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Geographical Address

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Public Address
8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646, United States
Postal Code
20646
latitude
38.56
longitude
77.01

Contact Info

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+13019342251
Operating Hours
Monday: 08:30 - 17:00 Tuesday: 08:30 - 17:00 Wednesday: 08:30 - 17:00 Thursday: 08:30 - 17:00 Friday: 08:30 - 16:30 Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED

Focus is a vital part of achieving the goals you set for yourself. The more effort and attention you can bring to bear on a challenge, the better your chances of success.

CSM’s Focus to Finish improves learning experiences and outcomes with a course structure that lets you concentrate more on each of your classes.

Beginning with the Fall 2021 Semester, Focus to Finish greatly expands the classes we offer in the 7-week course format. Instead of taking all your courses in a given semester simultaneously for four months, Focus to Finish lets you take half of your classes in the first 7-week session and the other half in the second 7-week session.

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Focus to Finish splits the fall and spring semesters into two 7-week sessions and offers an alternative to the traditional 15-week, semester-long course format.

Focus to Finish offers significant short- and long-term benefits for our students. Devoting more of your energy and effort to each class will make for a better learning experience and better results from your education.

  • FOCUSED: Attention, time, and effort are limited resources. Taking fewer classes at a time lets you use your resources more efficiently and effectively.
  • FLEXIBLE: The 7-week format lets you adapt your college experience to your life more easily, shifting your course schedule to fit with your other commitments and responsibilities.
  • FASTER: Complete course sequences twice as quickly when you have the option to take the second course immediately after the first.
  • SUCCESSFUL: Students do better across the board when they have less to keep track of at once. Dividing the semester in half leads to better gradesfaster completion timeshigher graduation rates, and fewer withdrawals.

What changes, and what doesn’t? In Focus to Finish, you’ll take the same number of classes in a semester, earn the same number of credits, do the same amount of coursework, and spend the same number of hours in class.

Focus to Finish just breaks the semester into two halves. For example, a full-time student taking four 3-credit courses will take two courses in the first 7-week session and two courses in the second 7-week session, instead of taking all four courses at once for four months.

JOURNEY TOWARD YOUR DREAMS

$29,000AVERAGE SAVINGSFor students completing their first two years of college at CSM
$1.5 millionAWARDED IN SCHOLARSHIPSBy the CSM Foundation in the last 5 years
700+STUDENTS USING MILITARY OR VETERANS BENEFITSProudly served by CSM
150+TRANSFER AGREEMENTSWith 50+ colleges and universities nationwide
17:1STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIOWhich means smaller class sizes and more personalized attention
$29,000AVERAGE SAVINGSFor students completing their first two years of college at CSM
$1.5 millionAWARDED IN SCHOLARSHIPSBy the CSM Foundation in the last 5 years
700+STUDENTS USING MILITARY OR VETERANS BENEFITSProudly served by CSM
150+TRANSFER AGREEMENTSWith 50+ colleges and universities nationwide
17:1STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIOWhich means smaller class sizes and more personalized attention
$29,000AVERAGE SAVINGSFor students completing their first two years of college at CSM
$1.5 millionAWARDED IN SCHOLARSHIPSBy the CSM Foundation in the last 5 years
700+STUDENTS USING MILITARY OR VETERANS BENEFITSProudly served by CSM

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Your Pathway to Possibilities

Choose from a wide array of quality programs designed to help you meet your professional and personal goals—be it a new career, expanding your knowledge base, or exploring a new hobby.  Search our program finder or explore below.

Our six Guided Pathways will lead you to a rewarding career or prepare you for transfer to a bachelor's degree program.

Art and Humanities
ART AND HUMANITIES

Do you have a flair for working with people? Is your creative side your dominant side? Or do you just love history? The Arts and Humanities Pathway might be just the thing for you.

Business and Information Systems
BUSINESS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Interested in a career in business or information systems? Move quickly beyond the basics and directly into the most relevant courses at CSM.

Education and Public Service
EDUCATION AND PUBLIC SERVICE

Whether your interests lie in education or criminal justice, the Education and Public Service Pathway could be the right path to get you started on your career!

Health
HEALTH

The Health Pathway can take you to a career in the medical professions. Start work right away with an associate’s degree, or get the foundation you need for your next steps.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH

The STEM Pathway includes a wide variety of professions ranging from cybersecurity and IT to engineering and computer science to the natural sciences.

Trades, Transportation, and Energy
TRADES, TRANSPORTATION, AND ENERGY

With the Trades, Transportation, and Energy Pathway, you can get both theory and hands-on training for a lucrative career.

I started as a full-time student in 1987. It took me a long time to complete my degree; you have a family, a career, you have to work, it's a lot so I took a class here and a class there when I could fit one in…the beauty of the College of Southern Maryland is that you can complete your degree or certificate program at your own pace.
TONI KRUSZKA '11
Development Coordinator, College of Southern Maryland
CSM Alum
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The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrated 466 candidates for 480 associate degrees and 271 certificates during its 62nd Spring Commencement Ceremony, held May 14. The 2021 graduating class earned several exceptional characteristics, including having spent their last academic year participating in distance learning with limited in-person instruction. And while the 2021 CSM graduates turned their tassels in a virtual ceremony shared during a Facebook live event this afternoon, many will also be participating in a socially distant photo opportunity with CSM leadership on an outdoor stage at the La Plata Campus next week.

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