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Step 2 Get Connected Deadline: As soon as possible

In order to complete many of the checklist items, you will need to activate your McDaniel Account. Once you receive your Welcome Home email, you’ll be able to login to your personal McDaniel Admissions Page to retrieve the credentials you need to activate your account. Be sure to record your Username and ID for future reference.

Once you have activated your account, be sure to create your McDaniel email password and start checking it daily for important information and updates! 

Visual Learner? No Problem! Activating your McDaniel Account Watch the Video

The first step in getting connected at McDaniel is to log in to your online account. Watch this short video for step-by-step instructions for how to activate your McDaniel account and access the student portal.

Contact the Information Technology Helpdesk if you have questions.

Getting Tech Ready

Although we have nine computing labs on campus, many McDaniel students choose to bring a computer with them to support their academic goals. Below we’ve gathered suggestions straight from our IT department about what kind of technology you need to be college-ready

McDaniel 1Card

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.

How to submit your photo:
  • Go online to:
  • Log on with your McDaniel username and password.
  • Follow the step-by-step instructions.
    • The picture must be in color.
    • Use a plain light color background.
    • No hats, sunglasses, jewelry or garments that obstruct the view of your face.
    • Eye glasses should be worn if normally worn.
    • Eyes should be open and looking at the camera.
    • The head and neck should be centered in the frame taking up approximately one-third to one-half of the center.
    • There should be a small space between your head and the top of the image.
    • Head should be positioned directly facing the camera, not leaning or anything.
What to do after receiving your McDaniel 1Card
Once your picture is submitted and accepted as meeting our requirements, our team will get to work on creating your McDaniel 1Card.
  • You’ll pick up your McDaniel 1Card when you’re on-campus.
  • Register your McDaniel 1Card to activate McDaniel Bucks. To do so, go to
  • Request 24/7 access to Charlson Computer Lab (Hoover Library, first floor) by emailing the last 5 numbers found beneath the magnetic strip on the back of your McDaniel 1Card to Campus Safety at
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Coming to campus with McDaniel Bucks already loaded on your 1Card can makes satisfying those midnight pizza cravings much easier.

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 1 deadline.

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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.