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Transfer Student Guide

Congratulations on your decision to attend McDaniel College! Like each student who joins the McDaniel family, you’ll learn something new every day, you will see that diverse opinions are respected and that students who seize experiences that unfold for them are never bored.

We look forward to showing you limitless opportunities. Welcome to your new family on the Hill.

Before you get started, there are a few things you should know.

Your Transfer Student Guide contains a lot of important information. It will take you awhile to get through it, and it will require you to think and consider what your hopes and expectations are of your college experience.

Your admissions counselor will be available to you throughout the summer to answer questions and cheer you on as you complete each task.

Consider it your first official McDaniel College assignment.

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Step 1 Get Connected Deadline: July 6

In order to complete many of the checklist items, you will need to activate your McDaniel Account. Visual learner? No problem! Check out the video for step-by-step instructions. 

Transfer Student Guide

In addition to the steps above, your Transfer Student Guide provides you with important information as you transition your academic career to the Hill.

Finishing your File: Believe it or not, you aren’t quite done with the Office of Admissions yet (we know, we know.) 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: 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.

Housing Overview: Most new transfer students live in Daniel MacLea Hall. See an overview of residence halls here.

Parking: Parking Permits cost $300 per year and Commuter students are guaranteed on-campus parking. Students can request a Parking Permit starting on August 1st with our Campus Safety Office.

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.

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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.


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.

Save the Dates! New Student Events Orientation & Student Involvement

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Fall 2020 New Student Orientation Taking Your First Steps on The Hill

We are excited to welcome you for the Fall 2020 semester! August Orientation 2020 will offer a variety of mandatory and optional events, both on-campus and online.

Students should have their mask with them at all times during Orientation, and should be prepared to wear it when indoors, and when outdoors if 6-feet distance cannot be maintained. Students should be prepared to adhere to written and verbal social distancing guidelines during all activities.

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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!

Our planning assumes a traditional kick-off to the academic year, but we are also ready if the impact of COVID-19 changes our plans. Continue to visit this page to stay up-to-date about any changes to the fall academic calendar or new student move-in.

More information on the College's Fall 2020 Plan