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CSM at a Glance

  • Founded: 1958
  • President: Dr. Maureen Murphy
  • Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education and others.
  • Degrees offered: Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science, Associate of Science in Engineering, Associate of Applied Science, Certificate, and Letter of Recognition
  • Programs of study: More than 100 programs of study offered at CSM.
  • Campuses: Four Locations in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties
  • Full-time faculty and staff: 134
  • Athletics: 6 intercollegiate women's teams and 6 intercollegiate men's teams, NCJAA Division III

The College of Southern Maryland attracts students of various ages, interests, academic backgrounds, and personal goals. Our students may be different in many ways, but the majority of them have one thing in common—they are exploring future possibilities.

Credit Enrollment

Average Class Size18:1
Total Credit and Con-Ed Students in FY16*24,651
Total Credit Students in FY1611,307
State-Funded Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) FY154,932
Average Age25
Number of online programs and certificates21
Total enrollments in online courses for FY1620,947

*The ‘Credit Students’ and ‘Continuing Education (Con-Ed) Students’ figures do not sum to the ‘All Students’ figures because some students are enrolled as both types during the same fiscal year.

Continuing Education (Non-credit) Students

Total Continuing Education Students in FY1614,104
Total full-time-equivalent (FTE) enrollment in FY16881
Enrollments in contract training FY167,476
Total Enrollments in workforce training courses FY1612,727
      Job Preparation1,041
      Job Skills Enhancement4,491
Total enrollments in lifelong learning courses FY169,713

Points of Distinction

  • More than 1,600 CSM students transferred to 221 different colleges and universities in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in the last year. Destinations include Maryland’s universities and other highly regarded schools across the nation.
  • Designated as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media and as a “Top School” in the Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities which measures best practices in military and veteran education
  • A National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assuranceas recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Partnered with the U.S. Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and Exelon to create a national Nuclear Engineering Technology Program model
  • CSM Robotics Team Talons Earn Top-10 Spot at 2015 VEX U World Championship
  • Recipient of the 2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses.

Talking Points

  • CSM is the sixth largest community college in Maryland with more than 24,000 annual enrollments.
  • Students save, on average, $29,000 by completing their education at CSM and transferring with a degree.
  • CSM has guaranteed transfer admission agreements with more than 60 universities including University of Maryland, Towson, Salisbury, Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason, UMBC, University of Maryland School of Nursing, and more.
  • CSM graduates who transfer maintain a higher grade point average (GPA) than those who start at a university.
  • 66% of high school graduates going on to college choose to start at CSM.
  • 98% of students achieve their academic goals.
  • 62% of students attend part-time.
  • 90% of CSM’s full-time faculty hold a master’s or doctorate degree in their fields.
  • The average income with an associate’s degree in the CSM service area is $48,000; 35% more than
    a student with a high school diploma.
  • Scheduled to open in early 2017, the Regional Hughesville Campus to accommodate high-cost, specialized programs such as the trades and health sciences.

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