Transfer Application Checklist

Spring Deadline December 15 January 10 January 10
Fall Deadline 1 April 15 May 3 May 3
Fall Deadline 2 June 1 June 15 June 15


Complete the application online by submitting the McDaniel Application or the Transfer Common Application with essay.

Forward your official transcripts from ALL colleges that you have attended to the admissions office.

Submit the residential student release form if you lived on campus at your most recent college AND plan to live on campus. Send a personalized link to the Dean of Students at your former institution as a part of our McDaniel Application, or download the form here if you are using the Transfer Common Application. We can’t review your application until we receive this release.

What do we consider when reading your application?

While we carefully read all the information you provide us, your college academic history is the most important part of your application. We want to ensure your success at McDaniel and we need to be able to gauge your ability to succeed in a full-time load of college courses here. We not only look at your grades, but also the difficulty of the courses you complete.

Your transfer essay is an important part of your application because it not only gives you an opportunity to tell us about yourself, but it also provides us with a glimpse of your writing style. The essay should additionally be used to explain any "blips" in your academic history. For example, if you had a low GPA one semester, or you received a poor grade in a class, it is a good idea to explain what happened in your essay. A student who has taken some time off of school should explain what s/he has been doing since leaving school.