New Transfer Student Checklist

Step 1 – You Have Made your Deposit to Attend McDaniel, What’s Next?

  1. When does this happen? As soon as you deposit, these are some of first steps you should be taking – typically mid-November through January
  2. ASAP: Read the “Welcome” Email you will receive from Admissions
    • This email will come to your personal email account (the one you used when applying). In this email, you will be given directions on how to log into the admissions website and access your McDaniel username and ID.
  3. ASAP after you receive your welcome email from Admissions - Activate your Account
  4. Need more information about McDaniel’s technology resources?

Step 2 – Begin Your McDaniel Story!

  1. When does this happen? As soon as you deposit, these are some of first steps you should be taking - typically November - January!
  2. ASAP: Review your personalized Financial Aid Self Service Page to ensure timely financial aid processing to meet deadlines for fall invoices.
  3. DUE ASAP: Complete the Authorization for Release of Student Information. This authorization allows McDaniel College to share education records with your parents or others. The student must return completed form to the Registrar’s Office in person, or scan/photograph and email to from the student’s McDaniel email account.
  4. Join the TRANSFER Facebook group so you can ask questions, meet other students and get to know the McDaniel staff, students and faculty!
  5. ASAP: Living on Campus: Information on your application decision to live on or off campus will be shared with the Office of Residence Life. Transfer student housing assignments for the upcoming semester are typically done with a phone call to you from our staff. Calls start in mid-June for the Fall, or the second week of January for the Spring. If you have questions about housing you would like to ask earlier, please feel free to contact Nyambi Shannon in the Residence Life Office (410-857-2240 or If you phone number has changed from what you submitted on your application for admission, please let us know that as well. You can find information about Residence Life and the residence halls at:
  6. ASAP: Connect with our Student Academic Support Services (SASS) Office - If you are a student with a documented disability, please complete the Student Academic Support Services (SASS) registration form ASAP so SASS can help to support your needs this summer as you get ready to arrive!
  7. Starting December 15: Start Part 1 of the “Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault and Violence” Online Course (Required for all new transfer students by the first day of classes).
  8. Make an appointment with your doctor to get a physical! All new students will need to turn in a health form to the College.
    • If you have any questions, please refer to the Health Form FAQ's or call the Wellness Center at 410-857-2243.

Step 3 – Academic First Steps!

  1. When does this happen? Academic steps begin after you deposit and run through to the start of classes in January.
  2. Advising for classes! If you do not hear from First Stop regarding your department advisor (approximately one week after you deposit), please contact the office at 410-857-2790 or
  3. Review the McDaniel Plan which is our general education/integrated studies outline before your advising appointment.
  4. Review your program evaluation and transfer equivalency report in the self-service Archway (in the portal at before your advising appointment.
  5. Get in touch with your assigned advisor (once you hear from the First Stop Office) for advising and permission to register for classes. You can talk with your advisor by email, phone, Skype, or in person – your choice!
    • Please make sure your most current transfer transcript(s) have also been sent to McDaniel College for review and posting to your record (2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157)
  6. Contact the Registrar’s Office with any remaining questions about transfer credit. They can be reached at 410-857-2755 or at
  7. Take Any Required Placement Exams (Your Advisor will Let you know if you have to take any exams. Not all new students have to take placement exams)
    • Log into BlackBoard and complete the following placement exams
      1. English
      2. Math
      3. Second Language
    • When your results become available, you can find the course placement results under "Test Summary" in Archway. Once you have located those placement courses, click here to find out what your scores mean.
    • Want to brush up on your skills before you take the Math placement exam? Click here for practice tests in Arithmetic and Algebra, or visit com (see "Preliminary Topics" and "Beginning Algebra Topics").

Step 4 – Register for Classes Online!

  1. When does this happen? After you meet with your advisor and are cleared /given permission to register, you can go online to register for classes!
  1. Reach out to and get to know your Peer Mentor Team!
    • Each student will have a student Peer Mentor! You will receive emails from Peer Mentor Team before you arrive so watch your McDaniel email. If you are an honors or international student, you will have an additional Peer Mentor.

Step 5 - Prepare to be here!

  1. ASAP: Take a look at the overview for move in day (January 19th) and the New Student orientation (January 20th). Please review the orientation schedule carefully and plan, ahead, so you can attend this important event and connect with students, faculty and staff!
  2. ASAP: Complete Information Technology Related Items
  3. ASAP: Visit the Emergency Information page in Self-Service, add the information for any emergency contacts you wish to designate, and click to confirm at the top of the page.
  4. ASAP: Submit the health form to the Wellness Center! You will need to turn in an updated health form to the College.
    • If you have any questions, please refer to the Health Form FAQ's or call the Wellness Center at 410-857-2243.
  5. Make a plan to visit "First Stop" this Fall or in early January or when you arrive – the first year experience office for all your first year needs. Hoover Library – 2nd floor - 410-857-2790.
  6. Visit the Bookstore to buy McDaniel Swag and books for your classes
  7. Review the dining plan/meal plan so you know how it works when you arrive!
  8. Arrive on Friday, January 19th to move in (if a resident)!
  9. Attend new student Orientation on Saturday, January 20th (all students)!