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.



If you are a first year student applying for our December 1st Early Action deadline, please keep in mind that we will be processing many applications and documents the week prior to and following the deadline. As long as your application materials are submitted by December 1, you do not need to worry. It will take our data processing team until December 5th to process all of the submitted documents and your personal application checklist may not reflect all that we have received until this time.


We offer two choices of application forms to fit your needs. The McDaniel Smart Decision Application can be pre-populated with the information you’ve already given us and is divided into three easy sections for your convenience. The Common Application lets you complete one form and submit it simultaneously to each college.


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

Transfer students can find admission information here and learn about our scholarships available in January 2014.


See yourself here — check out the student profile for the McDaniel Class of 2017.


Read our guide for High School Counselors.

3v3 Bball tournament at Gill Stadium
November 23, 2014, 12:00 am
Thanksgiving Recess begins
November 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
November 26, 2014, 8:30 pm
Thanksgiving - College Closed
November 27, 2014, 12:00 am
Spring graduate registration begins
December 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Classes resume
December 1, 2014, 8:00 am
Jazz Night at Decker College Center
December 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
Undergraduate classes end
December 5, 2014, 12:00 am
College Band Concert at WMC Alumni Hall
December 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
Reading Days
December 6, 2014, 12:00 am
Carroll County Studio Tour at Art Studio
December 6, 2014, 10:00 am