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.”
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.”
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