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McDaniel College

2 College Hill, Westminster, MD

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McDaniel College, located in Westminster, Maryland, was founded in 1867 by Fayette R. Buell, when it was known as Western Maryland College. The school was founded after the end of the Civil War, and came into being through generous donations from J.T. Ward, a Methodist Minister and John Smith, president of the Western Maryland Railroad. Smith would become the first president of the board of trustees. The school offered admissions to students regardless of status, race, gender, nationality, or ethnicity, a policy that is maintained to this day. In 1974 the school removed any denominational ties, becoming a full liberal arts college. In 2002 the school changed its name to McDaniel College as the railroad company after which it was named had long ago merged with another company and others mistook the school as a branch of Maryland's public university.

Academics

McDaniel College offers undergraduate and graduate programs as well as small classroom sizes that encourage discourse and ease the learning process by allowing personalized educations and greater student involvement. A large number of undergraduate programs are offered, offering students the opportunity to choose a program that reflects their choice of future career. Graduate programs are smaller in selection and variety, but offer students a strong education and even more personalized educational opportunities.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrollment at McDaniel College must complete and submit an application, including essay, transcripts, and standardized test scores, prior to the admissions deadline. Once received, the material will be reviewed and a final decision made regarding the student's admission into the school, which will be sent to the student once made.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Financial aid is awarded based on need as determined through the student aid report that results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may also be eligible for academic scholarships or external scholarships.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants McDaniel College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at McDaniel College is about 3,000. The student body is made up of 56% undergraduate students and 14% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • The estimated tuition range is around $40,000-$47,000 per year
  • Per unit charges are around $1,400 for part time students
  • May offer prepaid tuition, allowing students to purchase tuition at current rates for future years.

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships100%$27,558
Receiving Student Loans72%$7,387
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, McDaniel College may offer services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment

Graduation Rates

With a graduation rate of around 72%, McDaniel College is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years64%
Graduating in 5 Years8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 2004)

Intercollegiate Athletics

McDaniel College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Centennial Conference)
  • Basketball (Centennial Conference)
  • Track and Field (Centennial Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Centennial Conference)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by McDaniel College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences

    Psychology

    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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    Data Disclaimer

    Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact McDaniel College for official up-to-date information.

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    ACCEPTANCE RATE
    79.82%

    FINANCIAL AID RATE
    100%

    STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
    11:1

    DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
    14

    FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
    $25,762