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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. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is College of Southern Maryland Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, 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 Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.

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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.

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College of Southern Maryland Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at College of Southern Maryland is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

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 7,201 undergraduates at CSM with 2,642 being full-time and 4,559 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CSM with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $36,500 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 8% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field 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 situated in La Plata, Maryland. CSM is located in the countryside, which is perfect for students who enjoy a rural lifestyle.

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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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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