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Our College

Hood is an independent liberal arts college known for its outstanding faculty, research opportunities and experiential learning. Located in historic Frederick, Md. (the third-largest city in the state), Hood is an hour from Washington, D.C., an hour from Baltimore and 30 minutes from the I-270 technology corridor.

Hood has been named: 

  • A “Great School at a Great Price” in U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges in the Universities-Master’s category"; 
  • A “Best Value” in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance;  
  • One of the “Best Northeastern Colleges” and “America’s Best Values” in the Princeton Review;
  • One of the top 10 "Family Friendly Workplaces" by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, Frederick County Workforce Services and Frederick County Chamber of Commerce;
  • Number one in the “Best Places to Work” in the large employer category by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, Frederick County Workforce Services and Frederick County Chamber of Commerce; and
  • A leader in encouraging health and wellness among its employees by the Frederick Regional Health System and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce for developing a five-year wellness strategic plan that focuses on physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, environmental and occupational well-being.


Hood College traces its history to 1893, when the Potomac Synod of the Reformed Church of the United States—now the United Church of Christ—established the Woman’s College of Frederick. The College acquired the land on which it now sits in 1897, made possible by a gift from Margaret Scholl Hood, for whom the College is named. Male students have been a part of Hood’s undergraduate and graduate populations since 1971. In October 2002, the Board of Trustees voted to allow men to reside on campus, making the College fully coeducational in the fall of 2003.     

Honors programs

Exceptional, motivated students interested in deepening their undergraduate experience may be eligible to participate in the Honors Program. A community for serious students, the program offers four years of interdisciplinary course work enhanced by co-curricular activities.

Hodson Science and Technology Center

Faculty and students integrate hands-on lab work, classroom lectures and advanced scientific research in Hood’s state-of-the-art $20 million research facility, which houses labs designed and equipped for studying ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, cell culture, chemistry, physiology and animal behavior.  

Distance learning and technology-enhanced classrooms

Forty "smart" classrooms—including one dedicated to distance learning—feature multimedia equipment, integrating technology and supporting modern approaches to teaching. 

Fully accredited by the Middle States commission

Hood recently met and exceeded all 14 standards of excellence for reaccreditation in the Middle States’ Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education.

Record enrollment

Since becoming fully coeducational, Hood’s enrollment has grown 56 percent to a record high of 2,522 students (1,448 undergraduates, 1,074 seeking master’s degrees or certificates); enrollment has increased each of the past six years.