Established in the year 1893 Hood College is a liberal arts institution which presently comprises 2000+ students. It is located in Frederick, Maryland spread in 50 acres.
Hood College, originally an institute exclusively for women, was converted into a co-education institute in 1971. The college is affiliated to the United Church of Christ and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
US News (2020):
|Year of establishment||1893|
|Male/ Female Ratio||37: 63|
Hood College offers 33 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s programs and 10 post-bachelors level certificate programs. Areas of studies include pre-professional preparation, business, computer science and information technology.
Hood College offers a highly competitive Honour’s Program for academically talented students. The benefits of the Honour’s Program include a financial award and recognition on the college transcript.
The college offers an ACBS accredited 2 year MBA program designed especially for working professionals. A number of MS degrees are also offered in the fields of bioinformatics, computer science, cybersecurity etc.
Some of the most popular majors among international students are Computer Information Systems, Computer Science and Business Administration & Management.
Hood College offers a number of on-campus facilities to make college life a pleasurable experience for the students. Facilities include a two-storied fitness centre, an Office of Diversity and Inclusion, an on-campus food court (The Blazer) and the main dining hall (Coblentz Hall) health & counselling services at Frederick Health’s Toll House Site.
Hood College boasts over 60 student organizations encompassing interests such as academics, sports and athletics, performance arts and much more. Students can also create their own student organization by following a simple procedure.
A number of events are organized all year round for the benefit of students ranging from yoga sessions, basketball matches, art exhibits etc.
Frederick, the city where Hood College is located offers a variety of recreational activities. Downtown Frederick has 50+ restaurants, 8 food markets and also museums, art galleries etc.
Hood College offers on-campus accommodation to students at the following residence halls: Coblentz, Memorial, Meyran, Shriner and Smith. A new residence hall for upper-class students will be opening in fall, 2020.
Freshman and sophomore students are usually required to have roommates. Junior and senior students may be eligible for single rooms.
Special accommodations are reserved for animal allergic students, all gender floors, all-female floors etc. Transgender students are encouraged to contact the director of residence life to specify their preferences and seek suitable accommodations.
Rooms are typically furnished with a bed, carpeting and built-in dressers. Some rooms also have air conditioning.
All residence halls are equipped with basic facilities like computer access, snack and soda machines, internet access, free local call facilities, free laundry services, lounge access etc.
The following are the admission requirements as per the college.
Application Portal:The Common Application
Application Fee: No fees
The table given below shows the cost of attendance for the international students.
|Books and Supplies||1,248|
|Personal Expenses and Miscellaneous Fees||1,620|
|Graduate Discipline||Tuition per Credit (USD)|
International students at Hood College are eligible to receive merit-based scholarships as financial aid.
The college awards more than 6 million USD in merit-based scholarships; more than 98% of freshman students receive some form of merit-based scholarships.
No separate applications need to be submitted to be considered for the scholarships. All students are automatically considered and awards are given based on academic achievement and special accomplishments.
Some of the Freshman Scholarships are: The Founder’s Scholarship (20,230 USD), Trailblazer Scholarship (13,486 USD), Recognition Scholarship (10,115 USD)
Hood College offers a number of benefits to their alumni members such as a free subscription to the Hood Magazine, an invitation to special alumni events, career contacts and assistance.
Some of the notable alumni include: Sophie Kerr (writer), Kelly Schulz (American Politician), Arlene Raven (art historian)
Hood College organizes career fairs for graduating students; other resources available include individual career counselling, access to Handshake (online job posting site).
Around 89% of students find jobs within 2 years of graduating from Hood College; the average starting salary is 35,500 USD.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$20,230 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Hood College Enrollment||2368|
|Average Graduation Rate||49.0%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$20,230 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$17,100 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,200 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$12,580 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$3,100 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$11,570 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$3,100 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$3,100 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$3,100 / Year|
|Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#543 [Out of 650]
based on 1 student ratings
Hood College's tuition after financial aid cost the least amount of money when compared with the other schools that I was considering attending at the time. I was leaning towards attending Lebanon Valley before financial aid.
In mathematics, the course curriculum is too focused on the history of mathematics and proof-based concepts that, while fitting into liberal arts, aren't very useful after graduation. Contrarily, the economics curriculum was very focused and useful.
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