College of Southern Maryland

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College of Southern Maryland
Former names
Charles County Community College, Calvert County Community College, St. Mary's Community College
Motto "Beyond Expectations"
Type Community college
Established September 1, 1958 (1958-09-01)
President Dr. Maureen Murphy [1]
Students 24,651 (2016)[2]
Undergraduates 11,307 (2016)[2]
Other students
14,104 (2016)[2]
Location La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, 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[3]
Sports Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball[3]
Mascot Hawks
Website www.csmd.edu

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public community college in La Plata, Maryland. It serves students living in 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.[4] In 1960, the college added an apprenticeship program.[5] 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.[5] On July 1, 2000 the college officially became the College of Southern Maryland.[4] CSM celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2008 with events marking its history.[4]

Programs of study[edit]

The College of Southern Maryland offers more than 120 programs of study including Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degree programs. CSM has more than 60 guaranteed transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities. Furthermore, CSM offers a wide range of continuing education certificates and career training programs such as computer programming and repair, truck driving, and nursing.

Accreditation[edit]

CSM is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[6] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] The Southern Maryland Studies Center, a regional archives repository and research center, is located in the CSM library.[10]

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.[11] The campus has an auditorium/seminar room, science labs, and a wellness center, which is available for student and community use.[11]

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] 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.[13]

Regional Hughesville campus[edit]

On February 27, 2013, the College of Southern Maryland announced it had purchased 74 acres in Hughesville to build another campus. The first phase was the construction of the 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET).[14]

The second phase proposed for the campus includes a Center for Health Sciences.

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[3] 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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.csmd.edu/all-news/dr-maureen-murphy-selected-as-csms-fifth-president/
  2. ^ a b c "Quick Facts". College of Southern Maryland. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Official Site of College of Southern Maryland Athletics".
  4. ^ a b c http://www.csmd.edu/about/history/
  5. ^ a b "CSM History". Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  6. ^ a b "Accreditation". Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  7. ^ "Waldorf Center for Higher Education | University of Maryland University College and College of Southern Maryland". Waldorfcenter.org. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  8. ^ http://www.csmd.edu/about/locations.html
  9. ^ http://www.csmd.edu/about/campuses/laplata/index.html
  10. ^ http://www.csmd.edu/smsc
  11. ^ a b "Leonardtown Campus". Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  12. ^ a b "Prince Fredrick Campus". Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  13. ^ "Prince Fredrick Campus". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  14. ^ "CSM Selects Hughesville Property for Fourth Campus". Southern Maryland Online. Southern Maryland Online. February 27, 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2015.

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