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McDaniel College

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

Mcdaniel College Admissions

If you want to apply to Mcdaniel College, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Mcdaniel College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Mcdaniel College's admissions stats.

Mcdaniel College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist No

McDaniel College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for McDaniel College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 1
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 1
Early Action Yes December 15 January 15

Want to Apply Early to Mcdaniel College?

Mcdaniel College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is December 15. Mcdaniel College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Mcdaniel College is 67%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 87%. Last year, Mcdaniel College admitted 24 of the 36 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on McDaniel College Admissions

Transferring to McDaniel College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Mcdaniel College

Mcdaniel College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Mcdaniel College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Mcdaniel College

Wondering what factors are considered by Mcdaniel College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Mcdaniel College for more information on admission factors.

Mcdaniel College Application Requirements

To apply to Mcdaniel College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Mcdaniel College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview √
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Transcript of High School Record √
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Mcdaniel College?

Students admitted to Mcdaniel College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 53% submitted a class rank. At Mcdaniel College 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 41% were in the top 25% and 76% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At McDaniel College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 25%
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 17%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 11%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Mcdaniel College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Mcdaniel College does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Mcdaniel College is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to McDaniel College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Mcdaniel College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Mcdaniel College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

Mcdaniel College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Mcdaniel College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Mcdaniel College.

Does Mcdaniel College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Mcdaniel College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Mcdaniel College accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES β€’ Life Long Learning Credit

Does Mcdaniel College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Mcdaniel College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Mcdaniel College?

βœ… Mcdaniel College is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is Mcdaniel College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Mcdaniel College's acceptance rate is 87%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Mcdaniel College?

βœ… Mcdaniel College's early decision acceptance rate was 67% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Mcdaniel College? Mcdaniel College is a somewhat selective institution. The Mcdaniel College acceptance rate is 87%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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Mcdaniel College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Mcdaniel College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.64. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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