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College of Southern Maryland is a public institution located in La Plata, Maryland. The rural area surrounding CSM is great for students who love a peaceful atmosphere.

120 Undergraduate Degrees

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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
#32 Most Popular Online Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Most Popular Computer Science 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
#40 Most Popular Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Most Popular Computer Information Systems 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

How Do I Get Into CSM?

You can apply to CSM online at:

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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

2,257 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,351 undergraduate students at CSM, with 2,257 being full-time and 4,094 being part-time.

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

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,257 full-time undergraduates at CSM, 45% are male and 55% 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 99
Black or African American 552
Hispanic or Latino 186
White 1,174
International Students 28
Other Races/Ethnicities 218

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.


This school is the 9th 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 #1,823 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CSM regardless of major.

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
General Computer Programming #66
Computer Programming #88
Information Technology #99
Computer Information Systems #211

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 Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Computer & IS Security 35 38 0 73
Information Technology 5 17 3 25
General Computer & Information Sciences 0 19 0 19
General Computer Programming 0 3 0 3
TOTAL 40 77 3 120


*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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