Congratulations on your admission to the Graduate School at Hood College! A rewarding experience awaits you. Please follow these steps to make the most of it.
Register to attend an orientation for new students
The Graduate School holds orientation sessions for new graduate students just before the start of the spring and fall semesters. Students who begin their programs in the summer may attend the fall orientation session.
Fall 2018 Orientation for new students will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22, beginning at 1:30 p.m. for the international student session, and at 5 p.m. for the general session. Orientation is mandatory for international students. For the international session, register here. For the general session, register here.
Orientation is an important step in adjusting to life as a graduate student. At orientation, you will:
- Learn about policies and procedures that are specific to Hood and to the Graduate School;
- Get help with your Hood email and Blackboard accounts;
- Take a campus tour;
- Have your picture taken for your student I.D.;
- Obtain a parking pass for campus and hospital lots;
- Speak with service representatives at our fair;
- Meet with faculty and other new students in your program while enjoying a meal.
There is a concurrent Spouse/Partner Orientation during the evening general session beginning at 5 pm. If your spouse/partner wants to learn about managing life with a grad student at home, they may register themselves (and any children under 12 years of age) on either session’s registration link.
For additional information, email the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 301-696-3600 or toll free at 800-922-1599.
Important forms for orientation
If you plan to attend orientation, it is important to complete your Student ID and Parking Pass forms in advance and bring them with you to the event. Complete the Student ID form here. Go to the Self Service link here, log in with your new student log in information, and choose vehicle registration to complete your parking pass form.
The International Graduate Student Handbook provides valuable information for international students as they begin to adjust to their first semester here at Hood College and to the Frederick area.
Review program requirements
All program requirements can be found in the Hood College catalog. It is also important for students to remain in contact with their academic advisers as they plan their coursework.
Register for courses
View the course schedule and register for courses through Self Service, and register through our online registration form. To view instructions for searching for available classes, click here.
As a graduate student, you will find other useful information under the current
students drop-down at the top of the website, under the For Graduate
Students section. Other helpful resources include:
Buy your textbooks
Visit the Hood bookstore site to find out what textbooks are required for your courses. Click on Textbooks, then Find Textbooks, and enter the course information.
Pay your tuition
The Accounting office will issue billing statements through Self Service to students who have registered for coursework. You must log into your Self Service account to view your bill; it will not be mailed. Tuition and fees are due by the following dates:
- Jan. 15 for spring semester
- Aug. 15 for fall semester
- First day of classes for summer terms
Tuition, fees and other expenses can be paid online through the online payment system. Additional information about paying for a graduate education at Hood can be found at financing your education.
Graduate Student Housing
For those exploring commuter living
options, the local Frederick area offers a number of rental options.
Finding the right fit for you will take some research. Local newspaper
classified ads and website listings may be good places to begin your
search. The following are some examples of websites which may be
In addition, there are some nearby apartment complexes which may warrant consideration:
Those with an asterisk denotes they accept I-20 as evidence for financial backing for international students.
Note that the information in this
message is provided as a convenience to students strictly as an
informational service. Hood College has not inspected or approved any of
the listings for fire, heat, and/or safety conditions and makes no
warranties or representations concerning these items. Tenants assume
full responsibility for location, condition, and contractual terms of
their off-campus rentals. Hood College operates under the assumption
that landlords and rental agencies conduct business within the
guidelines of the law. All contractual agreements are between students
and the landlords or agents.