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Counselor Resources

Whether you are a school counselor, independent counselor, or a team member of a community based organization, your partnership is our greatest asset as we collaborate to ensure McDaniel College is a fit for your students. Our goal is to support the essential work you do as you assist your students and their families in navigating the college search process.

Put a visit on your to-do list.


Whether you've never visited or just need a campus 'refresher' - put a visit to McDaniel College on your to-do list! And if you want to share your time on the Hill with a group of your students who'll thrive in a student-centered environment, we can arrange that visit, too!


No matter your intention, you'll leave campus knowing more about our academic programs and vibrant community, in addition to understanding the supports we provide to ensure success. 

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Important Dates & Deadlines

  • November 1
  • November 15
    • Early Action I Application Deadline for fall semester
  • December 1
    • Application Deadline for spring semester
  • December 15
    • Final application deadline if you wish to be considered for the Honors program or additional Honors scholarships.
  • January 15
    • Deposit Deadline for spring semester
  • February 1
    • Regular Decision Deadline for fall semester (Applications will still be considered on a space-available basis throughout the July 15th final deadline.)
    • Important: We are no longer accepting applications from international students residing outside of the United States for fall 2023.  If you are interested in applying for fall 2024, contact Jamie LeVee at

  • March 1
    • Preferred FAFSA Submission Deadline (yes, you can still submit your FAFSA and receive financial aid after this deadline, however submitting your FAFSA by March 1 ensures you will be eligible for the maximum amount of financial aid!)
  • May 1
    • National Reply and Deposit Deadline for Fall semester
  • June 1
    • F-1 visa student Application Deadline for fall semester
  • July 15
    • Payment Deadline for fall semester
    • Regular Decision Final Deadline for fall semester

Financial Aid

We invest over $50 million annually in need-based grants and merit scholarships to ensure that students from all kinds of financial backgrounds are able to experience a McDaniel education.  Read more about costs and making McDaniel affordable

AP Credit

Advanced Placement exam scores are normally accepted by the College for the following scores:

4 or 5: Students may receive advanced placement plus up to 8 hours credit.

3, 2 or 1: No advanced placement or credit is given.  AP Calculus scores of 3 – get placement into MAT-1118 Calculus II and satisfy both basic Arithmetic and basic Algebra.

IB Credit

The College recognizes IB-level work and grants a maximum of one year of credits (32 hours) for examinations in higher-level courses only. Credits are awarded for the following scores:

5 or higher: Student will receive up to eight hours credit.

4: Student will receive credit at the discretion of the appropriate department.

3 or lower: Student will not receive credit.

IB credits may be counted toward the McDaniel Plan Requirements, major or minor requirements, or electives in the same manner as Advanced Placement credits. Students should confer directly with departments to determine exact placement in departmental courses.

The Admissions Team

We're a phonecall or email away from helping you get the information you need. Don't hesitate to contact us!

Athletics Directory

We understand that the student-athlete experience is important. Have your student reach out to a coach to better understand the team philophy and expectations. 


McDaniel is proudly test-optional but students who believe their test scores (ACT or SAT) demonstrate their ability or enhance their application are welcome to submit them.

2022-2023 First-Year Class Profile

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Admissions team on One Hill, One Day.

Our enrollment team. Your greatest resource. We're ready to connect with you.

The McDaniel College Enrollment Team is committed to fit and looks forward to connecting with you to support you students as they navigate the college search. Reach out to us to better understand if McDaniel should be on the list of your students. We hope to visit your school and can't wait to host you on our beautiful hilltop campus!

Partnerships Avenues to the future

McDaniel is excited about our students' futures – not only during but after their years on the Hill. We’ve opened avenues to careers through partnerships with world-class colleges and universities to ease their transition to and studies through graduate school. Working with Johns Hopkins, Washington University, Marywood, and others, McDaniel professors helped to design coursework that dovetails with premier graduate programs in business, engineering, environmental biology, art therapy – and more are on the way.

As a Physics major, students can choose from one of two Dual Degree tracks for Engineering studies at McDaniel and Washington University’s James McKelvey School of Engineering. Spending three or four years at McDaniel before moving on to WashU, where they can pursue a variety of engineering fields, including Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Cybersecurity, Electrical, Energy, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or Systems Science and Engineering. 

Students learn how to use Art to help others heal and find fulfillment. Their Art major combined with a solid grounding in Psychology makes them a perfect candidate for Marywood University’s Art Therapy M.A. program leading to registration (ATR) and board certification (BC) with the Art Therapy Certification Board.


Students focus their McDaniel degree and gain a competitive edge in the job market with preferred admission to four specialized master’s programs at Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. The four master’s degree programs include the Professional Master in Business Administration (PMBA), Master in Business Administration in Sustainable Business Practices (MBA-SBP), Master of Science in Accountancy (MAcc), and Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM).


Students start their specialized master’s in Financial Econometrics or Marketing Analytics at Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School while earning their B.A. at McDaniel. They apply in January of their junior year for a May 1 decision. Once accepted, they can complete two graduate courses as a senior and earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Carey courses are offered at two locations, one in D.C. and at Baltimore Harbor East.

Fast-track a M.S. in Environmental Biology while staying local. McDaniel students can work concurrently towards a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at McDaniel and master’s degree in Environmental Biology at Hood. McDaniel students will be able to transfer six to nine undergraduate senior credits towards the 33-credit requirement in Hood’s graduate-level environmental biology program. Additionally, students may waive up to eight credits of introductory graduate classes and instead apply for specialty elective courses such as Insect Ecology, Soil Ecology or Plant Ecology.

Supports for Students

Our community supports the educational goals of our students while helping them create a balanced and healthy approach on their path to success. 

Legacy Scholarships for military, educators, and family ties

McDaniel College is pleased to offer several scholarships to undergraduate students valued at $30,000 annually ($120,000 over four years) for residential students ($20,000 annually for commuters) that are unlike programs you’ll find elsewhere. The Legacy Scholarships recognize two categories of service in addition to family ties to McDaniel and provide alternative ways to make McDaniel accessible for a wide variety of families. 

A Tradition of Teaching Educator's Legacy Supporting Families

To honor and recognize the importance of excellent teaching, McDaniel College offers the Educator's Legacy to the children of K-12 and community college educators who have at least four years of current employment in a school setting and are eligible for full-time benefits at their institutions.

Called to Serve Military Legacy American Heroes

Military veterans, active duty military personnel, and their children who are admitted to McDaniel College as undergraduates are eligible to receive the Military Legacy to help fund their college education.

All in the Family Alumni Legacy Green Terror Proud

To honor and recognize the close family ties that are part of the McDaniel experience, children, step-children and grandchildren of any WMC/McDaniel graduate are eligible to receive the Alumni Legacy.

A Commitment to Inclusion

McDaniel College was the first coeducational college south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and one of the first coeducational colleges in the nation. We strive to continue this tradition of social justice by committing ourselves to being a diverse and inclusive community. We are guided by our First Principles, which compel us to place students at the center of a humane environment and demand that we respect others and share responsibility for the common good.

In the news....

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June 2023 New Nursing Program McDaniel launches four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing

McDaniel College has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to develop a comprehensive four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The development of a new four-year Nursing undergraduate program aligns with McDaniel’s current strategic plan and helps to address the nursing shortage in Carroll County and the surrounding region.

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July 2023 Biology professor receives research grant from the National Science Foundation

Allison Kerwin, assistant professor of Biology, has received a three-year grant of $437,393 to study the effects of insecticides on jellyfish development and survival from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) program.