Hawk: Ready, Set, Go!

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Hawk: Ready, Set, Go is a three-part orientation program for incoming CSM students. You’ll familiarize yourself with the college, meet your new CSM community, and learn the skills and strategies you need to get ahead. Start your college experience feeling comfortable, prepared, and optimistic with Hawk: Ready, Set, Go!

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Online Orientation

Learn more about Guided Pathways, required CSM technology, registering and paying for classes, Advising and Career Services, classroom success, counseling, disability services, activities outside the classroom, and equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Login to Online Orientation

Note: Login using your my.CSMD account. New students are required to complete New Student Orientation prior to registration. You can also log in to my.CSMD and click the green button that says "Access Online Orientation" in the Announcements section.

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First Year Experience

Whether you are entering CSM from high school, returning to school after several years, or taking classes to transfer, the first year seminar is a critical class to help you transition, get connected, and lay a solid foundation for your student success at CSM and beyond. Additional Resources are available on the First Year Experience website.

Get Hawk Set with these How-To Introductory Videos

CSM ONLINE NAVIGATION: What do I need, and where is it?

Getting to Know my.CSMD - How Do I Login?

This video shows you how to login to your my.CSMD account.

Getting to Know my.CSMD - Overview

Explore different areas of the my.CSMD portal.

myLearning Access

Find out how to access your course shells for on campus and online courses.

Browse Credit Courses

Learn more about how to find CSM courses.

CSM Student Email – Microsoft 0365

All official student communication will be sent to a CSM Student Email.

IT Help Desk

Learn more about the IT Help Desk.

Events Calendar

Learn more about where to find events and important dates at CSM.

CSM College Store

Learn more about the CSM College Store.

Campus Safety

Get a quick overview of CSM’s Public Safety page, app, and other important information.

Stay Connected with CSM

Learn how to stay connected with CSM on social media and the CSM mobile app.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Finder

CSM Online Scholarship Finder

Learn about how to apply for CSM Foundation scholarships.
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Financial Aid

Learn about financial aid and the FAFSA (link opens in a new window).


Credit Tuition Payment Plan

Paying for college is easier with the CSM monthly payment plan, a convenient interest-free way to budget your expenses.

Paying Your Bill

You’ve signed up for classes, now you need to pay. Find out how to pay your bill in this video.

myServices: Student Finances and Tax Information Overview

Learn about how to navigate your student portal payment area.

Tuition and Fees

Find out how to estimate your cost of attendance at CSM.


Academic and Career Advising

Overview of advising services at CSM.

Pathway Benefits

Learn about Guided Pathways at CSM and how they will help you succeed.

Career Coach

Learn about this career exploration tool available to CSM students and community members.

Career Exploration Resources

View resources available to you to explore career paths and information to help launch your job search.



Learn how to navigate Online Services.

My Progress Overview

Learn how to view your degree path and your current progress at CSM.

Plan Your Degree and Schedule Your Courses

Learn how to plan out classes for your degree and schedule your courses.

Timeline View

Learn how to plan your degree and schedule your courses using the timeline view.

Financial Overview

Learn how to view your bill and make a payment.

myServices – Academics

Overview of academic information within Online Services.


The Syllabus

Introduction of the syllabus and how to be successful in your classes at CSM.

Staying on Track

Tips to stay organized in your courses.

Communication and Support

Stay in touch with your professors and how to seek help when needed.

Tutoring and Counseling

Learn more about tutoring and counseling services at CSM.

Why Tutoring?

Listen to a CSM tutor talk about the importance of tutoring.

Math Resource Center

Learn about the math community of CSM – the Math Resource Center.

College vs. High School

Listen to two CSM students discuss the differences in their experience in high school and at CSM.


Men of Excellence

Learn more about the Men of Excellence program.

Hawk Pantry

Learn more about CSM’s Hawk Pantry food program.

Ready Set Go

Hawk: Go! is a series of assignments included in many entry-level CSM classes.  Students are invited to apply what they learned in Hawk: Ready and Hawk: Set. These assignments are meant to be help students plan for success, connect to professors and helpful support staff, and cross the finish line with satisfactory grades.  Look for the Hawk: Go! logo at the top of assignments in your entry-level courses.

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