Quick Facts

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
  • Campuses: Four locations in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties, in addition to the Center for Transportation Training and the Velocity Center at Indian Head.  
  • Faculty and staff: Approximately 800, including full-time and part-time
  • Athletics: 4 intercollegiate women's teams and 4 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.

Enrollment Overview

Total Enrollment

Total Credit and Con-Ed Students in FY22
Note: The "Credit Students" and "Continuing Education Students" figures do not sum to the "All Students" figures because some students are enrolled as both types during the same fiscal year.

14,184

Credit Enrollment

Average Class Size

17:1

Total Credit Students in FY22

7,931

State-Funded Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) FY22

3,283

Average Age

24

Ethnicity

White 48%
Black or African-American 28%
Hispanic (Any Race) 8%
All Others 16%

Online

Number of online programs and certificates 10
Total enrollments in online courses for FY22 27,006

Continuing Education Students

Total Continuing Education Students in FY22

6,523

Total full-time-equivalent (FTE) enrollment in FY22

523

Enrollments in contract training FY22

4,518

Total enrollments in workforce training courses FY22

6,816
Job Preparation 479
Licensure 5,214
Job Skills Enhancement 1,123

Total Enrollments in Lifelong Learning Courses FY22

2,597

Why csm is the best choice

  • CSM is the sixth largest community college in Maryland.
  • Students save an average of $29,000 on their bachelor's degree by starting at CSM and transferring with an associate degree.
  • CSM offers 270+ transfer admission agreements with 70+ partnering four-year institutions, including University of Maryland, Towson, Salisbury, Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason, UMBC, University of Maryland School of Nursing, and more.
  • More than 1,418 CSM students who attended in 2020-21 transferred to 271 different colleges and universities in 2021-22. Destinations include Maryland’s universities and highly regarded schools across the nation.

  • Nearly 90% of CSM transfer students to Maryland public four-year colleges and universities earn a first-year GPA of 2.0 or above. 

  • 64% of Southern Maryland public high school graduates going on to college in Maryland choose to start at CSM.

  • 64% of CSM students attend part-time.
  • 83% of CSM’s full-time faculty hold a master’s or doctorate degree.
  • The average income for a person holding an associate degree in the CSM service area is $45,000; 25% more than an individual with a high school diploma or equivalent working in Maryland.
  • CSM has been named as one of 150 community colleges nationwide that are eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.
  • As the sixth largest military- and veteran-serving Maryland college or university, CSM serves 700+ students using VA benefits, including current or former military service members, and was designated as a “Military Friendly School” by VIQTORY Media and a “Top School” in the Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities.
  • CSM’s Talons robotics team consistently excels in national and global competitions. The team ranked tenth and eleventh worldwide in Technology and Skills, respectively, at the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship. In 2019 the Talons placed eleventh in the world in their division and fifth in the United States; they were one of only three U.S. community colleges to earn a spot at the VEX U World Robotics Championship in 2020 and were one of two community colleges to earn global recognition.
  • CSM is recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.
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