Quick Facts

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CSM at a Glance

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 FY17*23,159
Total Credit Students in FY1710,810
State-Funded Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) FY174,702
Average Age25
Number of online programs and certificates21
Total enrollments in online courses for FY1620,639

*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 FY1713,114
Total full-time-equivalent (FTE) enrollment in FY17735
Enrollments in contract training FY176,065
Total Enrollments in workforce training courses FY1710,276
      Job Preparation892
      Job Skills Enhancement2,506
Total enrollments in lifelong learning courses FY1710,130

Points of Distinction

  • 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 fifth largest veteran-serving Maryland college or university, CSM served approximately 807 students using the GI Bill, which accounts for more than $1.6 million in tuition and fee payments annually and was designated as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media and as a “Top School” in the Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities.
  • More than 1,778 CSM students transferred to 260 different colleges and universities in 44 states and the District of Columbia in 2017. Destinations include Maryland’s universities and other highly regarded schools across the nation.
  • Governor Larry Hogan appointed Laura Polk, Health Sciences Division Chair, to be the associate’s degree nurse educator representative for the state of Maryland.
  • CSM’s Talons Robotics Team finished at the semi-finalist level at the 2017 VEX-U World Championship, competing against 61 university teams from around the world.
  • Recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

Talking Points

  • CSM is the sixth largest community college in Maryland with more than 23,000 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.
  • 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.
  • University of Maryland College Park Engineering School, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), and CSM partner to provide a transfer degree program in Mechanical Engineering with a paid cooperative education experience at the Patuxent River Naval Base.

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