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.