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
  • Faculty and staff: Approximately 1,200, including full-time and part-time
  • 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.

Enrollment Overview

Total Enrollment

Total Credit and Con-Ed Students in FY20
Note: 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.

18,653

Credit Enrollment

Average Class Size

17:1

Total Credit Students in FY20

9,657

State-Funded Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) FY20

3,965

Average Age

24

Ethnicity

Caucasian 51%
African-American 27%
Hispanic 8%
Other 14%

Online

Number of online programs and certificates 13
Total enrollments in online courses for FY19 17,328

Continuing Education (Non-credit) Students

Total Continuing Education Students in FY20

9,422

Total full-time-equivalent (FTE) enrollment in FY20

598

Enrollments in contract training FY20

4,737

Total enrollments in workforce training courses FY20

6,784
Job Preparation 568
Licensure 4,862
Job Skills Enhancement 1,354

Total enrollments in lifelong learning courses FY20

7,285

Why csm is the best choice

  • CSM is the sixth largest community college in Maryland.
  • Students save $29,000 on average by completing their education at CSM and transferring with a degree.
  • CSM has 150+ transfer admission agreements with 50+ four-year colleges and universities across the country including University of Maryland, Towson, Salisbury, Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason, UMBC, University of Maryland School of Nursing, and more.
    • More than 1,581 CSM students transferred to 242 different colleges and universities in 2018. Destinations include Maryland’s universities and other highly regarded schools across the nation.
  • 65% of Southern Maryland high school graduates going on to college choose to
    start at CSM.
  • CSM graduates who transfer maintain a higher grade point average (GPA) than those who start at a university.
  • 98% of CSM students achieve their academic goals.
  • 63% of CSM students attend part-time.
  • 95% of CSM’s full-time faculty hold a master’s or doctorate degree in their fields.
  • The average income for a person holding an associate’s degree in the CSM service area is $48,000; 35% more than an individual with only a high school diploma.
  • 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 Victory Media and a “Top School” in the Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities.
  • CSM’s Talons Robotics Team placed 11th in the world in their division in 2019 and placed 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 earning global recognition.
  • 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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