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McDaniel College
Westminster, MD
McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland University), founded in 1867, is a private, liberal arts college offering students a range of intellectual and practical experiences. Students learn to debate, defend, and articulate their ideas with clarity and to explore issues with a multicultural, global, and flexible perspective. Through academic, athletic, and social opportunities, students are encouraged to explore their potential and test their leadership skills. McDaniel's 160-acre campus is located in Westminster, 35 miles northwest of Baltimore.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,559
   Women 795 (51.0%)
   Men 764 (49.0%)
Graduate Students 1,344
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 79% of 2,385 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.50
SAT Math 546 average
490-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 545 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 24 average
21-28 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $53,900
  Tuition and Fees $40,580
  Room and Board $10,800
Average Percent of Need Met 90%
Average Freshman Award $38,381
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 110
Regular Class Size Not reported
Westminster Population 18,645
Nearest Metropolitan Area Baltimore and Washington, DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 78% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Sororities 18% of women participate
Fraternities 15% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.6% Asian
14.3% Black/African-American
6.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.6% White
6.1% Unknown
International Students Not reported
First-Year Students Returning 79.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 61.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported