McDaniel College President Roger Casey with students in from of Ward Arch.
CTCL guidebook on McDaniel

“If you’re looking for a college free from pretense and full of genuine care, put McDaniel at the top of your list.”

[Students] get ample help and inspiration from a team of professors who work together to boost students’ talents and aspirations. The sense of camaraderie on campus is extraordinary.”

“Students follow the McDaniel Plan, a curricular path marked by the liberal arts guideposts that emphasize ways of thinking… [Students] hone their skills in areas including critical thinking, persuasive public speaking, cogent writing, and analytic reading…no two McDaniel Plans are the same, and that’s the point.”

“The McDaniel Plan…hinges on professors’ commitment, which is sky-high here. [And] the college is alive with a spirit of collaboration.”

“Professors dream up courses together, have impromptu discussions about pedagogy over lunch, and team up to help a student get into grad school or score a competitive internship…their roles are first and foremost to be teachers and mentors.”

McDaniel again named a college that changes lives

August 28, 2012

McDaniel is among a select group of 40 higher education institutions across the nation recognized in the newly released edition of the essential guidebook, “Colleges That Change Lives.”

Prospective college students and their parents have been relying on the book’s expertise to help them look beyond the Ivies and big research universities to find the right college since 1996, when former New York Times education editor Loren Pope first published this indispensable guide to high-performing schools, including McDaniel, that “share two essential elements: a familial sense of communal enterprise that gets students heavily involved in cooperative rather than competitive learning, and a faculty of scholars devoted to helping young people develop their powers, mentors who often become their valued friends.”

For the 2012 edition, education journalist Hilary Masell Oswald spent a year traveling to campuses around the country to conduct her own tours and in-depth interviews, building on the legacy created by Pope, who died in 2008, to create a fully updated, more expansive guide.

Masell Oswald reported on pertinent details to aid families in their search, including admissions standards, distinguishing facts about the curriculum, extracurricular activities, what faculty say about their jobs – even what students are likely to do on weekends. Relevant statistics, such as where the school ranks in post-graduate grants and fellowships, what percentage of students go on to graduate school or further education, and percentage of professors who have terminal degrees in their field, are in every school profile.

Not every college included in Pope’s original and revised 2000 editions appears in this updated 2012 “Colleges That Change Lives,” but McDaniel has been featured in every one.

“We are proud — but not at all surprised — to be included in the new edition of this guidebook,” said President Roger N. Casey. “With 39 percent of the incoming class first-generation college students, 90 percent of our students receiving financial aid, and our dedicated faculty’s commitment to mentoring, we are the definition of a college that changes lives.”

Come see for yourself and Visit McDaniel during an upcoming campus tour.