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Special Academic Opportunities

The heart of your experience at McDaniel College is found in our academic experience, where our faculty's commitment to your educational and professional success prepares you for life after college.

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The Honors Program at McDaniel College Challenge Yourself

Instituted by the faculty in 1986, the McDaniel Honors Program deepens your liberal arts experience by offering academic enrichment to exceptionally motivated and enthusiastic students. You'll join a community of scholars dedicated to academic rigor while living in an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas. 

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The Annual Academic Symposium Share Your Expertise

Since 2022, the campus-wide Academic Symposium has invited students, faculty, and staff to showcase their research, art, and practical experiences to their peers and the public. Proposals from community members are accepted in the winter, and the Symposium is celebrated in May. Students learn what's it like to speak on a panel, present their original research, and display their artwork in a gallery showing. 

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Study Abroad Climb Higher, See Farther

Your time at McDaniel can be defined by your time away - be it a semester abroad or a January Term spent stateside. 

McDaniel Budapest in Hungary has been our signature study abroad program since 1994 and is our most popular semester-long destination. Exciting and dynamic classes are offered in areas such as global studies, business, and liberal arts. All classes are taught in English, and federal, state, and institutional aid may be applied to this program.

Jan Term destinations are a traveler's dream, with itineraries in places like The Bahamas, China, Florida, Greece, Arizona, and more.

Environmental Management students at MEC

With you and the Hill, our world can become: McDaniel Environmental Center Greener | More sustainable | A better place for all

The McDaniel Environmental Center supports the college’s mission and has become a student-powered hub for collaborative and experiential learning opportunities. Since McDaniel College acquired the property in the late 1980s, it has transformed into a creative space for our students to make an impact from removing invasive species and planting native species to growing food that goes straight to those in need. 

In addition to Environmental Studies students, hundreds of McDaniel students have gained firsthand experience at the center through Biology, Ecology, Environmental Management, and Sustainable Agriculture courses over the last four years. 

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A Bright Future Immersive Experiences on the Hill Prepared for Success

Political Science major Dalanda Diallo '22 was awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Swahili during her first summer after graduation. Diallo undoubtedly stood out among the pool of 4,500 applicants after being a National Security Fellow, Global Fellow, member of the Honors program, Pre-Law Society, multiple Greek honor societies, and a congressional intern for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen while on the Hill.