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McDaniel College again recognized as a top liberal arts college

McDaniel President Roger Casey speaking with students.
September 10, 2013

McDaniel College continues to be recognized as a top liberal arts college and is ranked among the first tier of national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014 rankings released September 10.

McDaniel has also once again been named an “A-Plus School for B Students” as evaluated by the freshmen retention rate, which U.S. News considers an important indicator of student satisfaction.

McDaniel stands among the nation’s liberal arts colleges emphasizing undergraduate education and awarding at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences.

McDaniel’s higher-than-expected graduation rate at 74 percent (average graduation rate for private nonprofit institutions according to the National Center for Education statistics is 65 percent), small class sizes averaging fewer than 17 students, and admission selectivity are all key measures in determining the U.S. News rankings.

In addition to U.S. News, McDaniel was recently named a “Best-Bang-for-the-Buck” by Washington Monthly and was the only college in Maryland commended in a report released by the New America Foundation for making extraordinary efforts to recruit, enroll and financially assist low-income students.

McDaniel has also been included for the first time among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Northeast” and was the only Maryland liberal arts college named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The college was also recognized among 40 “Colleges That Change Lives” in the revised and expanded guidebook released August 28, 2012.

“All of the recognition that McDaniel has received over the past year reflects the college’s increasing national prominence, and solidifies McDaniel as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges,” said McDaniel president Roger N. Casey. “We certainly appreciate the visibility that these accolades bring to the institution. Our campus is now populated with diverse students from throughout the United States and globally who first learned of McDaniel from these rankings and guidebooks.”