Our main campus is in the town of Westminster, Maryland, just outside Baltimore. We call it the Hill, and it's where a world-class education combines with a big-hearted community to create a college experience like no other.
What if the smartest, most driven people you’ve ever met were also the kindest, most helpful people you’ve ever met? What if the most welcoming and supportive place you’ve ever been was also the place that challenged you every single day to go beyond your academic, social, and physical limits?
Welcome to McDaniel—not just a college, not just a place—an experience designed with your growth and fulfillment at the very center. Filled to the brim with professors, advisors, coaches, students, facilities, and programs that will bring out your very best, the entirety of the McDaniel campus is here for you. Not just for the next four years, but the next forty and beyond.
Whether you’re testing your VO2 max in the brand new Gill Center, chatting in fluent Spanish with your roommates in the Spanish House, conducting research with one of your professors, or just enjoying a coffee in the Starbucks in the library (yes, that’s a real thing), McDaniel will both feel like home and like the non-stop training ground you need it to be as you pursue your interests to build a fulfilling, rewarding life.
An Annual Tradition
The Spring Fling
McDaniel's Spring Fling is an annual tradition where students come together around good music and a carnival atmosphere to socialize and enjoy campus life. Typically scheduled right when the spring weather starts to warm up, Spring Fling provides another opportunity to develop community.
Over 85% of McDaniel students live on campus.
When you choose to live on campus, you'll get a front row seat to exciting events, social opportunities with friends and the richness of residential college life. Daily announcements highlight interesting and fun things to do, and social events are distributed to students weekly (first year students even get a copy of weekly social events slipped under their door so they don't miss opportunities to get connected). Across campus, digital signs promote on-campus lectures, art exhibits and more to help ensure you never miss an opportunity to engage.
The Green Terror
The Green Terror first appeared in the October 15, 1923 edition of the Western Maryland monthly. The article recounts the Western Maryland College (WMC) football game with Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia. Although WMC lost by a 19-7 margin, the 11 players fielded that day were called “Green Terrors.”
Some keepers of College history and folklore say that then-Coach D.K. Shroyer coined the term “Terror” to boost the morale of his players after their disheartening loss to Washington and Lee. Subsequently, it’s believed that Baltimore Sun reporter W. Wilson Wingate, class of 1918, used the term in a game story. Still others claim that a Virginia reporter described the green-clad team as “terrors” after a decisive victory.
Whatever the origin of the Green Terror, the name has come to represent the spirit of the College community both on and off the athletic field. The Green Terror has seen several incarnations—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 that is found on the Hill.
The Green Terror is more than a mascot. It's a lifestyle. Living like a Green Terror means tackling every challenge head on and using every opportunity to go after your goals.
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Today's Green Terror
A Campus TraditionThe Hidden Dragon
Hidden on the college's campus, the infamous "hidden dragon" was created by students. Its location remains unknown until you're let in on the secret. Will you discover the whereabouts of the dragon's cave?
A Hill Made for Sledding
Regularly acknowledged as among the "Best Places for Sledding in Carroll County", students (alongside Westminster community members!) hit the hill for sledding when we get our first snow day of the season. Continuing a tradition that goes back decades, today's students no longer careen down on large dining room trays like they did in the 1950s- traditional sleds are the norm (though mattresses and tables have been tried in the past)!
See for Yourself
To step foot on McDaniel's campus is to experience the energy of a diverse student body living and learning in a tight-knit community and a beautiful place.