See what students say:

Academics

A "small liberal arts school" with a "beautiful campus," McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland is truly an institution where students "can grow and thrive [both] academically [and] socially." Students say campus is a place where individuals "who are driven, compassionate and opportunity-seeking" will be "challenged." And graduates are guaranteed to the leave the school armed with the "tools [needed] to face the world head on." "McDaniel's size allows for [students] to have more intimate relationships with professors…they know your name, they check up on you if you're going through a rough time—no one goes unnoticed here, and that helps give meaning to every individual on campus." One undergrad quickly adds, "The ability to walk into any professor's office and strike up a conversation and have it be completely normal is wonderful." Just as essential, students report that their "fantastic" professors seem to have "an overall enthusiasm for teaching." They are also great about bringing "their real world experiences into the classroom." And they make it quite evident that they want to help undergrads "find [their] passions and thrive within [their] desired field." All in all, McDaniel students can expect an "engaging and rewarding" academic experience.

Student Body

Life at McDaniel College is, in a word, "busy." There's "always somewhere to go or something to do whether it be a guest lecturer, social event, gallery opening, or a campus trip." More specifically, athletics are a fairly big part of campus life at McDaniel. Indeed, "sporting events…are really popular" and there's "awesome tailgating" in which to partake and enjoy. Additionally, "when the weather is nice you can see people catching 9-holes on McDaniel's very own golf course, or see people playing foot golf." We've also been informed that "the gym is a hot commodity" and that it is "frequently [packed with] many students and faculty." Undergrads here also love to simply kick back in the rec lounge. There they "can play table tennis, pool, air hockey, and a wide assortment of video games." On weekend there are usually parties, which students report as typically "very low key." Finally, when undergrads feel the need to take a break from campus life, they can head into downtown Westminster which is "quaint…[and offers] plenty of small-town charm." And "large cities like Baltimore, York, Frederick, and Harrisburg are about an hour away by car, and Washington D.C. is two to three hours from campus."

Campus Life

McDaniel students describe their classmates in this "close-knit community" as "ambitious, driving each other to put forward their best work and helping each other achieve." And while enrollment is quite "small," many undergrads insist that the college feels fairly "diverse." You'll find individuals with "varied backgrounds, political beliefs, interests, and talents." "A great number [of students] come from the other side of the country and even the other side of the world." On the whole McDaniel students are "open mind[ed] and willing to embrace who you are as a person." One student explains: "As a gender nonbinary person, I found a lot of support within the McDaniel community that [allowed] me [to] feel safe and accepted on campus." Of course, it probably helps that most McDaniel students are "extremely kind and easygoing" as well as "friendly." Another undergrad illustrates this point stating, "I was surprised by how many people just say hi when they pass you, simply because you have a class with then." A student sums up the community: "McDaniel truly feels like a home away from home and that something that I love about this school."

Overview

Applicants
2,864
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 610

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 15

Early Action — December 15

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
624
with Terminal Degree
251

367
Women
257
Men
70
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Music, General


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

Notable Faculty


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"

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,159

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,289

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,583

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,397

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$35,159

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,800
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
$1,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,110
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,559
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

51% female
49% male
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
82%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
3

15% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

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

Sustainability


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
Campus Visit Coordinator
Office 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.


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