McDaniel College is a nationally recognized four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1867 as one of the first coeducational colleges in the nation, McDaniel is a diverse, student-centered community of 1,800 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students. Among “Colleges That Change Lives,” McDaniel is committed to access and affordability.
Students choose from more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including pre-professional specializations and student-designed majors, plus over 20 graduate programs. Academics center on the McDaniel Plan, a customized, interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning and student-faculty collaboration to develop the unique potential in every student. The McDaniel Commitment guarantees every student two experiential learning opportunities, including service learning, study abroad, student-faculty collaborative research, credit-based internship, or independent study. Students also enroll in first-year seminars and senior capstone projects and can take specially designed courses both on and off campus during McDaniel’s three-week January Term.
Special opportunities abound through McDaniel’s Center for Experience and Opportunity, Program in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Honors Program, Green Terror Army ROTC Battalion, National Security Fellows, and Global Initiatives including Global Fellows. The Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) is available to assist all students with documented disabilities and works with each student on a case-by-case basis. Represented by the Green Terror, its 24 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. Students are involved in over 70 student organizations, intramural sports, and fraternities and sororities. McDaniel offers access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., plus a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.
Get to know McDaniel College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI)
- Health & Wellness Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
Community service is a hallmark of the student experience at McDaniel, with students logging more than 155,000 hours of service annually. Students have the opportunity to get involved with numerous nonprofit organizations in the surrounding area, including the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, where McDaniel students serve as mentors, academic tutors, and program facilitators. The college also annually awards funds to students to develop their own community-service projects.
More than 30% of McDaniel students take advantage of study abroad for academic credit in more than 50 countries, including at the college’s European campus. Although McDaniel College Europe attracts students from around the world and is a lively study abroad center for students from colleges across the United States, McDaniel students benefit by being able to take their institutional financial aid package with them when they study there.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 25%
White, non-Hispanic: 55%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 4%
“The student-professor relationships you have at McDaniel are unlike anything else. They’re committed to personalizing your experience.” – Taylor Hoey ‘19
Undergraduate students can choose from more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including pre-professional specializations and student-designed majors. Many students choose more than one major and minor. Classes average just 15 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 12:1. McDaniel has 130 full-time faculty, with 96% holding the highest degree in their field.
Students also enroll in first-year seminars and senior capstone projects and can take specially designed courses both on and off campus during McDaniel’s three-week January Term. Each year, more than 300 students collaborate with their professors on research across all disciplines.
- McDaniel’s Center for Experience and Opportunity is a distinct one-stop shop focusing on experiential learning and career development.
- The Encompass Distinction program in innovation and entrepreneurship is open to students in any major and combines courses, off-campus learning experiences, and mentorship by entrepreneurial alumni of the college.
- The Honors Program offers academic enrichment to students who become part of a community of scholars.
- Global Initiatives, including the Global Fellows program, are focused on cultivating global citizens. Global Bridge also supports the growing number of students at the college who are United States-based but who are bicultural or binational.
- Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) assists all students with documented disabilities and works with each student on a case-by-case basis.
- The Green Terror Army ROTC Battalion has been a tradition at the college since 1919 and is one of the oldest ROTC programs in the nation.
McDaniel College’s 20-plus graduate programs cater to working professionals, career changers, and others looking to advance their career. Many courses are delivered online or in a hybrid format providing flexibility and convenience.
McDaniel’s master’s degree and certificate programs in education are well known and highly respected. The college has trained teachers and administrators for over 110 years and has a tradition of producing top educators, including a National Teacher of the Year as well as many State Teachers of the Year.
Additional master’s degree programs include Human Resources, Public Administration and Policy, Data Analytics, Human Services Management, Mental Health Counseling, and Gerontology. McDaniel also offers select five-year programs that students the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in an accelerated time frame.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
Exchange student program (domestic)
Teacher certification program
McDaniel is a living-learning community with 85% of students living on campus. Special housing options include campus apartments, language houses, and college-owned residences assigned to groups of students with shared interests.
McDaniel students are involved in over 70 student organizations, intramural sports, and fraternities and sororities, including four of the Divine Nine. Numerous art, music, and theatre performances occur on campus each semester with many featuring McDaniel students. More than 20 national and international honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, recognize leadership, service, and academic achievement.
McDaniel is well known for its campus traditions. Tailgating during football season is a highlight for students, alumni, and the community—McDaniel’s unique drive-in stadium has even been highlighted as a best college tailgate. The college’s Old Main Bell also plays an important role in every McDaniel student’s experience, with first-year students “ringing in” before their first day of classes and graduating seniors “ringing out” on their commencement day. Each semester, the Student Alumni Council also honors this tradition by reading the names of alumni who have passed while ringing the bell one last time to show respect for their alumni experience.
McDaniel College’s 160-acre hilltop campus is located in Westminster, Maryland, and sits at the top of one of Maryland’s historic Main Streets. Westminster is both Carroll County’s largest town and county seat, truly serving as an extension of McDaniel’s campus with restaurants, cafés, and other local businesses nearby (many of which partner with the college for outstanding learning opportunities). McDaniel is also ideally situated between the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains and is within close proximity to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Visitor Resources, including directions to campus, can be found at this link here.
McDaniel also has a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.
One-third of McDaniel students are involved in athletics. Represented by the Green Terror, McDaniel’s 24 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. McDaniel is one of only two institutions in the conference competing for the league title in every sport offered. McDaniel is regularly represented in NCAA Championships, and many student-athletes are recognized as All-Americans in their sports. McDaniel student-athletes are also committed to putting their academics first and are consistently named to the Centennial Conference’s Academic Honor Roll.
Beyond varsity athletics, students are also involved in fall and spring intramurals, such as flag football, dodgeball, and basketball.
NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference
Men’s Varsity: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Wrestling
Women’s Varsity: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Indoor Track Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball
Mascot: Green Terror
Colors: Green and Gold
Learn more at mcdanielathletics.com
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 78%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
THE MCDANIEL PLAN & MCDANIEL COMMITMENT
Academics center on the McDaniel Plan, a customized, interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning and student-faculty collaboration to develop the unique potential in every student. A signature component is The McDaniel Commitment, which guarantees every student two experiential learning opportunities, including service-learning, study abroad, student-faculty collaborative research, credit-based internship, or independent study. The four components of the McDaniel Commitment—My Place, My Design, My Experience, and My Career—are embedded within the college’s general education curriculum. A team of mentors helps students develop a completely tailored program of courses and opportunities to prepare them for personal and professional success.
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Class rank | Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities | First generation | Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work | Work experience | Standardized test scores
25th Percentile: 980 | 75th Percentile: 1210
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 27
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1 (800) 638-5005
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157