St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland is ranked in the top 10 public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. St. Mary’s is committed to providing a residential, liberal arts education in the public trust — available to students of superior potential, regardless of their backgrounds and personal circumstances.

St. Mary’s awards bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in 24 disciplines and a student-designed major, as well as a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information about undergraduate applications, call the admissions office at 240-895-5000 or visit

Located along the St. Mary’s River, next to Historic St. Mary’s City, the campus is about 10 minutes southwest of Lexington Park on Route 5. Approximately 1,700 undergraduate students are currently enrolled, and the college has an average student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. More than 98 percent of the regular, full-time faculty holds a doctorate or other terminal degree.

The community is invited to campus lectures, concerts and athletic events throughout the year. In January, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast is held in the Campus Center Great Room. In the summer, the River Concert Series is held outdoors on Friday evenings from the middle of June through the end of July. The Governor’s Cup Yacht Race is a two-day event held in early August. To find out more about events, lectures and sports, go to The college library also extends privileges to county residents.

Community members may purchase access to the college’s pool and exercise facilities. The college’s athletic facility includes an Olympic-sized pool, rock-climbing wall, workout center and basketball/volleyball arena. During the summer, the college’s coaches run a variety of sports camps for children. Call the athletic center at 240-895-2136.

College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland is a regional community college serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. The sixth largest community college in Maryland, CSM serves more than 24,000 credit and continuing education students at its campuses in Leonardtown, La Plata and Prince Frederick, and other facilities including the Waldorf Center for Higher Education and Center for Transportation Training in La Plata.

The new regional Hughesville campus is located on 74 acres in Hughesville with the college’s new Center for Trades and Energy Training as the initial facility. The 30,000-square-foot CTET, expected to open this spring, offers professional training for students to gain skills quickly to enter the construction and energy workforce, and delivers related instruction for apprentices, a host of career programs and essential industry certifications, and many advanced-level skills training programs.

With its tuition and fees about half the cost of a state four-year public university, CSM offers a range of associate degrees, certificate programs and continuing education courses for professional and career development. CSM has guaranteed transfer agreements with more than 50 universities for students to start locally and transfer seamlessly to the college of their choice. Last year more than 1,600 CSM students transferred to 221 different universities.

CSM is recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance. Through the college’s membership in the (ISC)² Global Academic Program, students are able to gain the knowledge, skills and industry certification needed to enter the high-demand, high-paying cybersecurity workforce.

One of the largest veteran-serving colleges within Maryland, CSM is designated as a Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year. CSM’s outreach includes an active student veterans’ chapter of Student Veterans Association with a mission to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. The organization is an inclusive, non-partisan group that supports all CSM student veterans and their dependents associated with all branches of the uniformed military services. For information, visit

The college offers interactive personal enrichment classes, driver education training, motorcycle training, Kids’ and Teen College and summer enrichment programs. CSM offers more than 300 courses designed for ages 5 to 14, including arts and crafts, dance, engineering, information technology, language arts, math, music, personal development, photography, science, theater and more. For information, call 240-725-KIDS (5437) or visit

Public, private or home-schooled high school students can extend their learning opportunities through CSM’s dual enrollment to simultaneously earn college credit — with up to a 50 percent reduction — that may also count as credit toward a high school diploma. For details, visit

CSM facilitates workforce development and a strong connection to the region’s business community through its Community Education and Workforce Development. Businesses and individuals in need of professional, convenient and reasonably priced training will find these offerings ideal for their training needs. Various training options are conveniently delivered and are tailored to meet specific business needs.

With grant funding by the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation and Maryland Literacy Works, CSM provides adult education, with low-cost and no-cost GED and ESL instruction to adults living in Calvert and St. Mary’s County.

CSM coordinates the Nonprofit Institute at CSM, which also hosts an online giving portal, Southern Maryland Gives, to support nonprofit organizations’ projects each month that are both close to home and to their hearts.

Recognizing the need to nurture the region’s entrepreneurs and innovators, CSM created the Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute to complement the college’s array of business programs and designed to help build relationships with local businesses and organizations. The EII provides activities and resources to promote that entrepreneurial spirit and innovation.

The Leonardtown campus’ Wellness and Aquatics Center features a fitness room, two wellness studios, a competition pool and a zero-depth entry therapy pool. Through a partnership with CSM, St. Mary’s public schools and St. Mary’s commissioners, the county’s public school fifth-graders participate in a water safety program at the aquatics center.

The fitness center is fully equipped with fitness and circuit training equipment, comparable to high-end gyms, making wellness readily available and affordable. Services include orientations, nutritional information, fitness assessments and body composition testing. Specialty classes are available for seniors or those who have been inactive. Individual and family add-on quarterly memberships allow participation in the fitness and aquatic centers and GroupEx Passport activities. Members have access to open hours in the fitness center and pool, a free equipment orientation, monthly wellness programs, and all GroupEx Passport classes. Membership is valid at all three CSM campus locations. Individual memberships are available for additional members of a family living at the same residence with purchase of an individual quarterly membership. Membership is valid at all campuses.

CSM is committed to proving affordable education for all Southern Maryland students. The CSM Foundation has been dedicated to its mission to raise and manage funds, and to provide support to strengthen and develop the college and its objectives. From the award of its first scholarship, to the purchase of high-tech equipment, to funding high caliber programs, services and facilities, the CSM Foundation has raised millions of dollars for scholarships, programs, construction, technology and equipment. Support provided through the CSM Foundation is a way to assure the health and vitality of CSM. With the generosity of faculty, staff, alumni, friends, parents and students, as well as businesses, foundations and corporations, the CSM Foundation is able to support the education of our talented Southern Maryland students. To learn how to support CSM and the community, call 301-934-7649 or visit

The CSM Alumni and Friends Connection provides a gateway for alumni, former students and supporters to strengthen their ties to CSM, the community and one another. Connection opportunities are designed to promote lifelong learning and networking. The Alumni and Friends Connection is free. Eligibility to join is based on completion of a degree or a certificate from CSM, or a minimum of 24 credits earned at CSM. Visit

CSM offers a thriving fine arts program, including dramatic, comedic and musical theater for adults and children, performances of Latin, barbershop, jazz and classical music, visual arts and dance, and literary lectures throughout the year. Activities include theater productions, concerts, dance performances, gallery exhibits and talks, ensemble opportunities for the entire community and Kids’ and Teen College classes in the Arts.

The Benny C. Morgan Recital Series at Leonardtown honors Benny Carroll Morgan, a beloved music educator in St. Mary’s schools for 30 years and organist and choir director in several area churches. In January 2016, Morgan donated his prized Steinway grand piano to CSM’s Leonardtown campus. Morgan passed away several weeks later, however, with the knowledge that his generosity will add to the musical culture of CSM’s students as well as the Southern Maryland community for years to come. In its inaugural 2016-2017 season, the artists scheduled to perform are volunteering their time and talent, so admission will be free. All performances take place in the Auditorium of Building A on CSM’s Leonardtown campus. The Connections Literary Series at La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses includes readings with established and emerging writers as well as fall and spring magazine publications representing submissions from residents of Southern Maryland. To learn more about the arts at CSM, visit

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center offers almost 100 academic programs delivered on site at the center’s campus in California. Included are 52 master’s, three doctorates, 12 baccalaureate completion degrees and about 25 graduate certificates and education certification programs. Among the academic programs are 41 engineering, technology and cybersecurity programs and 34 education programs. Also included are business, criminal justice, social work and nursing degrees. All courses are presented at the center’s 32-room facility by SMHEC’s 10 university partners’ faculty.

Seminars are held during evening hours and on weekends to accommodate the area’s professional workforce. This high technology, multi-university institution houses academic programs presented by the following partner universities: Bowie State University, Capitol Technology University, Florida Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Salisbury University, Towson University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland University College and Webster University.

The center’s dedication to economic development for the region also extends to approximately 250 training and conference programs annually which include career fairs, public service forums, business showcases and more than 100 community service programs. The center is located at 44219 Airport Road in the Wildewood Professional Park in California. Visit

University of Maryland Extension

University of Maryland Extension office, located in Leonardtown, helps families with issues concerning diet, nutrition, parenting skills, consumer education and food safety education. Also, 4-H youth development programs are offered through clubs, school enrichment, healthy lifestyles, camping and leadership development. Farmers can find information about raising crops and livestock, protecting the environment, animal and crop diagnostics, marketing farm products, farm and business management, pest management and alternative agriculture. The home horticulture hosts a Master Gardener volunteer program and provides information about the home landscape and gardens. St. Mary’s County UME is located at 26737 Radio Station Way Suite E2 in Leonardtown. Office hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 301- 475-4484 or visit

University of Maryland University College

University of Maryland University College offers undergraduate, graduate and distance education course opportunities in Southern Maryland. The Waldorf Center for Higher Education, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and Patuxent River Naval Air Station offer a variety of face-to-face classes in several different degree programs.

The College of Southern Maryland and UMUC have a long-standing alliance, allowing an easy transfer from the associate’s degree to the bachelor’s degree. UMUC offers Maryland community college graduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at a reduced cost with the UMUC Completion Scholarship. Award recipients can complete a bachelor’s degree program for about $12,000 or less, well below the typical tuition cost for in-state students.

For more, call 301-632-2900 or visit

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an independent, not-for- profit university. The Patuxent River office is outside of Gate 2 on Shangri- La Drive in Lexington Park.The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs with five modes of delivery — classroom, online, Eagle-Vision Home (Skyping) and blended learning. Some of the areas covered include aviation, engineering technology, maintenance, logistics, management, safety, emergency services, leadership, project management, unmanned systems applications. In addition, the university offers a certificate in information assurance information systems. Also, the aviation maintenance technology certificate can lead to an A&P license for successful students. For more information about Embry-Riddle’s programs, contact the office during business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 301-863-8776 or email

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology of Southern Maryland offers a wide variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in acquisition and contract management, aerospace engineering, flight test engineering, computer information systems, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering management, logistics management, mechanical engineering, technology management, project management, public administration and business administration. FIT also offers a Doctor of Business Administration, the only program of its kind in Maryland. Classes are delivered face-to-face at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and the FIT office as well as online. The office is conveniently located outside the Naval Air Station Patuxent River at 21803-A Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, visit or call 301-862-1004.