McDaniel College

2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157

School Details

McDaniel College is a four-year private school located in Westminster, Maryland. In 1867, McDaniel College was established as Western Maryland College. Western Maryland was the first co-educational institution south of the Mason-Dixon Line and was among the first in the nationThe school was renamed McDaniel College in honor of an alumnus who gave a lifetime of service to the college in 2002.

The college’s main campus is located about 30 miles away from Baltimore. A satellite campus is located in Budapest, Hungary.

McDaniel College offers certificates of completion, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Over 60 undergraduate majors and nearly 20 graduate programs are available to students in addition to over 100 different minors. The most popular majors at McDaniel College include: Social Sciences; Psychology; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies.

The McDaniel Plan provides a liberal education that combines electives with a range of special opportunities that may include internships and practicums. Under the McDaniel Plan, curriculum incorporates critical thinking, cogent writing, analytic reading, persuasive public speaking, effective collaboration, the ability to adapt to change and bridge cultural differences

McDaniel College has 3,070 students (1,584 undergraduates) and 337 faculty members, giving the university an 11 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 128 teach full-time and 209 teach part-time. About 98% of undergraduate students study full-time and 2% study part-time. Most graduate students (87%) study part-time and 13% study full-time. 

The student body contains 52% female students and 48% male students. About 78% of all students are white with the remaining students being black and Hispanic. About 97% of students are ages 24 and under with 3% of students being ages 25 and above. About 57% of students are from Maryland, 42% are from out-of-state, and 1% are from a foreign country. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 79%, the overall graduation rate is 74%, and the overall transfer-out rate is 5%.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, and employment services for students.  Special learning opportunities at McDaniel College include ROTC (Army) and teacher certification. McDaniel College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).

Students who wish to study abroad can choose from three destinations: Budapest, Hungary (branch campus); Brussels, Belgium (student exchange program); and Mutare, Zimbabwe (with Africa University). Each year during the January Term, McDaniel faculty lead groups of students to exotic locations abroad.

Greek life at McDaniel includes four sororities and four fraternities. About 20% of the student body is involved in Greek life.

Athletic teams at McDaniel are members of the Centennial Conference and compete in NCAA division III. The school’s mascot name (“Green Terrors”) originated from how teams would describe the Western Maryland Players as "Terrors" on the field. Varsity teams include: baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.

On-campus living is estimated to cost $7,740 per year with $1,500 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $2,000 per year with $2,000 in additional living expenses.

Tuition costs $35,800 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,200 per year. The average tuition for graduate students costs $7,740 per year. Tuition payment plans and tuition guarantee plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 96% of those attending McDaniel College receive financial aid.

McDaniel College receives over 3,500 applications per year and accepts about 64% of those students. Statistically, 62% of men and 66% of women who apply will be accepted. A completed undergraduate application includes: a personal essay, official transcript submission, payment of the $50 application fee ($75 for graduate application), two letters of recommendation, a secondary school report form, and submission of SAT/ACT scores. Regular decision deadlines are due January 15 (admission decision mailed by February 25) or February 15 (admission decision mailed by March 8). Early Action applications are due November 1 (admission decisions mailed by November 21) or December 1 (admission decisions mailed by December 21). 

McDaniel College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.




School Overview:

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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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  • Calendar System:
    Four-one-four plan



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