McDaniel College is among the top liberal arts colleges named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and the only Maryland liberal arts college to make the list. The rankings are available online and will be published in the magazine’s December issue (on newsstands Tuesday, November 6).
The 200 colleges and universities that make Kiplinger’s list provide strong academics and affordability. Colleges and universities are assessed based on cost and financial aid, competitiveness, academic support, graduation rates and student indebtedness.
According to Kiplinger’s, “All 100 [liberal arts] schools on our list offer the academic quality and affordability that meet our definition of value. The colleges were ranked according to various factors, including four-year graduation rate, student debt at graduation and low class size.”
At McDaniel, 90 percent of first-year students receive merit and/or need-based financial aid to offset the sticker price (tuition, fees, books, room and board). The current freshmen class includes a record number of students of color and almost 40 percent are among the first-generation in their families to attend college.
In addition to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, McDaniel was again included in the first tier of national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News. One of the 254 liberal arts colleges in Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings, McDaniel was sixth in the nation for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). McDaniel was also recognized nationally among 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.”
“McDaniel continues to gain national recognition and visibility as one of the leadingliberal arts colleges in the country,” Dr. Roger N. Casey, president of McDaniel College, said. “What sets McDaniel apart is our student-centered curriculum delivered in small classes by dynamic faculty offering our students the flexible learning plans to prepare them for their future. Access is another hallmark of the college and we continue to attract the best and brightest students regardless of their financial circumstances.”
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McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “40 Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research,teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.
Source: McDaniel College