McDaniel College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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McDaniel College Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 80% in 2015, McDaniel College does not have highly competitive admissions. Applicants with good grades and test scores have a solid chance of being admitted. Application requirements include a completed application (McDaniel does accept the Common Application), SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, and a personal essay.

Admissions Data (2016):

McDaniel College Description:

Founded in 1867, McDaniel College is a private liberal arts college located in Westminster, Maryland. Baltimore is 30 miles away, and Washington D.C. is about an hour to the south. The college prides itself on the interaction between students and professors -- an effort greatly aided by the school's 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio and average class size of 17. The college offers 60 programs of study, plus students can design their own majors. High achieving students should check out McDaniel's Honors Program. For strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, McDaniel College was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, the McDaniel Green Terror compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The college fields twelve men's and twelve women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,750 (1,567 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,580
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,800
  • Other Expenses: $1,320
  • Total Cost: $53,900

McDaniel College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $28,555
    • Loans: $8,232

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, Health and Physical Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Psychology.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 61%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Swimming, Soccer, Wrestling, Track, Golf, Football
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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McDaniel College Mission Statement:

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"McDaniel College is a diverse student-centered community committed to excellence in the liberal arts & sciences and professional studies. With careful mentoring and attention to the individual, McDaniel changes lives. We challenge students to develop their unique potentials with reason, imagination, and human concern. Through flexible academic programs, collaborative and experiential learning, and global engagement, McDaniel prepares students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility."

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