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McDaniel College Overview

McDaniel College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Westminster, Maryland. Westminster is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is McDaniel College Known For?

404 Undergraduate Awards
$31,640 Avg Cost After Aid
85% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at McDaniel have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at McDaniel.
  • In 2017-2018, 23% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from McDaniel with a bachelor's degree make about $49,700 a year. That's 22% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from McDaniel to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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McDaniel College Rankings

McDaniel is ranked #244 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #5 out of 30 schools in Maryland.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

McDaniel has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#28 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at McDaniel.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Multilingual Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Educational Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Instructional Media Design Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards McDaniel has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#26 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#68 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates College Factual
#77 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual
#161 Highest Paid Business Administration & Management Graduates College Factual

Where Is McDaniel College?

Location of McDaniel College

Contact details for McDaniel are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-848-7000

How Do I Get Into McDaniel?

You can apply to McDaniel online at:

Admission Requirements for McDaniel

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into McDaniel?

85% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
64% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 85%, McDaniel is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 95%.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to McDaniel submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for McDaniel College  ( 540 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for McDaniel College  ( 520 to 610 )
McDaniel received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for McDaniel College  ( 21 to 28 )

Can I Afford McDaniel College?

$31,640 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of McDaniel is $31,640. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At McDaniel, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $7,145 a year. That adds up to $28,580 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at McDaniel is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

McDaniel College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,652 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,679 undergraduate students at McDaniel, with 1,652 being full-time and 27 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  McDaniel

There are also 1,172 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,652 full-time undergraduates at McDaniel, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  McDaniel

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of McDaniel College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of McDaniel Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 38
Black or African American 352
Hispanic or Latino 105
White 944
International Students 44
Other Races/Ethnicities 169

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at McDaniel College. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 31 countries are represented at McDaniel. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, South Korea, and Belgium.

Online Learning at McDaniel College

352 Took All Classes Online
530 Took At Least One Class Online
9.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 530 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at McDaniel has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 18th most popular in Maryland for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of McDaniel

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at McDaniel College was 9.4%. This is the #1,372 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at McDaniel regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of McDaniel majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Teacher Education Subject Specific 28%
Teaching English or French 25%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at McDaniel ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at McDaniel.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Gerontology #17
Teaching English or French #33
Writing Studies #40
English Language & Literature #61
Instructional Media Design #76
Curriculum & Instruction #78
Teacher Education Subject Specific #113
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #115
Educational Administration #156
Education #377

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

McDaniel College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Educational Administration 0 146 16 162
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 74 74
Business Administration & Management 48 0 0 48
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 47 47
Multilingual Education 0 38 0 38
Student Counseling 0 0 37 37
Health & Physical Education 37 0 0 37
General Psychology 34 0 0 34
General Biology 27 0 0 27
Communication & Media Studies 27 0 0 27
Political Science & Government 25 0 0 25
Special Education 0 2 22 24
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1 0 22 23
Sociology 23 0 0 23
Social Work 20 0 0 20
Accounting 19 0 0 19
General English Literature 15 0 0 15
Philosophy 14 0 0 14
Computer Information Systems 13 0 0 13
History 12 0 0 12
Romance Languages 11 0 0 11
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11 0 0 11
Chemistry 11 0 0 11
Fine & Studio Arts 11 0 0 11
Gerontology 0 3 7 10
Human Services 0 0 9 9
Teaching English or French 0 0 8 8
Mathematics 7 0 0 7
Natural Resources Conservation 7 0 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 0 0 7
Economics 6 0 0 6
Human Resource Management 0 0 5 5
Physics 5 0 0 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 5 0 0 5
Writing Studies 0 3 0 3
Area Studies 3 0 0 3
Instructional Media Design 0 2 0 2
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 2 2
Religious Studies 2 0 0 2
Music 1 0 0 1
Public Administration 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 404 194 249 847


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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