McDaniel College

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2 College Hill

Westminster, MD 21157

Phone: (410) 848-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jun. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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McDaniel College is a private institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,650, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 160 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. McDaniel College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 126. Its tuition and fees are $36,960 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

McDaniel College students become involved, connected and confident. The college offers first-year seminars, a sophomore interdisciplinary studies
(SIS) program, and senior capstone projects. Special opportunities include study abroad at McDaniel's European campus in Budapest, Hungary, or a host of other destinations; intensive three-week Jan Term courses offered on campus or abroad; student-faculty research collaborations; Honors Program, Global Initiatives, as well as the Center for Experience and Opportunity.

The McDaniel Plan is a hands-on, customized and personal curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and allows students the flexibility in choosing courses and even self-designed majors. Less than an hour's drive from Washington, DC, students take advantage of all the career and cultural possibilities of the nation's capital while honing leadership skills on campus as faculty-research assistants across all majors, as volunteers directing over 100 student organizations and clubs, or as teammates on the playing fields of 24 intercollegiate sports. A nine-hole golf course doubles as both a place to practice your swing or snowboard downhill in winter.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $89,759,000


When applying to McDaniel College, it's important to note the application deadline is June 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at McDaniel College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 55.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.1%
Application deadline June 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at McDaniel College is 11:1, and the school has 66.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at McDaniel College include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 68%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
Psychology 9%
English Language and Literature/Letters 8%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 8%

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Student Life

McDaniel College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,650, with a gender distribution of 45.8 percent male students and 54.2 percent female students. At this school, 84 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16 percent of students live off campus. McDaniel College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,284
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

McDaniel College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. 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). Of the students at McDaniel College, 42 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at McDaniel College.

Students who have cars on campus 42%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At McDaniel College, 73 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $23,284.

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Tuition and fees $36,960 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,640 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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