New Transfer Student Checklist

View the top 5 important quick facts for new students to know!

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. When does this happen? As soon as you deposit, these are some of first steps you should be taking - typically May-August
  2. ASAP: Read the “Welcome” Email you will receive from Admissions
    • 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.
  3. ASAP after you receive your welcome email from Admissions - Activate your Account

Step 2 – Begin Your McDaniel Story!

  1. When does this happen? As soon as you deposit, these are some of first steps you should be taking - typically May-August!
  2. ASAP: Review your personalized Financial Aid Self Service Page to ensure timely financial aid processing to meet deadlines for fall invoices.
  3. Join the new transfer student Facebook group so you can ask questions, meet other students and get to know the McDaniel staff, students and faculty!
  4. ASAP: Contact the Residence Life Office if you will be living here. The Director of Residence Life is Michael Robbins at 410-857-2240 or mrobbins@mcdaniel.edu
  5. ASAP: Connect with our Student Academic Support Services (SASS) Office - If you are a student with a documented disability, please complete the Student Academic Support Services (SASS) registration form ASAP so SASS can help to support your needs this summer as you get ready to arrive!
  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.
    • If you have any questions, please refer to the Health Form FAQ's or call the Wellness Center at 410-857-2243.

Step 3 – Academic First Steps!

  1. When does this happen? Academic steps begin after you deposit and run through to the end of August! The first very important steps include declaring your major by calling First Stop and then completing advising and placement exams (if necessary)!
  2. Contact the First Stop Office to declare your intended major at McDaniel. First Stop can be reached at 410-857-2790 or firstyearteam@mcdaniel.edu.
  3. Review the McDaniel Plan which is our general education/integrated studies outline.
  4. Get in touch with your assigned advisor (once you hear back from the First Stop Office) for advising and permission to register for classes. You can talk with your advisor by email, phone, Skype, or in person – your choice!
    • Please make sure your most current transfer transcript(s) have also been sent to McDaniel College for review and posting to your record (2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157)
  5. Contact the Registrar’s Office with any remaining questions about transfer credit. They can be reached at 410-857-2755 or at regoffice@mcdaniel.edu.
  6. Take Any Required Placement Exams (Your Advisor will Let you know if you have to take any exams)
    • Log into BlackBoard and complete the following placement exams
      1. English
      2. Math
      3. Second Language
    • When your results become available, 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 PurpleMath.com (see "Preliminary Topics" and "Beginning Algebra Topics").

Step 4 – Register for Classes Online!

  1. When does this happen? After you meet with your advisor and are cleared /given permission to register, you can go online to register for classes!
  2. REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2017 TRANSFERS
  3. Reach out to and get to know your Transfer Peer Mentor Team!
    • Each student will have multiple Transfer Peer Mentors! You will receive emails from the Transfer Peer Mentor Team before you arrive so watch your McDaniel email. If you are an honors or international student, you will have an additional Peer Mentor.

Step 5 - Prepare to be here!

  1. ASAP: Take a look at the overview for move in day (August 23) and orientation. Please review the orientation schedule carefully for events that are mandatory/required for all and/or TRANSFER students. Please make travel and work arrangements ahead of time so that you may attend mandatory events.
  2. ASAP: Complete Information Technology Related Items
  3. DUE ASAP: Visit the Emergency Information page in Self-Service, add the information for any emergency contacts you wish to designate, and click to confirm at the top of the page.
  4. DUE ASAP: Complete the Authorization for Release of Student Information. This authorization allows McDaniel College to share education records with your parents or others. The completed form may be returned to the Registrar’s Office in person, by mail, by fax, or scan/photograph and email to regoffice@mcdaniel.edu.
  5. MID-JULY: Watch for an email from Campus Safety regarding a parking lottery for FY students! Questions? Call Campus Safety at 410-857-2202
  6. 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.
    • If you have any questions, please refer to the Health Form FAQ's or call the Wellness Center at 410-857-2243.
  7. DUE AUGUST 1: Parent/Family Form
  8. DUE AUGUST 1: Traitify Career Personality Assessment - Complete your career and personality assessment!
  9. 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.
  10. Visit the Bookstore to buy McDaniel Swag and books for your classes
  11. Review the dining plan/meal plan so you know how it works when you arrive!
  12. Arrive on Wednesday, August 23 to move in (if a resident) and start orientation (for all resident and commuter students).