College of Southern Maryland

8730 Mitchell Rd
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Tel: (301)934-2251
  • 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 8,411 students (37% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 48%.
  • College of Southern Maryland is the only community colleges within Charles County, MD.
  • The nearest community college is Global Health College (17.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 295 teachers has grown by 19% over five years.
College of Southern Maryland(MD) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty295 staff164 staff
College of Southern Maryland Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 8,411 has declined by 8% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 17% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,411 students4,693 students
College of Southern Maryland Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio29:124:1
College of Southern Maryland Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,087 students1,352 students
College of Southern Maryland Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,324 students3,341 students
College of Southern Maryland Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
College of Southern Maryland Enrollment Breakdown MD All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
College of Southern Maryland Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
College of Southern Maryland Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
College of Southern Maryland Black (2007-2016)
% White
College of Southern Maryland White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
College of Southern Maryland More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
College of Southern Maryland Ethnicity Breakdown MD All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.500.65
College of Southern Maryland Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
College of Southern Maryland Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,000$37,700
College of Southern Maryland Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,845 is less than the state average of $6,280. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,557 is less than the state average of $8,289. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,845$6,280
College of Southern Maryland In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,557$8,289
College of Southern Maryland Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid50%71%
College of Southern Maryland % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,000$9,600
College of Southern Maryland Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,250$5,500
College of Southern Maryland Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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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Did You Know?
For Maryland public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,280 per year for in-state students and $8,289 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Maryland community colleges have a diversity score of 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Maryland is Montgomery College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.