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About Us

We're all about personal connections. Connecting you and a team of advisors who provide support in a welcoming environment. Connecting you with mind-opening experiences in and out of the classroom. But our most important mission? Connecting you with everything you can become.

Mission & History

Who We Are

McDaniel College is a private liberal arts college founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College. We're a community of 1,600 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students who come from all backgrounds. We are proud to be recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives.

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15

students in a typical-sized class at McDaniel.

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85%

of undergraduate students live on campus.

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90%

of undergraduate students receive financial aid.

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designated Colleges That Change Lives.

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#6

for the nation's best tailgating at colleges and universities.

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$40,000

is the average amount of financial aid McDaniel undergraduates receive.

Nationally Ranked A Wise Investment.

McDaniel College is nationally recognized for our educational excellence and the transformative nature of our academic program, which is centered around the McDaniel Commitment.

Graduate Outcomes Who Will You Become?

What sets us apart from other colleges is our dedication to you and your future. Our students get one-on-one guidance from faculty mentors, peer mentors, advisors and experts who help them discover how to turn talents and interests into careers they can be passionate about.

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The McDaniel Commitment When You Commit to McDaniel, We Commit Right Back.

That means one-on-one mentoring with faculty members and staff members who care, experiences designed to prepare you for the world, and support services to help you shine. From your very first steps on the Hill, we'll make sure you stay on track for becoming the best possible you. It's our guarantee.

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Leadership, Faculty & Staff Our People

A college is not a campus. It's not a classroom. It's not a series of courses. A college is it's people. And at McDaniel, we surround you with the very best people to inform your learning and your personal and professional development. We're proud of all the individuals who dedicate their careers to advancing our student-centered mission.

Roger Casey

Our Ninth President Dr. Roger N. Casey

Dr. Roger N. Casey has served as the ninth President of McDaniel College since 2010.

Dr. Casey chairs the Centennial Athletic Conference and is on the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group, He is currently vice chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Board of Directors for a one-year term before assuming the position of board chair. He is also serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities. As one of the longest-serving independent college presidents in the State of Maryland, he is also the former chair of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), the voice of independent higher education in Maryland.

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Our Location At Home on the Hill

Our main campus is in the town of Westminster, Maryland, about an hour from Baltimore. We call it the Hill, and it's a special place supported by a welcoming community. We also have a European campus in Budapest, Hungary. Studying abroad is big here -- more than one-third of our students take a class abroad before they graduate.

The McDaniel Honor Code

Living Lives with Integrity

The McDaniel Honor Code affirms our community's belief that successful communities and societies require the intrinsic honesty of it's citizens.

It assumes that all students who choose to enroll at McDaniel College believe in and practice academic integrity, and that this integrity is central to the pursuit of knowledge. 

The Honor Code enriches the relationships between students and faculty by deepening trust. It also provides students the foundation of integrity that will be at the heart of their personal and professional lives once they leave the college.

A Community's Commitment

We believe that integrity means not only taking personal responsibility for one’s own actions, but also discouraging academic dishonesty by making it socially unacceptable behavior. Thus, as part of their Honor Code Commitment, McDaniel students report all instances of academic honor violations.