Mission & Vision

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McDaniel College is a diverse student-centered community committed to excellence in the liberal arts & sciences and professional studies. With careful mentoring and attention to the individual, McDaniel changes lives. We challenge students to develop their unique potentials with reason, imagination, and human concern. Through flexible academic programs, collaborative and experiential learning, and global engagement, McDaniel prepares students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility.

McDaniel College was founded in 1867 as the first co-ed college just south of the Mason-Dixon line. Our motto, E Tenebris in Lucem Voco, means "I call you out of darkness into light."

In 2002, the College changed names from Western Maryland College to McDaniel College in honor of alumnus and professor emeritus William Roberts McDaniel, class of 1880.

McDaniel College believes that liberally educated men and women think and act critically, creatively, and humanely. See how McDaniel’s First Principles guide our approach to learning and teaching.

We have the seal of approval from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and several other important agencies. Check out our list of accreditations.

Colleges That Change Lives

McDaniel College is one of 40 colleges profiled in the book Colleges That Change Lives that encourages students to look beyond the Ivy League for schools that pay close, personal attention.

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