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About CSM

Realize your Potential

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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Why Choose CSM?

Save money on tuition

Tuition cost is less than half of a public four-year university in Maryland.

    Annual Tuition Comparison

    Based on 12 credit hours per semester, with fees, Fall and Spring.

    *Includes room and board

    CSM (tuition and fees)*
    $ 3,277
    Public In-State University*
    Private In-State University*

Quality Faculty, Small Class SizesFaculty helps two students

There is one faculty member for every 20 students at CSM.

95% of CSM's faculty members hold a master's or doctorate in their fields. 

Small class-sizes mean you get more personalized attention. At CSM, you aren't just a number... your teachers know you by name.



A Personal TouchTeacher working with student in class

CSM is the sixth largest community college in Maryland with more than 27,000 annual enrollments. It "feels" like college, but with a personal touch.



Access to technologyStudent and professor in classroom working on a computer

CSM is one of the top 10 Digitally-Savvy Community Colleges as awarded by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Center for Digital Education.




Transfer credits to another school

CSM students have transferred to 328 different four-year colleges in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Out-of-state transfer destinations included Harvard University, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Clemson University, George Washington University, Florida Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Carnegie Mellon University, North Carolina A&T University, and many more.

66% of CSM students were in transfer programs in Fall 2012.

Employers like CSM gradsPrepared graduates

100% of employers say CSM graduates are prepared for the job market.

The quality of instruction and curriculum at CSM ensures that you will have the skills you need to start a successful career.


Students like CSM

96% of CSM graduates are satisfied with their education goal achievements.

66% of recent Southern Maryland public high school graduates attend CSM.

Diversity enhances learningDiverse groups of students on campus

40% of CSM credit students are minorities.

62% of CSM credit students are women.

CSM students have diverse backgrounds, cultures, customs, and experiences that helps to broaden your horizons.

Financial Aid Opportunities

30% of CSM students receive financial assistance.

Total Awards for 2012-2013
Grants (including Pell grants)
$ 8.63 million
$ 7.01 million
$ 846,009
Work Study
$ 103,248

Close to where you live and workLeonardtown Campus

CSM has three campuses in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties.

66% of recent Southern Maryland public high school graduates attend CSM.

CSM offers bachelor's degree opportunites in Southern Maryland with a growing number of partnering universities.