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Hood College


Margaret Scholl Hood, for whom Hood College is named, was one of Frederick's earliest philanthropists, known for her generous, thoughtful and discriminating philanthropy; interest in and concern for others; zealous support of good works; and cheerful and lively nature.

Margaret Elizabeth Scholl was born at Manchester Farm in Frederick on July 7, 1833.


Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.


Hood College is committed to:

  • A meaningful, well-rounded education: Offering high quality undergraduate and graduate curricula that prepares students for meaningful lives, promising careers and responsible global citizenship; and providing innovative and rewarding extra- and co-curricular opportunities, including internships, lecture series, field trips, leadership experiences and athletics;
  • Investments in academic excellence: Sharpening the College’s focus on academic excellence by supporting faculty and staff enrichment, teaching innovation and meaningful faculty and student research.


Student workers are paid bi-weekly by check from the accounting office. Checks will be mailed to the student's home or campus mailbox. Direct deposit is available but the student will need to set this up in advance with the accounting office.

Undergraduate students in the Student Employment Program:

  • Earn money for miscellaneous expenses.
  • Get hands-on experience and a feel for the "working world" while they're still in school.
  • Develop valuable work-related skills and professional behavior.
  • Build a stronger résumé.
  • Improve job search skills.

Student services

The Office of International Student Services offers services and programs to help international students transition to their new surroundings, support academic and personal goals and understand cultural adjustment issues.

The services provided by the office include immigration advising for international students in accordance with the regulations set forth by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), host family placements, international buddies and cross cultural activities.

Housing services

In addition to taking classes and participating in extracurricular activities, you're going to be a part of a vibrant community (and perhaps even live here) for four years—as Hood's comfortable campus environment has a lot to offer.

In residence halls, the Whitaker Campus Center, Coblentz dining room, and other buildings all over campus, you’ll make friends, cook family-style dinners, form study groups and find numerous other ways to connect with fellow students. You’ll learn not only what it means to be part of a community, but also how to take care of yourself—with resources like the counseling center, chapel, RAs and wellness center offering the support you might need.

Library services

The mission of the Beneficial-Hodson Library is to support the curricular and informational needs of students, faculty, and staff by providing expedient and appropriate library resources, instruction, and assistance.

ICT services

Hood’s information technology is accessible on campus from all classrooms and residence hall rooms and off campus via the Internet. The residence halls are connected to the campus fiber optic network. From their own computers, students can access the Internet from their rooms, send email, print documents, consult course materials from the Hood’s Blackboard Learning Management System.

Medical services

The Hood College Health Center supports the mission of the College to enhance the academic growth and health of all students. The Health Center provides quality medical and preventative health care, educates students about healthy choices and empowers them to make informed decisions in an environment that respects privacy, dignity and diversity.

Campus life

Hood students have their pick of beautiful, comfortable spaces for relaxing, studying, grabbing a bite to eat or hanging out with friends. A few examples:

  • A hub of student life at Hood, Whitaker Campus Center is where students go to play a game of pool, visit the Student Life Suite, and enjoy delicious meals at The Blazer.
  • One of the most lively, social spots on campus, Coblentz dining room is where students catch up over healthy, delicious meals.
  • All the residence halls—Coblentz, Memorial, Meyran, Shriner and Smith—have lounges where students cook, kick back and attend pizza parties, movie nights and health education programs.

Sports facilities

Hood College offers a variety of sports camps where area youth can gain valuable instruction. Further information on specific camps can be found below or on the respective sport's homepage.

  • Baseball
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Girls Lacrosse
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Student clubs

Getting involved has a long list of perks: you can exercise, try new activities, perform, discover hidden talents, explore career options, publish, learn how to lead others and, of course, have fun! Plus, along the way, you’ll develop friendships with students—some exactly like you and some totally different. With a jam-packed campus events calendar, an array of intramural sports, and more than 60 clubs and organizations encompassing every interest, your biggest challenge will be finding time to check out everything that appeals to you.

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Apple Distinguished School
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Council of Social Work Education

Frederick, Maryland, United States

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