McDaniel College

McDaniel College is a private four-year liberal arts college in Westminster, Maryland, United States, located 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Baltimore.



The college was founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College, and was named for the Western Maryland Railroad because the college's first Board chairman, John Smith of Wakefield, was also the president of the railroad.


McDaniel College is a diverse student-centered community committed to excellence in the liberal arts & sciences and professional studies.


The McDaniel College Office of Institutional Research functions as the primary source for official campus statistics, in compliance with Federal, MHEC and MICUA reporting requirements. We supply data for specific departmental assessments while helping to facilitate and evaluate surveys; and we contribute to various institution-wide efforts requiring analytic expertise.


Through the College’s Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO), graduate students at McDaniel will discover multiple services designed to give them a competitive advantage and the ability to optimize job searches in many professions. They can learn from career services experts how to explore networks and tools that are exclusive to our students, write high-impact resumes and prepare for interviews.


Student services

The Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion, functions under the administration of the Provost and the Office of Academic Affairs. The mission of this office is to provide visible leadership and direction for the College’s efforts on behalf of diversity and multiculturalism; offer programs and provide guidance and assistance, both academic and non-academic, to underrepresented students; support and coordinate student groups that serve the needs of diverse student populations; develop programs and services to promote diversity awareness and understanding within the larger campus community; and be a resource to students, faculty and staff in their efforts on behalf of diversity and multiculturalism.

Housing services

Student Academic Support Services works with each student on a case-by-case basis to determine and implement appropriate accommodations based on individual needs and documentation. Accommodations are provided to assist the student in achieving the intended outcome of the course, as long as the accommodation does not alter the fundamental nature or requirements of the course or program.

Library services

Hoover Library supports McDaniel College’s mission to promote critical, creative, and global thinking while fostering academic excellence and intellectual freedom. The Library provides a learning environment that encourages scholarship, access to resources, instruction, and guidance for the interpretation and evaluation of information.

Medical services

McDaniel College Health Services provides free medical and health consultations to all full-time students by licensed health care professionals. Nominal fees will be charged for some clinical services and prescription medications.

Student Life

Campus life

It won’t take long for you to feel at home on the Hill. Whether you live in residence halls, or a campus apartment or house, you’ll be just a few steps from everything, and everyone, on a beautiful hilltop campus where something fun is always happening—often after the sun sets. Your evenings will be full of choices, from karaoke nights to stargazing parties and snowball fights. Autumn weekends are made for home football games and one-of-a-kind tailgating at McDaniel’s unique drive-in stadium. And jaunts to Baltimore hot spots like Fells Point and Federal Hill are always a great option. 

Sports facilities

McDaniel is a charter member of the Centennial Conference, an athletic conference that includes Swarthmore, Ursinus, Haverford, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Bryn Mawr, Gettysburg, and Johns Hopkins.

McDaniel college has 24 NCAA Division III sports teams and is named the Green Terror, which in 1999 was rank 13th for U.S. News & World Report weirdest mascot names. The name originated from how teams would describe the Western Maryland Players as "Terrors" on the field. The name stuck and since October 1923 McDaniel College has been known as the Green Terror.

Student clubs

Currently McDaniel has a number of sororities and fraternities, almost all national. Although there are no distinct Greek (fraternity or sorority) houses on campus, Greeks are allowed to "reserve" a floor in one of the dorm buildings on campus for only their own members to live on.


McDaniel College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

Westminster, Maryland, United States