McDaniel College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of McDaniel College

McDaniel College is a private liberal arts college situated in Westminster, Maryland. The institution has a large selection of 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.  The McDaniel Green Terror play in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 2,729 (1,558 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male/51% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,540
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $11,772
  • Other Expenses: $1,720
  • Total Cost: $59,232

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 69%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $30,658
    • Loans: $6,993

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 4%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Overview of McDaniel College Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 64% in 2019, McDaniel College does not have highly competitive admissions. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • McDaniel College Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 530/620
    • SAT Math: 520/610
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/27
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for McDaniel College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If McDaniel College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Old Dominion University, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for McDaniel College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Ohio University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than McDaniel College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Drexel University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to McDaniel College

Application Deadline: Rolling

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