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.

Textbook Distribution

MBS Direct can provide all of the textbook and course materials you need for your courses. MBS Direct is also your sole source for UMUC course guides, lab kits, and video and audiotapes.

If you prefer to order by phone, call MBS Direct Customer Service at 800-325-3252 or e-mail with any questions. Students who reside outside the continental U.S. can contact MBS Direct at the international phone number 573-441-9179.

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301-737-2500, ext. 215


  • Monday,
    11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday
    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.