College of Southern Maryland in La Plata

La Plata, MD

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College of Southern Maryland offers 201-degree programs and 48 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. 38.5% are women, and 61.5% are men. College of Southern Maryland is a member of 2 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at College of Southern Maryland is 8266$, that is at the level of national average. 13% of full-time College of Southern Maryland students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $35,800, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The College of Southern Maryland is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, College of Southern Maryland students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$6,527
$30,001 - $48,000$7,220
$48,001 - $75,000$9,676
$75,001 - $110,000$11,762



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Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2879 of College of Southern Maryland undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 34 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes College of Southern Maryland number 28 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Maryland.

Students at College of Southern Maryland awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in College of Southern Maryland.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students must complete their preparation at another institution for certain areas of specialization

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

Graduation Rate


College of Southern Maryland graduation rate is below the national average.

13% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to College of Southern Maryland completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at College of Southern Maryland is 18:1, that means that for every 18 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In College of Southern Maryland the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at College of Southern Maryland and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Maryland.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

College of Southern Maryland offers 201 programs in total: 117 are for Associate's degree, 45 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, and 39 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 98 universities in Maryland state. College of Southern Maryland is one of the few institutions in Maryland that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 48 distance education programs that are offered in the College of Southern Maryland: 24 are for Associate's degree, 12 - for less than 1-year certificate programs and 12 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Maryland state average data to help you compare.


College of Southern Maryland provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 5203 students with 156104 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for College of Southern Maryland

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The customer service at this place gets a F! Financial aid has to be out of compliance with disbursement regulations and need to be reported. The term is within two weeks of being over when you get your refund. On one occasion, I got a check three weeks after the semester was over! Horrible and boring school!

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This place is boring, there’s nothing to do. The professors act like they don’t want to be there and don’t care. I had one professor who I was confused on why he was there since he seemed better suited for a 4 year school. The online classes make the tests on campus which was an inconvenience. I hate that I wasted my first two years of school here.

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"She doesn't even go here"Mean Girls

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They'll rush you in to register for classes, give you your schedule and account.... But the moment you even mention financial aid everything changes (even the staff's mood). They require your parents tax returns and require you to get a specific sealed letter/form from the irs (mind you this is after they already have all your fafsa info in the system). They make you fill out an extra form that says it should be filled out by some government official who can certify you are not recieving food stamps, run figurative loopedy-loops and d*mn near jump over the Great Salt Lake both naked and barefoot... And at the end of it all: "in 4 to 6 weeks we'll seeeeeeeeeee if you miiiiiiight maaaybe just maaaaaaaaybe qualify for something."

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Overall Rating:

If you want to get a refund or drop a class due to a reason not listed in the involuntary withdrawal policy, such as a bad teacher (I recommend checking rate your professor before registering for classes) then it won’t happen. You will have to do so within the first week of a semester. The teacher definitely has good influence on whether or not you pass or fail regardless of the material. Math classes should be online since most of the material learned is as such. You cannot apply as an independent student on fasfa If you don’t have a kid, are in the military, married, under 24 or other various reasons. So forget about fasfa even though it’s cheaper than a university.

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Location & Website

Address: 8730 Mitchell Rd


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +3019342251

Institution is active in current year: 1

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