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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
McDaniel is a private college located in Westminster, Maryland. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,531 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the McDaniel acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Psychology, Sociology, and Business. Graduating 67% of students, McDaniel alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,600.
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference

McDaniel College Rankings

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McDaniel Admissions

Acceptance Rate
64%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1230
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$24,065/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$31,271/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.37 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    4%
  • On Campus
    96%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,531Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
72
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
32%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
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  • Friendly
    50%
  • Helpful
    25%
  • Average
    14%
  • LEGGINGS
    7%
  • Snobbish
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.45 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.54 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Genuine
    39%
  • Fun
    29%
  • It has it's days
    14%
  • Old
    14%
  • Home away from home
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses
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McDaniel College Reviews

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I was undecided which college I wanted to go to, but that all changed after I attended the McDaniel College’s Admitted Students Day Event. This event gave me a family like environment exposure from the campus atmosphere to the friendliness of the students and professors throughout the day. They had agendas that gave me an overview of school and campus life. The panels of students sharing their experience also allowed me to envision what student life on campus can be like away from home. I was able to meet professors’ of majors I was interested in studying and they discussed courses they teach, their teaching styles, and expectations. They also discussed how the classes will prepare you in the future. I also enjoyed hearing the alumni share their experience at McDaniel College and after graduating. This whole experience helped me solidify my decision to attend McDaniel College. This school does not limit what you can accomplish with the major or minor you pick.
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McDaniel is very friendly and welcoming. Not only generous with scholarships, but always engaged with incoming and returning students, and they always try to put on some activities around campus to add more fun. I've met some great professors here that actually care about students. Of course every institution has some things to work on (such as- but not limited to- more awareness of diversity- addressing issues included) But with a better understanding of the minorities, the school would prosper 100%.
McDaniel has a strong value in treating its students as family members. The administration fully supports and guide every student by providing educational and emotional assistance for those students in need. The administration also has given students an educational and professional career plan that fully benefits the students' skills and experience. The facilities on the campus are very up to date, especially for students who major in kinesiology, business, etc. The campus is very safe and has a "security" watch for the campus.