International Students Application Checklist

We offer a wide range of choices for applying to McDaniel so that you can choose the best option for yourself. It is our practice to make merit scholarship decisions at the time we make admission decisions, so be sure to include all your honors and activities in your application or attach a resume. You control the timing of when and how you apply, so if McDaniel is your first choice, you can apply early, deposit promptly and enjoy the rest of your senior year. If you have many college choices, you can still apply early and receive information, but take all the time you need until May 1 to make a good decision.

Application Deadlines

We have 5 application deadlines, pick the deadline that works best for you, and be sure that you notify the Admissions Office of your deadline choice. If you have questions about which deadline might be the best for you, please let us know.

Early Action (non-binding decision) – November 15 and December 15

Early Decision (binding decision) – November 1st and January 15th

Regular Decision – February 1st

 *If you would like to be considered for our Full Tuition Scholarship, all materials must be RECEIVED by February 1st.

Submission Requirements

You may submit your materials via mail, or electronically. 

Mailing Address:
McDaniel College
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157

Look for an email after you submit your application for more details about how to submit additional materials electronically. 

A completed application for an international student includes:

  1. Completed Common Application –OR– McDaniel Application
  2. Personal Essay or statement.
    Please write an essay (250 words minimum, 750 maximum) on one of the options listed below, and attach it to your application before submission. This personal essay helps us become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.
    1. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
    3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
    5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal,that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
  3. $50 non-refundable application fee (required)
    1. We will not process your application until we receive your payment. This fee may be paid either online with a credit card through the Common Application site, by calling our office with a credit card number, or by mailing a payment to The Office of Admissions.
  4. Official secondary school transcript (officially translated to English) **
    Please include the last three completed years of schooling at minimum and your senior year schedule. Senior grades will be requested if needed.
  5. Official score report (from the testing source) from TOEFL, IELTS, ACT and/or SAT Scores **
    1. Official copies of the SAT or ACT. The SAT school code is 5898. McDaniel College evaluates the highest critical reading and highest math scores from multiple test dates on the SAT.
    2. If English is not your first language, you are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.
  6. Letters of Recommendation **
    1. We require two letters from officials at your school. These may be teachers from your core subjects, counselors, principals, advisors or anyone who can attest to your character and academic potential.
  7. Financial Information – Your application will not be considered complete until we have received official financial information from you.
    1. Submit the Certificate of Finances form (PDF)
    2. An official bank statement (translated to English)
  8. Additional School Information (if applicable)
    1. Examinations
      • Copies of Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program scores and/or your International Baccalaureate predicted scores.
      • The results, in English, from all secondary school, university, and national examinations.
    2. Copies of diplomas and certificates
    3. Additional School Reports to include grades 9-11/freshman-junior year
    4. If you’re transferring from another four-year college in the United States, submit the Residential Student Release form (PDF). We must receive this form before we review your application.

Application Requirements:

Official Documentation
**A school official or testing service must submit your school transcript, test scores, and letters of recommendation for items #4, #5, and #6 above. Test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation received from a student or parent will be considered unofficial.

Interviews are NOT required as a part of the admissions process, but are heavily encouraged. We would love the opportunity to get to know you better. We can arrange an in-person interview if you visit campus; or interview via Skype.

Financial Information
McDaniel College considers the amount of financial support a student will need when making admission decisions. We do not offer need-based financial aid to international students. Please be aware that all international students are required to have a minimum financial support of $17,000 USD annually in order to be considered for admission.

We require at least ONE score report from either TOEFL, IELTS, ACT or SAT.
We require the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL: 550 on the paper examination; 213 on the internet examination; 80 on the iBT (with a minimum score of 20 in each section).
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • SAT: 500 CR/500 M

Transcript Evaluations
McDaniel College recommends World Education Services but will accept an evaluation from any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member. Transcript evaluations for admission must be completed by professional credential evaluation service, or your school. Students seeking transfer credit from coursework earned at an institution outside the U.S. must submit an official transcript(s) that has been evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. 

World Education Services