Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Classes and Services

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offers classes and services at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC).  This location serves transfer students from local community colleges and military and civilian students in the area that need advising or other student services. The SMHEC is two modern high-tech buildings, equipped with four computer labs, 39 classrooms and a 500-seat multi-purpose room.

Finding Classes

When searching the schedule of classes, be sure to sort by location:

  • Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHE_HY) - Online Hybrid


Directions and Parking

The Center is located on Airport Road, off Route 235, adjacent to the St. Mary's County Airport (about six miles north of Patuxent River Naval Air Station).


Advising sessions are available on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 301-737-2500, ext. 215, to schedule an appointment. Placement testing for math and English is available by appointment only.

Computer Labs

Computer facilities are available for student use at the Internet Café located in Bldg. II of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

Placement Testing

Members of the military and the civilian community with base access may take placement tests at this location for writing and math courses. Please call to schedule an appointment.

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301-737-2500, ext. 215


  • Monday,
    10 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday
    8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.