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Green Terror

Student Life at McDaniel

Climb Higher. See Farther.

We call our campus the Hill.

It’s a place where you’re constantly climbing. The higher you climb, the clearer your view: of yourself, your passions, and all you can become.


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.


Located in the town of Westminster, Maryland, our main campus is about an hour from Baltimore. The Hill is a special place supported by a welcoming and inclusive community. We also have a European campus in Budapest, Hungary. Studying abroad is big here -- more than one-third of our students take a class abroad before they graduate.

Green Terror in front of Gill

The Green Terror is more than a mascot. Live like a Green Terror. It’s a lifestyle.

What does it mean to live like a Green Terror?

Living like a Green Terror means tackling every challenge head on and using every opportunity to go after your goals. And at McDaniel, you can do just that. Because whatever your place might be, you’ll find it on the Hill. We’re a community of individuals with unique talents, passions, and personalities, all collaborating, supporting one another, and coming together to live the McDaniel experience to the fullest.

Explore Student Life at McDaniel

One of the hallmarks of successful McDaniel students is that they jump in, getting involved in co-curricular and social activities that enhance their McDaniel experience. We encourage you to identify opportunities where you can make a difference and have fun, graduating with academic and leadership experiences that set you apart.

The Office of Student Engagement is here to help maximize your experience through engagement with social events, student organization membership, leadership development programs, Student Government Association, Greek Life and more.

Photo of a student using a weightlifting machine in Merritt Fitness Center.

Find what moves you at McDaniel. McDaniel Fitness and Recreation

You can stay active at McDaniel in all your favorite ways, whether that’s going for a jog around the Hill, gardening at the McDaniel Environmental Center, or scoring a hole-in-one at the on-campus golf course. The Hill is home to professional-grade sport and fitness facilities where you can enjoy independent and group recreation. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even add courses on activities like yogalates and weight training to your course schedule.

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI)

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is to provide visible leadership and direction for the College’s efforts on behalf of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, to promote diversity awareness and understanding within the larger campus community, to foster community and advocate for changes so that students and employees feel they belong, be a resource to students, faculty and staff in their efforts on behalf of diversity and inclusion, and advocate on behalf of minoritized communities. 


student studying in roj student center

Commuter Student Resources

McDaniel College commuter students are integral members of our campus. Leaders in and out of the classroom, our commuters also find themselves holding jobs on campus and involved with many clubs and organizations — like the Commuter Student Association. We are dedicated to providing you with resources for a rewarding and rich experience as you earn your degree here on the Hill. 



150+ years in the making McDaniel Traditions

A college that is 150+ years old is going to have traditions. From ringing in the Old Main Bell as a first year student and tailgating on the hill, to returning as an alum and getting married in the chapel, McDaniel is a college full of a rich history. The Green Terror dates back to 1923, and has evolved from a football team nickname to the fuzzy green mascot you see today, with quite a few iterations in between! Come experience the Hill and all it has to offer!