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Transfer Student Admissions

If you have earned your high school diploma and have more than 12 transferable college credits, you will apply as a Transfer applicant.


We are proud to work closely with 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education to ensure a seamless transition to McDaniel. This includes personalized support from the beginning, where you'll work with your designated transfer counselor to make the application process efficient and easy. 


McDaniel is dedicated to being a transfer-friendly school. Scroll down to read more about our new block transfer policy!

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As part of our commitment to campus diversity, we do not charge an application fee.

Jamie LeVee Transfer Admissions Counselor

You work with Jamie if you are looking to transfer from a two or four year college or university, looking to re-apply, or are seeking a second bachelor's degree from McDaniel College. Jamie also works with first year students who have an international status or are living outside of the United States.

Phone: 410-386-4017

Set up a time to chat with Jamie

Visit McDaniel College McDaniel has many ways for you to explore campus.

The best way to experience McDaniel is to spend some time on the Hill. Discover how McDaniel College works with you to ensure a smooth transfer process so you can reach your academic goals.

Your personal transfer admissions counselor will help you realize all that you can become on the Hill. And while you're here, take a tour of our beautiful hilltop campus, converse with students, and grab a meal in our dining facility. You'll leave knowing you belong. 

Register for your visit today.

Applying to McDaniel Apply for either fall or spring semester admission.

Application deadlines: March 1 or July 15 for fall enrollment; December 1 for spring enrollment.

To transfer to McDaniel College, students should Submit either:

The Common Application for Transfer Students or
the McDaniel Application for Transfer Students along with an optional personal essay.

Everything you need to know to transfer to McDaniel.


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Block Transfer

McDaniel College has adopted a block transfer policy. If you enter McDaniel with an Associate of Arts (A.A.), an Associate of Science (A.S.), or an Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) from an accredited U.S. institution, you will have met all McDaniel general education requirements (our McDaniel Plan). You'll be able to jump right into your major program requirements! If you have specific questions, contact your Admissions counselor Jamie using the information links above.

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Dual Admissions with Carroll Community College

McDaniel is proud to offer a dual admissions agreement with Carroll Community College, offering students who transfer to McDaniel directly from Carroll a clear pathway to a bachelor’s degree after completing an associate degree at Carroll. Students transferring from Carroll can apply to the dual admissions program after completing 30 credits at Carroll and McDaniel will accept all Carroll Community College coursework for transfer up to 64 credits as agreed upon by a McDaniel advisor.

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McDaniel participates in MICUA consortium to support transfer students’ pathways to colleges

McDaniel College is participating in the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) consortium to help more community college students in Maryland achieve their goal of earning a degree from a four-year college. MICUA has been awarded a $50,000 initial grant by the Teagle Foundation to support transfer students’ pathways to colleges. MICUA and its member institutions, which includes McDaniel, will work with Maryland’s 16 community colleges to create a comprehensive transfer consortium.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are McDaniel's transfer credit policies?

McDaniel College will accept up to a maximum of 64 credit hours from a two-year college and a maximum of 96 credit hours from a four-year college or university to be applied towards the McDaniel degree. No more than 96 credit hours will be accepted in total.

You must earn a grade of “C-” or better for the credit to transfer. McDaniel College grants transfer credit for courses that are standard liberal arts courses or that compare to the offerings of the College from institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Transfer students seeking advanced placement should consult with their academic advisor and the Registrar’s Office to determine applicable requirements. View the full transfer credit policy.

How do transfers register?

Once you have decided to attend McDaniel, completed all transfer work, and sent your final official transcripts, an updated credit evaluation is performed and posted on the McDaniel portal showing how your credits apply to specific degree requirements for graduation. Shortly before school starts, the Academic Affairs Office will contact you to complete registration for your courses. Prior to your arrival at McDaniel, you will meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan for your time at McDaniel.

What kind of housing is available for transfer students?

As a residential college, almost 85% of our enrolled students live in campus housing in a variety of residence halls, special interest houses, and apartments. McDaniel requires on-campus residency for nearly all of our students through their junior year unless the student chooses to live at home and commute.

New transfer students will be housed within our upperclassmen residence facilities, which includes our three traditional residence halls. These are Albert Norman Ward Hall, Blanche Ward Hall, and McDaniel Hall, and they contain single, double, and triple rooms. Daniel MacLea Hall is designed for suite style living with a cluster of bedrooms connected to 1-2 bathrooms and a common lounge area.

Upperclassmen may also live in North Village and Garden Apartments shared by four, five, or six students (some equipped with their own kitchen), or in our Pennsylvania Avenue College-owned houses. All rooms are wired for campus-based cable TV and Ethernet, and are provided with a combination microwave/refrigerator. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in College residences. 

Learn more about living on campus. 

Is there a transfer student orientation?

Orientation for transfers is offered at the beginning of each semester, with a multi-day experience provided in the fall and a one-day orientation before the spring term begins. In addition to moving into the residence halls and a welcome event, you’ll attend sessions regarding academic expectations here, meet transfer peer mentors who can help you navigate through your college transition, and take care of all the details such as parking permits, ID photos, and so forth.

View a sample fall orientation brochure

How do I get involved at McDaniel and become part of the community?

Students are very active and involved at McDaniel, and that’s what makes our community so vibrant. There are over 90 clubs and organizations on campus to suit many interests, and if a club doesn’t exist that fits an interest of yours, it is very easy to start one. Your transfer peer mentor will play a vital role in getting you involved immediately when you transfer. By asking questions and sharing your interests with them, they will help you connect with current campus leaders. There are also a number of department-based organizations, such as the Social Work Club and the Pre-Health Club, that your academic advisor will be able to suggest to you.

A McDaniel College degree and the experiences you have while you are here provide you with a world of possibilities for future employment and schooling. Our graduates work and go to graduate school all over the world and have limitless opportunities.

Learn more about how to get involved at McDaniel

Where do McDaniel graduates work?

Recent graduates have taken positions working in systems engineering at Northrup Grumman, financial operations at T. Rowe Price, teaching in Honduras, intelligence with FBI, acting with CenterStage (Baltimore) and The National Players, and as a therapist for children with autism. McDaniel graduates go on to become lawyers, doctors, writers, artists, scientists, CEOs, teachers, lobbyists and television producers. McDaniel graduates are also known for giving back to the community, so it’s not surprising that many graduates have participated in Teach for America, the Peace Corps and VISTA. And whether they work for a multinational conglomerate or a nonprofit, our graduates bring the energy, vision, and determination that it takes to make the world a better place.

Visit the Center for Experience and Opportunity to learn more about our career services.

If you are planning to be a residential student, a Residential Student Release Form may be required if you have had any residential disciplinary actions at your previous institution.