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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."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Payton Mills
Admission Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Whitaker Campus Center
Beneficial-Hodson Library
Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Complex
Hodson Science and Technology Building
Coblentz Dining Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown historic Frederick, Maryland
The Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland
Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC
Explore Civil War History at Harper's Ferry and Gettysburg National Parks
Shopping at Francis Scott Key Mall and Clarksburg Premium Outlets

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

several Saturdays each year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Accepted High School Seniors Only


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.


Applicants: 3,513
Acceptance Rate: 65%
Average HS GPA: 3.32



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