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Getting Started

Starting college can make even experienced students feel a little overwhelmed at times. There are so many forms, questions and new faces to meet. While every person and their situation is different, we’ve developed a checklist of steps you can take to make the enrollment and registration process a little less puzzling.

Steps to Get Started

Step 1: Select a Major/Program of Study

Meet with an advisor to discuss your career and personal goals and to determine which majors, programs of study and colleges will best meet your lifestyle. To schedule an appointment with an advisor at the Waldorf Center for Higher Education, please call (301) 632-2900.

CSM Programs of Study
UMUC Majors
CSM/UMUC Alliance Programs

Step 2: Submit an Application

Complete the online CSM Admissions Application form.
*If you are under 18 years of age, you are required to print a copy of this form and mail it back to CSM with a signature of a parent or guardian to the Admissions Office address below.

For CSM/UMUC Alliance:

Complete the online UMUC Admissions Application form

Step 3: Complete Financial Assistance Applications

Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA
CSM FAFSA School Code - 002064
UMUC FAFSA School Code - 011644

Further options for financial aid can be found on each school's web sites:
CSM -Financial Assistance
UMUC - Financial Assistance

Step 4: Send Official Transcripts

Obtain and submit an "official" copy of your military transcripts and/or college transcripts. Alliance students should send transcripts to both CSM and UMUC.

Send transcripts to:
College of Southern Maryland
Attn: Admissions (AOD)
8730 Mitchell Road, Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

University of Maryland University College
Attn: Student Records
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, MD 20783-8075

Step 5: Take the CSM or UMUC Placement Test

The Waldorf Center offers placement testing for UMUC students only. Testers should arrive two hours prior to the office closing to allow enough time to complete the test. Formal identification is required.

CSM students should contact the Testing Center, 301-934-7657, to schedule a time to take the exam.

Placement Test Information

Step 6: Attend an Information/Orientation Session

For CSM:
StartSmart - Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration
Call to register 301-934-7765 -or- Online orientation - Once you have your seven digit student ID number

We'll show you how to use CSM's online registration system, help you choose your classes, and answer your questions about CSM.

Semester Start-up Sessions

Step 7: Register for Classes

Review the Schedule of Classes and select your classes.

Register online
CSM Website -or- UMUC Website

Register in person at the Waldorf Center for Higher Education

Step 8: Follow Up with an Advisor

Once school starts, you may have questions regarding your grades, classes, transfer options, etc. We encourage you to discuss these and other concerns with an advisor, call 301-632-2900.

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