New 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 the First Year Team (IMMEDIATELY)
    • Your “Welcome” email will come to your personal account (the one you used when applying). In this email, you will be directed to activate your McDaniel Student Account if you haven’t done so already to access Financial Aid Self-Service.

      If you’ve already activated your McDaniel Student Account, receiving your “Welcome” email will be the notification that your access to the portal and the McDaniel email system has been granted.

  2. Activate your Account and begin checking your McDaniel email (IMMEDIATELY)

Step 2 – Begin Your McDaniel Story!

  1. Join the Transfer Student Facebook group (ASAP) so you can ask questions, meet other students and get to know the McDaniel staff, students and faculty! Click here to request to join. There are also Facebook groups for the Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020! Let us know if you are interested in joining any of those and we can connect you.
  2. If you are planning on living on campus for Spring, 2017, please contact Michael Robbins at 410-857-2240 or
  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 (DUE ASAP)! You will need to turn in an updated health form to the College: 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. Contact the First Stop Office to declare your intended major at McDaniel. First Stop can be reached at 410-857-2790 or
  2. Review the McDaniel Plan which is our general education/integrated studies outline.
  3. 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)
  4. 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 - placement exam strongly encouraged to prepare you to take classes in math, science, computer science, business classes and other disciplines
      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 (see "Preliminary Topics" and "Beginning Algebra Topics").
  5. Register for Classes (Registration for New Transfers Opens MONDAY, 11/21)
  6. Reach out to and get to know your Peer Mentor!
    • Each student will have multiple Transfer Peer Mentors! You will receive emails from the Transfer Peer Mentors before you arrive so watch your McDaniel email. If you are an honors or international student, you will have an additional Peer Mentor.

Step 4 - Prepare to be here!