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Students walking around North Village.

Welcome to McDaniel College. Welcome Home.

Can you believe it? You'll be a McDaniel College Student in just a few months. We can't wait for you to get here and walk alongside you as you begin your journey on the Hill.  Before you can officially move in, there are some important steps you need to take.

New Student Checklist

Hooray! You did it!

Your journey to campus is officially underway. If you need a review of your to-do list, you can view it here.

While you wait for Move-In Day, learn more about what’s next. In addition to the steps above, your Welcome Home Booklet contains some important information that will help you get ready for your big move.

Get Ready!

Housing Overview: Most new students (and all first year students) live in one of three residence halls, with Honors students having a fourth option in Daniel MacLea Hall. Learn a little more about each of them here.

Follow Along: Get insider information from current ambassadors, as they share what campus life is really like on Instagram @go2mcdaniel! For the latest campus news and announcements, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @McDanielCollege.

What to Pack: Your booklet contains a checklist to get you started. Still not sure? Check out the FAQ.

Parking: Parking Permits cost $300 per year. You will indicate your desire to secure a parking permit in your Housing and Roommate Matching Survey. In August, a lottery will be held and first-year students will be awarded parking permits through the lottery process. In prior years, over 90% of first-year students who entered the lottery were awarded a parking permit. Commuter students are guaranteed on-campus parking.

Special Housing Requests: On occasion, students have medical or other concerns that require special room assignments. To make a request, visit and log in with your McDaniel username and password. On the left menu bar, click on “Bulletins & resources” and then click on “Resources”, and download the special housing request form. Forms should be submitted to the Office of Residence Life.

field hockey players on the field

Representing McDaniel College in the classroom and on the field?

In addition to the health forms required by the College, McDaniel Athletics requires all student-athletes to fill out additional forms to be eligible to practice or compete in intercollegiate athletics. Add these required forms to your "To Do List".

Students walking around downtown Westminster during McDaniel Local.

A snapshot of McDaniel Local Registration Deadline: July 1

All students stay in on-campus accommodations for two days and one night. Meals are included in the McDaniel Local program. All program costs are included in first-year total costs, which includes tuition, room, board and fees. 

Through your McDaniel Local Experience, you will:

  • Make new friends and connect with current McDaniel students, staff, and faculty
  • Register for your fall classes
  • Explore our local community and network with local businesses

There are NINE McDaniel Local Sessions. Pick the one that works best for you. Registration for each session is limited, so register as soon as you identify your preferred session.

Save the Dates! New Student Events Orientation & Student Involvement

Students participating in team activity at McDaniel Local event.

New Student Orientation TBD - stay tuned!

All new students should plan on attending New Student Orientation. The New Student Orientation events assist you in your transition to McDaniel, both academically and socially. There is time to get settled in your hall, get to know classmates, meet professors, and figure out where your classes take place on campus.

By Monday you’ll feel like a Green Terror!

Student Engagement Peers tabling for Office of Student Engagement

Involvement Fair September 2, 2020

Join us for the Involvement Fair! Kick off the new academic year at McDaniel's annual Involvement Fair. Join us for an outdoor picnic, meet student leaders and learn about ways to get involve on campus. There's always something to do on the Hill with the more than 100 student organizations, including Greek life and intramural sports. If you don't see the organization you are looking for, contact the Office of Student Engagement to find out how you can start it yourself!