College of Southern Maryland

8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata,
MD, 20646-0910
Tel: (301)934-2251
9,210 students
Public institution

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The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is an open-admissions, regional community college preparing students and community to meet the challenges of individual, social and global changes. CSM makes accessible a broad range of affordable, high-quality learning opportunities that allow students to define and achieve their goals, enhance their knowledge, and make smooth transitions at various stages of their development.
School Highlights:
College of Southern Maryland serves 9,210 students (37% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
College of Southern Maryland is the only community colleges within Charles County, MD.
The nearest community college is ITT Technical Institute-Springfield (16.3 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
College of Southern Maryland Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 9,210 teachers has grown by 18% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has declined by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment
9,210 students
1,272 students
# Full-Time Students
3,405 students
827 students
# Part-Time Students 5,805 students
1,016 students
% American Indian/Alaskan 1%
% Asian 2%
% Hawaiian 1%
% Hispanic 4%
% Black 16%
% White 74%
% Two or more races 2%
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.42

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,668 is less than the state average of $6,030. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,321 is less than the state average of $10,175. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,668 $6,030
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,321 $10,175
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

The College of Southern Maryland is rich in history with a promising and exciting future ahead. The college's history dates to 1958 when the Charles County Community College was established as part of the continuing expansion of the community college within America. At its inception in 1958, the college was governed by the Charles County Board of Education, with the first classes being held at La Plata High School in the evenings. The Friendly Hall Campus, which is now the La Plata campus, was established in 1968. The college expanded its services to St. Mary's County in 1978 and Calvert County in 1980. The College of Southern Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and others. The college offers Associate (Transfer and Terminal) Degrees and Certificate in more than 120 programs. CSM contributes to the well being of the region by providing an array of associate degree and certificate programs; enhanced access to bachelor degree programs; workforce development and job training; corporate consulting; leadership and community development; wellness, fitness and personal enrichment opportunities, and cultural experiences. CSM operates four campuses in the tri-county area. The La Plata Campus, nestled on 173 wooded acres off of Mitchell Road and the Waldorf Center for Higher Education on Old Washington Road, are both located in Charles county. The Prince Frederick Campus is located in Calvert County, and the Leonardtown Campus is situated in St. Mary's County. The La Plata Campus hosts a variety of amenities, including large indoor pool, fine arts center with a 400-seat theater, high-tech computer laboratories, outdoor and indoor sports facilities, bookstore fitness center, cafeteria, distance learning center and state-of-the-art conference center.

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