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Erin Benevento, Director of First Year Experience, with student.

Registration & Readiness Booklet

You are joining a thriving community of learners eager to develop themselves and make an important impact on the world.

New Student Checklist

Did you make it?

Are you through the entire workbook? Congratulations on getting so many items crossed off your list. If you need a review of your to-do list, you can view it here. Your Registration and Readiness Booklet included a timeline to help you work your way through the list. Here are a few key tips as you go:

Advising & Registration: Your first advising appointment will occur during your McDaniel Local session. You will meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to review your Placement Exam results, discuss your interests, and finalize your fall schedule.

Finishing your File: Believe it or not, you aren’t quite done with the Office of Admissions yet (we know, we know.) In addition to state requirements, there are a variety of other documents that you must submit to the Office of Admissions before we can officially close out your application file. Click here to review the list and request that any applicable to you are sent to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible. In some cases, you may not be able to stay enrolled if we don’t receive them.

A Family Discussion: As a college student, your McDaniel records (including your academic and financial records) belong to you. This means that McDaniel College staff are legally required to have your written permission before we can disclose details of your academic and financial accounts with others (including parents or guardians). If you would like to authorize us to share your education records with parents or others, you must complete the Release of Student Information Form. To submit the form, complete the following steps:

  • Download the Release of Student Information Form.
  • Return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office in person, or scan/photograph and email to from the student’s McDaniel email account.

Say Cheese!

We’re pleased to allow you to select the photo you’d like to use for your McDaniel 1Card. Please submit your preferred photo by the June 7 deadline.

Your McDaniel 1Card is your official identification card as a McDaniel College students. McDaniel 1Card’s are issued to all members of our college community, and are required for identification and access to essential campus services. Your 1Card also offers a convenient account— McDaniel Bucks— for making purchases on and around campus. McDaniel Bucks are popular with current students because, in addition to being accepted on-campus, they are also accepted at a variety of off-campus establishments, including:

  • Belisimos Authentic Cuisine
  • Classico Pizzeria
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Firehouse Subs
  • JeannieBird Baking Company
  • Katana Sushi
  • Race Pace Bicycles
  • Thunderhead Bowl and Grill

Pro Tips!

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All students receive an allotment of $20.00 in lab printing per semester (about 400 pages). Additional funds for printing can be added to a student’s account online.

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Coming to campus with McDaniel Bucks already loaded on your 1Card can makes satisfying those midnight pizza cravings much easier.

An academic counselor working with a student on an assignment.

Student Accessibility & Support Services (SASS) Preparing for Academic Success

Student Accessibility & Support Services (SASS) assists all students with documented disabilities. The SASS Office works with each student on a case-by-case basis to determine and implement appropriate accommodations based on individual needs.

In addition to the Basic Program, Premium SASS Programs provide options for more in-depth and comprehensive services to ensure student success. By working closely with the SASS office, each students unique needs are met through a variety of programs, social events and mentorship. In order to keep the Premium Programs affordable, Students can select the all-inclusive Academic Skills Program (ASP) or just the services they need with the Mentorship Advantage Program (MAP) and Providing Academic Support for Success (PASS) program. Regardless of the level of service, all students must register with SASS to receive accommodations.


Students walking across campus in Spring.

The McDaniel Plan Considering Your First-Year Seminar

One of the signature elements of the McDaniel Plan, your First Year Seminar will challenge and excite you. First Year Seminars are innovative topical and thematic courses that provide an introduction to the liberal arts and an academic transition to college.

Although you won’t pick exactly which seminar you are enrolled in, you do get to list your preferences.