• 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 6,351 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is higher than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 59%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,351 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,845
  • Out-state tuition: $7,557
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 46%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 570 teachers has grown by 129% over five years.
College of Southern Maryland
(MD) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
570 staff
378 staff
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Student Body

The student population of College of Southern Maryland has declined by 24% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five years.
The College of Southern Maryland diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.72. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,351 students
3,876 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,257 students
1,089 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,094 students
2,787 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
545 students
305 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,257 students
1,061 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
19 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,094 students
3,330 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
232 students
% Asian
4%
6%
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% Hispanic
7%
12%
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% Black
26%
30%
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% White
54%
41%
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% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
4%
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% Unknown races
2%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.63
0.72
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
7.78%
3.35%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$41,000
$36,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,845 is less than the state average of $7,307. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,557 is less than the state average of $9,316. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,845
$7,307
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,557
$9,316
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
47%
73%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,000
$10,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does College of Southern Maryland cost?

College of Southern Maryland's tuition is approximately $5,845 for In-State students and $7,557 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,351 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,845
  • Out-state tuition: $7,557
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 46%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Maryland public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,307 per year for in-state students and $9,316 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Maryland community colleges have a diversity score of 0.72, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Maryland is Montgomery College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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