Academic Advising

Contact Us


La Plata Campus

Administration (AD) Building, Room 101
Phone: 301-934-7574

Leonardtown Campus

Building C, Room 105
Phone: 240-725-5320

Prince Frederick Campus

Building B, Room 205
Phone: 443-550-6026

Waldorf Center for Higher Education

Student Services Office,
Suite 1020
Phone: 301-632-2900

Academic Advising

At CSM, our Academic Advisors are available to help you identify educational opportunities consistent with your capabilities and interests, explore career fields, and start you on the path towards new levels of success. View our Contact Info./Hours page to decide whether to schedule an appointment or to visit our walk-in hours. 

August 2017 Announcements 

Academic Advising moves to an all walk-in status starting August 7.

Peak registration is August 7 through September 12. Academic Advising at La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick and the Waldorf Center will offer walk-in-only services during the peak registration period. We appreciate your patience during this busy time.

Fall Classes start September 5!
Get registered now!

Learn how to register for classes in the online Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) tutorial located under "Quick Links" in your my.CSMD. Use your Program Evaluation to find the list of courses you still need. See your Program Evaluation under the “Advising” tab in online services in your my.CSMD account.

If you still need the help of an Academic Advisor, visit our contact information and hours page for advising availability.

Fall Sessions

  • Full Term Fall Session:    September 5 – December 18
  • Minisession I:                 September 5 – October 23
  • Fall 12-week Session:    September 25 – December 18
  • Minisession II:                October 26 – December 18

Help for New Student Fall Registration

New students may follow the Steps to Enrollment on our website. Be sure to add your social security number to your admissions application in order to be able to register for classes.

  • Admitted students may then set up a my.CSMD account. In your my.CSMD account, you may register, pay for classes, and much more.
  •  View the mandatory SOAR session online in your my.CSMD account.

Many courses have prerequisites so, you will need to take placement tests at the Testing Center, unless you have established college-level English/Reading and Math in alternate ways. Please bring with you when you meet with an Academic Advisor:

  • If you think that you could use your high school transcript for placement waivers, please see the Steps to Enrollment for new high school graduates for instructions. You must fill out and turn in a request for High School Transcript Evaluation form along with an official transcript, in order for your transcript to be evaluated.

Learn about placement test waivers, placement testing and Test Center hours on the Testing Center web page.

View our Programs of Study, course descriptions, and the General Education course listing in the 2017 online catalog which may be viewed on CSM’s main web page.

Register for First Year Seminar (FYS 1010/1010T) Course!

If your major requires this First Year Seminar course, you must register for this course for your first semester. This course is designed to assist you to transition into college life and to reach your academic and career goals!
See the online catalog to determine if your Program of Study requires this course. This course has English/Reading prerequisites. See an Academic Advisor for more information.

New Students and New Transfer Students:
The “Kickoff To College!” event is for you!

Remember to RSVP online to attend this fun and informative event at your La Plata, Leonardtown or Prince Frederick campus!

Learn more about student resources and clubs on campus. Get your student ID and earn a 10% off textbook coupon for the CSM College Store!

Probation Students: See an Academic Advisor to Register for Fall 

If you have an academic probation restriction, you will be unable to self-register. If you are ready to register when you meet with an Academic Advisor, you must bring the following with you:

  • Names of courses
  • 6-digit section codes of desired courses, including STU 1030, unless recently completed.

If you are unsure which classes to take, visit Online Services and select “Program Evaluation” under “Advising.” There, you will see what courses you still need to graduate. Use the online catalog for your catalog year to see the recommended sequence of courses.

If you still need assistance, visit Academic Advising.

New Transfer Students!

If you have completed at least 12 college credits at another institution, please follow the Steps to Enrollment for a transfer student. Otherwise, follow the admission, placement, and registration procedures for full-time or part-time students.

Handling Prerequisites

Many courses at CSM have prerequisites. Show college-level math, reading, and English by seeing an Academic Advisor and:

Advisors would need all transcripts from all institutions attended, to best advise you.

Continuing students:
Are you getting a "Time for your Program Review" hold?

You must see an Academic Advisor when you register for your 18th (basically your second full-time semester) and your 36th credit (or 3rd full-time semester).

We want to work with you to review the requirements for your program of study and help you to choose fall courses. Then, you may self-register.

August 1 is the deadline to apply for summer graduation!

Celebrate your accomplishment! You must see an Academic Advisor by August 1 to complete a graduation application. Complete the free and easy application even if you are not sure you will pass your summer class(es)!

The 2017 Commencement Guide is available with complete commencement information.

Withdrawal Due Dates for Summer Sessions

Summer Session II:  Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade is August 2
Summer Session III: Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade was July 25
Summer Session IV:  Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade is August 2

Don't wait! Complete your FAFSA now!  

Have your Financial Aid in place so that you may register for Fall classes! After submitting your FAFSA, updates may be seen in your my.CSMD account. It may take weeks to get your Financial Aid ready in order to secure your classes.