Students Say

Students enjoy "a broad and productive education combined with a relaxed and fun campus life" at Hood College, a small private liberal arts college. "Known for its education major," as well as for strong programs in biology, economics, and mathematics, Hood features "great overall academics" reinforced by small class sizes that facilitate a "wonderful" learning environment and the "easy flow" of discussion. Students caution that "most of the classes are moderately difficult and the level of conversation and debate is usually top-notch.

Overview

Applicants
1,590
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.44

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 570
SAT Math
460 - 570
ACT Composite
19 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Students enjoy "a broad and productive education combined with a relaxed and fun campus life" at Hood College, a small private liberal arts college. "Known for its education major," as well as for strong programs in biology, economics, and mathematics, Hood features "great overall academics" reinforced by small class sizes that facilitate a "wonderful" learning environment and the "easy flow" of discussion. Students caution that "most of the classes are moderately difficult and the level of conversation and debate is usually top-notch. If you like to reason, debate, and create well-rounded arguments, this is the place for you." Professors "will go as far as inviting you over for dinner to discuss a project, mourn a loss, or just to give advice," and administrators are "engaging and enjoyable." One student exclaims, "They are the reason I call my college 'my Hood, my home.' The administration will go as far as hugging a homesick freshman or making us all breakfast-for-dinner the night before finals!" On the downside, "classes that are required for graduation aren't always offered when they are needed," which is a common problem at small schools.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
265
with Terminal Degree
156

147
Women
118
Men
29
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Gale Gamble
Medical Director, Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Kristen Zarfos, MD
Professor of Surgery

Pat Chapple Jernvall
Primatologist, SUNY

Ellen Rosenbush
Acting Editor, Harpers Bazaar Magazine

Beverley Swaim-Staley
Maryland State Secretary of Transportation

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
83
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,814

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,934

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,405

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,750

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,703

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Nobody is the same at Hood, one student reports, but "if you had to pinpoint a 'typical' student it would probably either be a white, politically moderate girl majoring in psychology or a tall, jock-like guy who's majoring in biology or chemistry. But really, even they are only a small percentage of our population." Another agrees that Hood students "are a small but very diverse group. There are students who have every possible religious, political, racial and sexual affiliation." Hood is home to "a lot of foreign exchange students and a lot of special-needs...They all make Hood such a rich environment...we're like a big family."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,359
Out of State
24%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

3.78%
Asian
12.99%
African-American
8.16%
Hispanic
66.77%
Caucasian
3.78%
Unknown
2.49%
International

63% female
37% male
24% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Hood is located in Frederick, a town of 60,000 "near Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis, which all provide great urban environments for having fun." Downtown Frederick is "right off campus" and "provides good food, shopping, and socializing" as well as opportunities to "explore old historic buildings." The one drawback is that "Frederick still shuts down pretty early at night, so most of us have to get inventive if we want to have fun after 9 p.m. off campus. We'll end up playing flashlight tag or going on scavenger hunts through town in the dark." On campus "the school always provides something for us to do," including "New York day-trips, movie night when they pay for our tickets to see the movie of our choice, and tons of free activities for weekend fun." There are also traditions "such as Policies for Dollars, Handel's Messiah May Madness, Hood Ball, Vespers, and Holiday Dinner just to name a few," all of which "are an important part of what makes Hood so special." Even so, many students "leave for the weekend, so usually by lunchtime on Friday it's pretty empty."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
56%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
82%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
72
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Blazers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Blazers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: T.E.A. (Tolerance, Education, Acceptance) student organization www.hood.edu/campus-life/student-activities/student-organizations.html

Minority Support Groups: Black Student Union, International Club, La Union Latina www.hood.edu/campus-life/student-activities/student-organizations.html

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
63

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
22

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Computer Corp. Apple Corp.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lisa Troth
Assistant Director of Campus Visitations

Address
Office of Admissions
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701

Phone
301-696-3400

Email
admission@hood.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New Athletic Center
Whitaker Campus Center
Hodson Science and Technology Building
Coblentz Dining Hall
Beneficial-Hodson Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown historic Frederick, Maryland
The Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland
Museums and Attractions at the Smithsonian
Harper's Ferry National Park
Gettysburg Battlefield and National Park
Francis Scott Key Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
several Saturdays each year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@hood.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
High School Senior Only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airports: Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), Washington-Reagan National (DCA), Washington-Dulles International (IAD) Airports all are within an hour's drive of Hood. The College provides transportation to and from the BWI Airport during vacation and busy travel times. Train stations: Amtrak provides service to and from the BWI Airport Train Station, the Pennsylvania Station in Baltimore, and the Union Station in Washington. From there, buses, taxis, and a commuter train provide service to Frederick. Bus stations: Greyhound buses provide daily transportation to Frederick from Baltimore, Washington, New York, and other major cities. Trailways buses also offer limited service to Frederick.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Points North: Follow U.S. 15 south from Gettysburg and points north to Frederick. Take Rosemont Avenue exit. Turn right onto Rosemont Avenue. Travel approximately one-half mile and turn left at the entrance to Hood. From Points West: Follow I-70 east from Hagerstown and points west. Take first Frederick exit onto U.S. 40. Follow U.S. 40 east to U.S. 15 north to Rosemont Avenue. Turn left onto Rosemont Ave. Travel approximately one-half mile and turn left at the entrance to Hood. From Washington: Follow I-270 northwest from Washington, D.C., toward Frederick and Gettysburg. Avoid turning to I-70. I-270 ends and the highway becomes U.S. 15 North. Follow U.S. 15 north to Rosemont Avenue. Turn left onto Rosemont Ave. Travel approximately one-half mile and turn left at the entrance to Hood. From Baltimore: Follow I-70 west from Baltimore to junction with U.S. 15 North (Exit 53). Follow U.S. 15 north to Rosemont Avenue exit. Turn left onto Rosemont Avenue. Travel approximately one-half mile and turn left at the entrance to Hood.

Local Accommodations
Close to the college (about 10 minutes away) is the Courtyard by Marriott (5225 Westview Drive, 301-631-9030) which features an indoor pool fully equipped with a whirlpool, an exercise room, and dinner 6 nights per week. The Fairfield Inn by Marriott 5220 Westview Drive, 301-631-2000) features an indoor pool, exercise room, and complimentary breakfast 7 days per week. Also located within 10 minutes driving distance from campus is the Holiday Inn Express (5579 Spectrum Drive, 301-695-2881) located on Spectrum Drive which is adjacent to the Francis Scott Key shopping mall. This motel offers complimentary breakfast 7 days per week, allows family pets, and also gives a discount on rates just by mentioning Hood College. The Tyler-Spite Inn (112 West Church Street, 301-831-4455) is located in the heart of Frederick's historic district and is walking distance to campus. The Inn features spacious beautifully appointed rooms and walled gardens. There are a number of other motels in the Frederick area.
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Key Stats

1,590
Applicants
1,359
Size
81%
Acceptance Rate
1030
SAT Scores

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