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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?

1,814 Undergraduate Awards
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Most Popular Online Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Online Accounting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Online Computer & Information Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Most Popular Online Business, Management & Marketing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is College of Southern Maryland?

Location of College of Southern Maryland

Contact details for CSM are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Phone: 301-934-2251
Website: www.csmd.edu/

How Do I Get Into CSM?

You can apply to CSM online at: https://www.csmd.edu/apply-register/credit/

College of Southern Maryland has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford College of Southern Maryland?

14% Take Out Loans
11.8% Loan Default Rate

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

2,490 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,882 undergraduate students at CSM, with 2,490 being full-time and 4,392 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CSM

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,490 full-time undergraduates at CSM, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CSM

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of College of Southern Maryland students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CSM Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 92
Black or African American 636
Hispanic or Latino 175
White 1,349
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 214

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

979 Took All Classes Online
3,112 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,112 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CSM has changed over the last few years.

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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
Accounting 8%

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
Computer Programming #88
Entrepreneurial Studies #104
Health & Physical Education #106
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #123
General Business/Commerce #204
Computer Information Systems #211
Accounting #319
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.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 636 462 1,098
Nursing 0 92 0 92
General Business/Commerce 0 91 0 91
Accounting 37 22 28 87
Information Technology 35 38 0 73
Computer Information Systems 5 36 3 44
Business Administration & Management 0 17 23 40
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 19 18 37
General Engineering 0 33 0 33
Mental & Social Health Services 17 13 0 30
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 5 13 18
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 17 0 17
Allied Health Professions 0 2 15 17
Health & Physical Education 5 7 0 12
General Education 0 11 0 11
Design & Applied Arts 11 0 0 11
Electrical Engineering 0 10 0 10
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 3 6 0 9
Human Development & Family Studies 4 4 0 8
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 8 8
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 6 0 6
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 6 0 6
Hospitality Management 0 5 0 5
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 5 0 5
Computer Engineering 0 5 0 5
Homeland Security 0 5 0 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 2 3 0 5
Business Support & Assistant Services 4 0 0 4
Building Management & Inspection 0 4 0 4
Computer Programming 0 3 0 3
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 3 0 0 3
Nuclear Engineering Technology 0 3 0 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 3 0 3
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 0 1 2 3
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 2 0 2
Fire Protection 0 2 0 2
Communication & Media Studies 0 1 0 1
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 1 0 1
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 1 0 1
Natural Resources Conservation 0 1 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Ground Transportation 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 126 1,116 572 1,814

References

*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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