We Take the Time to Know You

We’re interested in learning more about how you pursue your passions, what kind of topics or events spark your curiosity, and how you’ve built your character to become the person you are today. Here are the top things we look for in your application:

  • Your record of secondary school courses and grades, with special consideration given to accelerated courses, and depth of study in a discipline.
  • Your writing capability as indicated through your essay topic, style and presentation.
  • Recommendations and evaluations by principals, counselors, and teachers.
  • Participation in non-academic activities, personal traits, goals and motivation.

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Options and Flexibility

Applying to college involves a lot of paperwork, plenty of organizational skills, and some time management. McDaniel gives you choices that meet your needs, a personal timeline and plenty of hands-on support to take the stress out of the process.


Choose between two application forms to complete your application for admission. The McDaniel Application is an easily accessible option you can begin immediately, and if you login with your personalized application link, it will be pre-populated with the information you’ve already given us. Don’t have your link? Simply request it here or start a new application now. The Common Application lets you complete one form and submit it simultaneously to each college. Choose whichever application works best for you.


Consult the application checklist for first-year students and international students. 

Transfer students can find admission information here and learn about our new scholarships available for Fall 2015.


See yourself here — check out the student profile for the McDaniel Class of 2018.


Read our guide for High School Counselors.