Defining identity

Check out Maryland schools

Check out Maryland schools

July 25, 2006|by SARAH JOHNSTON

No. 4 of a nine-part series

WESTMINSTER, Md. - McDaniel College has great difficulties in conveying its character. In an effort to revamp its image and distinguish itself as a refined, private institution, the school changed its name from Western Maryland College to McDaniel College in 2002.

Famous for its tailgating festivities, the football stadium, which hosts the Baltimore Ravens' training camp, also has witnessed changes - from the replacement of its turf to the renaming of its team.

In the past five years, the buildings, scattering the hilltop campus, have undergone ceaseless reconstruction and renovation.

McDaniel College devotes as much time and energy to enriching the intellect of its students as it devotes to enriching the aesthetics of its campus. The school was cited as one of the 40 "Colleges That Change Lives," by reporter Loren Pope, who also was formerly an editor with The New York Times. A seasoned college sleuth, Pope liked McDaniel's thriving study-abroad program, abundance of internship opportunities, engaging freshman seminar and the January Term - a three-week opportunity to take an unusual class, explore something new, take on an internship, or study abroad.


At a glance

Type of school: private

Affiliation: none

Environment: a blend of rural and suburban

2006-07 tuition: $26,980

2006-07 estimated total yearly cost (includes tuition, fees, room and board): $32,880

Popular majors: business administration/management, psychology, sociology

Student population: 1,600 undergraduate students; 1,100 graduate students

Student body: 45 percent male, 55 percent female

Student/faculty ratio: 12:1

Average class size: 17

Clubs and organizations: more than 100

Greek life: yes

Athletics: 24 NCAA Division III team sports

Famous alumnus: Thomas Roberts, anchor for CNN Headline News

- Sources of information:,, informational brochures from McDaniel College

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