Character: McDaniel College is one of 40 colleges nationwide to receive recognition in former New York Times education writer Loren Pope’s book, “Colleges That Change Lives.” McDaniel is a private four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College. In this close-knit community, you’ll find exceptional academic programs and professors who are attentive mentors.
Location: 30 miles northwest of Baltimore, 56 miles north of Washington, D.C. The 160-acre campus overlooks Westminster, Maryland, Carroll County’s largest town and county seat.
Class Size: The average class size is 17 students; the student-faculty ratio is 12-1; first-year seminars are limited to 15 students.
Students: 1,700 students from 35 states and 18 countries; 45 percent men, 55 percent women; 80 percent live on campus and more than one-quarter compete on one of 24 athletic teams.
Faculty: 115 full-time professors; 96 percent hold the most advanced degrees in their disciplines. All courses and laboratories are taught by regular faculty members, not teaching assistants.
Honor Societies: One of only 276 U.S. colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Also on campus are 20 other honor societies that recognize accomplishments in academics and leadership.
Honors Program: Students with outstanding academic records and standardized-test scores are invited to apply for the Honors Program. Members take specially designed courses, participate in special activities, and may reside in common housing.
Research Opportunities: Each year students and their professors across all disciplines collaborate on more than 200 research projects. Many students are published co-authors of professional papers before they receive their degrees.
Programs of Study: McDaniel College offers more than 60 programs of study, including teacher certification and student-designed majors. Among the choices, seven are pre-professional programs including pre-med, pre-law, pre-engineering, and pre-deaf education.
Off-campus Programs: The College offers countless opportunities for off-campus study both within the United States and overseas. Among them: our own campus in Budapest, Hungary.
Athletics: 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams compete in Division III of the NCAA and the Centennial Conference. Since 2004, McDaniel has captured Centennial Conference team titles in football, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf and softball, and many McDaniel athletes have earned individual conference championships.
Activities: More than 100 student groups, clubs and organizations; 12 percent of students belong to sororities and fraternities.
Financial Aid & Scholarships: 85 percent of students receive grants, scholarships, loans, or work-study employment. About 60 percent receive need-based awards, from $200 to full tuition, annually. The College awards more than $20 million each year through its scholarship and grant programs.
Accreditation: McDaniel is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
By the way: While you’re at McDaniel, it’s likely you’ll have a hand in consuming the more than 3,600 pizzas that disappear in the dining hall each semester.