McDaniel named one of ‘America’s Best College Secrets’

July 27, 2011

A new guidebook by an expert in college admissions lists McDaniel College among 70 colleges and universities that are “America’s Best Kept College Secrets.”

Institutions included in the guidebook share four important characteristics: a superior institution that is exciting, challenging and welcoming; an excellent reputation with high regard from those who know colleges; acceptance rates of more than 60 percent and retention rates of more than 85 percent; and a strong interest in applicants from outside its region.

The book is the work of Peter Arango, who has been working in the field of college admissions for 40 years, during which time he has counseled hundreds of students and families. He is an editor of the Houghton Mifflin Guide to U.S. Colleges and Universities, a former member of the executive committee of the College Board, a contributor to numerous publications, and a frequent presenter at workshops on preparing for the college search.

Arango describes McDaniel as a college that’s notable for its degree-granting European campus in Budapest, Hungary, where its American students can work in the program that offers “great insight into the history and politics of Central Europe…as well as travel in Europe.”

He also praises the college for its undergraduate academic program, known as the McDaniel Plan that includes a freshman seminar, sophomore interdisciplinary studies, a writing course in the junior year and the capstone project in the senior year.

McDaniel’s inclusion in “Best Kept College Secrets” is the latest of recent accolades for the institution, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 125 liberal arts colleges in the nation, and by Parade Magazine’s A-list as one of America’s Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges based on a survey of U.S. high school counselors.

For more information about the “Best Kept College Secrets” you can visit their website at http://bestkeptcollegesecrets.com/.

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