First Year Families

First-Time Families picture of a McDaniel first time family

You Still Have a Role Here

At McDaniel we recognize that the college experience is truly a family one. While it’s students who are in the classroom and getting involved on campus, the family at home is the cheerleader on the sideline who plays an equally important role.

One of the most important ways to engage in the family experience is to register for Parent Preview, McDaniel's two-day summer orientation program for families of incoming students. Parent Preview will be held July 12-13 and July 18-19, 2015. Registration will open on April 1, 2015. Early bird registration rate $130 (per person) from April 1 to June 1, 2015.

We’re always here to answer your questions and address any concerns that arise. Feel free to contact us any time. Meanwhile, you can learn a lot right here about Residence Life, Health Services and Orientation.

Resources and Contact Info

Orientation 2015

The First Stop

The "First Stop" – Center for the First Year Experience, serves as a home base for students in their first year at McDaniel (first-year or first-year transfer). First Stop is the one-stop place for students to ask questions, get information, come in and say “hello” and get individual academic support. First Stop houses many components of the First Year Experience Program including the Peer Mentor program, First Year Seminar, Transfer Student Seminar, and new student orientation. The center also hosts workshops and meeting space for student programs (peer mentor programs, academic workshops, tutoring, First Year Council, Alpha Lambda Delta first year honor society, and more). As the First Stop expands and grows, it will provide additional opportunities for first-year students and families to connect to the community through this new center.

The First Stop is located in Hoover Library – 2nd floor. The center can be reached at: 410-857-2790 or

Other things to know:

First Year Resident Students & Parking

McDaniel College will offer limited parking to first year students through a lottery system. An email with information will be sent to all first year students in mid-June with information on how to enroll in the lottery for the 100 permits available.

Questions? Please contact:

Eric Immler
Assistant Director, Department of Campus Safety
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157

McDaniel's First Year Team

The First Year Program/Experience is led by McDaniel’s First Year Team.

Dr. Karen Violanti (Associate Dean for First Year Students)
Christine Workman (Director of Student Engagement, Student Affairs)
Dr. Rebecca Carpenter (Director, First Year Seminar Program)
Professor Jill Krebs (Assistant Director, First Year Seminar Program)
Email Contact:
Phone Contact: 410-857-2790

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November 30, 2015, 8:00 am
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December 1, 2015, 12:00 am
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December 2, 2015, 11:00 am
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