Students during orientation.

New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation events assist you in the transition to McDaniel, both academically and socially. There is time to get settled in your hall, get to know classmates, meet professors, and figure out where all of your classes actually take place on campus. By Monday you’ll feel like a Green Terror!

View or download the 2014 Student Orientation Booklet

Glimpse Of New Student Orientation 2014

DAY ONE: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Resident Students

  • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Resident Student Check-In, Gill Gymnasium
  • 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Resident Student Lunch, Memorial Square and Englar Dining Hall

Commuter Students

  • 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM - Commuter Student Check-In and Lunch, McDaniel Lounge, McDaniel Hall

Directions for Move-In Day

Day One is an exciting day full of many firsts:

  • First meeting with your first year seminar class at 2:00pm in Red Square (Memorial Plaza).
  • First time the Class of 2018 gathers together at the 3:00pm Introduction Honors Convocation and then rings the Memorial Bell.
  • First dinner in GLAR at approximately 5:30pm following the Introduction Honors Convocation and saying goodbye to family.
  • First walk through the McDaniel Arch followed by the Ceremonial Candle Lightning with President Casey.

Note to Families:
Many family members ask how long to stay on the first day of August Orientation. The answer really depends on your student and you. Most families do remain on the campus for a few hours after residential students move in and commuting students attend the 12pm Luncheon and Information Session. Families are invited to have lunch in the Dining Hall or some have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. The Introduction Convocation is traditionally attended by families. It is following this ceremony that families say good-bye to their student who then begins participating in the New Student Orientation Program with his/her classmates.

If your student is a member of a fall sports team, you are invited to return to the campus for the first day of New Student Orientation to attend the scheduled sessions for families and students. We encourage first year athletes to talk with their families about what they would like to do for the first day of New Student Orientation.

Days Two and Three: Thursday and Friday, August 21 - 22, 2014

Days Four and Five: Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24, 2014

  • Community service projects in the Westminster area
  • Shopping Shuttle to local stores
  • Fitness Assessments
  • Study Abroad Information Session
  • Hypnotist and a Movie!
  • Resting up for Monday classes
Transfer Student Orientation 2014


  • New transfer students will move in (if a resident student) from 8:30am-4:30pm
  • New students can get settled on campus and get student ID, post office mail key, parking permit if needed.
  • Opening social/activity with Transfer Peer Mentors at 6pm
  • Campus activities at night for all new first year and new transfer students sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement


  • New transfers will attend the full orientation starting at 10:30am
  • Orientation will include time to get to know other students, faculty, staff; a welcome luncheon, break out sessions about “things to know as a new transfer”, the ceremonial ringing of the bell, a tour of Hoover library and a tour of campus.
  • Campus activities at night for all new first year and new transfer students sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement


  • Campus activities All day and at night for all new first year and new transfer students sponsored by the First Year Team and the Office of Student Engagement


"Buried Child" at WMC Alumni Hall
October 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
October 1, 2014, 8:30 pm
Fall Break
October 13, 2014, 12:00 am
Open Mic Night
October 14, 2014, 12:00 am
Mid-semester undergraduate grades due
October 15, 2014, 12:00 pm
AAUP Meeting at Hill Hall
October 15, 2014, 4:15 pm
Graduate Comprehensive Experience
October 18, 2014, 12:00 am
2014 Caregivers Conference
October 18, 2014, 8:30 am
Book Talk at Carroll County Arts Center
October 21, 2014, 7:00 pm