College of the Week: McDaniel College

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at McDaniel College is 11:1, and the school has 67.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at McDaniel College include: Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.

Cost & Financial Aid

At McDaniel College, 79 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award 

The First Stop

The “First Stop” – Center for the First Year Experience, serves as a home base for students in their first year at McDaniel (first-year or first-year transfer). First Stop is the one-stop place for students to ask questions, get information, come in and say “hello” and get individual academic support. First Stop houses many components of the First Year Experience Program including the Peer Mentor program, First Year Seminar, Transfer Student Seminar, and new student orientation. The center also hosts workshops and meeting space for student programs (peer mentor programs, academic workshops, tutoring, First Year Council, Alpha Lambda Delta first year honor society, and more). As the First Stop expands and grows, it will provide additional opportunities for first-year students and families to connect to the community through this new center.

The First Stop is located in Hoover Library – 2nd floor. The center can be reached at: 410-857-2790 or

The most popular majors at McDaniel College include

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Social Sciences; Business, Management,Marketing, and Related Support Services;Psychology; and CommunicationJournalism, and Related Programs.

Top Reasons to Go to McDaniel College:

Reason #1 – The McDaniel Plan: As Flexible and Personal as YOU!

Reason #2 – Jan Term

Reason #3 – A Campus in Europe

Reason #4 – Money Magazine Ranks us a “Best College”

Reason #5 – One of 40 Colleges That Change Lives

Reason #6 – Community in Action

Reason #7 – Great Minds Come Together

Reason #8 – Win Big in the Centennial Conference

Reason #9 – Drive-in Tailgating- Unique to McDaniel

Reason #10 – There’s No Place Like the Hill





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his week we welcome Associate Director for Guest Experience, Andrew Cohen, to the blog. Welcome, Andrew!

Over the summer I made a very big life change – I moved almost 900 miles away from the place I call home. I was born and raised in Central New Jersey, attended college in upstate New York, and have lived in New York City ever since. In June, I accepted a position with Georgia Tech and started planning my move to Atlanta. Of course I was excited about this life change, but it was also a bit terrifying. I’ve never lived more than a four hour drive away from home, and now I’m a 13 hour drive away from where I grew up.

On the other hand, many aspects of the move were very exciting. I was excited for a fresh start in a new city with so much to explore. I was also excited about all of the new opportunities coming along with my new job, not to mention the big life decisions that came with the move, like buying my first car (I always used public transportation in New York City).
The more I think about how my life has changed over the past few months, I am reminded of the many conversations I’ve had with high school students and parents about the location of the colleges they are considering. Many times families set a limit on the driving radius from their home, whether it’s in miles or hours. While I understand the comfort of being close to home, it is important to recognize there are opportunities you may be excluding with this kind of limitation.

When I was considering leaving New York City, I took into consideration things like job responsibilities and future opportunities, location, and even the weather. That’s why I recommend thinking about the following items when you’re building your college list.

Opportunities for Growth

For me, position and career opportunities were very important. Here at Tech, I manage the campus visits team and customer service for our office. The opportunity was different than what I was used to and that excited me. Tech has a very unique story to share with its approximately 40,000 visitors annually. I attended a smaller private college, then worked at a similar type of school for a few years, so working at a larger public institution was a big change. Professionally, it was a great opportunity.

Just like I considered these opportunities, you as a student should think about the programs offered at each institution on your college list. Besides thinking about your major, what opportunities are offered outside of the classroom? What kinds of internships or co-ops are students participating in? If you’re not sure what you want to major in, then look at the variety of majors offered. What kind of support is available to help you choose a major?

For me, new opportunities were the biggest driving factor in making the choice to move to Atlanta. As a high school student, new opportunities should also be a driving force selecting a college.

Location, Location, Location!

The next thing that I considered was location. After living in NYC for many years, I knew I still wanted to be close to or in a large city. I was not ready to make the jump to living in a more rural location. I like access to the hustle and bustle of a city, so Atlanta was perfect. While Atlanta is a large city, there is a balance of quieter suburbs and outdoor activities all around (even when I’m on campus I forget I am in the heart of Midtown Atlanta!).

As a student, don’t think of location as a mile/hour distance, but rather the type of place you want to live for four years. Are you interested in being in a college town, a large city, or a more rural area?


The last of considerations for me was a bit more minor, but something that should not be overlooked – the weather. As a native northeasterner, snow and freezing temperatures do not bother me. Moving to the south was an opportunity to try something different. I can happily say I survived Atlanta’s heat and humidity in August, and I’ve been loving the warmer fall temperatures.

As a student, weather should certainly be a consideration for you too–but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Is it worth giving up an amazing opportunity just because of a few cold winter months? In the long run, college is only a few years. Looking back, I see how surviving a cold winter can build character (and make you appreciate warm weather!). If you are thinking of going to school in a place with very different weather than you are accustomed to, be sure to visit the campus during that season.

After being in the south for only a few months, I am constantly reminded of the great decision I made. It has been an adventure exploring the city and I have quickly adjusted to my new job. If I was not willing to step out of my comfort zone and look past the 4-hour driving radius around the New York City area, I would have missed out on an amazing opportunity. Even with being so much farther away from my family, I still have been able to see them quite frequently (thanks to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport!).

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