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Admissions & Cost

We take the anxiety out of admissions by working with you personally from the start. Our admissions professionals love working one on one with students to best determine fit and take the anxiety out of the admissions process. You’ll have your own counselor to help you plan your campus visit and apply for admission and financial aid. Once admitted, you'll begin working with your Financial Aid Specialist and continue working with them throughout your four years at McDaniel.

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You Can Afford a McDaniel Education

At McDaniel, tuition isn’t the only number that counts — because 90% of our students receive financial aid. Our team works with you to find scholarships, grants, and government funding that apply to your situation. 

Your Admissions Counselor

Behind the scenes throughout the admissions process, there is a whole team of people who care about you and are working hard to ensure your application process is seamless. You'll have your own admissions counselor to help plan your campus visit and apply for admission, scholarships, and financial aid. Our Operations staff will make sure all your documents get processed quickly and efficiently. Think of us as your best resource. Helping you make a good college choice is our priority.

Carroll County Scholars

A Program Made for Young Scholars

Carroll County Scholars is a program for high school students who reside in Carroll County, Maryland, that helps them and their families begin preparing for college at no cost, while making them eligible for a guaranteed scholarship to McDaniel College (participating scholars are not required to commit to or enroll at McDaniel).

Because CCS isn't just a program; it's a promise. Beginning at the end of the 8th grade year, participating students and their families experience four years of educational and impactful programming crafted to support a successful college search.

  • 8th or 10th grade students who are residents of Carroll County are eligible to join the program.
  • Scholars complete programming tailored to their high school year to guide them through the college prep, search, and application processes.
  • Eligible seniors who complete the program are guaranteed a college scholarship of $100,000 ($25,000 per year) to McDaniel.
  • Scholars can compete for a full-tuition college scholarship to McDaniel.
Learn more about CCS

No SAT or ACT? No problem.

McDaniel College is proudly test-optional. Students who believe their test scores demonstrate their ability or enhance their application are welcome to submit them. Students who believe that standardized test scores do not accurately reflect the strength of their academic achievements or enhance their application for admission can choose not to submit test scores. In either case, test scores will not be used for the purposes of awarding merit scholarships. 

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