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College of Southern Maryland Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on College of Southern Maryland? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors CSM offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is College of Southern Maryland Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

College of Southern Maryland was awarded 8 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

CSM was not ranked in College Factual's 2021 Best Overall Colleges report. This could be for a number of reasons, including lack of data.

See all of the rankings for College of Southern Maryland.

Is It Hard to Get Into CSM?

Acceptance Rate

Since College of Southern Maryland has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

Learn more about College of Southern Maryland admissions.

College of Southern Maryland Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, College of Southern Maryland is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at College of Southern Maryland is 24%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  24 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at College of Southern Maryland

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at College of Southern Maryland is 64%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  64 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at CSM

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,351 undergraduates at CSM with 2,257 being full-time and 4,094 being part-time.

CSM Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

CSM scored 44.69 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  44.69 out of 100
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How Much Does College of Southern Maryland Cost?

The overall average net price of CSM is $7,621. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CSM

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,365 $6,181 $8,744 $11,053 $11,459

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CSM, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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.

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How Much Money Do CSM Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CSM make about $36,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 8% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at College of Southern Maryland make the most money.

Location of College of Southern Maryland

College of Southern Maryland is a public institution located in La Plata, Maryland. Students who love country life may enjoy the rural location of CSM.

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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

College of Southern Maryland Majors

Learn more about the majors offered at College of Southern Maryland along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CSM

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 3,112 students took at least one online class at College of Southern Maryland. This is a decrease from the 3,200 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,112 979
2016-2017 3,200 1,006
2015-2016 3,316 1,078
2014-2015 3,527 1,164
2013-2014 3,421 1,151

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Notes and References


*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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