Dual Enrollment Students

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Dual enrollment allows you to take classes at CSM for college credit, while satisfying your high school graduation requirements. Talk to your high school counselor about some classes at CSM that can help fulfill your high school graduation requirements. For more information, call 301-934-2251 or contact the Call Center.

You must complete an application, complete college level placement options and submit a signed form by the following dates: July 15 for the fall semester; December 15 for the spring semester; and May 15 for the summer semesters.

Dual Enrollment students receive a 50% discount off the tuition and will pay 100% of the combined fees when they register for a college class on campus or within their high school.

Steps to Enroll

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1. Apply

Apply Online

Be sure to indicate on your application that you are interested in participating in the Dual Enrollment program. We encourage you to apply several weeks prior to the enrollment deadline so you have plenty of time to complete all steps.

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2. Complete the Dual Enrollment Form

Meet with your high school counselor to ensure that you are eligible to participate in the program and to review graduation requirements. The following forms need to be signed by your high school counselor, principal, parent and you, so be sure to allow plenty of time for completion.  If you are unsure which form to fill out, please contact our Admissions office at 301-934-2251 (option 0).

Dual-Enrollment Forms by County:

Dual-Enrollment Form for Home-Schooled students and Out-of-County students:

Submit forms by fax or mail:

Fax: 301-539-4789

Mailing Address:
College of Southern Maryland
Attn: Admissions
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

You may also bring these completed forms with you to your appointment with the Enrollment Advisor.

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3: Demonstrate College Level Placement

Option 1: Placement Test

Schedule a CSM placement test with one of CSM's Testing Centers:

La Plata Campus 301-934-7657
Leonardtown Campus 240-725-5340
Prince Frederick Campus 443-550-6040

For information on the test, scheduling your test, and how to prepare, please visit our Testing Center.

Note: It is your responsibility to schedule the placement test and you must bring a photo ID to the Testing Center on the test date. You must place at college level in English and Reading to be admitted into the Dual Enrollment Program. You can take the placement test up to two times while you’re in high school.

To be accepted into Dual Enrollment, you must

  • Have a minimum score of 79 in Reading and 75 in Sentence Structure (if you took the Accuplacer test prior to July 1, 2019)
  • Have a minimum score of 254 in Reading and 240 in Writing (if you took the Accuplacer test on or after July 1, 2019).


Submit acceptable SAT/ACT Scores

  • Submit SAT Score of 530 or higher in Math (for placement into MTH-1010 and MTH-1015)
  • Submit SAT Score of 570 or higher in Math (for placement into MTH-1115, MTH-1120, MTH-1130, or MTH-1150)
  • Submit SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing Test Score of 480 or higher
  • Submit ACT Score of 21 or higher in English and Reading
  • Submit ACT Score of 21-23 in Math (for placement into MTH-1010 and MTH-1015)
  • Submit ACT Score of 24 or higher in Math (for placement into MTH-1115, MTH-1120, MTH-1130, or MTH-1150)

Composite scores are not considered.

Please note that if you wish to take a higher level Math course than your SAT/ACT scores demonstrate, you should still take the Math portion of the CSM placement test.


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4. Meet with an Enrollment Advisor

Make an appointment with an Enrollment Advisor to meet, register for classes, and make payment. All of the documentation must have been received before the appointment or brought to the appointment.

Schedule an appointment in your high school’s county: 

  • Charles County: Mary Prather, 301-934-7862
  • St. Mary's County: Latasha Baker, 240-725-5456
  • Calvert County: 443-550-6007

Dual Enrollment students cannot register on their own; you must work with an Enrollment Advisor.