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.
A college is not a campus. It's not a classroom. It's not a series of courses. A college is it's people. And at McDaniel, we surround you with the very best people to inform your learning and your personal and professional development. We're proud of all the individuals who dedicate their careers to advancing our student-centered mission.
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.
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.
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The Department of Campus Safety helps students navigate a successful and safe experience at McDaniel College. The officers of the Department are charged with responding to all security, fire, and medical emergencies on campus. We provide 24 hour a day protection to the College community 365 days a year.
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.
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.
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