Students Say

This small school located near Baltimore is full of (mostly in-state) people “who want to pursue their education, but also understand that the things we learn outside of the classroom are just as important.” The broad-based “McDaniel Plan,” which is the comprehensive liberal arts curriculum that all students must complete, is designed to “[make] the students learn about random things...which I guess makes us well-rounded people.” Coupled with excellent opportunities to travel abroad during the school’s three week January term, McDaniel offers a “variety of opportunities to thrive and grow as a person, student, and professional.”

Overview

Applicants
2,966
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 600
SAT Math
490 - 600
ACT Composite
21 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

This small school located near Baltimore is full of (mostly in-state) people “who want to pursue their education, but also understand that the things we learn outside of the classroom are just as important.” The broad-based “McDaniel Plan,” which is the comprehensive liberal arts curriculum that all students must complete, is designed to “[make] the students learn about random things...which I guess makes us well-rounded people.” Coupled with excellent opportunities to travel abroad during the school’s three week January term, McDaniel offers a “variety of opportunities to thrive and grow as a person, student, and professional.”

The professors “are the best part of this college,” and “are a huge part of what makes McDaniel so amazing.” “They are much more interested in learning and real-world application than simple grades.” Though some can be “a hit or miss,” students can easily do their research, and the over quality of the professors is “incredibly high,” so “you get a lot of personal attention if you want or need it.” “I once had a professor stay past midnight with a small group of students to make sure we were all comfortable with our final project,” says a student. The relatively out-of-the-box holistic approach that McDaniel takes in its curriculum mans that “classes challenging in ways that force [you] to become a better writer, listener, and presenter.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
378
with Terminal Degree
189

202
Women
176
Men
33
Minority
6
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Michelle Shearer
2011 National Teacher of the Year

Wendy Ruderman
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author

Greg Street
Video game designer (World of Warcraft, League of Legends)

Stephen Spinelli
Co-founder of Jiffy Lube Int. and current Philadelphia University president

Alan Rabinowitz
Zoologist, world's foremost authority on jaguars and other big cats

Victor McTeer
Civil Rights Lawyer, case was the basis for The Runaway Jury, John Grisham

F. Mason Sones, Jr.
Cardiologist called the "most important contributor to modern cardiology"

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,330

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,872

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,747

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,144

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,171

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,000
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Teach Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Most people here are “focused on academics, but…involved in a few extracurricular activities and has a great social life.” Students (“often from the MD-NJ-PA area”) fit in very well with each other, and “there is no awkward barrier preventing anyone from being friends with anyone else.” Most everyone here “is very involved in the classroom and the community,” particularly via athletics and Greek life, which are popular here. This “outgoing” bunch is blessed with social graces, and a typical student “has a few close friends and a lot of good ones and will rarely walk from their dorm to class without running into at least one person that they want to stop and say hi to.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,706
Out of State
64%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

3.21%
Asian
11.59%
African-American
5.64%
Hispanic
74.39%
Caucasian
1.78%
Unknown
1.31%
International

53% female
47% male
64% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at McDaniel is “pretty mellow,” and “it’s not a ghost town on the weekends but students do occasionally go home.” The abundance of student organizations gives students “so many opportunities to get out there and have fun,” and almost everyone takes advantage. The typical student “spends some time partying, but spends more time in the library.” As with many campuses in small towns, students happily get creative, and "movie meets homework" nights happen quite frequently, as does “sledding on the campus’ golf course” during the winter months.

There’s “not a lot of night life downtown,” but there “are 2-3 bars that students go to that are pretty well-priced” and “some cool coffee shops, a comic store, little stores, etc.” Urban centers are accessible, and “if you know someone with a car, it’s only about 30-45 minutes to light rail and metro stops” in Baltimore and D.C. Saturdays in the fall are gridiron-heavy, and “the way our field is shaped, we can tailgate the entire game.” There are also “a multitude of community service opportunities and ways to get involved on campus.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
78%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
76

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
John Rouse

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-III, psychoeducational testing: within three years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
3

19% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

62% participate in intramural sports
31% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Green Terror)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Green Terror)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs leads the college’s efforts on behalf of diversity and multiculturalism. Additionally, McDaniel has various ethnic and cultural student organizations including Africa's Legacy, Asian Community Coalition, Black Student Union, and the Hispano-Latino Alliance.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dawn Gold
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
2 College Hill
Carroll Hall
Westminster, MD 21157

Phone
800-638-5005

Email
visits@mcdaniel.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Hoover Library & Caseys' Corner
Merritt Fitness Center
Decker College Center
Gill Stadium
Golf Course
Others: Gazebo and Harvey Stone Park

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Gettysburg Battlefields
National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Carroll County Arts Center
Cafes and Eateries on Main Street in Westminster
The college is located an hour or less from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the Chesapeake Bay, and has convenient access to many outdoor and recreational activities from sailing to skiing.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm; appointment only (11-1)
800-638-5005

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Summer-MWF 10a & 2p, Academic-Mon-Fri 10a & 2p, select Sat
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F & Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visits@mcdaniel.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
BWI airport is 45 minutes from campus A free college shuttle is available on major college breaks to the airport and train station. 24-hour Carroll County Taxi

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-95, exit to I-695 W. (Baltimore Beltway). From I-695, take Exit 19 to I-795 (the Northwest Expy.). Follow I-795 to its end, then follow signs to Westminster via Rte. 140 W. Proceed around Westminster and turn left onto Rte. 31. Continue for half a mile (with the McDaniel College golf course on the left); at the first traffic light, turn left onto Main Street. Proceed for a third of a mile and turn right into the college parking lot. From I-495 (Washington Beltway), exit onto I-270 toward Frederick, then onto Rte 27N/Damascus. At the intersection of Rtes. 27 and 32(Main Street), turn left and drive half a mile. Bear right at the fork; then make the first left into the college parking lot.

Local Accommodations
Hyatt Place (4730 Painters Mill Road, Owings Mills, MD; 410-998-3630), 20 miles from campus. Hilton Garden Inn (Owings Mills Blvd.; 410-654-0300). Located next to I-795 and adjacent to Owings Mills Mall. A Best Western (451 WMC Dr.; 410-876-0010) is across the street. Ask for the college visitor rate and you get tennis, golf, and health club privileges through the college. A Days Inn (Cranberry Rd.; 410-857-0500), 2 miles from campus.