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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
McDaniel is an above-average private college located in Westminster, Maryland. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,527 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the McDaniel acceptance rate is 78%. Popular majors include Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 68% of students, McDaniel alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,900.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference
Address
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
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McDaniel College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
78%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
980-1210
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$23,329/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,592/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,885/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,839/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,457/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,265/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.37 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.37 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.36 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,527Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
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  • Friendly
    48%
  • Helpful
    26%
  • Average
    15%
  • LEGGINGS
    7%
  • Snobbish
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.43 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.52 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
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  • Genuine
    42%
  • Fun
    31%
  • Old
    15%
  • It has it's days
    12%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses
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I am a social work major, and I love the program. The professors in it are amazing. I definitely made the right choice by coming to Mcdaniel, but it isn't for everyone. The people here are generally very nice and helpful, and have a lot of hobbies. No one does just one thing. Despite the fact that the town of Westminster isn't that great, the school community will keep you busy. If you utilize your resources here, you will be very happy with all opportunities that come your way! The food was AWFUL the first semester this year, but after many many student complaints, they are now improving the overall food quality, so that's good. You definitely feel a sense of community at Mcdaniel, which is something I was really looking for in a school and have found here. It is really easy for you to find people you chick with! There is so much to be involved with. You will find organizations that match your views and hobbies, and classes that fit what you're looking for.
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I am currently attending McDaniel College in my second semester of my sophomore year. I am majoring in Social Work, minoring in Spanish, and I am a collegiate softball player. While applying to McDaniel, they gave me the opportunity to tour the campus multiple times, sit in on a few classes, and meet advisors in my desired major. Those opportunities are what convinced me to attend McDaniel College. I was able to see how nice it would be for my family to be able to take a short drive to watch all of my softball games. I also saw how nice it was to have less than 20 people in every class because it allows me to have excellent relationships with the teachers and my fellow classmates. Lastly, my current advisors in the Social Work major have helped me map out my career path and have given me incredibly good advice. I now have a very clear idea of what my future looks like thanks to my awesome professors and advisors!
I graduated from this school in May of 2000. It was okay; nothing extraordinary. There was virtually no diversity, but I imagine that has changed in the past 18 years (hopefully). The academics and professors were nothing to write home about. (I wish my guidance counselor had warned me about how useless an art history/studio art major would be later in life. Especially for someone who had absolutely no desire to teach. Pfft. I guess it all worked out fine in the end. I landed a federal government job a year after graduation and my employer did not give a rat's behind what I majored in.) As a teenager, I chose McDaniel because it had a beautiful campus (How dumb was that?!) and because I liked the small size of the student body. With regard to the latter, I wanted the memorable interactions with professors which are typically only possible with a small student-teacher ratio. McDaniel gave me that. This college also gave me a roommate with whom I am still friends today.