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

The first step for credit students is to apply for admission:

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Then choose an option below to learn about your next steps:

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    New or Returning Students to CSM (including Former Dual Enrollment Students)

    Learn how to get started at CSM. This information applies to all first-time 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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    Incoming 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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