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High School Counselors/Independent Counselors and
Community Based Organizations

McDaniel College Office of Admissions welcomes the opportunity to work with and support you as you help students navigate their college search. We believe in a personalized college search process and a holistic application review; and look forward to getting to know your students better. We encourage your questions, either over the phone or via email, or by providing additional information for us to understand an applicant better.

Both the Office of Admissions and Office of Financial Aid would be happy to come speak with your students and families about the college application process, financial aid process, and McDaniel College.

If you are not sure who may be best to contact in our office, please reach out to and we will be glad to connect you with your Admissions Counselor.

View the Entering Profile for McDaniel Class of 2020 »

Gap Year Programs

McDaniel College is happy to work with students who are pursuing gap year programs. Some students elect to take a gap year immediately following high school graduation, and prior to enrolling in college. We consider a gap year program to be one where the student does not enroll in ANY academic classes, and instead uses the year for service, work or self-exploration. If a student is interested in deferring enrollment at McDaniel, due to a gap year, they should submit the $500 deposit and a letter explaining their plans for their gap year. Should you, or your students, have questions – please reach out to us directly.

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. Applying students have the option to select our Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision review.

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

View the Application Deadlines for 2016 - 2017 »

Fee Waivers

McDaniel College does not feel that the cost of applying to college should impede any students’ application. We will gladly waive the application fee for any student who visits campus prior to their application deadline. For students who are unable to visit campus, but have financial need we will accept the CollegeBoard Application Fee Waiver, NACAC Fee Waiver, or welcome a phone call from the school counselor to discuss alternative options for fee waivers.

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).

Learn more about Merit Scholarships »

Net Price Calculator

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.

Visits to McDaniel

We believe that seeing the campus is so important that we will waive your students’ application fee if they schedule an official visit to the campus through the Admissions Office before they apply for admission. It’s our way to encourage them to explore our vibrant community and discover for themselves if McDaniel is right fit for their college years. They can schedule their visits to campus, or learn more about our visit options.

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The Office of Admissions is happy to host your group of high school students for a campus tour and information session. Due to the high demand of requests we receive we require 3 weeks notice, and for you to submit this form.

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

Register for one of our Fall Visit Days »

Fall Open House:

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.

Register for Fall Open House »

Admitted Student Day Programs:

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.

Register for Admitted Student Day »

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.