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Newly Admitted Students

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 the Wednesday before the start of the spring and fall semesters. Students who begin their programs in the summer may attend the fall orientation session. The Fall 2015 sessions are scheduled as follows and will be held at Whitaker Center Commons on Hood's campus:

  • International Graduate Student Orientation: Aug. 19, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • New Graduate Student Orientation: Aug. 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m. (download the agenda)

At these informative and interactive sessions you will have an opportunity to: 

  • Get an overview of Hood College policies and procedures
  • Talk to IT staff members about network and email matters
  • Obtain your student ID card and on-campus parking permit
  • Visit the Hood College Bookstore for textbook and apparel needs
  • Enjoy dinner with faculty from your program
  • Take a campus tour
  • Learn about housing, transportation, banking other services from college offices and local businesses

Please RSVP online. For additional information, email the Graduate School at gofurther@hood.eu or call 301-696-3600 or  toll free at 800-922-1599.

Review program requirements

All program requirements can be found in the Hood College catalog. Refer to the program planning guide to help map out individual coursework plans. This information can also be found on the individual program pages. It is also important for students to remain in contact with their academic advisers as they plan their coursework.

Submit the Enrollment Acceptance form

Admitted students are sent an enrollment acceptance form. Submitting this form to the Graduate School office will activate Hood College student status. You will then receive username and password information for your student account as well as your Hood College email address.

Register for courses

View the course schedule and register for courses through Self Service, Hood’s student portal. Registrations for provisionally admitted students and for students registering for multiple weekend courses should be processed through the registrar's office by completing the 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 to students who have registered for coursework. 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.