First Year Student Checklist

A printable version of the new student checklist is available here!

Step 1 – You Have Made your Deposit to Attend McDaniel, What’s Next?

  1. Read the “Welcome” Email you will receive from Admissions (IMMEDIATELY)
    • This email will come to your personal email account (the one you used when applying). In this email, you will be given directions on how to log into the admissions website and access your McDaniel username and ID.
  2. Activate your Account (IMMEDIATELY)

Step 2 – Begin Your McDaniel Story!

  1. Request to join the 2020 Facebook group (ASAP) so you can ask questions, meet other students and get to know the McDaniel staff, students and faculty!
  2. Complete your Housing/Roommate form if you will be living here (DUE JUNE 1)! Contact Michael Robbins at 410-857-2240 or with any questions about the form
  3. Complete Information Technology Related Items (DUE ASAP)
  4. Connect with Financial Aid Office and Get the Ball Rolling! (DUE ASAP)
    • Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions about paperwork, processes, etc. at 410-857-2233.
  5. Connect with our Student Academic Support Services (SASS) Office (DUE ASAP)! If you are a student with a documented disability, please complete the Student Academic Support Services (SASS) registration form ASAP.
  6. Make an appointment with your doctor to get a physical! You will need to turn in an updated health form to the College by July 15! Health Form for all students -OR- Health Form for Student Athletes. Please Call the Wellness Center with questions at 410-857-2243.

Step 3 – The Nitty Gritty – Getting Ready for Classes, Advising and Registration!

  1. Take Your Required Placement Exams (DUE JUNE 15)
    • Log into BlackBoard and complete the following placement exams
      1. English - REQUIRED
      2. Math - placement exam strongly encouraged to prepare you to take classes in math, science, computer science, business classes and other disciplines
      3. Second Language – REQUIRED
        1. Spanish, German or French — test is online in Blackboard
        2. If you need to take a placement exam in ASL, Chinese, Latin, or Arabic, please email your request to the First Year Team.
    • When your results become available in June (after the deadline of June 15) you can find the course placement results under "Test Summary" in Archway. Once you have located those placement courses, click here to find out what your scores mean.
    • Want to brush up on your skills before you take the Math placement exam? Click here for practice tests in Arithmetic and Algebra, or visit (see "Preliminary Topics" and "Beginning Algebra Topics").

    For those students who wish to "re-take" the algebra or arithmetic portions of the math placement exam, there will be a re-take period available from June 30-July 15.

    Students can participate in the re-take exam on Blackboard.

    Students will see a NEW testing course/shell titles "MATH RETAKE". If you have any question, please contact the First Year Team at

  2. Rate your First Year Seminar (FYS) Course (DUE JUNE 15)
    • Click here to complete your FYS selection form. Please review ALL the FYS course descriptions before you submit your selection/rating form.
    • Once FYS classes are assigned, they cannot be changed. Please review carefully when rating your selections.
  3. Talk with your FYS Advisor
    • Get in touch with your FYS Advisor starting July 11 for advising and permission to register for classes. You can talk with your FYS advisor by email, phone, Skype, or in person – your choice!
  4. Register for Classes (Starts July 21)
    • After getting permission from your advisor, go ONLINE into the Archway and register for your classes (Archway opens for class registration on July 21, 2016. You will have an assigned time to start registering and can register from that point forward). You can find your assigned time in “Authorizations and Restrictions” in the student menu in Archway.
    • All students must register for at least 12 credits to be considered full-time status. Waitlists do NOT count toward the credit count.
    • REMINDER: Classes can be added, dropped, and changed through the first week of classes in August. You have time to make changes if desired!
  5. Reach out to and get to know your Peer Mentor!
    • Each student will have a Peer Mentor who will be with you in your FYS class! You will receive an email from your Peer Mentor sometime in July. If you are an honors or international student, you will have an additional Peer Mentor,

Step 4 - Prepare to be here!

  • Take a look at the overview for move in day (August 24) and orientation. Please review the orientation schedule carefully for events that are mandatory/required for all students. Please make travel and work arrangements ahead of time so that you may attend mandatory events.
  • MID-JULY: Watch for an email from Campus Safety regarding a parking lottery for FY students! Questions? Call Campus Safety at 410-857-2202
  • DUE JULY 15: Complete the Emergency Contact & FERPA Information online. Call the Registrar’s Office with any questions at 410-857-2755.
  • DUE JULY 15: Submit the health form to the Wellness Center! You will need to turn in an updated health form to the College by July 15! Health Form for all students -OR- Health Form for Student Athletes. Please Call the Wellness Center with questions at 410-857-2243.
  • DUE AUGUST 1: Parent/Family Form
  • DUE AUGUST 1: Woofound Personality Assessment for career guidance - Complete your career and personality assessment!
  • STARTING AUGUST 1: Start Part 1 of the Alcohol EDU and Haven Online Courses (Required for all new students by the first day of orientation).
  • Make a plan to visit "First Stop" this summer or when you arrive – the first year experience office for all your first year needs. Hoover Library – 2nd floor - 410-857-2790.
  • Visit the Bookstore to buy McDaniel Swag and books for your classes
  • Review the dining plan/mealplan so you know how it works when you arrive!
  • Take a look at the pictures online of the residence hall rooms and also the “FY FAQs” from residence life about measurements, etc.
  • Arrive on Wednesday, August 24 to move in (if a resident) and start orientation (for all resident and commuter students).