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A College That Will Change Your Life

McDaniel College is ranked among America's strongest and most transformative institutions of higher education, and is uncompromising in delivering all students a comprehensive liberal arts education. 

The College

History: Founded in 1867 as the first co-ed college south of the Mason-Dixon line

Location: Westminster, MD, 35 miles from Baltimore and 66 miles from Washington D.C. McDaniel Europe is located in Budapest, Hungary.

Campus: 160-acre main campus

Motto: E Tenebris in Lucem Voco. Translates to "I Call You Out of Darkness Into Light."

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The Student Body

  • Number of undergraduate students: 1,800
  • Number of graduate students: 1,400
  • Undergraduate Student Distribution: over 30 states and Washington D.C., plus 30 countries
  • Living on Campus: 85%
  • First-year students returning for sophomore year: 76%
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A Wise Investment Nationally Ranked

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

Courses of Study

Majors Offered: 36 majors plus Design Your Own

Minors & Specializations: 40 minors, including 14 interdisciplinary minors

Courses: Over 649 undergraduate courses offered annually

Pre-Professional Programs: 5 pre-professional programs including Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Vet and Pre-Health Professions.

In the Classroom

Student: Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Average Class Size: 15

Faculty: 130 full time; 96% hold the highest degree in their field

Courses: All courses, studios, and laboratories are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants.

Internships or Research: Through the Mcdaniel Commitment, every student is guaranteed at least two experiential learning opportunities, which could include an internship or student-faculty research, as well as study abroad or independent study.

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Education Abroad

McDaniel Europe: Our campus in Budapest, Hungary, in operation since 1994. All classes are taught in English.

Education Abroad: Opportunities in over 50 different countries

Funding: Grants are awarded through our Center for Experience and Opportunity

January Term: Led by faculty, short-duration courses that take place overseas during our January academic term.

Students exploring Budapest.
Field Hockey players in action on the field.


Mascot: The Green Terror

Conference: The Centennial Conference

Affiliation: NCAA Division III

Number of Teams: 20 athletic teams