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Your McDaniel Admission Quick-Reference Sheet

Application Process and Deadlines

McDaniel accepts either the McDaniel Application or The Common Application. Counselors are welcome to submit all accompanying information electronically; upon receipt of a McDaniel Application from one your students, we will provide the appropriate links to SendEDU for your convenience.

First Year students have the option of choosing from five deadlines for submitting their applications and complete credentials, guaranteeing them an admission decision and a scholarship decision within three weeks of the date they select. Early Action applicants can also choose to complete the Net Price Calculator and receive an estimated financial aid package. There is no obligation to deposit before May 1st. If they know McDaniel is their top choice, they can deposit promptly and enjoy the rest of their senior year, or take until May 1 to make their final decision.

Students are encouraged to pick the deadline that works best for them, and must notify the Admissions Office of their deadline choice. We suggest that standardized testing be completed before the selected deadline, as we want the highest possible scores and grades in hand when we make decisions.

Early Action November 1 November 24 December 5
Early Action December 1 December 22 December 22
Honors Program and Honors Scholarship Consideration January 2 January 27 March 10
Regular Decision January 15 February 6 February 6
Regular Decision February 15* March 7 March 7

*Online submissions are due February 15; paper submissions should be postmarked by February 17.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Over 90 percent of McDaniel students receive some type of assistance from the College. It is a normal part of the decision process and the reality of a private education. We invest over $30 million annually in grants and scholarships to insure that students from all kinds of financial backgrounds are able to experience a McDaniel education. If you are working with students who are new to the process and don’t have a lot of experience with filling out financial aid forms, we are happy to meet with them in person or via phone to assist them personally.

Over 65% of this year’s incoming class received an annually renewable merit-based scholarship (ranging between $8,000 and Full Tuition).

Our Net Price Calculator is simple to use and provided very comprehensive estimates of total gift aid for which students may be eligible. Please encourage your students to try it at any time. FAFSAs are due to us by March 1 in order to receive first priority in receiving awards. Our aid will not run out, but for those concerned about timing, it’s best to try to meet the deadline. Filing an estimated FAFSA is acceptable as long as an official submission occurs prior to enrollment.

Major Visit Programs

Fall Visit Days

These days are all similar in schedule and offering, and include time with our professional staff to learn important information about McDaniel’s application process, financial aid, as well as our fantastic programs (academic, social, special study opportunities, research, and more). In addition we offer the following:

  • Tour of Campus for the entire visiting family
  • A seat in a regularly scheduled class (for the student only)
  • Lunch for the entire visiting family
  • Individual time with a counselor handling the recruitment from your high school

Fall Visit Days are held on the following dates for Fall 2015:

  • 9/28/2015
  • 10/16/2015
  • 11/23/2015

Fall Open House:  November 8, 2015

This is the traditional “larger” open house program. Students and their families are welcomed to campus, and given an opportunity to tour our grounds, learn about our academic, social, and personal programs which they will be engaged in, and they will also hear directly from many of our faculty members, students, and officials who make McDaniel College a great place to learn, play, live, and grow. This is a great opportunity to see campus and to walk away with a greater understanding of who we are and what we do.

Admitted Student Day Programs: April 3, 2016 and April 10, 2016

Our ASD programs are perfect for the ultimate admitted student experience! We will open up campus completely, so that the student and his or her family can get a true sense of what it will be like to be a student here on the Hill. Think of any area of campus or specific office — they will be present to showcase what offerings are available (academic, social, residential, safety, dining, academic support, and much more). These programs are closer to the time that your students will be making their final decisions, so there isn’t a better way to view campus and all that McDaniel will offer your student. On top of that, they will get a good feel for other students who are interested in McDaniel, and a sense of what “fit” they feel with our campus here in Westminster, Md.

Junior Visit Weekday and Junior Visit Open House: 

These programs are geared toward your current juniors. Either day is a good way for them to see campus for the first time, and to learn all about the fit that is potentially there between them and McDaniel. The weekday program is modeled after our Fall Visit Day offerings, and the open house is similar to our event in the fall that shares a similar name (both described above). Either program will help your students gather information and can assist them with understanding how McDaniel will be that place they call home for four years after the big senior year. The weekday program is on 4/18/2016 and the open house is on Sunday, April 24th 2016.

Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed to offer more to highly motivated and enthusiastic students — students who promote integrity, are open to new ideas, and are strong leaders. Honors students take challenging course in many areas, maintain high grades, and excel at work and at play.

Here are just a few of the “perks” our honors students enjoy:

  • Priority Registration.
  • Extended library loan privileges (the same as our graduate students).
  • Brand-new study space/lounge (exclusive to honors students).
  • Honors housing (even for first year students).
  • Specially designed honors courses (which are capped at small sizes).
  • Access to a special study abroad program in Glasgow Scotland for honors students from around the U.S.
  • Community service is integral to the honors experience and students must participate in service activities each semester.
  • We offer a mobilized alumni connection with our honors program, allowing for mentoring, career contacts and outcomes sharing within our McDaniel network.

Typically the top 10% of our annual applicant pool is invited to apply for the Honors Program. Some general statistics for the last entering class are as follows:

  • Took an average of 4 years of a second language in high school.
  • Took an average of 15 Honors/AP/IB classes by the time they applied.
  • Had an average SAT (CR/M only) of 1380 (ranging from 1300-1560).
  • 25% were first-generation college students.


Profile of First Year Class

First Year Students Data for 2014:

First Year Applications 3576  
First Year Accepts (EA - 1289 + RD - 943) Admit Rate: 62%
First Year Enrolled Students 454  
Average GPA Admitted: 3.5 Enrolled: 3.5
Average SAT(CR&M only)/ACT Admitted: 1133/25 Enrolled: 1117/25
First Generation Students Enrolled: 153 (out of 864 apps)  
Multicultural Students Enrolled: 114  
Jewish Students (reporting) Enrolled: 16  
Male/Female Ratio 50/50  
No. of states represented 26