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Hood at a Glance

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 College prepares students to excel in meeting the personal, professional and global challenges of the future. Hood is committed to the integration of the liberal arts, the professions and technology, to the exploration of values, a sense of community and to the preparation of students for lives of responsibility, leadership and service.

Statement of purpose and strategic priorities

Statement of purpose

Hood College prepares its graduates for lives of responsibility, leadership and service by offering an educational experience that integrates liberal and professional learning in a student-centered environment. 

Hood's commitment 

  • Offering high-quality undergraduate and graduate curricula 
  • Serving the lifelong learning needs of its constituents 
  • Supporting research, scholarship and collaboration among faculty and students 
  • Celebrating diversity and inclusiveness 
  • Enhancing the intellectual, cultural and social vibrancy of the regional community 
  • Preserving the College's rich heritage 

Strategic priorities

  • Maintaining optimum enrollment 
  • Enhancing academic excellence 
  • Enriching student life 
  • Expanding development/fundraising 
  • Strengthening College finances 
  • Continuing to aggressively market and promote the College

Facilities and housing

  • Beneficial-Hodson Library and Technology Center
  • Advanced computing laboratories
  • Hodson Science and Technology Center: A state-of-the-art, $20 million research facility that integrates hands-on lab work with classroom lectures and advanced scientific research
  • 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
  • Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School  
  • Observatory
  • State-of-the-art science and language laboratories
  • Whitaker Campus Center  
  • Five stately residence halls and three language residences

Extracurricular life

  • More than 60 clubs and organizations, such as Blazer Radio, Habitat for Humanity, International Club, Philosophy Club, Hood Improv, Ping-Pong Club and Blazer Nation. Students are also welcome to start new clubs.
  • 17 honor societies
  • Popular events include May Madness, the Ring Ceremony, Homecoming, the renowned Messiah concert and dance, movie nights, Fall Frenzy, Whitaker Wednesdays and an all-you-can-eat crab feast, to name just a few.

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.

NCAA athletics

Hood's Blazer athletic teams face opponents in 21 men's and women's intercollegiate sports and three club sports. They compete in the highly competitive NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Conferences and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact Hood College's Office of Marketing and Communications via email at, by telephone at 301-696-3802 or by fax at 301-696-3727.