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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