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. 

November 2018 Announcements

Continuing Students: Priority registration for January Term and Spring Semester begins November 12!

To decide what courses you need for next semester:

1. Use the Student Planning Guide in Online Services to learn how to see your program evaluation in the “View Your Progress” feature.
2. View the prerequisites and the sequence of courses for your program in the Online Catalog. Be sure to use the catalog year you enrolled at CSM.
3. See an Academic Advisor in an appointment to plan all of your semesters at CSM. We will show you more about navigating Student Planning and how to set up courses on your “Timeline.”

Don’t be surprised by the normal mandatory advising holds!
See an Academic Advisor before you register!

During an advising visit, an Academic Advisor will review your program with to plan your next semester. At the meeting, an Academic Advisor will remove the normal 18 or 36 credit advising hold so that you will be able to register on your priority registration date.

Priority January Term and Spring Semester Registration Dates*

November 12: Returning students who have completed 45+ credits
November 13: Returning students who have completed 30+ credits
November 14: Returning students who have completed 15+ credits
November 15: Returning students who have completed 1+ credits
November 16: New students

*See January Term and Spring semester dates

New Students: Spring Registration begins November 16!

Complete your free application now!

New students may follow the Steps to Enrollment on our website. Admitted students who take the next step to enrollment 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. 

Do you need placement tests?

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 to your meeting with an Academic Advisor.

  • Unofficial transcripts for AP or SAT/ACT scores.
  • Transfer Students: college transcripts showing grades for prerequisite courses needed for courses at CSM.
  • High school graduates from last 2 years: If you think you may qualify for college-level English or Math based on your high school transcript, follow the procedure for high school transcript evaluation.

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

Learn more about our Programs of Study in the Online Catalog. A General Education course listing is also available.

Fall Graduates: Apply to Graduate by November 15 to participate in Winter Commencement!

If you are in your final classes for your program of study, you must fill out a graduation application with an Academic Advisor by November 15 to participate in the January ceremony. It is free to apply to graduate. There is a fee for cap and gown.

If you plan to graduate with diploma only, apply by December 15!

For those who wish to receive their diploma by mail only, the deadline is December 15 to meet with an Academic Advisor and complete a graduation application. Learn more about graduation and commencement.

Withdraw/Audit Dates

Last day to withdraw without a grade or change to credit/audit (Fall full-term): November 16.
Last day to withdraw without a grade or change to credit/audit (Fall 12-week term): November 19.
Last day to withdraw without a grade or change to credit/audit (Fall Minisession II classes): December 3.

*Keep in mind that financial aid and VA benefits may be impacted when a student withdraws from or audits a course.

Free Tutoring is Available!

Help is available for many subjects, including essay paper review services for all subjects. See the schedule for all campuses.