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Surprising There’s no mistaking Hood. From the moment you step

onto the wide green lawns and hear a warm “hello!” from a perfect stranger, you’ll know that this is a welcoming and close-knit community­—and a beautiful one. But Hood has other, less obvious features, and they might surprise you. For example, did you know . . .

Horn Point Lab

Hood College New Germany State Park Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Wallops Island Marine Consortium

In Hood’s interdisciplinary Coastal Studies Program, students travel to sites along the East

Coast—from Seahorse Key Lab in Florida to Wallops Island in Virginia—and to the Bahamas studying the literature, ecology, history and social perspectives of the unique destinations they explore. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Seahorse Key Lab

Everglades National Park Mote Marine Laboratory Center for Tropical Research

Nationally and internationally recognized artists regularly exhibit their work in Hood’s Hodson Gallery—and often share their expertise through workshops and lectures.

Evil, Science and Gender, and Great Political Trials are just a few of the courses you can take in the honors program. Honors classes are

interdisciplinary, and most are team-taught by our outstanding faculty (so you can explore the concept of censorship in America—another honors offering— from the perspectives of, say, art history, sociology and English literature).

President Volpe’s house is on campus, and he regularly eats in the dining hall with students.

Getting to know your college president—or anything, really—is more fun over Blazer potato chips.

The computer science department (which shares space with the biology, chemistry, physics and math departments in the Hodson Science and Technology Center, Hood’s $23 million state-of-the-art science facility) recently hosted the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Eastern Conference.

Biology students and professors are researching an invasive, aggressive crayfish species—a vital study for Maryland’s waterways. Other collaborative, cutting-edge research happening at Hood includes studies on Huntington’s disease, horseshoe crabs and aviation biofuel.

Every residence hall on campus has a giant HD TV and a piano, and most have grills. On nice days, students roll the grills onto the lawns at the center of campus for impromptu barbecues. The pianos, though, tend to stay put.

Lacrosse, field hockey and soccer players compete on a new artificial turf field, and the new athletic and fitness center is home to Hood’s basketball and volleyball teams.

The rumors about students embattled in fierce, inter-residence hall competition over a giant pink spoon? They’re true. You and your hallmates will have a blast going up against other residence halls in the “Policies for Dollars” contest and a scavenger hunt. The victors win the coveted spoon and money to sponsor hall activities. 1

brainy At Hood, you will learn to think critically. The comprehensive liberal arts curriculum is robust and challenging, and the faculty are dedicated to helping you master it. Plus, with an average class size of 17, participation in class discussions is important. In fact, a common sentiment among students is that course work is tougher than they expected­—but that it’s also more enjoyable, eye-opening and gratifying than they ever imagined.

f (x)= Compare and contrast two paintings based on the myth of Mars and Venus by Renaissance painters.


3x – 5, if x ≠ 1 2, if x = 1

determine if the above function is continuous at x=1.

Read Mark Twain’s “Joan of Arc,” and use other 18th- and 19th-century literary works to explain Twain’s book in the context of its period.

review this develop a program to educate seniors about diabetes, and present it at the Homewood Retirement Center.


patient’s case study, and evaluate how his muscular, skeletal and nervous systems will be affected by his injury.

A liberal arts framework provides students with a breadth of knowledge and creative problem-solving skills that are applicable across the board. You’ll learn to think about issues in several contexts, making innovative connections across disciplines. This intellectual agility provides an edge in today’s job market, where some of the most exciting careers—in fields like digital media and international economics—are developing at the intersections of disciplines. Perhaps that’s why 12 percent of students here double major.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY African American Studies  African Studies  American Studies  Art and Archaeology E Archaeology  u Art Education (preK–12) u F Art History  u Studio Art  u Biochemistry E Biology E  F Business Administration  Chemistry E  F Classical Studies  Coastal Studies  Communication Arts E Digital Media u Computational Science E Computer Science E  Criminology and Delinquency  Early Childhood Education E Economics E   International Economics u Political Economy u Elementary/Special Education E English E F Literature u

Environmental Science and Policy E Environmental Biology u Environmental Chemistry u  Environmental Policy u Environmental Studies  French E  F French-German E  German E  Gerontology  Global Studies  History E  F Public History u Journalism  Latin American Studies E Law and Society E Literature  Management E  Accounting u Finance u Human Resource Management u Individual Career Interest u International Economics and Finance u Marketing u Mathematics E  F Mathematics Education  Medieval Studies  Middle Eastern Studies E 

The four Ionic columns that support Hood’s historic Alumnae Hall are named Hope, Opportunity, Obligation and Democracy, and were dedicated by the classes of 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918. For many, they define the spirit and principles of a Hood education.

Music E Music History and Literature  u Music Performance  u  Piano Pedagogy u  Nursing* Philosophy E  Physics  Political Science E  Psychology E Public Relations  Religion E  Renaissance Studies  Social Science Research  Social Work E Social Work, PreProfessional Practice  Sociology E  Spanish E  F Theater and Drama  Web Development  Women’s Studies  Writing  Creative Writing u

Pre-professional Preparation Pre-Dental Studies Pre-Law Studies Pre-Medical Studies Pre-Veterinary Studies

E Major offered

 Certificate

 Minor

* BSN completion program for RNs

offered Concentration F Secondary education certification u


charming You’ll want to call this place home. Stellar academic resources are certainly a plus, but a beautiful, comfortable campus environment will inspire you and heighten your learning. As a bonus, Downtown Frederick offers countless opportunities for reveling in your surroundings.

“I expected to be homesick but I guess I got so caught up in my activities and classes that I really never was. Now, when I go home, I usually get Hoodsick!”


—Zeppa Kreager ’12, Hastings, Nebraska

Downtown, Hood students frequent . . . Carroll Creek Promenade (pictured) B La Paz Mexican Restaurant C Isabella’s Tapas D Brainstorm Comics A


Frederick Coffee Company (pictured) F Café Nola (pictured) G Vibrant Artwear (pictured) H Velvet Lounge E



Zebop Wheel Base Bike Shop 7th Street Shopping Center: groceries, pharmacy, coffee, fast food, bank










Within walking distance of Hood is Downtown Frederick—

50 historic, bustling blocks of shops, restaurants, cafés, galleries, theaters and bookstores, with a beautiful creek running through it. Hood students show up to stroll, shop and attend creekside events like the Frederick Festival of the Arts. Monuments and historic markers accent the cityscape, so you’ll get a sense of Frederick’s rich heritage as you meander through the streets. Think small-town beauty infused with big-city activity.

Talk about charming! You’ll receive one of these delightful toppers—known as dinks—in your class color. Dinks symbolize class unity, so Hood students sport them to foster community and to make a statement. 5

friendly Hood’s campus is a unique mix: academic energy and

easy smiles, warmth and intelligence, welcoming porches and brand-new facilities. You’ll get a sense—when you explore the bustling Whitaker Campus Center, hear a Hood “hello!” from a stranger or listen to the cheerful din of the dining hall—that the campus is close-knit and safe. And you’ll be right. But it’s also a place where you’ll be inspired to work hard, and where you’ll have the resources to sate your intellectual curiosity. It’s a campus with big ambitions and a big heart.

According to another Hood tradition, when students walk through the Pergola—the open, wisteria-covered wooden structure in the very center of campus—they walk side-by-side and do not “split the poles,” ensuring their friendships will continue after graduation. It’s the spot on campus where all paths converge, representing unity and peace, and students are careful not to utter unkind words when they pass beneath its shady beams. 6

The men and women of the Hood faculty have impressive credentials and extraordinary passion for their fields, but what’s most remarkable is their dedication to students. Hood professors are demanding but approachable, exacting but caring, and genuinely interested in helping you succeed. Through mentorship, personal attention (one of the big perks of attending a small college) and collaborative projects, professors will empower you to realize your potential—and give you their home phone numbers. We can’t imagine anyone doing a better job than our faculty, and they’re a big part of what makes Hood a place where students love to learn.

“In my time here at Hood, I don’t think that I have met two people who are alike. Everyone has something different to offer.”

—Eric Leviton ’12, Mount Airy, Maryland, history major


practical Much as you’ll hate to go, the time will come for you to

leave Hood and move on to graduate school or a career. Hood prepares students for the next step by providing numerous opportunities for active, hands-on learning. These co-curricular experiences augment classroom learning and allow you to apply your skills in real-world environments— so you can build your résumé and embark on life after graduation with confidence. Just a handful of the opportunities Hood offers:

During Hood’s Summer Science Research Institute and the Summer Research Institute,

students and faculty work one-on-one in the laboratory or in the field; past research has focused on everything from sea anemones to Roman architecture to robots. Through Public Leadership Education Network or PLEN, students attend seminars, conferences and internships in Washington, D.C., that prepare them for leadership in elected and appointed positions. Get your jet-set on! Hood offers study-abroad programs in countries including Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Peru and Spain. Show your artistic side! Senior art students showcase their work in an annual spring show in the College’s own Hodson Gallery. The Frederick-Washington-Baltimore triangle abounds with internships at government agencies, laboratories, media firms, schools and IT companies, among others.

The Hood ring, which students begin wearing as juniors, symbolizes a bond between Hood alumni and students who will graduate in years to come. When you run into someone sporting the ring out in the world—and you inevitably will, somewhere miles from campus— don’t be afraid to strike up 8a conversation!

Students interested in politics, justice, foreign policy or other related fields can hop on the MARC train and head to our nation’s capital for Hood’s Washing-

ton Semester.

The Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School lets education majors work with preschoolers in a real classroom setting—on Hood’s campus. Test out teaching models without leaving your backyard.

internship opportunities

Maryland Life Magazine

National Cancer Institute USAMRIID, Fort Detrick

(just a sampling)

Frederick County Historical Society

Weinberg Center for the Arts Frederick Keys

Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs

Frederick Religious Coalition Frederick County Sheriff’s Office


Frederick News-Post



Big Brothers Big Sisters

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National Aquarium 70 

WBAL-TV technology corridor

National Institutes of Health

Hot 99.5 FM Radio

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National Geographic

Walters Art Gallery

baltimore Constellation Energy

National Archives

Baltimore Sun

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Smithsonian Institution Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts

Johns Hopkins University Hospital

washington, D.C. Merrill Lynch National Humanities Alliance

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

National Public Radio 9

exciting College is about more than books and beakers, and students at Hood make the most of life outside the classroom. There are literally hundreds of ways to get involved—from playing a sport or cheering for your favorite team to joining one of the dozens of student clubs or attending on-campus events. With such a variety of exciting options to choose from, fun is hard to avoid.

campus events At Hood, there’s something going on every day—in fact, with an average of 500 campus events taking place each year, about 2.4 things happen each day. Here’s a preview:


Club/Social Events AA Fright Night AA D.C. Days AA Museum Trips AA Luau AA Pizza Tasting AA Ski Trip AA Westview Movie Night AA Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program

AA Winter Weekend Semiformal AA Shrove Tuesday Brunch AA National Day of Silence AA Strength and Unity Day AA Ring Recipient Celebration AA Comedy Night AA Hood African Students Association Show

AA Lunch Hour Recruiting AA TEA Prom AA Senior Send-off AA Crab Feast AA SGA Stressbusters AA Earth Day Celebration AA May Madness Outdoor Festival, featuring a live band, rock wall and giant slip-and-slide

Campus Events, continued AA Strong Women of Today and Tomorrow’s Strength in Unity Celebration AA Pool Party AA Late-Night Strawberry Breakfast AA President’s Leadership Dessert Reception AA Used Book Sale and Shakespeare’s Birthday AA FBI Information Session AA Nutrition and Wellness Workshop Art/Musical Events AA Battle of the Bands AA Spoken Word Slam Poet AA “Hood Idol” AA Call-Out/Step Show AA Spring Arts Festival AA Hood College Theatre Production AA Jazz Ensemble Concert AA Gospel Jubilee AA Dance Ensemble Performance AA “Messiah” Concert AA Annual Student Art Exhibit AA Outdoor Concert AA Ceramics Exhibit AA Poetry Reading

STUDENT GROUPS Students find their niche (or niches) in any of Hood’s 60+ social, academic,

creative, cultural and musical clubs and organizations. Below are just a few of the student groups on campus (and if you don’t see one that interests you, start a new group!): AA Alpha Lambda Delta AA Amnesty International AA Best Buddies AA Black Student Union AA Blazer Nation AA Blazer Radio AA Blue and Grey AA Campus Activities Board AA Cheerleading AA Class Councils AA Club Français de Hood College AA College Democrats AA College Republicans AA Commuter Council AA Computer Science Club AA Dance Ensemble AA Equal Sex AA Equestrian Team Club AA Free Radicals Chemistry Club AA Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter AA Health Professions Club AA Hood African Student Association AA Hood Environmental Advocacy Team AA House Councils AA International Club AA Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

AA Ionic Society AA Jewish Student Union AA Karate Club AA Latin Dance Club AA Least Squares Math Club AA Management Association AA Model United Nations AA Mortar Board AA Muslim Student Association AA Ping Pong Club AA Psychology Club AA Public Relations Student Society of America AA Rotaract AA Service Association AA STARs AA Student Athletic Advisory Committee AA Student Education Association AA Student Government Association AA Students Helping Honduras AA Student Social Work Organization AA Tolerance, Education, Awareness AA Hood College Karate Club AA “Warm Beverages, Warm Hearts” AA Winter Sports Club AA Wisteria Literary Magazine

“The atmosphere at Hood is fantastic. There are always plenty of things to do, from movie nights to dances to trips to New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Hood students are rarely bored!”

—Alice Butler ’11, Frederick, Maryland, French and urbanism double major

athletic teams The Hood Blazers compete in the highly competitive NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference. Basketball E F Cross Country E F Field Hockey E Golf F Lacrosse E F Soccer E F Softball E Swimming E F Tennis E F Track and Field E F Volleyball E women’s E men’s F Club Cheerleading Equestrian Women’s Golf

Hood’s annual May Madness celebration crams a month’s worth of fun—with senior send-off events, a crab feast and dinners, music and dance performances, a Frederick Keys baseball game, parties, a hypnotist, Airband, the Late-Night Strawberry Breakfast and an outdoor festival (complete with Slip’N-slide® and jousting)—into one dizzying week. 11

admission & Visiting Admission Hood College prides itself on a highly individualized and personal admission process. We strive to identify with each of our applicants and recognize that each student is much more than just a grade point average. Throughout the admission process, you can expect to hear regularly from your admission counselor, whom you should not hesitate to contact with questions regarding your application for admission. Ways to Apply

You may apply online using several options at

Visiting Visiting is an integral part of the admission process. A visit to our beautiful campus will help you gain a better understanding of how you will fit in at Hood. It will also allow you to meet your admission counselor and talk with professors and coaches. For more information on visiting Hood, please go to We look forward to having you on campus soon!

Discover Hood Days

Current students, faculty and staff from the offices of admission, financial aid, student life and athletics will all be on hand to talk with you and your family about everything Hood! Take a campus tour and join us for a great brunch–on us–in our fabulous dining hall! Even meet our amazing president, Ron Volpe!

Weekday Visits

Visit Monday through Friday to meet your admission counselor and tour campus with a Hood student. You may also meet with a coach or join us for a class or two (by request). Please register one week in advance.

Transfer Advising Days

Meet the transfer admission staff and bring your transcript for an evaluation of credits. If you desire, you may also tour campus and discover the exciting opportunities at Hood.

Admission Deadlines

For Fall Entry April 1 Rolling admission will continue until August 1 For Spring Entry November 1 Rolling admission will continue until January 1

Contact Us For more information on admission or visiting, contact the admission office, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hood College
Admission Office 401 Rosemont Ave.
 Frederick, MD 21701
 (800) 922-1599 (in USA)
 (301) 696-3400


financial aid & Scholarships 2011-2012 Tuition* Tuition and fees: $30,620 Room and board $10,390 * For more information and a detailed listing of tuition, fees and charges, visit

Financial Aid Hood’s office of financial aid helps students and their families develop a financial plan to make a Hood College education affordable. More than 98 percent of all undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. Most families rely on the following sources to help with college finances: Federal and state government grants and loans School aid (scholarships) Private aid (civic and professional organizations, private businesses) Private loans Student employment

Hood also offers an 8–12-month interest-free payment plan to help with college expenses not covered by scholarships, grants, government loans or other forms of aid. Other sources include the federally funded, low-interest Parent Plus Loan, which allows parents to borrow the total cost of undergraduate education, including tuition, room and board, books and other expenses. Priority application deadline for financial aid is February 15. You are highly encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at by that date to receive full consideration for grants. For Hood College to receive FAFSA results, you will need to list our school code, 002076. If you miss the February 15 priority deadline, we still encourage you to apply for financial aid, but applications submitted early are given first priority for limited grant funding. For more information, contact Hood’s financial aid staff at (301) 696-3411 or

Scholarships Each year, Hood College awards more than $6 million in merit-based scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to transfer students based on GPA. Students seeking full-time enrollment at Hood are automatically considered for merit scholarships, except the Honors Program Scholarship, which requires a separate application. Most scholarships are renewable and some require a minimum GPA for their renewal.

Transfer Scholarships Title

Amount Per Year

Who Is Eligible

Joseph H. Apple Transfer Scholarship


Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students who demonstrate the highest academic achievement and leadership in college.

Martha E. Church Transfer Scholarship


Henry Irvin Stahr Transfer Scholarship


Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement in college.

Andrew G. Truxal Transfer Scholarship


Randle Elliott Transfer Scholarship


Shirley D. Peterson Transfer Scholarship


Ross Prichard Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship


Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students who are Phi Theta Kappa members. The PTK Scholarship is in addition to an Apple Scholarship or a Hood Merit Scholarship that may be earned by an incoming transfer student.

Honors Scholarship


Awarded to incoming full-time transfer students who are admitted to the Honors Program. A separate application is required and students are chosen on a competitive basis.

U.S. News & World Report named Hood “A Great School at a Great Price.”



How to Apply

Hood is a coed, independent liberal arts college, known for its outstanding faculty, research opportunities and experiential learning.

Hood College offers the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in 30 major fields of study, 14 master’s degrees, 5 post-baccalaureate certificates, and certification programs in education.

Applicants with 24 or more college credits should: • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for all prior college work • Complete and submit a transfer application with the $35 application fee (waived if you apply online) • Submit official transcript(s) from all previous colleges and universities Applicants with 12-23 college credits should: • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for all prior college work • Complete and submit a transfer application with the $35 application fee (waived if you apply online) • Submit official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities • Submit an official high school transcript • Submit official SAT or ACT scores if you graduated high school three or more years prior to the date in which you are applying for admission


Total students: 2,448 Undergraduates: 1,486 Graduate students: 962

Average class size Undergraduate: 17 FACULTY


Women: 67% Men: 33% States represented: 26 Countries represented: 24 Financial Aid

Average FA package for transfer students with need: $27,800 Percent of transfer students receiving scholarships: 93% Percent of transfer students who receive Phi Theta Kappa scholarships: 35% Range of merit scholarships available to transfer students: $3,500 - $14,000

107 regular faculty; 98% of all full-time hold the terminal degree in their field Classes taught by faculty: 100% (no graduate/teacher assistants) Student-to-faculty ratio Undergraduate: 12:1 STUDENT LIFE

Hood students participate in more than 60 organizations and 17 honor societies. Student groups include academic/departmental, cultural, governing/ representative, media, performance, programming, service and social groups.

Current Hood students have recently transferred from:

Allegany College of Maryland Anne Arundel Community College

Admission Office 401 Rosemont Ave. Frederick, MD 21701

(800) 922-1599 (301) 696-3400

Bowie State University Brigham Young University California State University San Bernardino Carroll Community College Coastal Carolina University College of Southern Maryland Community College of Baltimore County Dickenson College Elmira College Frederick Community College Frostburg State University Gettysburg College Hagerstown Community College Howard Community College Immaculata College Indiana University of Pennsylvania Kansas State University Montgomery College Mount St. Mary’s University (Md.) Northern Virginia Community College Salisbury State University Seton Hill University Shepherd University Shippensburg University Stevenson University Towson University University of Delaware University of Maine-Machias University of Maryland College Park University of Maryland Baltimore County

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, age, or any other protected classification under applicable federal, state, or local law, in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, and their implementing regulations. Hood College complies with applicable laws regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled students and employees. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process, or to have access to a program, service, or activity of Hood College are requested to contact the Disability Services Coordinator. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Carol M. Wuenschel, Executive Director for Human Resources Equal Employment Officer/Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator • Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701 (AD 312) • (301) 696-3592 •

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Discover Hood College  

Hood College Overview Brochure - Hood is an independent liberal arts college, known for its outstanding faculty, research opportunities and...

Discover Hood College  

Hood College Overview Brochure - Hood is an independent liberal arts college, known for its outstanding faculty, research opportunities and...