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Options and Flexibility

Applying to college involves a lot of paperwork, plenty of organizational skills, and some time management. McDaniel gives you choices that meet your needs, a personal timeline and plenty of hands-on support to take the stress out of the process.


First Time College Students can apply using The McDaniel Application for First Year Students or the Common Application, and we encourage you to submit the application that works best for you. The McDaniel Application is an easily accessible option you can begin immediately and enables you to send electronic document requests for high school transcripts and counselor and teacher recommendation. The Common Application enables you complete one form and submit it simultaneously to each college.

View deadlines and admission requirements on our First Year Student Application Checklist


Transfer Students and International Students should apply using The McDaniel Application or the Common Application – choose whichever application works best for you. The McDaniel Application will pre-populate with any information you have already provided us, and allows you to send electronic document requests for your transcripts and recommendations if required. The Common Application enables you complete one form and submit it simultaneously to each college.

Visit our Transfer Student Checklist or the International Student Checklist to view deadlines, admission requirements, and our merit-based scholarship award programs.


First year students who apply for our binding Early Decision Program are given preference in the admission process. If McDaniel is your first-choice college, consider making your commitment to enroll through Early Decision and completing your entire college search by choosing only McDaniel.


Interested in being considered for Merit Scholarships?  Be sure to view our scholarship programs to see what type of merit aid you may be eligible  to receive and to learn about our many merit-based opportunities


Former McDaniel students who are eligible to return to the College to complete their degree and college graduates seeking a second bachelor’s degree are invited to apply for the fall and spring semesters. Complete and submit the McDaniel Application, and all required transcripts by the spring (December 15) or fall (June 1) deadline for consideration.


High School Counselors should read our guide to find out the most up-to-date information for your students. We encourage you to email us or call 800-638-5005 with general and specific questions as you help your students navigate the college admission and selection process.

We Take the Time to Know You

We’re interested in learning more about how you pursue your passions, what kind of topics or events spark your curiosity, and how you’ve built your character to become the person you are today. All applications are holistically reviewed in order to assess each applicant’s readiness for academic success at McDaniel. Here are the top things we look for in your application:

  • Your record of secondary school courses and grades, with special consideration given to accelerated courses, and depth of study in a discipline.
  • Your writing capability as indicated through your essay or writing sample.
  • Recommendations and evaluations by principals, counselors, and teachers.
  • Participation in non-academic activities, personal traits, goals and motivation.
  • Applicants must disclose information in response to questions honestly and completely; please note that McDaniel is compliant with Maryland law and past disciplinary or criminal history does not disqualify an applicant from consideration for admission.

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