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new student orientation and registration

New Student Orientation and Registration

College of Southern Maryland

Fall 2013




The College of Southern Maryland!

  • Did you know that:
  • CSM is the 6th largest Community College in the State?
  • CSM has the second largest enrollment of Veterans in a Maryland Community College?
  • We have three campuses, three training sites and a fourth campus on the way?
  • We have more than 130 degrees and certificate programs?
  • More than 60% of Southern Maryland Residents take courses with us?
csm student characteristics
CSM Student Characteristics
  • Average Class Size- 20 students
  • 9,217 total credit students; 6,051 at La Plata
  • 62% female
  • 34% minority
  • 64% of CSM students transfer to a 4-year college
  • CSM has numerous partnerships in bachelor’s degree programs in Southern Maryland (see catalog for a full list)
  • Over 40 program articulations with 23 schools…and counting!

What to Expect at CSM

  • Transitions
  • Challenges
  • Responsibility
  • Independence
  • Assistance - Academic Advisors, Career Advisors and Campus Resources to Help You
  • A New Vocabulary!

Your New Vocabulary

    • FERPA
    • Bursar
    • Pre-requisite
    • Tuition and Fees
    • Books (that you must buy/rent )

What Is FERPA?

  • FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, enacted in 1974
  • As a college student, your records and your grades are yours alone
  • FERPA mandates that all college academic records are the “property” of the student
  • Students must give written permission for disclosure of grades and other information to third parties

What is the Bursar’s Office?

  • The Bursar’s Office is responsible for the billing and collection of tuition and fees, for maintaining student account information and collecting delinquent accounts.
  • Payment due in full by :
    • August 14, 2013 for Fall 2013 Semester
  • Drops due to non-payment
  • College Refund Policy (See catalog for further information)

What is a Pre-Requisite?

  • Prerequisites
    • The criteria for a particular course.
    • In other words, coursework or testing
    • that needs to be completed before
    • taking the desired course.
    • Check the On-line Catalog’s Course
    • Descriptions for pre-requisite
    • information
when why how should i see an academic advisor
When/Why/How Should I See An Academic Advisor?

Advising Mission

CSM provides academic advising as a shared responsibility between the college community and its students. This intentional planning process teaches students to access, use and interpret resources to attain their academic, career and personal goals.


When/Why/How Should I See

An Academic Advisor?

  • You should see an Academic Advisor:
    • Before you earn 18 / 36 credits
    • To discuss career goals, and transfer options
    • To change your program of study
    • To apply for graduation
    • If you are on Academic Probation
    • If you plan to take more than 19 credits
    • If you have an academic / policy related question
  • You should schedule an appointment to see an Academic Advisor
  • You may contact an academic advisor by email at
  • [email protected]

What If I Have Earned Credit for Previous College Course Work?

  • Tech Prep
  • AP Test Scores
  • ENG or MTH high school articulation
  • Transcripts from other Colleges and Universities
  • Be sure to ask an academic advisor about the requirements and forms.

What About My Future Plans?

Career & Transfer Services

  • Career Services:
    • Help with choosing a major / career choice
    • Assistance with resumes and related letters
    • Job search assistance: Job Connection
  • Transfer Services:
    • Steps to a successful transfer process
    • Choosing a transfer institution
    • Checking transferability of CSM Credits: ARTSYS

Where Can I Find Help?

Campus Resources

  • Disability Support Services Accommodations and services for students with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities
  • Tutoring & Writing Lab FREE Tutoring is available to current students. Tutors are available in Math, Accounting, Biology, Physics, and English/Writing
  • Testing Center
    • Conducts Placement, Classroom (make-up), and Correspondence testing

More Campus Resources

  • Library
    • Free computer use and free printing (25 pages)
    • Student ID Cards
  • Fitness Center
    • Good for body, mind and spirit!
  • Campus Store
    • Buy OR Rent used/new books for class
    • Buy books within 10 days of the start of the semester. Keep book sealed and retain receipt of purchase until confirmation from the Instructor on the first day of classes.
    • Buy CSM memorabilia and school supplies

How Do I Get Involved?

Student Life

  • Student Life:
    • Campus Events & Activities
    • Multicultural Initiatives & Events
    • Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Clubs & Organizations:
    • Student Association
    • Many Clubs and Organizations
    • Or Start Your Own!

Registration & Payment Options

  • You will be able to register today!
  • In order to secure a spot in a course, you must do one of the following when you register:
    • Pay in Full (online or at any campus)
    • Make a 20% down payment (on the day your register)
    • Enroll in FACTS – CSM’s Tuition Payment Plan
    • Confirm and secure receipt of financial assistance
    • (have a FAFSA on file)

What If I Need Financial Assistance?

  • FreeApplication for Federal Student Aid
    • Apply online:
    • March 1 : Priority deadline receive MD funds, you can still apply now for federal funds!
    • Opens the door to grants, loans and scholarships!

What Else Should I Know?

  • CSM.TXT: Sign-Up Online!
    • CSM.TXT is CSM\'s alert service that will send you instant alerts and time-sensitive messages, including up-to-date information on emergencies and campus closings.
  • Smoking Policy:
    • Smoking is ONLY permitted in the White Gazebos or in your personal vehicle while on campus.

Ready To Register?

How to Register for Courses:

My Catalog


Online Services

how to register
How To Register
  • Which Courses?
    • Depends Upon Your Major and Your Placement Test Score
  • How Many Courses?
    • Depends Upon Your Personal/Financial Situation
  • Where Do I Start?
    • Open Your Orientation and Registration Booklet or

Student Handbook

  • How Do I Search For Classes?
how to search for classes results
How To Search For ClassesResults

Record The Section Number (See Blue Parentheses)

which courses
Which Courses?

Your Course Selection Today Will Depend Upon:

  • Your Placement Test Scores
  • Your Chosen Major
  • Your Work Load Balance
which courses1
Which Courses?

Check Your Placement Test Scores

math placement

Final Math Course for Many

CSM Majors

what are college prep courses
What Are College Prep Courses?
  • Developmental Courses
    • Additional Time To Degree
    • Additional Expense
    • Re-Test Options
  • Am I required to take these courses?
  • Can I retake the Placement Exam?

Which Courses?

  • Your Course Selection Today
  • Will Depend Upon:
  • YourMajor
  • Choosing A Major
    • Undecided? – Choose General Studies
    • Competitive Admissions
    • (Requires Additional Application Requirements)
      • Health Sciences
      • (including Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Medical Laboratory Tech and others)
      • Engineering
which courses2
Which Courses?

Meet Your On-Line CSM Catalog!

your on line catalog
Your On-Line Catalog
  • Published Annually
  • Contains Critical Information about CSM policies, programs and
  • procedures
  • Important Pages To Visit Today
    • General Education Courses
    • List of Majors (LRs, Certificates and Degrees)
    • Your Major Requirements
    • Course Descriptions and Pre-Requisites

Step 4: Enter your Last Name and your student ID number (seven digits)

then click “SUBMIT”


Enter Last Name

Enter Student ID


Step 5: Write down your Username in the Student Handbook on page 144!

Then click “LOG IN”





Step 7: Create a new password using letters and numbers. This password must be at least 8 characters long, but no more than 20, then click “Change Password”


Step 10: Enter your Username and the password you just created, then click “Login”



Step 11: Setup Password Responses. Answer the first two questions.

Then click “Setup Responses”



Answer questions 1 and 2, skip question 3.



What Do I Need To Remember?

  • Payment is Due Upon Registration
  • (See Financial Assistance Department or Bursar for further Details)
  • Due to Federal Law (Family Education Right to Privacy Act of 1979)
  • parents and others cannot view the student’s grades, etc. without
  • written permission
  • Re-Test is an Option if You Placed Into Developmental Courses
  • Look for an Invitation to Kick Off To College! (Freshmen Welcome)
  • Fall Classes Begin Tuesday, September 3, 2013
  • You can do this!!