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

Due to peak registration, Academic Advising offices at La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick move, as follows, to an all walk-in status from August 8 - September 6.

La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick Campuses

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m-6:30 p.m.*
  • Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • *Note that the Prince Frederick Academic Advising office will be closed August 15, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Waldorf Center for Higher Education

  • Monday/Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:00-4:30 p.m.

At CSM, our academic advisors are available to assist you in identifying educational opportunities consistent with your capabilities and interests, exploring career fields, and start you on the path towards new levels of success. Contact an advisor to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Appointment or Walk-In?

You will need to schedule an advising appointment to do the following:

  • Select a Program of Study
  • Explore Career Choices
  • Receive Personal Job Search Assistance
  • Receive a Graduation Audit
  • Transfer to CSM
  • Transfer to Another Institution
  • Plan for Cooperative Education
  • Get Advice on Complicated Academic Situations

Feel free to drop by during walk-in hours for the following:

  • Changes to Your Declared Program of Study
  • Assistance With Selecting Courses
  • Program Review Notification
  • Probation Restriction Notification
  • Prerequisite Not Complete
  • Adding, Dropping, Withdrawing from Classes
  • CSM Resources Referral
  • Advice on Academic Situations
  • Graduation Audit

August Announcements

Welcome New Students to CSM!

Advising moves to all-walk-ins August 8!

Due to peak registration, Academic Advising offices at La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick move to an all walk-in status from August 8 - September 6 to maximize the number of students that advisors see during this busy time.

A walk-in meeting is a brief 10-15 minute visit for focused advising in order to help the most students. We appreciate your patience, as there will be extended wait times for walk-in advising in August. 

New High School Graduates:

New students may follow the Steps to Enrollment on our website. If you are applying for credit enrollment, be sure to add your social security number to your admissions application. Admitted students may then set up a my.CSMD account. Learn more about navigating your my.CSMD account so that you may register, pay for classes, and much more. Read about and sign up for a Student Orientation, Advising and Registration session (SOAR). The last SOAR session is Saturday, August 6.

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 unofficial transcripts (ex. AP or SAT/ACT scores) to the SOAR session.

Placement Test Waivers

Learn about placement test waivers, placement testing and Test Center hours on the Testing Center web page. Please order official AP scores for evaluation by the testing center, if you desire college credit at CSM. (Read more about acceptable AP scores). If you think that you could use your high school transcript for placement waivers, please order an official transcript to be sent to CSM. See the Steps to Enrollment for new high school graduates for more information.

Transfer students:

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

Many courses at CSM have prerequisites. If you have not had college-level English or Math, please take the placement tests at the testing center. Then, call Academic Advising for appointment availability after you take your placement tests. If you have completed your college-level English and Math at another institution, then schedule an Appointment with Academic Advising. Please bring your unofficial transcripts with you and we will work with you to determine your eligibility for courses with prerequisites and help you to plan your semester.

RSVP for Kick-Off to College!

The Kickoff to College (KOTC) gives new and transfer students a vital opportunity to learn about CSM. KOTC is designed to empower students with the knowledge and tools needed in order to begin your courses at CSM. RSVP to Kick Off to College.

  • At KOTC, you'll get to:
  • Meet CSM faculty and fellow new students
  • Learn more about student clubs, athletics and student services and resources
  • Get your student ID
  • Earn a 10% textbook coupon for the CSM College Store

Continuing Students:

Be Prepared to Register:

Go into your my.CSMD “online services” to “current students” to “Advising” (see the left side of the screen) and view your program evaluation to determine what classes you need for Fall.

Use the online catalog for your catalog year to determine prerequisites and recommended order for taking courses in your degree program.

The General Education course list is a list of courses that meet general education requirements, such as Art or Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. You may pick up a printed copy in Academic Advising as well as view a copy online. If you still have questions and need assistance with registration, please call Academic Advising for appointment availability.    

Probation Students:

Students with academic holds, who wish to be registered, will need to meet with an Academic Advisor. You will need to have prepared your course selections ahead of time and to bring the 6-digit section codes with you that indicate the preferred day/time.    

“Time for your program review" message:

Plan to see an Academic Advisor

If you are registering for your 18th or 36th credit, it is time to see your Academic Advisor. Read more about these routine advising holds on the Academic Advising web page under  “Mandatory Advising.”   Students must meet with an advisor before these holds to registration can be removed.

Fall 2016 Terms

  • Fall Full-Term (15-week session): August 29 - December 12
  • Fall Minisession I: August 29 - October 17
  • Fall 10-Week Session: October 4 – December 12
  • Fall Minisession II: October 24 - December 12

Time is running out to set up your Financial Aid for Fall!

Financial aid information is available. Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.

Will you be a fall graduate?

Congratulations! Graduation is not an automatic process. You must see your Academic Advisor to complete a graduation application by November 15 if you plan to participate in the Winter commencement ceremony and by December 15 for diploma by mail. More information on Destination Graduation sign up for completing your graduation application to come! Other graduation information available on the Graduation page.