To be admitted as a credit student, you must have graduated from high school, earned a high school equivalency, or met the criteria of one of the college’s special admissions programs.
The steps to enroll below apply to new full-time students and recent high school graduates.
For specific admissions instructions for non-traditional students, see the menu to the left.
1. Apply to CSM
Providing your Social Security Number is optional at the time of applying to the college but will be required to complete the registration process and to apply for financial assistance. You may be asked to provide proof of residency in person at a campus location.
3. Send Official High School Transcripts (if graduated within last two years)
All recent high school graduates are required to submit official high school transcripts. Please send transcripts to:
College of Southern Maryland
Attn: Registrar’s Office
P.O. Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646
4. Demonstrate College Readiness
- Take the Accuplacer Exam
- Submit SAT Scores of 500 or higher in Critical Reading and Math (if taken prior to March 5, 2016)
- Submit SAT Score of 530 or higher in Math (if taken after March 5, 2016)
- Submit SAT Reading Test Score of 27 (out of 40) or higher (if taken after March 5, 2016)
- Submit ACT Scores of 21 or higher in English, Reading and Math
- Submit AP Test Scores in English and/or Math of 4 or 5
- High School Transcript Review – outstanding achievement in higher level math and English courses (honors, AP, etc.) may be considered to determine appropriate placement in college-level courses
7. Make Payment Arrangements
- Pay in full at time of registration
- Pay 20% down (if registering prior to full payment deadline)
- Enroll in the FACTS Tuition Payment Plan
- Submit tuition assistance paperwork to the Bursar’s Office
- Have sufficient approved and processed financial assistance already in place (The CSM college code is 002064; it may take 4 weeks or more to process your request. If you have not completed a FAFSA form yet, you will need to make alternate payment arrangements and be reimbursed if/when you receive FAFSA funds)