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. 

August 2018 Announcements

Academic Advising moves to walk-in only status starting August 6.
Peak registration is August 6 – September 14. Academic Advising at La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick and the Waldorf Center will offer walk-in only services during the peak registration period. We appreciate your patience during this busy time.

Fall Semester Starts September 4!
Get Registered Now!

In Online Services, view your program evaluation in the “View Your Progress” screen in Student Planning to see needed classes for your program. Visit Academic Advising if you have questions. We are here to help!

To see needed classes and to register:
1) Log into my.CSMD and select Online Services, then Current Students
2) Select Student Planning, then, #1 View Your Progress, to see the courses still needed
3) To register, select #2 Plan your Degree and Register for Classes

Alternative way to register:
1) Log into my.CSMD and select Online Services, then select Current Students
2) Select Registration Guide to learn about registration
3) Select Registration to register

See an Academic Advisor on a Super Saturday in August!

Meet with an Academic Advisor after you complete your free college application and take placement tests. We will advise you on your needed classes for Fall. Complete information on Super Saturdays is available here. New student information is available below.

Help for New CSM Students!

New students may follow the Steps to Enrollment on our website. 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. 

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 a meeting with an Academic Advisor:

  • Unofficial transcripts, such as AP or SAT/ACT scores, or
  • Transfer Students: college transcripts, showing grades for prerequisite courses needed for courses at CSM.
  • Charles, St. Mary’s or Calvert County High school graduates: 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 on this page.

Fall Sessions

  • 15-week Fall Semester:   September 4 – December 17
  • Minisession I:             September 4 – October 22
  • Fall 12-week Session: September 24 – December 17
  • Minisession II:            October 25 – December 17

Continuing Students

Are you getting a message to see your advisor when you try to register? Students must meet with an Academic Advisor when they register for their 18th or 36th (basically, your second or 3rd semester). These are normal mandatory advising meetings.

We want to work with you to review the requirements for your program of study and help you to choose Fall courses. Then, you may register yourself.

Students with an academic standing hold must see an Academic Advisor!

An academic warning or academic restriction prevents you from registering yourself, so bring the following with you when you see an Academic Advisor:

  • Names of courses
  • 6-digit section codes of desired courses, including required STU 1030, unless recently completed. A STU 1030 Study Skills Lab 1 cr. course is a requirement for those who have an academic standing hold.

An Academic Advisor will register you for your chosen classes. If you are unsure what classes to take, see an Academic Advisor first, before planning a schedule. Follow steps in the first section, “Fall Semester Starts September 4! Get Registered Now” for viewing your Progress in Student planning and to see and plan needed classes. 

August 1 is the last day to apply for summer graduation! 
See an Academic Advisor!

Graduation is not automatic! You must meet with an Academic Advisor by August 1 to fill out the simple paperwork for the semester you intend to graduate! Do not wait for your classes to be over. Apply now! Even if you think you may not pass a class, apply anyway! It is free to apply to graduate. Learn more about graduation in the 2018 Commencement Guide.

Don’t wait! Complete your FAFSA now!

Have your Financial Aid in place so that you may register for Fall classes! After submitting your FAFSA, updates may be seen in your my.CSMD account. It may take weeks to get your Financial Aid ready in order to secure your classes.

Considering signing up for a wait-listed course?

Advisors are often asked, “How long before I get a class seat from the wait-list?” We can’t say how long or that you will definitely be offered a seat from the wait-list.

If you wait-list for a course, be sure to register for an open section for that course, a time you can make, even if it is not your ideal time. Then, wait-list for your ideal course time.

How it works:

  • Check your email every day! If you move up on the list and are offered a seat, an email from the registrar will go out to the email on your record. 
  • Be sure to read the email thoroughly and follow the instructions.
  • If you cannot register yourself, write to or to get registered well before the time deadline.
  • If you do not register by the deadline, your spot is offered to the next person on the wait-list.

Free Tutoring is Available for Summer Students

Learn more about what is offered for summer students for in-person or online tutoring. Don’t wait until you are very frustrated! Use the tutoring services early to get the most benefit.

Summer Classes Withdrawal Date

The last day to withdraw without a grade or change a credit to an audit or an audit to a credit for Summer Session IV is July 29.