Living, Dining & Wellness

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You Define the Good 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.

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Dig In
What are you hungry for? You’ll find everything to satisfy your craving within a few steps of your front door – and you can choose from a variety of meal plans designed for dorm or apartment living that accommodate your busy schedule. There’s also a fourth meal option if you don’t get a chance, or an appetite, to eat until later at night. You can use meal plan funds at Englar Dining Hall, as well as the Pub, and McDaniel Bucks at all campus dining locations plus many popular local restaurants.

Englar Dining Hall
Start at Englar Dining Hall, better known as Glar, where there’s always a fully stocked salad and soup bar, all kinds of comfort foods – from roasted turkey to freshly made pasta dishes – and the wildly popular Chicken Tender Thursdays. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also on the menu while locally sourced and sustainable ingredients are emphasized in all recipes. Twice weekly “theme meals” are planned with student input and include everything from roll-your-own sushi to BBQ & S’mores night.

McDaniel Pub
For a change of scene, there’s also the Pub, which stays open until midnight and is a favorite hangout for kicking back in front of the jumbo TV and munching on classic deli, deep-fried fare and favorites from the grill. 

Green & Go Convenience Store
How convenient, a store right in the center of campus stocked with everything students told us they want, from ice cream and milkshakes to fresh fruits and vegetables to popcorn, yogurt, peanut butter and condiments. Like any convenience store, this one is open late — until midnight most nights and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Caseys’ Corner
Got a craving for really good coffee, pumpkin spice latte or maybe a Frappuccino? Look no farther than Caseys’ Corner, the Starbucks café just inside Hoover Library where you can enjoy all of your favorite treats. Relax in the café’s comfortable seating or carry your tea and muffin into the library — eating and drinking is allowed there too.

Residence Life

Additional information and forms can be found at the Office of Residence Life website »

The buildings described below are where our first year students are housed on campus. Daniel MacLea Hall in particular, though, will also have upperclass students living there alongside the first year students enrolled in the Honors Program.

As a reminder, if you are a prospective or incoming first year student to McDaniel College, don't forget to read over the FY FAQ!

Daniel MacLea Hall

Daniel MacLea Hall

Daniel MacLea Hall (DMC for short) is a suite style residence hall with approximately 120 beds. The building is divided into 4 sections, with each section centered on a stairwell. In each section, there is a suite on the first, second, and third floors accessible from the stairwell. These suites feature a shared common room, bathroom facilities, and bedrooms for 7-9 students typically. Bedrooms include an XL twin bed, desk, chair, dresser, and a wardrobe unit per student. Each bedroom comes with a microwave/refrigerator/freezer unit as well. Window mounted AC units are provided by the College (although Physical Plant will remove them for storage at some point in the Fall and return them in the Spring in response to the weather/temperature outside). The lower level of the building has a lounge with a flatscreen television, comfortable seating, as well as tables and chairs for working space. The lower level also houses the laundry facilities for the building. DMC sections 1-3 typically house students in our Honors Program as well as incoming transfer students, while section 4 houses a mix of upperclass students. Daniel MacLea is a substance free hall, where alcohol is not permitted even for students of age.

Rouzer Hall

Rouzer Hall

Rouzer Hall is a traditional style residence hall of approximately 190 residents with four residential floors, community bathrooms on the floors, and bedrooms off the corridor. Rouzer Hall is directly connected to the Decker College Center, giving the building's residents very easy access to the Englar Dining Hall and other services. Bedrooms have an XL twin bed, desk, chair, dresser, and a wardrobe unit per student. Each bedroom comes with a microwave/refrigerator/freezer unit as well. Each floor has a lounge area shared by the students with seating and a flat-screen television. There is a laundry room for the building located on the ground floor, and an elevator links the floors along with three different stairwells. Rouzer Hall is a substance free building, where alcohol is not permitted even for students of age.

Whiteford Hall

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Whiteford Hall is a traditional style residence hall of approximately 210 students with six residential floors, community bathrooms on the floors, and bedrooms off the corridor. Whiteford Hall is located just outside the Decker College Center. Similar to Rouzer Hall, Whiteford does have an elevator. Bedrooms have an XL twin bed, desk, chair, dresser, and wardrobe closet per student. Each bedroom comes with a microwave/refrigerator/freezer unit as well. There is common lounge space available on the first and ground floors, as well as a a laundry room for the building. Whiteford Hall is a substance free building, where alcohol is not permitted even for students of age.

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Relieve Stress, Stay Strong

There is no excuse for sitting still while you’re on the Hill — and not many people do. Our community is an active one, with plenty of opportunities to develop healthy habits that will help you relieve stress and stay strong.

  • Work out in our state-of-the-art, two-story fitness center featuring the best views around.
  • Take up kayaking or yoga. 
  • Compete on one of the Green Terror’s 24 NCAA Division III athletic teams or join a club sport, including snowboarding and Ultimate Frisbee. Your physical and emotional well being is taken seriously at McDaniel. 

Education and support are offered through the Wellness Center, which encompasses Counseling and Health Services and embraces a holistic philosophy focused on optimizing your capacity to achieve your goals inside and outside the classroom. Health Services provides free medical and health consultations to all full-time students by licensed health care professionals. Counseling Services offers a variety of short-term services, free of charge, to help students address academic, personal, social and career concerns. These include assessment, crisis intervention, consultation, individual counseling, group counseling and referrals to on-campus resources and off-campus providers and specialists.

For more information, please visit the Wellness Center on Orgsync.

Health Form

All full-time undergraduate students must have a completed health form, including immunization records, on file in the Wellness Center prior to starting classes. Completed forms may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Wellness Center. Download the Full Time Student Health Form.

A full-time student who has not turned in the student health form will not be permitted to access Wellness Center services (Health Services and Counseling) until the form is received and determined to be complete by the Wellness Center Staff.  Crisis Counseling Services are the exception and are available to all students regardless of student health form status.

Student Health Insurance Information

Please visit the Heath Insurance and Waiver page for additional infomration on student health insurance.

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Your Social Agenda
  • Hang with friends in Red Square
  • Rock free food & games in the Rec Lounge
  • Play laser tag in the dark
  • Watch a free movie in Decker auditorium
  • See big-name musicians, magicians, dancers on campus
  • Take the shuttle shopping around Westminster
  • Catch a bus trip to Baltimore or D.C.
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