College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public community college with campuses in Hughesville, La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick, Maryland. It serves students living in Southern Maryland's Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties.

College of Southern Maryland
Presidential Seal on a CSM Building
Former names
Charles County Community College,
Calvert County Community College,
St. Mary's Community College
Motto"Beyond Expectations"
TypePublic community college
EstablishedSeptember 1, 1958; 63 years ago (1958-09-01)
ChairmanTheodore L. Harwood, II[1]
PresidentMaureen Murphy[2]
Students23,159 (2017)[3]
Undergraduates10,810 (2017)[3]
Other students
12,349 (2017)[3]

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
CampusRural, 173 acres (70 ha)
Colors      Green, black, gold
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association, Division II[4]
Logo of College of Southern Maryland


In September 1958, the predecessor to today's CSM, Charles County Junior College, began evening classes at La Plata High School.[5] In 1960, the college added an apprenticeship program.[6] 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.[6] 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.[5]


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.


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 facilitiesEdit

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 campusEdit

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 campusEdit

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 campusEdit

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, 6sixcomputer 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, seven 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 campusEdit

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).[15]

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

Intercollegiate sportsEdit

The College of Southern Maryland has six intercollegiate men's teams and six intercollegiate women's teams that compete in the NJCAA, Division II[4] 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.[4]


  1. ^ Board of Trustees. College of Southern Maryland. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dr. Maureen Murphy Selected as CSM's Fifth President". Mar 17, 2017. Retrieved Oct 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Quick Facts". College of Southern Maryland. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Athletics". blankTest. Retrieved Oct 2, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "History". Pages-Interior-Accordion. Retrieved Oct 2, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "CSM History". Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  7. ^ a b "Accreditation". Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  8. ^ "Waldorf Center for Higher Education | University of Maryland University College and College of Southern Maryland". Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  9. ^ "College of Southern Maryland". Archived from the original on 2003-10-13.
  10. ^ "College of Southern Maryland". Archived from the original on 2003-08-06.
  11. ^ "Southern Maryland Studies Center". Pages-With-Gallery. Retrieved Oct 2, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Leonardtown Campus". Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  13. ^ a b "Prince Fredrick Campus". Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  14. ^ "Prince Fredrick Campus". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  15. ^ "CSM Selects Hughesville Property for Fourth Campus". Southern Maryland Online. Southern Maryland Online. February 27, 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2015.

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