McDaniel College

Students walk from class in Merritt Hall.

“This is a community of nice, earnest, unassuming, quietly self-assured teenagers who realize they are getting a first-rate education and who regard their teachers as their friends and mentors.
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Effective June 15, 2020, McDaniel College is open for prospective student visitors. All visitors must have an appointment and follow established health and safety protocols. McDaniel is also still hosting a number of virtual visit options, including live information sessions, counselor conversations, and campus conversations with members of offices, such as Residence Life and Student Engagement. McDaniel’s $4,000 Visit Incentive Grant is also still available when you visit either in-person or through our virtual visit program. Click here for more information.

McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.857.2230 \ 800.638.5005
⋅ 1,600 students from 37 states and 30 countries
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 15
⋅ Approximately 47% men, 53% women
McDaniel also has a European campus in Budapest, Hungary, where McDaniel students can apply their financial aid and scholarships to study abroad.  
⋅ Tuition: $44,540
⋅ Room and Board: $11,772
⋅ Over 90% of students receive financial aid (need-based and/or academic scholarships) as McDaniel invests more than $40 million annually in grants and scholarships.  

McDaniel College was founded in 1867.

McDaniel professors teach and mentor students.

McDaniel's drive-in stadium feature a unique tailgating experience.

Kinesiology is one of McDaniel’s most popular majors.

McDaniel students enjoy a spring day.

  • Nationally recognized independent college of the liberal arts and sciences
  • Founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College and was one of the first coeducational colleges in the nation
  • The College’s motto, E Tenebris in Lucem Voco, or “I call you out of darkness into light,” inspired a tradition with all first-year students processing through Ward Memorial Arch to be symbolically welcomed into the McDaniel community.
  • McDaniel’s unique tailgating tradition and drive-in stadium have been highlighted nationally as a best college tailgate.   
  • 160-acre campus sits atop a hill overlooking downtown Westminster, Md., Carroll County’s largest town and county seat. 
  • McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Worth Noting
  • Academics center on the McDaniel Plan, a personalized, interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning and student-faculty collaboration to develop the unique potential in every student. Many students choose more than one major and minor or even self-design their own.
  • All students take a first-year seminar that focuses on a unique topic, from “College Life and Cinema” to “Tinkering with Discovery.” These courses are designed as both a transition to college and an introduction to the liberal arts.
  • Each year, more than 300 students collaborate with their professors on research across all disciplines. Many of these students are published authors by the time they graduate.
  • The Center for Experience & Opportunity (CEO) is McDaniel’s one-stop shop that focuses on experiential learning and connects students with internships, fellowships, jobs, study-abroad programs and alumni mentors.
  • Over one-third of students study abroad for academic credit in more than 50 countries, including at McDaniel’s European campus in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Learning doesn’t end in the classroom; The McDaniel Commitment guarantees every student a tailored educational program that includes personal development, career exploration and at least two real-world, hands-on learning opportunities, including service learning, study abroad, credit-based internship or independent study.
  • Army ROTC has been a tradition at McDaniel since 1919, and the Green Terror Battalion is one of the oldest programs in the nation. McDaniel also participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.  

Faculty & Academics
  • 96% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • All courses, studios, and laboratories are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants.
  • More than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors. Also offered are pre-professional programs including pre-allied health, pre-med, and pre-law, as well as teaching certification.
  • A free January Term course for first-year students guides them in identifying their strengths, interests and goals, and exploring relevant majors and careers, while developing a customized action plan.
  • Special opportunities abound through McDaniel’s Center for Experience and Opportunity, The Encompass Distinction program in innovation and entrepreneurship, the Honors Program, and Global Initiatives including the Global Fellows program.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors, Minors, and Specializations
Accounting Economics
Actuarial Science
Africana Studies
American History
American Politics & Law
American Sign Language
Applied Mathematics
Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies – Cultural Specialization
Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies – Linguistic Specialization
Art History
Asian Studies
Athletic Training
Biomedical Science
Business Administration
Classical Civilizations
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Cross-Cultural Studies
Education (P-12)
Education (Secondary Education)
Elementary Education
Environmental Biology
Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies – Biology 
Environmental Studies Earth System Science 
Environmental Studies – Policy and Management 
European History
European Studies
Financial Economics
Forensic Science
Graphic Design
Health Sciences
International Studies
Journalism and New Media
Latino and Latin American Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Molecular Biology
Musical Theatre Performance
Performance, Fitness & Conditioning
Political Science
Popular Literature
Religious Studies
Social Work
Sports Coaching
Sports Management
Theatre Arts
Urban and Community Studies
Women’s Studies
Writing and Publishing

Pre-professional Programs
Pre-Allied Health 

Five-Year BA/MS Programs
Human Services Management
Secondary Education
Secondary Education & Special Education  

Other Programs
Global Fellows
McDaniel Honors Program
Military Science (ROTC) 
The Encompass Distinction  

Campus Life
  • More than 80% of undergraduate students live on campus. Special housing options include campus apartments, language houses, and college-owned residences assigned to groups of students with shared interests.
  • McDaniel Local, a pre-orientation experience that immerses first-year students in the McDaniel community and their local surroundings, connects students with their peers and new mentors, and sets the foundation for making the most of life on the Hill.
  • Represented by the Green Terror, McDaniel’s 24 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference athletics.
  • More than 20 national and international honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, recognize leadership, service, and academic achievement.
  • More than 100 student organizations and intramural sports, plus fraternities and sororities.
  • Nine-hole golf course doubles as an 18-hole Foot Golf course and is a popular snowboarding and sledding spot in the winter months.

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Field Hockey (Women)
Football (Men)
Softball (Women)
Track and Field (Indoors & Outdoors)
Volleyball (Women)
Wrestling (Men)

Life After College
  • McDaniel’s more than 28,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 75 countries.
  • Graduates report that they are well prepared to succeed in their chosen careers with such employers as NBCUniversal, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and T. Rowe Price, as well as in their first-choice graduate programs for advanced degrees in law, medicine, and numerous other fields. 
  • Over the past five years, nine McDaniel students have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for international studies. Seven students received Gilman International Scholarships from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 2012.
  • Notable alumni include Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Wendy Ruderman; Perdue Farms Chief Executive Officer Randy Day, the fourth CEO in the company’s 100-year history; elected officials, such as Ellen Sauerbrey, two-time Republican nominee for governor of Maryland who served 16 years in the House of Delegates, and Edward Kasemeyer, a long-serving member of the Maryland General Assembly; National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer; and video game designer Greg Street, known for his work on “League of Legends” and “World of Warcraft.”  

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Largest ever and most diverse: 587 first-year and 50 transfer students, including 50% multicultural   
  • A large percentage of incoming students earn merit scholarships based on scholastic and personal achievement, ranging from $15,000 to $28,000 per year.
  • McDaniel’s Legacy Scholarships provide a guaranteed $25,000 (a value of $100K over four years) to children of K-12 or community college employees; veterans, active duty military personnel and their children; and the children, step-children, or grandchildren of McDaniel alumni.
  • Proudly test-optional and no application fee