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McDaniel College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on McDaniel College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is McDaniel College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

McDaniel College was awarded 310 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is curriculum and instruction.

Overall Quality

McDaniel is ranked #514 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when McDaniel held the #627 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

McDaniel also holds the #14 spot on the Best Colleges in Maryland ranking.

See all of the rankings for McDaniel College.

Is It Hard to Get Into McDaniel?

Acceptance Rate

McDaniel College has an acceptance rate of 81%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Learn more about McDaniel College admissions.

McDaniel College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At McDaniel College, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at McDaniel College is 21%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  21 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at McDaniel College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like McDaniel College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At McDaniel the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 59%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  59 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at McDaniel College.

McDaniel College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,804 undergraduates at McDaniel with 1,787 being full-time and 17 being part-time.

How Much Does McDaniel College Cost?

The overall average net price of McDaniel is $18,182. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for McDaniel

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,365 $11,875 $15,682 $17,844 $23,848

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of McDaniel, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 75% of students took out student loans averaging $7,800 a year. That adds up to $31,200 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at McDaniel is 5.0%. 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.

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How Much Money Do McDaniel Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from McDaniel make about $49,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future McDaniel graduates since it is 25% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at McDaniel College make the most money.

Location of McDaniel College

McDaniel College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Westminster, Maryland. McDaniel is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for McDaniel are given below.

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

McDaniel College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 46 majors graduated from McDaniel College. Of these students, 429 received undergraduate degrees and 232 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 55 $51,392
Health & Physical Education 34 $31,547
Political Science & Government 34 $29,685
General Psychology 30 $36,745
Communication & Media Studies 30 $34,081
General English Literature 29 $36,560
General Biology 24 $25,194
Sociology 20 $34,526
Social Work 18 NA
Accounting 18 $54,109

Learn more about the majors offered at McDaniel College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at McDaniel

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 2,931 students took at least one online class at McDaniel College. This is an increase from the 779 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,931 1,127
2018-2019 779 518
2017-2018 530 352
2016-2017 506 291
2015-2016 540 335

Learn more about online learning at McDaniel College.

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Notes and References


*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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