Who is the Class of 2025?

(Ciara O'Brien / McDaniel Free Press)

This semester, McDaniel welcomed nearly 600 first-year and transfer students to The Hill. Orientation ran from Aug. 19-22, and consisted of traditional orientation activities, including “ringing in” the Old Main Bell, meeting peer mentors and FYS classmates for the first time, and a walk through downtown Westminster. 

The class of 2025 comes from a record-breaking applicant pool of over 5,000, and come to The Hill with some exciting statistics on their side. 20 states are represented, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia, plus Washington, D.C. Eleven countries are also represented in the class, including Chad, El Salvador, Eritrea, Honduras, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States. 

Over 45 percent of the class are students of color, and over 40 percent are first-generation college students. 

10 percent are legacy students, which means at least one parent graduated from McDaniel (or perhaps Western Maryland College).  

There are two sets of twins in McDaniel’s newest addition. Michael is the most popular boys name, with Jacob, Justin, and Matthew tied for second place. Emily, Jasmine, Jordan, and Lauren are all tied for first place regarding girl’s names. 

28 percent are athletes, 41 percent participate in community service, and 25 are actors and musicians. 

The Class of 2025 carries their own unique set of traits and interests, and we are so excited to welcome them to The Hill.