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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students1,559
   Women795 (51.0%)
   Men764 (49.0%)
Graduate Students1,344


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate79% of 2,385 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineFebruary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.50
SAT Math546 average
490-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading545 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite24 average
21-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$53,900
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met90%
Average Freshman Award$38,381
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar System4-1-4
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class SizeNot reported


Westminster Population18,645
Nearest Metropolitan AreaBaltimore and Washington, DC
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 78% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
Sororities18% 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 StudentsNot reported
First-Year Students Returning79.4%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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High 4.00 4.40 710 670 25
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