Steps to Enroll

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, first-time students.

For specific admissions instructions for non-traditional students, see the menu to the left.

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1. Apply to CSM

Submit your Application

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.

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2. Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at All CSM Foundation Scholarships require a FAFSA and can be found on our website at See the Financial Assistance website for more detailed information. Make sure to use the federal school code for CSM: 002064.


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3. Placement Testing and College Readiness

Take the Accuplacer Exam and meet certain scores.

Placement Test Exemptions

  • Prior College-Level English and/or Mathematics Coursework: Students who can verify with a transcript or grade report successful completion of prior college-level English and appropriate college-level mathematics courses are exempt from taking the placement test.
  • Standardized Tests:
    • SAT Tests: Submit scores of 480 or higher in evidence-based Reading and Writing. Submit scores of 530 or higher in Math. Submit scores of 570 or higher in Math for programs that require a higher level of math (such as STEM programs).
    • ACT Tests: Submit ACT scores of 21 or higher in English and/or Reading and/or Math. Submit scores of 24 or higher in math for programs that require a higher level of math (such as STEM programs).
    • GED Test: Submit GED scores of 165 or higher in Reasoning Through Language Arts. Submit scores of 165 or higher in Mathematical Reasoning.
    • AP Test Scores: Submit 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.  Please follow the instructions on the high school transcript evaluation form.
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4. Complete the New Student Orientation and Registration Session

  • Complete the Online New Student Orientation
    • Login at
    • Scroll down to the Announcements section
    • Click on "New Student Orientation"
    • After reviewing the information, check the certifying question.
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5. Register for Classes

  • New students should register for classes during the New Student Orientation and Registration Session via their Student Planning at my.CSMD.
  • New students who have completed the online New Student Orientation and Registration Session may also meet face-to-face with an Academic Advisor at any campus.


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6. Send Final Official High School Transcripts (if graduated within last two years)

All recent high school graduates are required to submit final official high school transcripts. Please send transcripts to:

College of Southern Maryland
Attn: Registrar’s Office
P.O. Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646

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7. Make Payment Arrangements

  • Pay in full by the Payment Due Date
  • Enroll in the CSM Tuition Payment Plan
  • Submit tuition assistance paperwork to Student Account Services
  • 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)