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Hans Overdahl '26 with family. From left: mother Kristalee, Hans, brother Lachlan, and father Nils.

Parent & Family Resources

Whether your family is new to McDaniel or has been around for generations, parents and families play an integral role in the McDaniel community. The parent and family resource page will serve as a one-stop shop for all the information you need to ensure your student's success at McDaniel and beyond. 

Staying Connected

Staying informed and connected is an important part of your McDaniel College journey.

Here at McDaniel, we believe a knowledgeable and supportive family plays a critical role in a student's educational achievements and in helping them navigate the challenges and opportunities inherent in their college experience. For that reason, we invite you to participate in your student's experience at McDaniel, and are committed to providing important tools and resources to make it easy for your family to stay engaged.

Our goal is to make the McDaniel experience as positive for you as it is for your student.

New McDaniel student and parent

Will your student be new to the Hill this Fall? McDaniel Parent Kickoff Don't forget to register for an exclusive event - just for you!

We understand that navigating the college experience alongside your student can be both exciting and challenging. That's why we’re excited to invite you to our brand-new McDaniel College Kickoff for Parents & Guardians that will take place during the McDaniel Local experience over the summer. 

Designed to provide you with essential information and resources to empower you in supporting your student's journey, from academic guidance to insights into campus life, this event serves as your comprehensive guide to navigating the McDaniel experience alongside your student.

Spots are available for the June 27, July 8, and July 11 sessions.  Contact admissions at or 800-638-5005 to register.

McDaniel Hall exterior

2024-2025 Room & Board Rates

Next year's room & board rates are available. We encourage you to discuss prices/finances with your student before they select their housing for next year.

Parent and Family Weekend

Save the date! Parent & Family Weekend 2024 Join us.

Mark your calendars to join your student on the Hill from November 15-17 for Parent & Family Weekend 2024. Additional information will be available by the end of summer and registration for the weekend will open in September. 

Exclusive McDaniel College Collections Need a little something special? We've got you covered!

Ward Memorial Arch Necklace

Exclusive The McDaniel College Collection Celebrate your student with a unique piece

Introducing an exquisite collaboration between McDaniel College and Kyle Cavan Jewelry, a collection celebrating the college's iconic arch. Each piece is meticulously crafted, offering a blend of timeless elegance and collegiate pride. With customizable options, you can create a piece as special as your student!  

photograph of an illustrated map of McDaniel College

McDaniel College Illustrated Map collection Featuring the college’s landmarks and memorable spots

Help them remember their time on the Hill forever with a colorful watercolor illustrated map of their favorite campus spots NEWLY designed by Stephanie Madsen Art. Prints can be customized with your student’s name and class year for a personalized touch. Tea towels, tote bags, stickers, magnets, mugs, and blank note cards are a great way to thank those who supported your student on their academic journey!

A Commitment to Inclusion

McDaniel College was the first coeducational college south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and one of the first coeducational colleges in the nation. We strive to continue this tradition of social justice by committing ourselves to being a diverse and inclusive community. We are guided by our First Principles, which compel us to place students at the center of a humane environment and demand that we respect others and share responsibility for the common good.

Get SOCIAL! Stay connected.

Join us and be in the know. Whether it's checking in on your favorite Green Terror sports team or wanting to know the special food events in our dining hall, our social media has you covered. You can stay on top of important financial aid posts, know when our Wellness Center organizes events to help manage stress, and jot the date down of the networking event your student should attend. Check out our Social Media Directory for a complete list of approved McDaniel College social media accounts.

Parent and Family Council member Diana Kloorfain Smart, right, is the mother of sophomore Jane Smart.

Parent and Family Council

The McDaniel College Parent and Family Council serves as an advisory group for the college and is comprised of a diverse cross-section of families, which includes McDaniel’s most committed parents and family members. These parent and family leaders bring expertise, resources, and a passion for McDaniel College to both support and be actively engaged with the college. 


Professor interacting with students.

the legal stuff Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act FERPA

Your student's McDaniel College records (including academic and financial records) belong to them. This means that McDaniel College staff are legally required to have your student's written permission before we can disclose details of their academic and financial accounts with others (including parents or guardians).