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Transfer Students

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. 

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Consideration for merit scholarship is an automatic part of our review process for transfer students. Your cumulative GPA and completing a transfer application to McDaniel College is all that is needed to be considered for one of our renewable annual scholarships. Check out our cumulative GPA ranges and the corresponding amounts to see what you are guaranteed to receive if admitted to McDaniel.

Guaranteed Transfer Scholarships based on cumulative GPA

3.5 or higher = $26,000

3.0 to 3.49 = $23,000

2.75 to 2.99 = $19,000

Under 2.75 - $17,000

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You. McDaniel. A Visit.

Discover how McDaniel College works with you to ensure a smooth transfer process so you can reach your academic goals. Your personal transfer recruiter 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. At this time, McDaniel is offering Transfer Information Sessions and Tours on select Fridays. We also offer daily visits through the week.

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Transfer Talks Select Wednesdays

We're on a break from this virtual offering, but will resume in late summer - check back for available dates.  If you'd like to see campus, we are open for in-person visits. Please direct your transfer questions to or visit our transfer site for more information.

General Campus

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.

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Attention Phi Theta Kappa members!

Not only are you eligible for our transfer merit scholarships, but an additional $2,000 on top of the highest scholarship you’re qualified to receive.  Simply send us a copy of your PTK membership certificate/card or an email from your PTK advisor to verify your membership status.

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

What if I don’t see myself in these scholarship ranges?

Don’t worry!  McDaniel is known for attracting diverse, well-rounded students who contribute to our community in many ways.  When you apply, we’ll get to know you personally, and we’ll work with you to find your financial options.  Your academic record, accomplishments outside the classroom, leadership potential, work and volunteer experience, and more will be taken into consideration through our holistic review process.  We look forward to having you apply to McDaniel. 

Preparing to Transfer

During the admission process, the Registrar’s Office will complete a preliminary (and unofficial) transfer credit evaluation for you once you’ve been admitted to McDaniel College. The Admissions Office will email you an initial evaluation showing the amount of credit to be accepted, the equivalent McDaniel Plan requirements met, any elective credit earned, and the minimum number of McDaniel College semester hours to be completed for your undergraduate degree.

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.

Meeting General Education Requirements

When we evaluate your transcript, we indicate the courses you have taken which fulfill the curriculum requirements of the McDaniel Plan and list which ones satisfy each specific requirement. We refer major-specific questions to the faculty in that department, either when you enroll or earlier if you desire.

Advising & Registration

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.