Going to College in Southern Maryland

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on February 23, 2018

Southern Maryland isn’t only a great place to live – it’s a great place to learn, too! If you’re looking to finish or obtain a degree, increase your professional skills, or earn a graduate degree, check out these higher education opportunities in Southern Maryland.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Located in St. Mary’s City, the site of Maryland’s first capital, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a four-year public honors liberal arts college. It was founded in 1840 as a girls-only boarding school for students in elementary grades through 12th grade. The school became a junior college in 1926 and co-educational in 1949. It has been a public liberal arts college since 1966, receiving the designation as a public honors college in 1992.

Several centers and institutions are housed at the college. They study everything from the St. Mary’s River to Southern Maryland culture to the struggle for the establishment and expansion of democracy. The Historical Archaeology Field School is operated jointly by the college and nearby Historic St. Mary’s City, a living history museum.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland offers bachelor degrees in 24 disciplines, a master’s program in teaching, and many different types of certifications.

Website: http://www.smcm.edu/

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College of Southern Maryland

With campuses in all three counties in Southern Maryland, there’s a little something for everyone at the College of Southern Maryland. It began in 1958 as the Charles County Junior College; evening classes were taught at La Plata High School. The college’s oldest campus is in La Plata, established in 1968. Services were expanded to St. Mary’s County in 1978 and Calvert County in 1980. It’s had the name College of Southern Maryland since 2000.

Today, CSM has campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick; training centers in Lexington Park and La Plata; and the Center for Trades and Energy Training in Hughesville. The college offers associate’s degrees in more than 120 programs. It also offers continuing education certifications and career training programs.

Website: https://www.csmd.edu/

(Image via College of Southern Maryland on Facebook)

Higher Education Centers

Two higher education centers in Southern Maryland give busy local professionals access to classes and degree programs outside the region.

The Waldorf Center for Higher Education is a partnership between the College of Southern Maryland and University of Maryland University College. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in dual programs by CSM and UMUC.

At the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, students can pursue graduate and upper undergraduate degrees and courses. Partner universities and colleges include Bowie State University, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, and the University of Maryland. More than 90 programs are offered.

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