUC, so you can have a seamless transition from your associate’s to bachelor’s degree.

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    301-934-7765 ext. 7043

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