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.
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
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||100%||$27,558|
|Receiving Student Loans||72%||$7,387|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, McDaniel College may offer services to students including:
- Online classes
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
With a graduation rate of around 72%, McDaniel College is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||64%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||8%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 2004)
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)
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
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to McDaniel College.
- Towson University in Towson, MD (25 miles away)
- Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD (28 miles away)
- Pennsylvania State University - Penn State York in York, PA (30 miles away)
- Bowie State University in Bowie, MD (41 miles away)
- Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in Shippensburg, PA (43 miles away)
Also, check out our college lists below, which can help students compare schools to one another:
- See all colleges in Maryland
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- Find other great liberal arts colleges in Maryland
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.