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Collegiate Success Institute


  • Fall and spring semester courses last approximately 15 weeks; courses in the CSI program cover the same amount of material in only 6 weeks. The coursework during CSI is designed to be challenging and fast-paced. However, the faculty and staff that teach these courses are very aware that the CSI students may be experiencing their first college-level course and are willing to work with all students to keep them up to speed.
  • All courses offered as part of the CSI program will fulfill a UMBC requirement and carry at least 3 credits.
  • All students participating in CSI can take either MATH106 (Algebra and Elementary Functions) OR MATH150 (Pre-Calculus) AND/OR ENGL100 (Composition). Placement testing will be used to determine which course is an appropriate fit for each student.
  • Every student participating in the CSI program will participate in an Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) course to learn about the resources and requirements of attending an Honors University. This course will be attached to MATH or ENGL depending on the student’s schedule and will add one additional credit, making one of these courses worth 4 credits.
  • All courses offered during CSI are limited to 25-40 students, ensuring that each student will have a friendly, supportive environment where they feel comfortable asking questions, exploring ideas, and challenging perceptions of college life and coursework. Best of all – each student will receive one-on-one time with the professors who are carefully chosen because of their abilities to work with new students.


Course List and Information

Math tutors

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MATH106 :
Algebra and Elementary Functions

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques and functions of mathematics. This course is especially recommended for those students who need to brush up due to shaky high school preparation or for those who have not had a mathematics course in several years. Topics include linear equations; quadratic equations; polynomials; and rational functions and their inverses, including exponential and the logarithmic functions.

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MATH150 :

This course provides the math prep needed for calculus. Also provides prep for Physics, Comp Sci, and Engineering courses. Topics include review of functions, graphing techniques, logarithmic and exponential functions, basic right angle trigonometry, followed by extensive treatment of trigonometrics functions, identities, and applications to analytic geometry of the conic sections, apps for 2-D vectors and to the geometry of complex numbers.

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ENGL100 :

This course will consist of a workshop in writing. Students will learn about the writing process, how to write clear and effective essays, and how to think critically and support ideas. The course will consist of writing essays, analyzing novels, conducting research using both print and electronic sources and providing review to peers. Ultimately students should walk away from this course being able to write in a clear and effective manner.


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For More Information, Please Contact:

Laila Shishineh

Assistant Director of FYE | (410) 455-3737