Jul 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


McDaniel College welcomes applications from individuals who desire the lifelong personal and professional benefits of a liberal arts education and who eagerly enter the partnerships necessary to achieve it. Every year the College enrolls approximately 500 first-year students. In addition to entering first-year students, McDaniel College welcomes applications from students wishing to transfer from community colleges and other four-year colleges and universities.

Campus Information


McDaniel College invites prospective students to visit campus. Touring the campus; speaking with students, faculty, and administrators; and perhaps eating in the College’s dining hall can add valuable perspective on the College. McDaniel College regularly holds Open Houses that include formal and informal presentations of information on academic programs, student life, financial assistance, and other pertinent topics.

A wide variety of information about the College can be found in the College’s various publications and on the Web site, www.mcdaniel.edu.

Prospective students may request College publications and material as well as schedule campus visits and receive information about Open Houses and other special admissions programs through the Admissions e-mail: admissions@mcdaniel.edu or by phoning toll free 1-800-638-5005, by faxing 1-410-857-2757, or by writing to:

The Office of Admissions
McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, Maryland 21157-4390

Counselor conversations, group information sessions and campus tours are usually available Monday through Friday as well as selected Saturdays by appointment. Our visit options can be found on the college’s website at www.mcdaniel.edu.

Secondary School Background


Prospective applicants should pursue a broad secondary school program. Sixteen high school units of core academic work are usually considered the minimum preparation for college. The College recommends that high school programs include four years of English, three years of social studies, three years of a world (foreign) language, three years of work in laboratory sciences, and three years of mathematics. Whenever possible, students should carry more than the minimum academic load and participate in enriched or accelerated high school courses.

Home Schooling


McDaniel College welcomes applications from students who have been home-schooled for any or all of their high school careers. Students who have official records of any high school or community college work should request that transcripts be sent well in advance of the appropriate application deadline so that those documents may be part of the evaluation process. A portfolio is also strongly recommended, with emphasis on subjects covered, textbooks used, samples of papers or projects completed, and anything else that shows the depth and breadth of the academic experience. Portfolios will vary infinitely based on the individual program of study, and there is no “right” way to assemble one; simply provide as many details as possible to illustrate what you have accomplished. It is also valuable to list your extracurricular activities, leadership experiences, volunteer service, and any community-centered activities or enrichments.

Admission Evaluation


McDaniel College evaluates the potential academic success of each candidate by considering the following:

  • Secondary school courses and grades, with special consideration given to accelerated courses;
  • Personal essay (Topics available on The Common Application);
  • Personal traits, goals, and motivation;
  • Recommendations and evaluations by principals, counselors, and teachers;
  • Participation in nonacademic activities; and
  • Aptitude and achievement tests.

SAT/ACT Scores

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McDaniel College is proudly test-optional. Students who believe their test scores demonstrate their ability or enhance their application are welcome to submit them. Students who believe that standardized test scores do not accurately reflect the strength of their academic achievements or enhance their application for admission can choose not to submit test scores.

In either case, test scores will not be used for the purposes of awarding merit scholarships. If you have already submitted your standardized test scores but would like to have them removed from your application consideration, you can contact us directly to request this change.

Non-U.S. citizens for whom English is not the first language should submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as outlined in McDaniel College’s English Proficiency Requirement. Please note that all enrolled students who have taken an SAT or ACT test must submit their standardized test scores prior to enrollment for purposes of reporting.

The CEEB code for McDaniel College is 5898; the ACT code is 1756.

The Application Process


First year students can apply using The McDaniel Application for First Year Students or the Common Application. Direct links to these applications are available on the admissions website at www.mcdaniel.edu/admissions.

A complete application for admission consists of  The McDaniel Application for First Year Students or the Common Application form, official secondary school and college (if any) transcripts and recommendations.  Students may choose any of the following dates by which to apply, and can expect to receive admission and scholarship notification within two to three weeks after each deadline. Early Decision Deadlines are November 1 and January 15; Early Action Deadlines are November 15 and December 15; and Regular Decision Deadline is February 1. Complete applications should be sent to:

The College’s Admissions Committee may request additional high school grades, test scores, admissions interview, and recommendations.

Transfer Application


Students who have earned a high school diploma and have more than 12 transferable college credits will apply as transfer applicants. Each year, about 20 percent of the College’s new students have transferred from two- and four-year colleges and universities. The College grants transfer credit for courses that are standard liberal arts courses or that compare to the offerings of the College from institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Credit will be awarded when the grade from the sending institution is a “C-” or better, with the exception of ENG 1101, where the grade must be a “C” or better. Applications from transfer students will be accepted until December 15 for the spring semester and until June 1 for the fall semester.

To transfer to McDaniel College, students should: submit The Common Application for Transfer Students or the McDaniel College Transfer Application, submit official transcripts sent from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended and a personal essay, a letter of recommendation and residential student release form (if you lived on campus at your most recent college).

Nontraditional Students


The College encourages applications from adults who have not begun or who have interrupted their college educations. They may enter as either full- or part-time students. Full-time students are eligible for financial assistance. Annually the College enrolls a significant number of these nontraditional students and makes efforts to be sensitive and responsive to their unique academic situations and needs. The Office of Academic Affairs provides advice and support for adult students who return to college and assigns a regular academic advisor.

International Students


McDaniel College has enrolled international students since 1890 and continues an active commitment to the broadest educational and social experience particularly in bringing together students from diverse cultures. International students enrich our campus, and the College strives to provide them with an outstanding American education. In this respect, the College is committed to the principles of international education as defined by the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs: Association of International Educators.

International students seeking admission, should submit: The Common Application, official high school records and results from all secondary school, university and national examinations (translated in English), official SAT or ACT scores and the Certificate of Finances Form with official bank statements.

A limited number of scholarships are available to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Some need-based financial assistance is available for international students.

Veteran Students


The College encourages applications from veterans and their family members. McDaniel College provides a Veterans Affairs Coordinator to assist families utilizing veterans’ benefits and services. Veteran students who are members or former members of the Armed Forces of the United States are also granted priority registration for enrollment.

The McDaniel College Yellow Ribbon Program is designed to cover the student’s tuition and allowable fees above the annual maximum benefit provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Only individuals entitled to the 100-percent rate of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit may participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students enrolled in the program receive a Yellow Ribbon Grant from McDaniel College, and the Department of Veterans Affairs matches the grant provided by the College. These grants combined with the maximum benefit provided by VA, will cover 100 percent of tuition and allowable fees at McDaniel College.  

McDaniel College offers evaluation of military training and experience for college credit. All credit granted for military training is given based on the American Council on Education (ACE) guide recommendations. Veterans of the United States Armed Services may receive credit for the required physical activity courses if they provide appropriate documentation of their service. 

For priority registration approval, submit military ID, DD214, or N.O.B.E. (Notice of Basic Eligibility) to the Veterans Affair Coordinator. For more information, contact the Veterans Affairs Coordinator at 410-857-2216 or email vasco@mcdaniel.edu.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

If you have a bachelor’s degree and wish to earn another at McDaniel, you’ll need to complete the application for second bachelor’s degree at https://admission.mcdaniel.edu/apply. Include an official copy of your undergraduate transcript with degree and date of graduation.


If you attended McDaniel in the past and wish to return to complete your degree, submit the application for readmission at https://admission.mcdaniel.edu/apply. The Admissions Committee will confirm your eligibility to return with the following campus departments: Office of Campus Life, Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid Office and Registrar’s Office.


McDaniel Honors Program


As a college recognized for changing lives, the McDaniel Honors Program challenges students to develop their intellectual potential as leaders for change in their local and global communities. Students with outstanding high school academic records (e.g. G.P.A., class rank, honors or AP courses, language courses) are invited to apply to the McDaniel Honors Program. In addition, students who demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership in their first year at McDaniel may apply to join the program at the start of their sophomore year. Transfer students are invited on an individual basis.  In terms of Program requirements, Honors students complete HON 1195: Honors A-Z and HON 2201: Great Works, in their first year. In their sophomore year, honors students take HON 2295: Honors Applied, and in their third year they take HON 3395: Journal Club. In addition to these two courses, students complete four honors modules by taking specially designed Honors seminars, creating an honors-enriched experience by modifying a non-honors course to meet the goals of the Program, or by study abroad. Students work with a faculty mentor to produce a College Scholars Project in their senior year, and present their work to their peers in the Senior Honors Colloquium. Honors students are expected to demonstrate academic excellence throughout their coursework by earning an overall G.P.A. of 3.50 or better by the point of graduation, at which time they are designated as College Scholars and receive this official recognition on their transcripts. Membership in the Honors Program includes privileges such as priority registration, extended library loan, access to a special study space, and suite-style honors housing. Questions regarding the Honors Program should be addressed to the Director of the Honors Program, or e-mailed to honors@mcdaniel.edu

Advanced Placement Test


Advanced Placement exam scores are normally accepted by the College for the following scores:

4 or 5: Students may receive advanced placement plus up to 8 hours credit.

3, 2 or 1: No advanced placement or credit is given.  AP Calculus scores of 3 – get placement into MAT-1118 Calculus II and satisfy both basic Arithmetic and basic Algebra.

College Placement and Credit by Examination


In addition to granting college credit based on Advanced Placement Test results, the College grants to enrolling students college credit for Liberal Arts subject areas based on the results of subject tests from the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to enrolling students. Placement and credit will be granted to those whose CLEP scores are equal to or above the American Council of Education’s recommended minimum scores. These scores are listed in the College Board’s publication College Placement and Credit by Examination.

New students should take the Mathematics Placement Exam to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate math class or other quantitative skills-based class.  The summer online Mathematics Placement Exam (available only to new students) covers material from MAT 1001 - Basic Arithmetic, MAT 1002 - Basic Algebra, MAT 1107 - College Algebra and Trigonometry, and MAT 1117 - Calculus I.  

The summer online Mathematics Placement Exam can be taken twice: once at the deposit date through early June (dates vary slightly each year), and once in a “retake” period typically held in mid-July. The placement exams in the summer are all taken online in Blackboard.

The portion of the Mathematics Placement Exam covering MAT 1001 and MAT 1002 is also offered four times during the academic year: August (for returning students only), October, January, and March.  Students should register with the Registrar’s Office to take the Mathematics Placement Exam at these times.

Students may take the Mathematics Placement Exam no more than three times total (summer and academic year combined).  If a student has taken the Mathematics Placement Exam three times and has not yet passed the MAT 1001 or MAT 1002 portions of the exam, they must enroll in and pass those courses to be able to register for courses that have MAT 1001 or MAT 1002 as a prerequisite.

If new/incoming students believe that their summer placement test results do not accurately reflect their mathematical knowledge, they may request a mathematics placement conversation with members of our mathematics faculty during Orientation.  For the meeting they will need to bring their high school transcript.  They may also bring an AP or IB test report, or other evidence of math proficiency that will help them and the faculty arrive at the best course choice for them. To schedule a conversation, e-mail Spencer Hamblen at shamblen@mcdaniel.edu.

Concurrent Enrollment


Credit for college courses taken while a student is still enrolled in high school is determined by the same standards used for granting transfer credit.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma


The College recognizes IB-level work and grants a maximum of one year of credits (32 hours) for examinations in higher-level courses only. Credits are awarded for the following scores:

5 or higher: Student will receive up to eight hours credit.

4: Student will receive credit at the discretion of the appropriate department.

3 or lower: Student will not receive credit.

IB credits may be counted toward the McDaniel Plan Requirements, major or minor requirements, or electives in the same manner as Advanced Placement credits. Students should confer directly with departments to determine exact placement in departmental courses.

Non-Degree Students


Secondary school students, students from other colleges, and nontraditional students are welcome to enroll for specific classes without completing the regular admission application or enrolling as degree candidates. Non-degree students may take a maximum of sixteen credits before seeking admission to the College. The progress of special students is monitored by the Office of Academic Affairs. Registration forms for non-degree students are available from the Office of the Registrar.

Students with Special Needs


The College makes programs and activities on its campus available to every enrolled student and is committed to offering a campus environment free of discrimination and bias in matters affecting individuals with disabilities. The College admits qualified students and believes that no one should be barred from an education because of a disability. Program accessibility is assured by means of reasonable learning activities offered by the College; the Student Accessibility and Support Services Office provides services to students with disabilities enrolled at the College. As stated in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it is the student’s responsibility to make their disabling condition known and to request academic adjustments in a timely manner. Educational testing is required and should be no older than two years. In some cases, the Student Accessibility and Support Services Coordinator will call the high school or the professional who performed the testing in order to gain a broader understanding of the student’s abilities.

Admissions Decision Rescind Policy

Admission to McDaniel College can be revoked for any reason at any time prior to the first day of classes at the discretion of the Dean of Admissions.

Additionally, if the college believes an enrolling student may have failed to meet the standards set by our First Principles, a review process is initiated by the Admissions Committee.

The review process can include, but is not limited to:

  • A review of the student’s mid-year, third quarter or final transcript.
  • A conversation with teachers or college counselors at the student’s high school or university.
  • A conversation with the student to directly raise concerns regarding academic or integrity issues.
  • The request of written statements from teachers, counselors, students or other individuals who might be able to assist the committee in understanding the academic or integrity issue of concern.
  • Consultation with the Vice-President, Dean of Admissions and deans in Campus Life.
  • The re-convening of the Admissions Committee for the purposes of reconsidering a candidate for admission using the new information within the context of our standard holistic review process.

During the review process, a student can expect:

  • That the decision to rescind an offer of admission is not a foregone conclusion. Each student who fails to meet the academic and integrity standards outlined in their offer of admission will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Each student will be treated as an individual whose unique story will be heard and genuinely considered by the Committee.
  • That all reasonable attempts will be made to understand the circumstances that led to the academic or integrity issue of concern, be that via phone or written communication.
  • To receive a direct written communication from a senior admissions officer if their offer of admission is in fact rescinded.
  • That the student’s college counselor will be notified of the decision to rescind via a written communication.

All decisions that are reconsidered and decided upon at the discretion of the Admissions Committee under these circumstances are final and not subject to appeal. Admitted or enrolling students who feel an academic or personal integrity issue could arise or has arisen, or who have questions about this policy should immediately be in touch with the Dean of Admissions.