McDaniel College

McDaniel College students enjoy a crab boil together

“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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McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.857.2230 \ 800.638.5005
⋅ 1,650 students from 39 states and 12 countries
⋅ 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 17
⋅ Approximately 52% men, 48% women
⋅ 147 students in the Honors Program enroll in specially designed courses and co-curricular activities.
⋅ Tuition, Room, and Board: $56,230
⋅ Over 90% of students receive financial assistance.

McDaniel College students and faculty talk together while sitting under a gazebo

McDaniel College students work on an art project together

The McDaniel College football quarterback throws a pass in a game

A trio of McDaniel College students sing together

McDaniel College students work with a professor in a science lab

  • Private four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences, founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College.
  • Renamed in July 2002 in honor of William R. McDaniel, Class of 1880. As a student, alumnus, professor, administrator, parent, and trustee, McDaniel had a defining impact on the campus community, and his life personifies the College with which he was associated for 65 years.
  • 160-acre campus sits atop a hill overlooking downtown Westminster.
  • Westminster, Maryland (population 20,000), is 30 miles northwest of Baltimore and 56 miles north of Washington, D.C.

Worth Noting
  • January Term offers uncommon courses during which students explore new and different subjects ranging from internships to international study to building a log cabin.
  • Emphasis on students working together — collaboration, not competition. Faculty-student collaborative research yielded over 350 research projects in 2012-2013 in everything from religious studies, to biology, and political science.
  • High acceptance rate at first-choice professional schools (including medicine, law, and advanced studies in numerous fields)
  • Over one-third of students study abroad, including at McDaniel’s branch campus in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Service Learning. Variety of classes with an academic focus in service learning.
  • Sophomore Interdisciplinary Studies — working with multiple disciplines students study one subject matter intensely. For example, Propaganda is taught by English and Communication with visiting lectures with experts in the field.

Faculty & Academics
  • 95% 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.
  • Courses of study in more than 60 areas, including pre-professional programs, teaching certification, and off-campus programs. Students may pursue traditional, dual, or double majors, or design their own course of study.

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

Accounting Economics
African-American Studies
American History
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Art History
Asian Studies
Athletic Training
Business Administration
Business German
Classical Civilizations
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Science
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Cross-Cultural Studies
Education (P-12)
English/American Literature
Environmental Studies
European History
Exercise Science and Physical Education
Forensic Science
Graphic Design
Interactive Theatre
International Studies and Comparative Government
Jazz Studies
Latino and Latin American Studies
Medical/Scientific Illustration
Military Science (ROTC)
Molecular Biology
Music History
Music Theory and Composition
Political Science and International Studies
Pre-Health Professions
Religious Studies
Social Work
Sport Science
Sports Coaching
Sports Journalism
Sports Management
Studio Art
Theatre Arts
Urban and Community Studies
Women’s Studies

Campus Life
  • 85% of students live on campus.
  • Over 1/3 of students compete in NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference athletics; received all-conference academic honors in 2012-2013 along with five all Conference Players of the Year, six Conference championships, and two All-Americans.
  • 19 national and international honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, recognize leadership, service, and academic achievement.
  • Leadership opportunities in more than 125 clubs, intramural sports, and organizations.
  • Nine-hole golf course doubles as downhill sledding and snowboarding slopes for winter recreation.

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)
Wresting (Men)

Life After College

Theresa Hess ’07 arrived at McDaniel with the lifelong goal of becoming a veterinarian and playing basketball. She helped her team win two conference championships, gained acceptance into one of the most selection programs in the nation, the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated with a doctor of veterinary medicine in June 2011.

Very few students are so certain about what they want to do when they arrive on campus — and that’s okay. McDaniel excels at helping students plan for the future and offers guidance at every stage throughout their four years on campus. This help begins before the first class — at new student orientation — and continues with faculty advising, peer mentoring, internships and focused career counseling.

McDaniel degrees yield results for our graduates:*

  • About 80% of 2010 graduates are employed, either part time or full time, in jobs related to their major. Most say their McDaniel experience was good or excellent preparation for their jobs.
  • Almost half of 2010 graduates (47%) have gone on for further schooling and virtually all (95%) felt that the preparation they received at McDaniel for graduate or professional study was good or excellent.
  • The vast majority of 2010 graduates (86%) would make the same decision to attend McDaniel and most (81%) say they would likely choose the same major.

* Survey results from the Maryland Higher Education Commission 2011.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 541 students; 25% from underrepresented minority groups; 34% first generation college students
  • Average GPA: 3.5
  • Middle 50% SAT composite scores: 1000-1200
  • Test Optional Admissions Plan