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McDaniel College is a four-year liberal arts college in Westminster, Marylandmarker, located 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Baltimoremarker. The college also has a satellite campus located in Budapestmarker, Hungarymarker. Until July 2002, it was known as Western Maryland College. As of July 2002 the school has been McDaniel College in honor of an alumnus who gave a lifetime of service to the college. McDaniel College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It also has special accreditations for its Chemistry, Social Work and Teacher Education programs. These accreditations are special and highly selective societies to gain membership in. McDaniel is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor society to which only 4.8% of United Statesmarker colleges or universities belong.

McDaniel College is one of 40 colleges profiled in the book Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope. The book profiles schools that it claims are often overlooked, but have programs that are just as strong as the traditional Ivy League schools. Also, it explains the claim that these schools have a culture that fosters the students into adults better than many other institutions of higher education throughout the United States.


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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. (Neither the railroad nor the Methodist Protestant Church contributed funds to facilitate the establishment of the college. Some contributions, however, were received from Methodist Protestant laymen, including John Smith.) It had a voluntary fraternal affiliation with the Methodist Protestant (later United Methodist) Church from 1868 until 1974; the adjacent but separate institution, the Westminster Theological Seminary, was a principal site for training Methodist Protestant (later United Methodist) clergy in the Maryland region. The ties with the United Methodist Church were cut over a court case in which Western Maryland and other religiously affiliated schools in Maryland were being challenged over state funding received by the colleges because of their religious ties. The other schools retained their affiliations and won the case.

The college's first building went up in 1867, with an inaugural class of 37 men and women. Western Maryland was the first coeducational institution south of the Mason-Dixon Line and was among the first in the nation. The school's original charter read that the school would exist: "For the benefit of students without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national or ethnic origin ... without requiring or enforcing any sectarian, racial or civil test, and without discrimination on the basis of sex, national or ethnic origin, nor shall any prejudice be made in the choice of any officer, teacher, or other employee in the said college on account of these factors." However, Western Maryland College was primarily a school without minority race representation until the 1960s.

Baker Memorial Chapel was dedicated April 20, 1958. The chapel, was built in memory of W.G. Baker, Joseph D. Baker, Daniel Baker, and Sarah Baker Thomas. The organ in the new chapel has been given by two alumni, father and son, Roger J. Whiteford, a prominent Washington attorney and graduate in 1906, and his son Joseph S. Whiteford a graduate in 1943, president of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, Boston, Mass. The chapel was designed by architects Otto Eugene Adams and E.G. Riggs, of Baltimore. The Chapel steeple, 113 feet tall, is visible for miles around and was originally topped by a stainless steel cross 6 feet in height. The wood panels of the chancel have been designed to complement the antique organ console which was originally in the Bruton Parish Churchmarker, at Williamsburg, Virginiamarker. The organ, with its 2,310 pipes, is held to be the largest in the area. The Whitefords also gave the carillon installed in the steeple.

McDaniel College Budapest (formerly known as Western Maryland College Budapest) was established in collaboration with College International Budapest in 1994. McDaniel College is also home to the summer training camp of the Baltimore Ravens NFL team. The Ravens live in the Best Western near the College Square Shopping Center during training. Newer buildings on campus include the Science Hall, gymnasium, library, and student union center. On January 11, 2002, the trustees announced their unanimous decision to change the name of the college. On July 1, 2002, WMC officially became McDaniel College, honoring alumnus William Roberts McDaniel and his 65-year association with the school. The naming process during the spring of 2002 included input from students, faculty and alumni about possible names. On January 12, 2007, the college suffered a tragic loss when its second-year men's basketball coach, Bob Flynn, died of a massive heart attack at his home in Catonsville, Maryland, at the age of 49. Flynn had guided McDaniel to a 7-6 record through the first two months of the 2006-07 season, its best start in two decades.


President Tenure
Reverend J. T. Ward 1867-1886
Dr. Thomas Hamilton Lewis 1886-1920
Dr. Albert Norman Ward 1920-1935
Bishop Fred G. Holloway 1935-1947
Dr. Lowell S. Ensor 1947-1972
Dr. Ralph C. John 1972-1984
Dr. Robert H. Chambers 1984-2000
Dr. Joan Develin Coley 2000-2010


McDaniel College is a liberal arts school that is founded on having many majors to pick from. The administration as well as the students have worked together to create over sixty undergraduate majors and nearly twenty graduate programs. McDaniel also offers over one hundred different minors. McDaniel in 2002 created the McDaniel Plan, which was the first of its kind, and it is renowned nationally for its innovative way of grasping the students to make education their own.

The McDaniel Plan

The McDaniel Plan provides a liberal education that combines a comprehensive program of general education and a rigorous program in the major. The program is complemented by electives and a range of special opportunities, that include but are not limited to directed studies, internships, and practicums. The requirements of The McDaniel Plan applies to all first-year students who enroll in college for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The redesign of the general education curriculum, The McDaniel Plan, emphasizes intellectual skills that will be crucial to graduates. The focus of The McDaniel Plan is to make studies incorporate critical thinking, cogent writing, analytic reading, persuasive public speaking, effective collaboration, the ability to adapt to change and bridge cultural differences.

Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting Economics
  • Acting
  • African-American Studies
  • American History
  • American Literature
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Business German
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilizations
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Economics

  • Education (P-12)
  • English
  • Environmental Policy and Science
  • European History
  • Exercise Science & Physical Education
  • Film and Video Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Human Resources Development
  • International Studies
  • International Studies & Comparative Government
  • Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Medical/Scientific Illustration
  • Military Science (ROTC)

  • Music
  • Outdoor Education
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical and Health Professions
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Management
  • Studio Art
  • Teaching Certification
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women’s Studies
  • Writing

Graduate & Professional Studies

  • Business Administration
  • Counseling
  • Counseling Education
  • Curriculum & Education
  • Deaf Education
  • Educational Administration
  • Elementary Education

  • Exercise Science
  • Gerontology
  • Hard-of-Hearing Management
  • Human Resources Development
  • Human Services
    • Management
    • Special Education

  • Liberal Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Reading Specialist Program
  • School Library Media
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Notable alumni

See also

Alan Rabinowitz (1974), Author of several books on conservation of wildlife. CEO of Panthera.


  1. Baltimore Sun School Profile: McDaniel
  2. WMC becomes McDaniel College School Profile
  3. School History Profile
  4. O. E. Adams, Sr., Dies At 78; Architect's Services Today, article from The Sun, Baltimore, Wednesday Morning, January 31, 1968.
  5. Enoch Pratt Library vertical file Evening Sun April 2, 1958
  6. Undergraduate majors and programs of study
  7. McDaniel College Graduate Programs
  8. Bold new plan for 21st century
  9. McDaniel College - Liberal Arts
  10. McDaniel A Bold New Curriculum

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