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Student Life

The McDaniel experience is 24/7. When you move into your new home on the Hill, you’ll join a one-of-a-kind community with boundless opportunities to make lasting friendships, become a leader, and get involved in ways that make a real difference.

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Life on Campus At Home on The Hill

Something fun is always happening at our beautiful hilltop campus in the lively college town of Westminster, Maryland. No matter where you are, you’ll be just a few steps from club meetings, favorite hangout spots, and tons of other choices for spending your spare time. 

Navigating Life as a Student

Find info on where you’ll sleep, what’s for dinner in Glar (that’s our dining hall), the constant stream of special events our student organizations are dreaming up, and other basics of life as a Terror. 

Students in Budapest.

McDaniel Europe Campus An Unforgettable Opportunity in Budapest

McDaniel has a satellite campus in Budapest, Hungary, where you can trace history from Ancient Roman Empire to one of the most modern and bustling cities in all of Europe. Tuition, room, and board are matched to our main campus rates, so any student can afford this life-changing experience. 

What Is a Green Terror?

The Green Terror has come to represent the spirit of the College community both on and off the athletic field. The Green Terror has seen several incarnations as a thing – a wolf-like critter, a bobcat, and even a leopard – but currently reigns as the symbol of the deep-rooted commitment to excellence and perseverance found on the Hill.

Bell in front of campus in spring

McDaniel History and Traditions

McDaniel College was founded in 1867 as the first co-ed college just south of the Mason-Dixon line. In 2002, the College changed names from Western Maryland College to McDaniel College in honor of alumnus and professor emeritus William Roberts McDaniel, class of 1880. The College has grown from the original 37 undergraduate students to 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students. Students come from all over the country and most of the world’s continents to the close-knit community, where learning is collaborative, not competitive, and every student receives personal attention.

McDaniel College entrance sign in Spring.

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