Mission, Vision and Values

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Mission Statement

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is an open-admissions, comprehensive regional community college that fosters academic excellence and enhances lives in Southern Maryland. CSM meets the diverse needs of students and the community by providing accessible, accredited, affordable, and quality learning opportunities for intellectual development, career enhancement, and personal growth. The college embraces lifelong learning and service, providing a variety of personal enrichment and cultural programs in a safe and welcoming environment.

Note: Our Mission Statement is under review and currently being updated.


Transforming lives through lifelong learning and service.

Values / Guiding Principles

  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge
  • Respect
  • Teamwork