College of Southern Maryland Overview
Located in La Plata, Maryland, College of Southern Maryland is a public institution. The rural area surrounding CSM is great for students who love a peaceful atmosphere.
What Is College of Southern Maryland Known For?
- Although it may not be available for every major, the associate's degree is the highest award a student can attain at CSM.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 24% of the faculty were full-time.
College of Southern Maryland Rankings
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
CSM has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
|#15||Most Popular Online Undergraduate Certificate Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#106||Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CSM.
Where Is College of Southern Maryland?
Contact details for CSM are given below.
|Address:||8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646-0910|
How Do I Get Into CSM?
You can apply to CSM online at: https://www.csmd.edu/apply-register/credit/
Can I Afford College of Southern Maryland?
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CSM, approximately 14% of students took out student loans averaging $4,430 a year. That adds up to $17,720 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at CSM is 11.8%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.
College of Southern Maryland Undergraduate Student Diversity
Of the 2,490 full-time undergraduates at CSM, 48% are male and 52% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of College of Southern Maryland students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||636|
|Hispanic or Latino||175|
Over 21 countries are represented at CSM. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Jamaica, Vietnam, and Philippines.
Online Learning at College of Southern Maryland
The following chart shows how the online learning population at CSM has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 5th most popular in Maryland for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of CSM
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at College of Southern Maryland was -3.9%. This is the #2,417 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CSM regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CSM majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CSM ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CSM.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Health & Physical Education||#106|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies||#123|
|Computer Information Systems||#211|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#464|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
College of Southern Maryland Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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