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New Student Guide

Congratulations on your decision to attend McDaniel College!

Can you believe it?

Your journey at McDaniel is about to begin!

We can’t wait for you to get here and we look forward to walking alongside you as you begin your journey on the Hill. The student experience at McDaniel College is one where students, staff and faculty come together in our residence halls, dining halls, study halls and virtual halls to create an active, engaged community of learners, teachers and friends.


Before you can begin your life on the Hill, there are some important steps you need to take. We’ve created this checklist to guide you through the process of starting at McDaniel. 

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Green Terror Checklist

Some steps apply only to residential students.
McDaniel College Financial Aid Director Kemia Himon assists Financial Aid Specialist Aza Smith

Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 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. 

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Representing McDaniel College in the classroom and on the field?

In addition to the health forms required by the College, you'll be required to complete NCAA Compliance forms and Sports Medicine paperwork. Keep an eye on your McDaniel email for additional instructions from your coach and athletic trainer.

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Who is my Roommate?

The Office of Residence Life sends housing confirmations via your McDaniel College email address during the second week in January.  Included in the confirmation are your housing assignment, roommate's name and their McDaniel email address. Once you receive this information, feel free to contact your roommate(s) to start getting to know them and to decide who's bringing what.