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College of Southern Maryland is a public institution located in La Plata, Maryland. The rural area surrounding the school is great for students who prefer living in a country setting.

122 Undergraduate Degrees

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College of Southern Maryland Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

CSM has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#127 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is 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:

As long as you submit the requested materials to College of Southern Maryland when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford College of Southern Maryland?

11% Take Out Loans
5.4% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CSM, approximately 11% of students took out student loans averaging $5,331 a year. That adds up to $21,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSM is 5.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

College of Southern Maryland Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,001 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,164 undergraduate students at CSM, with 2,001 being full-time and 4,163 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,001 full-time undergraduates at CSM, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of College of Southern Maryland students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 99
Black or African American 498
Hispanic or Latino 154
White 1,029
International Students 17
Other Races/Ethnicities 204

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

5,522 Took All Classes Online
6,097 Took At Least One Class Online
120.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 6,097 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.


Online Growth Rankings of CSM

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at College of Southern Maryland was 120.8%. This is the #232 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at CSM regardless of major.

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 Nursing Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Registered Nursing 113 0 113
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 0 9 9
TOTAL 113 9 122


*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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