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. 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. A school official or testing service must submit your school transcript.
  3. Official Test Scores
    1. If English is not your first language, you will need to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS and submit your official scores.The minimum scores to be considered for admission are:

      •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

    2. If English is your first language you can choose whether you would like to submit your SAT or ACT test scores. The SAT school code is 5898 and the ACT school code is 1756. McDaniel College continues to take the highest critical reading and highest math scores from multiple test dates on the SAT or your highest composite score from any ACT date. ACT or SAT Scores will be considered official if they are sent by the high school guidance office or testing service. 
  4. Financial Information – International students will be considered for need-based institutional grants following acceptance. You must have submitted the required Certificate of Finances for an application to be considered complete. Please be aware that even after need-based aid is applied, international students are responsible for $20,000-$40,000 USD per year. If a family cannot realistically contribute $20,000-$40,000 USD, it is unlikely McDaniel will be an affordable option.
    1. Submit the Certificate of Finances form (PDF)
    2. An official bank statement (translated to English)
  5. Residential Student Release form (Transfer Students Only) – If you’re transferring from another four-year college in the United States, be sure to download the Residential Student Release form to be completed by the Dean of Students at your most current school. We will only be able to review your application for admission once we receive this signed form.

Additional School Information for International First Year Students

Though not required, you may choose to enhance your application by submitting the following:

  1. One letter of recommendation from an academic source.
  2. 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.
  3. Copies of diplomas and certificates
  4. Additional School Reports to include grades 9-11/freshman-junior year
  5. 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.

Additional School Information for International Transfer Students

Transfer Credit If you are seeking transfer credit from coursework earned at an institution outside of the United States, you will need to submit an official transcript(s) that has been evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. We recommend World Education Services but will accept an evaluation from any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member.

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