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Largest Ever First-year Class Moves into McDaniel College

The Baltimore Sun

August 23, 2019


McDaniel College welcomed the largest incoming class in its history during a move-in day on Thursday that consisted of 587 first-years and 50 transfers coming from 17 states and countries as far away as New Zealand and Denmark.

The college categorizes about 50% of its students as “multicultural.” Forty-nine percent are male and 51% are female. First-generation college students make up 43% of the incoming class. The class is larger because the pool of applicants was larger this year, up more than 1,000 from the year prior, said Janelle Holmboe, vice president of enrollment management and dean of admissions.

Some of the students from farthest afield were already in town the week before move-in. A new program called McDaniel Local hosted students in Westminster for a few days throughout the summer to get acquainted with the community in groups of about 70 at a time.

Last year was a test with smaller groups, but this year for the first time, more than 90 percent of the incoming class participated in the program. The last group of McDaniel Local students came right before the start of classes and tended to consist of the students from farthest away in order to save them a plane ticket.

Ella Tomkins has the honor of being farthest from home, coming to McDaniel from New Zealand. She hopes to study psychology and will be a part of the swim team. She didn’t want to go to a large university, so she looked into international recruiting and found McDaniel.