College of Southern Maryland

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College of Southern Maryland
College of Southern Maryland.gif
Motto "Realize your potential"
Established September 1, 1958 (1958-09-01)
Type Community college
President Dr. Bradley Gottfried
Students 24,358 (2010)[1]
Undergraduates 11,658 (2010)[1]
Other students 12,673 (2010)[1]
Location La Plata, Maryland
Southern Maryland
,
United States

38°33′34″N 77°0′33″W / 38.55944°N 77.00917°W / 38.55944; -77.00917Coordinates: 38°33′34″N 77°0′33″W / 38.55944°N 77.00917°W / 38.55944; -77.00917
Campus Rural, 173-acre (0.70 km2)
Former names Charles County Community College
Colors Black and gold
         
Athletics National Junior College Athletic Association, Division III[2]
Sports Baseball
Basketball
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball[2]
Mascot Hawks
Website www.csmd.edu

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) in La Plata, Maryland, USA, is a public, regional community college, serving Southern Maryland's Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties.

History[edit]

In September 1958, the predecessor to today's CSM, Charles County Junior College, began evening classes at La Plata High School.[3] In 1960, the college added an apprenticeship program.[4] In 1968, Charles County Community College began construction of the Career Education and Administration Building on what is now the main CSM campus in La Plata, Maryland.[4] On July 1, 2000 the college officially became the College of Southern Maryland.[5] CSM celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2008 with events marking its history.[6]

Academic Degree & Continuing Education Programs[edit]

The College of Southern Maryland offers 120 programs of study including Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degree programs. Furthermore, CSM offers a wide range of continuing education certificates and career training programs such as computer programming and repair, truck driving, nursing or veterinary assistances to name a few.

Accreditation[edit]

CSM is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[7] Its business, physical therapy, and nursing programs have specialized accreditation by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, American Physical Therapy Association, and National League for Nursing, respectively.[7]

Campus and training facilities[edit]

The Charles County facilities include the La Plata campus and a training center also in La Plata. In conjunction with the University of Maryland University College, CSM operates the Waldorf Center for Higher Education in Waldorf.[8] The St. Mary's County campus is located in Leonardtown and a training center is located in Lexington Park. The Calvert County campus is located in Prince Frederick.[9]

La Plata campus[edit]

The original campus of CSM houses a bookstore, cafeteria, conference center, a fine arts center with a 400-seat auditorium, a fitness center including an indoor pool, a theater, computer laboratories, and a distance learning center.[10] The Southern Maryland Studies Center, a regional archives repository and research center, is located in the CSM library.[11]

Leonardtown Campus[edit]

The Community College of St. Mary's County was established in 1978 at Great Mills High School. The campus was moved to its current location in 1997, which includes four buildings—Buildings A, B, C, and D.[12] The campus has an auditorium/seminar room, science labs, and a wellness center, which is available for student and community use.[12]

Prince Frederick Campus[edit]

The Community College at Calvert County, established in 1980, moved to its current location on J.W. Williams Road in Prince Frederick in 2005.[12] The main building is a two-story, 56,000-square-foot (5,200 m2) construction, which includes 15 classrooms, 6 computer labs, and a 2,951-square-foot (274.2 m2) library.[12]

Intercollegiate sports[edit]

The College of Southern Maryland has five intercollegiate men's teams and five intercollegiate women's teams that compete in the NJCAA, Division III[2] The men's teams include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis. The women's team includes basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.[2] The college has a cheerleading team.

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