College of Southern Maryland

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College of Southern Maryland
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Former names
Charles County Community College
Motto "Beyond Expectations"
Type Community college
Established September 1, 1958 (1958-09-01)
President Dr. Bradley Gottfried
Students 24,651 (2016)[1]
Undergraduates 11,307 (2016)[1]
Other students
14,104 (2016)[1]
Location La Plata, 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)
Colors Green and Black and gold
Athletics National Junior College Athletic Association, Division III[2]
Sports Baseball
Mascot Hawks

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


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]

Programs of study[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.


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.[13] 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.[13] The B Building is a two-story 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) construction, which includes student services, 7 computer labs and classrooms, the newly expanded wellness center, the Nuclear Energy Training Center, and is the college's first LEED certified building with four green roofs.[14]

Regional Hughesville campus[edit]

On February 27, 2013, the College of Southern Maryland announced it had purchased 50 acres in Hughesville to build another campus. They are planning on building a 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) building in order to relocate its Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) building from Waldorf to Hughesville.[15]

Intercollegiate sports[edit]

The College of Southern Maryland has six intercollegiate men's teams and six intercollegiate women's teams that compete in the NJCAA, Division III[2] The men's teams include basketball, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, and cross-country. The women's teams include basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and cross-country.[2]


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