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Transfer of Credits

Hood welcomes transfer students at every stage in their academic and professional lives. Transfer agreements with other colleges help ease the admission process and guide students in their efforts to take appropriate courses prior to transferring to Hood. Students transferring to Hood from a community college are encouraged to enroll in classes that meet requirements for an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.

Community college students are urged to consult their transfer counselor concerning transfer agreement. View course equivalencies for Maryland Community Colleges through the ARTSYS website.


Transfer Policy

Hood welcomes transfer students from four-year and two-year colleges. The college has articulation agreements with most Maryland community colleges, as well as a process to award an associate degree equivalency to encourage and assist students in their efforts to take appropriate courses prior to transfer.

The registrar evaluates prior college coursework and credit earned through alternative methods for applicability to degree requirements at Hood College. Credit is generally awarded for courses that are clearly applicable to a baccalaureate degree and for which the student earned a grade of C- or above. A maximum of 62 credits may be awarded for freshman/sophomore level work completed elsewhere including AP (score of 4/5 required), CLEP (score of 50), and Dantes. Although there is no limit for junior/senior level coursework, students will be awarded no more than a total of 94 credits for all college-level work completed.

Students who transfer to Hood College with an A.A., A.S. or A.T.T. degree from a community college in Maryland will have met all Hood College Core Curriculum requirements. (Three additional credits are required for Global Perspectives at Hood, if not previously taken.)    

The ability to transfer credits from an institution that is not accredited by a regional accreditation agency may be considered upon receipt of documentation that demonstrates equivalency regarding course information and learning outcomes. It is the student’s responsibility to provide this documentation.

The final 30 hours of the degree must be taken on the Hood campus (see Undergraduate Degree Requirements). In addition, the College requires transfer students to take a minimum of 12 credits of classroom instruction in the major discipline at Hood, regardless of the number accepted in transfer. Transfer students must submit their transcripts to the registrar prior to enrollment. All transfer documents must be filed within the first semester of enrollment. The registrar may refuse to award credit if students fail to meet this deadline.

All grades earned at Hood and those completed at other institutions are calculated in the composite grade point average, regardless of whether the course credit was accepted for transfer. The composite average is used to determine eligibility for various honor societies, as well as determining Commencement honors.

College-Level Examination Programs (CLEP)

Certain courses may also be challenged by taking a standardized test such as CLEP or Dantes. Hood College accepts tests in a number of subject areas; those accepted by Hood College are listed in the Hood College catalog.

Other Opportunities

Applicants may receive credit for training and courses they have completed in diploma programs, military and other non-collegiate programs. Hood will evaluate the transcripts of admitted students and provide academic advising to help applicants reach their educational goals.

Hood College Articulation Program

Hood also is a participant in the ARTSYS articulation program, accepting courses and recognizing the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees of every community college in Maryland. These are not individually written agreements, but the process assures articulation between community colleges and state colleges and universities.

  • Allegany College
  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Baltimore City Community College
  • Carroll Community College
  • Cecil Community College
  • Chesapeake College
  • College of Southern Maryland (La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick)
  • Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex)
  • Frederick Community College
  • Garrett Community College
  • Hagerstown Community College
  • Harford Community College
  • Howard Community College
  • Montgomery College (Germantown, Rockville, Takoma Park)
  • Prince George’s Community College
  • Wor-Wic Community College