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Study at College of Southern Maryland

Founded in 1958, the College of Southern Maryland or CSM is a public, regional community college, located in La Plata, Maryland. It has campuses and training centres in Charles County, St. Mary's County and Calvert County. The four campuses in Southern Maryland are:

  • La Plata Campus
  • Leonardtown Campus
  • Prince Frederick Campus
  • Waldorf Center
CSM confers over 120 programs in different fields of study, including Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degree programs. CSM also offers a wide range of continuing education certificates and career training programs.

The official mascot of CSM is "Hawks". The College has 5 intercollegiate men's teams and 5 intercollegiate women's teams that compete in the NCJAA, Division III. The College also has a cheerleading team.

Profile of College of Southern Maryland

College of Southern Maryland is found in La Plata, MD. La Plata is a rural site not far from an urban area. The school is a public institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Associate's degree at College of Southern Maryland.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in business and management.

College of Southern Maryland Selectivity

College of Southern Maryland accepts all qualified applicants under its open-admission rules. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


College of Southern Maryland has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 7, 741 in 2007 at College of Southern Maryland.

College of Southern Maryland Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts346liberal arts and humanities, liberal arts and sciences
Business and Management258accounting technology, business, business management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine90registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, EMT paramedic, nursing assistant
Computer Science and Engineering66information technology, computer programming, computer and info science
Security and Law Enforcement38criminal justice and administration, fire-fighting
Education and Teaching36education, elementary school teaching
Therapy and Counselling35mental and social health services, physical therapist assistant, massage therapy
Engineering Technician28CAD and design, electronics tech, engineering technician, environmental engineering tech, drafting, manufacturing tech
Law24legal assistant
Family and Social Work19child care management
Medical Support and Technology6mental health services tech, medical lab tech, health diagnostic professions
office and Administration5administrative assistant
Photography and Commercial Art3commercial art
Medical administration1medical records tech, medical secretary
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1health and fitness
Media0communications tech courses
Transportation0truck and bus driver
Construction Trades0lineworker

Contact: College of Southern Maryland

College of Southern Maryland

8730 Mitchell Rd

La Plata, MD 20646-0910

General Phone: (301) 934-2251