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McDaniel College

  • Westminster, MD
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 53%47%
    student ratio
  • 1,692
    total students
  • $38,350 | $38,350
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
  • 75%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 553
    sat math
  • 556
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

Diversity and Small Classes, Advantageous Location

McDaniel College is a small private liberal arts and sciences college located in the hills of northern Maryland, on the Pennsylvania border, just 30 miles northwest of Baltimore and 60 miles north of Washington, D.C. With approximately 1,700 full-time undergrads, the average class size at McDaniel is just 16 students. The campus community is committed to diversity, with 24% students of color.

Nationally Recognized for Financial Support to Students

McDaniel was commended by the New America Foundation as one of the colleges making extraordinary efforts to recruit, enroll, and financially assist low-income students. The Foundation found that 28% of McDaniel students received Pell Grants and the average net price for low-income students was below $10,000.

Similarly, the guidebook, "Colleges That Change Lives," included McDaniel as one of its 40 exceptional colleges. "With 39% of the incoming class first-generation college students, 90% of our students receiving financial aid, and our dedicated faculty's commitment to mentoring, we are the definition of a college that changes lives," said McDaniel President Roger N. Casey.

McDaniel has received accolades from other well-known sources, including: A Best Value among private colleges by "Kiplinger's Personal Finance," Best in the Northeast by "The Princeton Review," ranking of #13 out of 70 liberal arts institutions in the "Washington Monthly" Best Bang-for-the-Buck rankings, and a ranking within the first tier of national liberal arts colleges by "U.S. News and World Report" Best Colleges.

Provides Opportunities for Off-campus Study

There are ample opportunities for students to study off campus.

McDaniel has a branch campus in Budapest, Hungary, its signature program and most popular study-abroad site. This campus provides a 4-year undergraduate program for international students from 20 different countries.

The college also offers several single-semester programs in specialized areas. For example, the Washington Semester Program, administered by The American University, enables students to study public affairs in the nation's capital, while the Gallaudet Visiting Student Program is an opportunity for students to study and/or complete the ASL and Deaf Studies minor by immersion in the language and culture of deaf people.

Distinctive Mix of Liberal Arts Majors

McDaniel offers a selection of traditional and targeted majors in the liberal arts arena, including Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (cultural or linguistic specialization), art and art history, Asian studies, ASL/deaf studies, communication and cinema, English, foreign languages (German, French, Spanish), history, music, philosophy and religious studies, and theatre arts.

A variety of minors are available, including: Africana studies, classical civilizations, cross cultural studies, journalism and New Media, Latin, forensic science (science or sociology focus), gerontology, jazz studies, music education, and acting.

Career-focused Majors in the Sciences

In depth study is available in the scientific disciplines at McDaniel.

Majors include: biochemistry, biology (with specializations offered in environmental biology or molecular biology), chemistry (specializations include the American Chemical Society, exercise chemistry, and forensic chemistry), computer science, environmental studies (biology, chemistry, or policy and management specializations), exercise science and physical education, general science, mathematics, and physics (computer science or engineering focus).

Minors include cognitive science, athletic training, sports coaching, sports management, and education minors in several subject areas.

Dr. Molly Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Biology, studies the areas of ecology, developmental biology, and environmental biology. Her fascination with the life histories of marine organisms takes her and her students for intensive summer research excursions to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and other field stations.

Business and Social Sciences Well Represented

Social sciences are represented by majors in: business administration (including with a German dual major, as well as an economics dual major with specialization in financial economics), economics, political science and international studies, psychology, social work, and sociology (with a specialization in criminal justice).

Minors in this area include school library media, statistics, women's studies, international studies, and political science education.

Dr. Richard M. Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology, focuses on the sociology of religion and the sociology of race and racism. He teaches courses on topics that include introductory sociology, religion and society, and racial and ethnic relations.

Training for Future Teachers

McDaniel students may also train to become teachers. Those who complete the minor in elementary education, secondary education, or PreK12 art, music, or physical education, are eligible for initial teacher certification in the State of Maryland (and the more than 45 states involved in the Interstate Reciprocity Agreement) in either elementary (grades 1-6), secondary (grades 7-12), or PreK12 art, music, or physical education.

School-wide Focus on Student /Faculty Research Collaborations

The college places special emphasis on student research that involves faculty members as mentors, supervisors, and collaborators. Student-faculty member research takes place through course work, special summer opportunities, and the senior capstone experience. In many instances, student-faculty member research has resulted in presentations at professional meetings or publications in peer reviewed journals with national circulation.

NCAA Division III Athletic Programs

McDaniel athletes, known as the Green Terror, compete in 24 sports within the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The unique drive-in tailgating experience at McDaniel, ranked as one of the best by the Weather Channel, allows fans to park their cars on the ridge directly overlooking the gridiron.


Location & Contact

2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157-4390
USA

Ms.Florence Hines

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions

Phone: 410-857-2230
Fax: 410-857-2757
Email: admissions@mcdaniel.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,942
    • Accepted2,232
    • Acceptance Rate75%
    • Enrolled1,692
    • Female Applicants1,470
    • Females Accepted1,130
    • Female Acceptance Rate76%
    • Male Applicants1,472
    • Males Accepted1,102
    • Male Acceptance Rate74%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.50
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 15th March 9th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen February 15th March 9th --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 1st June 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 556 500 600
    • SAT Math 553 500 610
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 21 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$38,350
    • Out-of-state tuition *$38,350
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$9,100.00
    • Room only *$4,550.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,692
    • Male Student Percentage47%
    • Female Student Percentage53%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.79%
    • Black or African American12.71%
    • White or Caucasian72.46%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native1.3%
    • Asian3.84%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.06%
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown1.24%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.72% representing 23 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students36% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 83%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Black Student Union, International Club, Maryland State Legislature, Up 'til Dawn
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other About half patrol force sworn as campus police. All are certified to US DOT First Responder standards

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty373
    • Full-time Percentage29%
    • Part-time Percentage71%
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 1,669 students to 148 faculty


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