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McDaniel College

Westminster, MD 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate87%
Acceptance Rate87%

About Mcdaniel College

McDaniel College Overview

McDaniel College is a private, nonprofit school in the suburban setting of Westminster, Maryland. Mcdaniel College was founded in 1867 and enrolls around 3,081 students per year year, which includes 1,757 undergraduates. Mcdaniel College offers housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Activities at Mcdaniel College

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Mcdaniel College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Mcdaniel College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Mcdaniel College has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Mcdaniel College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Mcdaniel College on the Student Life page.

2022 Mcdaniel College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 67%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.6
Tuition $46,800
Percent of Need Met 84%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $44,057

Is Mcdaniel College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what Mcdaniel College offers and if the school might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for McDaniel College

It is moderately difficult to get into Mcdaniel College. Around 87% of applicants get into Mcdaniel College each year. Out of 4,391 applications received in 2022, 3,806 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mcdaniel College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 71% of students who start at Mcdaniel College come back the next year. Around 65% of students who started at Mcdaniel College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Mcdaniel College Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Mcdaniel College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Mcdaniel College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Mcdaniel College meets 84% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Mcdaniel College full-time are awarded $44,057 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $34,001 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Mcdaniel College.

Based on this information, how does Mcdaniel College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Mcdaniel College a good school for you?

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Where is Mcdaniel College?

Mcdaniel College is located in the suburban setting of Westminster, Maryland, less than an hour from Baltimore and Washington and DC.

If you would like to see Mcdaniel College for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to Westminster, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Mcdaniel College and Westminster are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2 College Hill Westminster, MD 21157-4390

Campus Setting: Suburban

Mcdaniel College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Mcdaniel College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Mcdaniel College is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Mcdaniel College ACT Scores


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Mcdaniel College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

510 - 628


Reading SAT Range

523 - 630

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Mcdaniel College is like? There are approximately 3,081 students enrolled at Mcdaniel College, including 1,757 undergraduate students and 1,324 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 73% percent are from MD and 27% percent of students are from other states.


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