Aug 17, 2018  
Catalog 2014-2015 
    
Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions



Admissions Policy

The College of Southern Maryland is committed to providing equal opportunity in student admissions without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, age, color, religion, disability, marital status, or national origin. The college’s Board of Trustees authorizes the president to develop and revise specific procedures for admission, subject to standards fixed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Admission Requirements

Credit Students

Applicants who have met one of the following will be admitted to the college:

  1. have graduated from high school; or
  2. have earned high school equivalency; or
  3. have met the criteria of one of the college’s admission programs described in this catalog.

Certain review courses or reduced-credit loads may be required for new students who need further preparation.  Admission to the college may be denied to those persons whom the college considers to be a potential danger to the safety, security, and educational environment of the college. The college may revoke (or may subject to certain conditions) the admission of any already admitted person who is deemed to be a potential danger to safety or security or threatens to disrupt educational processes. Such persons shall be afforded due process as required by law.  Additional admission requirements for the Certificate of Practical Nursing and Associate of Science degree in Nursing are described online.  Additional admission requirements for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography and Respiratory Therapy programs are outlined in the Programs of Study section in this catalog.

Continuing Education Students

Continuing education courses are open to persons age 16 or older unless otherwise stated in the course description. Students may enroll in continuing education courses without being admitted to the college.  Important: In all cases, the college reserves the right to make final decisions on admission or eligibility for enrollment in continuing education courses.

General Admission and Enrollment Procedures

  1. Apply
    Complete the college admission application online at www.csmd.edu/Admissions. Providing your Social Security Number is optional at the time of applying to the college but will be required to complete the registration process and to apply for financial assistance. You may be asked to provide proof of residency in person at a campus location.
  1. Send college transcripts
    Request a copy of your transcripts to be sent to CSM if you want to transfer credits earned from another college or university. Transcripts to be evaluated for academic credit must be submitted in a sealed, official school envelope to the Admissions Department.
  1. Apply for financial aid
    If you are seeking financial assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. See the Financial Assistance section of this catalog for more detailed information.
  1. Take placement tests or submit SAT or ACT scores
    Take reading, math, and English placement tests or submit SAT or ACT scores if you plan to earn a degree or certificate or if you plan to enroll in a course that requires college-level reading, math, and/or English. See the Placement Tests Procedures  section in this catalog for more information.
  1. Attend an orientation
    Once you have completed your placement tests or submitted your SAT or ACT scores, and/or had your prior college credits evaluated, you should attend a New Student Orientation session or complete the online orientation at www.csmd.edu/Admissions. For more information about the different orientation programs, see the Student and Community Support Services  section of this catalog.
  1. Register for classes online or schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor

Categories of Admission

Part-Time Students

Students taking fewer than 12 credits and/or credit equivalents in a semester are considered part-time students. Applicants who wish to enroll as part-time students are subject to the same rules and regulations as full-time students except where specifically exempted.

Full-Time Students

Students taking 12 or more credits and/or credit equivalents in a semester are considered full-time students.

Transfer Students

Students who intend to apply 12 or more credits of successful college-level work from another institution toward a degree or certificate at the College of Southern Maryland are considered transfer students. Students with fewer than 12 credits of successful college work follow the admission, placement, and registration procedures for full-time or part-time students, as appropriate.

In order to be admitted as a transfer student, the student must:

  • Apply online at www.csmd.edu/Admissions.
  • Request transcripts to be sent to CSM to be evaluated for academic credit in a sealed, official school envelope to the Admissions Department.
  • Take the college’s placement tests in reading, math and English (if applicable).
  • Apply for financial assistance. If you are seeking financial assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. See the Financial Assistance section of the catalog for more detailed information.

Once you have had your prior college credits evaluated, you should make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor or complete the online orientation at www.csmd.edu/Admissions.  For more information about the different orientation programs see the Student and Community Support Services section in this catalog.

Admissions Programs

High School Students - 16 Years of Age and Older

High school students may take courses at the College of Southern Maryland through a variety of admissions programs such as Dual/Concurrent Enrollment, Gifted and Talented, or Enrichment.

Dual Enrollment Program

The Dual Enrollment program allows qualified high school students, with permission from the high school, the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.  Dual enrollment students choose courses that will satisfy high school graduation requirements and that will also earn college credits.  Students enrolled in this program will be granted a 50 percent tuition waiver for county-approved courses taken while in the program. To participate in this program, students must demonstrate the ability to benefit from instruction through placement tests, qualifying SAT or ACT scores, or other established criteria. 

Concurrent Enrollment Program

Concurrent Enrollment allows qualified high school students, with permission from the high school, to enroll in courses, during normal high school hours, at the college while completing high school graduation requirements.  Concurrent enrollment students take courses at CSM to earn college credits.  College courses are not intended to satisfy high school graduation requirements.  To participate in this program, students must demonstrate the ability to benefit from the instruction through placement tests or qualifying SAT or ACT scores, or other established criteria.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for the Dual or Concurrent Enrollment Programs, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of the 10th grade for part-time status
  • Completion of the 11th grade for full-time status
  • Maintained a minimum high school grade point average of 2.50 (the school system may require a higher average)

How to Get Started:

  • Meet with the high school counselor to discuss school requirements for the Dual or Concurrent Enrollment Programs.
  • Submit an online application at www.csmd.edu/Admissions. An information packet will then be mailed to the student.
  • Complete the Dual or Concurrent Enrollment Form and return with all appropriate signatures.
  • Take the college’s placement tests in reading and English and place at college level in both assessments; or submit acceptable SAT or ACT scores.
  • Take the math placement test; if the student plans to take a math course they must score at least at the MTH-1105 level; acceptable SAT and ACT scores maybe submitted to waive the placement requirement.
  • Send a high school transcript to the college’s Admissions Department.

Once these steps are completed CSM will contact the student by letter to schedule a meeting with the student, his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) and an enrollment advisor to register for courses. All paperwork and placement tests must be completed and submitted to the college prior to July 15 for the fall semester, December 15 for the spring semester, and May 15  for the summer session. Students are responsible for paying all tuition, fees and textbook costs. 

Gifted and Talented Students

The college may accept for admission certain underage students who are designated by their school as gifted or talented but who are not yet recipients of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate. Students who are under the age of 16 and who have completed at least the seventh grade may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Students will be considered for such admission if they demonstrate the ability to gain from instruction based on evidence of gifted and talented status as defined by their local school system or through other evidence of exceptional academic or fine arts talent. Students wishing to participate in this program must:

  • Submit an online application at www.csmd.edu/Admissions.
  • Complete the Gifted and Talented Program Form sent to you by the college’s Admissions Department with all appropriate signatures.
  • Take the college’s placement tests in reading and English and place at college level in both assessments; or submit acceptable SAT or ACT scores.
  • Take the math placement test; if the student plans to take a math course they must score at least at the MTH-1105 level; acceptable SAT and ACT scores maybe submitted to waive the placement requirement.
     

Once the college receives all of the required forms and placement results, the student will be contacted to schedule a meeting with his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) and an enrollment advisor in order to register for classes.

Enrichment Students

High school students or equivalent homeschool students may register for up to four college credits a semester outside of their normal school hours (including the summer session). To participate in this program, students must, through placement scores or other means, demonstrate the ability to profit from the instruction. Students wishing to participate in this program must:

  • Apply online at www.csmd.edu/Admissions (providing your Social Security Number is optional at the time of applying to the college but will be required to complete the registration process).
  • Complete the Enrichment form sent to you by the college’s Admissions Department with all appropriate signatures.
  • Take the college’s placement tests in reading and English and place at college level in both assessments; or submit acceptable SAT or ACT scores.
  • Take the math placement test; if the student plans to take a math course they must score at least at the MTH-1105 level; acceptable SAT and ACT scores maybe submitted to waive the placement requirement.

Once the college receives all of the required forms and placement results, the student will be contacted to schedule a meeting with his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) and an enrollment advisor in order to register for classes.

Homeschool Students

Students who participate in a homeschool program permitted under Maryland law are considered homeschool students. Students who are home-schooled and under the age of 16 must follow the procedures set forth in the “Gifted and Talented Students” section in this catalog. Homeschool students who are 16 years of age or older and have earned a high school equivalency certificate or a high school equivalency diploma follow the requirements outlined in “General Admission and Enrollment Procedures” in this catalog. Homeschool students who are 16 years of age or older and lack a high school equivalency certificate or diploma must follow the requirements listed for “Non-Graduates of High School.” Homeschool students may be eligible for dual admission status if part of Maryland State Department of Education approved homeschool programs.

International Students

Students who attend the college on an F-1 Visa are considered international students. Other international citizens should contact the college’s Admissions Department for information on admission procedures. The college is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. In order to be admitted to the college, international students must submit a completed international student application packet to the Admissions Department. Packets can be obtained from the Admissions Department or online at www.csmd.edu/Admissions

  1. Apply
    Submit an online Admission Application.
  2. Submit the college’s Supplemental Form
    This form is found at www.csmd.edu/Admissions
  3. Provide proof of English proficiency
    Provide CSM’s Admissions Department with an official copy of your TOEFL score report. A minimum score of 500 is required on the written version, 173 on the computer version, and 61 on the online version. To make arrangements to schedule or obtain test scores, contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151. The telephone number is 609-771-7100. If the country is recognized by the United States Department of State as one in which English is the primary language, the TOEFL may not be required.
  4. Send
    An original or certified copy of one of the following—
    • high school transcript in English or with a certified English translation or
    • official college or university transcript, if applicable; transcripts should be evaluated by a neutral evaluation program (AACRO or WES are acceptable) before submission to the college.
  1. Submit a notarized Declaration of Financial Support Form
    This form is found at www.csmd.edu/Admissions
  2. Submit a notarized I-134 Form
  3. Provide financial documents to support the I-134 form
  4. Take placement tests or submit SAT or ACT scores

Take the placement tests for reading, math, and English unless you already have credits in English or math from another college or acceptable SAT or ACT scores. See the Placement Tests Procedures  section in this catalog for more information. All forms must be submitted by the following dates:

  • June 15 for the Fall Semester
  • October 15 for the Spring Semester
  • March 15 for the Summer Session

After all documents are received, they are reviewed for eligibility by the Director of Admissions. The Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F-1 Student Visa Status) is issued to those applicants who meet all academic, financial support, and English language proficiency requirements for admission to a full-time degree program. A student copy of your I-20 will be mailed to you. It is the United States Department of State, not the college, that makes the decision to grant your F-1 Visa.

Before registering for classes, the student will be required to meet with the director of Admissions. International students are charged out-of-state tuition and are not eligible for most financial assistance.

Active Duty Military Personnel

Active duty military personnel should follow the admission procedures for full-time, part-time, or transfer students, as appropriate. The college will grant credit for courses taken from service schools and other agencies recommended in the American Council on Education’s National Guides to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Credits are limited to those courses that the college determines to be applicable to the student’s degree and/or certificate program. Credits will not be granted for courses not recommended or not found in these publications.

The College of Southern Maryland is a member of SOC (Service Members Opportunity Colleges). SOC is a worldwide consortium of colleges and universities that assists military personnel in completing degree programs, sharing course information, and increasing opportunities for transfer of credits between member institutions. Students should meet with the SOC advisor at their primary institution to complete a degree contract to ensure maximum transferability of credits. Additional information about SOCNAV and SOCMAR may be obtained from an academic advisor. The SOC program is available for active duty military service men and women and their dependents

Undocumented Immigrants

Under the Dream Act, undocumented immigrants may qualify for in-state tuition, contact the Admissions Department for eligibility requirements.

Non-graduates of High School

Applicants who are 16 years of age or older and who have left elementary or secondary school without completing either a formal high school diploma program or earning a General Education Development (GED) or High School Equivalency Diploma/Certificate may be admitted to the College of Southern Maryland through the special admission program described in this catalog. 

Applicants who are 16 years of age or older and who have left elementary or secondary school without completing either a formal high school diploma program or earning a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Diploma/Certificate may be admitted if they demonstrate the ability to advance from instruction based on placing at the college level in reading, mathematics, and English on the CSM placement tests. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be provisionally admitted for one semester, which may include taking less than a full-time credit load (to be determined by the director of Admissions). Upon successful completion of that semester’s coursework, those students will be admitted to the college. Provisional admission may be withdrawn if a student does not make satisfactory progress during the first semester.

The college strongly encourages students to complete their high school graduation requirements or obtain their GED prior to applying for admission. Eligibility for financial assistance programs may be affected by absence of a high school diploma or GED. Students who wish to seek the GED should contact the Adult Basic Ed/GED program in their county. Note: Admission to the practical nursing (PN) certificate program, the physical therapist assistant program, or the associate degree nursing program requires the completion of a high school diploma or GED.

Convicted Felons

The college requires those individuals who have been convicted of a felony, and who are seeking admission to the college, to disclose this information on the college Admissions Application. In addition, any student who is convicted of a felony subsequent to applying to the college must report the conviction prior to registering for his or her next class. Based on the nature of the offense and other factors, the college reserves the right to deny admission, revoke admission, limit enrollment and/or restrict activities of a student. Failure to disclose a felony conviction may result in the student being immediately withdrawn from current classes and may result in disciplinary action including dismissal or expulsion, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Residency Policy

The residence status of students is determined at the time of admission to the college. Students will be considered in-county residents if they or the person who contributes more than one half of the student’s financial support maintains legal domicile in Charles County, St. Mary’s County, or Calvert County and have done so for a period of not less than three months prior to the date of admission to the college.

Students will be considered in-state residents if they or the person who contributes more than one half of the student’s financial support have maintained legal domicile in other parts of the state for not less than three months. Otherwise, the student shall be considered an out-of-state resident, unless the student falls within one of the limited exceptions available for certain programs and persons.

Please refer to Appendix I  at the back of the catalog for additional information on residency policies.