McDaniel College

2 College Hill, Westminster, United States
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Overview of McDaniel College

About this school

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 Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:1,577
    • Men:774 (49.1%)
    • Women:803 (50.9%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to McDaniel College is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
3
4
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Considered if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
2 College Hill
City, State, Zip
Westminster, MD  21157-4390
Phone
(410) 857-2230
Fax
(410) 857-2729
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.50
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $41,800 (74.87014150098513%)
  • Room & Board: - $11,110 (19.899695504209205%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,200 (2.14938205265986%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,720 (3.0807809421458%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


McDaniel College accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline November 15 | Final deadline April 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002109
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


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 with Loans
73%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$34,099
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children of Educators, Local/State Students, Previous College Experience, Siblings of Current Students, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


4-1-4

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
427,724

Computing


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


McDaniel College provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


81.4%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


59.4%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


66.3%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


67.7%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (34)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Parks and recreation, Social sciences, Business/marketing, Psychology

Online Degrees


Gerontology, human services management, music education, secondary education, special education

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study (16)


  • 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

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


18,645

Nearest Metropolitan Area


160 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Baltimore and Washington, DC

Weather


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

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
35 mile(s) from campus in Baltimore
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 of College Housing


82% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through junior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


18%

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

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
-
School Colors
Green and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


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

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


McDaniel College offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,536

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
1,577
Women
803
Men
774

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

Number of Graduate Students


1,268

Student Resources

Study resources