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.

Website: www.mcdaniel.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,577
Undergraduate
Students
(50.9%) 803 Women
(49.1%) 774 Men
1,268
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
85% of 2,814 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
565 average
520-610 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
584 average
540-620 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
25 average
21-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$57,610
Tuition and Fees
$43,260
Room and Board
$11,430
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Freshman Award
$39,191
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$34,099
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
133
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Westminster Population
18,645
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Baltimore and Washington, DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
82% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
Sororities
19% of women participate
Fraternities
15% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.7% Asian
14.8% Black/African-American
6.6% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
67.3% White
4.1% Unknown
International Students
3.5% from 35 countries
First-Year Students Returning
81.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
59.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 3 4
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
2 College Hill
City, State, Zip
Westminster, MD 21157-4390
Phone
(410) 857-2230
Fax
(410) 857-2729
E-mail
admissions@mcdaniel.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 1, February 1
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15, December 15
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
85% of 2,814 applicants were admitted
Women
95% of 1,338 applicants were admitted
Men
76% of 1,476 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
450 (19%) of 2,392 admitted students enrolled
Women
219 (17%) of 1,276 admitted students enrolled
Men
231 (21%) of 1,116 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
94% of 18 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
81
Students Accepting Wait List Position
11
Students Admitted From Wait List
1

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.50
3.75 and Above
37%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
565 average
520-610 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
27%
Score of 500 - 600
52%
Score of 400 - 500
16%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
584 average
540-620 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
7%
Score of 600 - 700
33%
Score of 500 - 600
51%
Score of 400 - 500
9%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
25 average
21-28 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
17%
Score of 24 - 29
35%
Score of 18 - 23
48%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 26%
Top quarter: 51%
Top half: 84%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$57,610
Tuition and Fees
$43,260
Room and Board
$11,430
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$1,720
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline November 15
Final deadline April 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002109
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
416 (92.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
383 (92.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
383 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
93 (24.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Award
$39,191
Need-Based Gift
Received by 383 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $35,998
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 267 (69.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,581
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 63 (16.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
65 (14.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,775

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,317 (85.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,230 (93.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,230 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
268 (21.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
85%
Average Award
$36,984
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,228 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,586
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 909 (73.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,128
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 173 (14.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
288 (18.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,680

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
73%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$34,099
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, TEACH Grants
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Educators, Local/State Students, Previous College Experience, Siblings of Current Students, Veterans
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Most Popular Disciplines
Parks and recreation, Social sciences, Business/marketing, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Gerontology, human services management, music education, secondary education, special education
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
133
Part-Time Faculty
431
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
21%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 65% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 8% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
427,724
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
138
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Gerontology
  • Human Resources Development
  • Human Services
  • Liberal Studies
  • Library Science
  • Physical Education
  • Reading Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Westminster Population
18,645
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Baltimore and Washington, DC
Campus Size
160 acres

Weather

Temperature
23.4 average low in January, 83.2 average high in September
Rain
114 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Westminster
Nearest Train Station
35 mile(s) from campus in Baltimore

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
82% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
18%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
patrol force containing campus police, all certified to US DOT First Responder standards

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
School Colors
Green and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, black student union, international club, maryland state legislature, mcdaniel allies
Sororities
19% of women participate
Fraternities
15% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,577
Women
803 (50.9%)
Men
774 (49.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,536
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.7% Asian
14.8% Black/African-American
6.6% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
67.3% White
4.1% Unknown
International Students.
3.5% from 35 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
1,268

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
81.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
59.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
66.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
67.7%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
81%
Average Starting Salary
81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 2%
Law 4%
Arts and Sciences 12%
Medicine 3%
Education 9%
Other 13%

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