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Hood College is a small, private liberal arts school near Baltimore, Maryland where students feel like "part of a family and not just a number." Hood's "tradition-rich atmosphere" binds students together in an "academically-driven and cohesive community that encourages the pursuit of individual interests with direct support from the faculty." "Students [. . .] are always the number one priority," one student explains. This "extremely friendly and supportive atmosphere" is due, in part, to the low student-to-faculty ratio, which allows "you get to know your professors one-on-one." "My professors know my name, what I'm involved in outside of class, and who I am as an individual person," one student explains. Student's praise the "many resources" Hood makes available to students, including the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention, "a great program that helps students with writing and math." One student even says, "The library has become my second home." Some say that "the standards are a little high and the workload can be very demanding," but overall students agree that academic resources are available and most professors "are happy to meet with you outside of class or provide extra support if you're having trouble with an assignment."

Student Body

Hood's student body is very diverse in terms of interests, students agree. "Everyone works well together, and we have a very cohesive community." The "clearly-defined groups" on campus aren't exclusionary: Hood College "is not clique-y at all," and "there is never a feeling that you can't or shouldn't interact with people in other social, athletic, or academic groups." Many students "come from the Washington D.C. or Baltimore area," and they are "friendly, positive and enthusiastic." According to some, the typical student is interested in athletics, while others say Hood has "a colorful smattering of people from all walks of life, each with a different perspective on the world." Most agree that it is "easy to form tight friendships," and they have "never had trouble making friends or gathering classmates for study groups."

Campus Life

The Hood College campus is right next to downtown Frederick, where students can find "so many good restaurants," "lots of local shops and entertainment," "a beautiful park, movie theaters, a good mall, and….for those of legal drinking age, the downtown bar scene is excellent." "On weekends, there are often off-campus trips to places like Ski Liberty, Baltimore, and Washington D.C," which are each only about an hour away. Every week "a club or the campus activity board will try to have an event planned." "Wednesday nights are Whitaker Wednesdays," when the school hosts a fun activity on campus like trivia or game night. "May Madness and Homecoming Weekend are full of activities on the quad," one student explains, "which bring together not just students but the community." And commuter students are made to feel "included in the campus life and activities because they have a commuter club and a commuter lounge."

Overview

Applicants
1,727
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average HS GPA
3.52

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 560
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 540
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 530

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
253
with Terminal Degree
158

138
Women
115
Men
30
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Computational Science
  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Music
  • Music Performance, General
  • Piano and Organ


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Gale Gamble, MD
Cancer Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic

Kristen Zarfos, MD
Breast Surgeon, St. Francis Medical Center

Pat Chapple Wright, PhD
Primatologist, SUNY - Stony Brook

Beryl Ann Pfizer
Author

Beverley Swaim-Staley
Past Maryland State Secretary of Transportation

Claire McCardell
Fashion Designer & Icon

Sophie Kerr Underwood
Author

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


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 wel

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,791

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,391

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,553

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,554

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,287

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,400
Required Fees
$560
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,810
Transportation for Commuters
$1,550

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,580
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,174
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

3.21%
Asian
13.64%
African-American
9.99%
Hispanic
60.90%
Caucasian
5.21%
Unknown
1.65%
International

61% female
39% male
24% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Lauren Reis

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
64
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

26% 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)
12 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Queer Student Union (QSU) QSU creates a community for queer students, fosters a greater awareness of queer issues, participates in out reaching to the queer community at large, creates equality among all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity by advocating fro institutional changes that recognize the needs of queer students and their allies. http://www.hood.edu/studentorganizations/

Minority Support Groups: Black Student Union, International Club, La Union Latina http://www.hood.edu/studentorganizations/

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

65/99

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
Elizabeth Gomer
Senior Associate Director of Admission

Address
Office of Admission
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701

Phone
301-696-3400

Email
admission@hood.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Complex
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: Varies

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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