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Commuter Information

Living on campus isn't always an option, and Hood offers its students who commute exceptional support and resources. With a spacious commuter lounge and social events sponsored by the Commuter Student Union, students living off campus stay involved in student life.

This guide to commuter life is designed to provide information and answer any questions students have about commuting to and from Hood.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of all that Hood has to offer, including commuter programs, student organizations and clubs, academic and departmental groups and events, athletics and intramurals. Also, commuters are encouraged to read the student handbook and the academic catalog, which offer more information about services available to them and where to seek help.

As the director of student engagement, I serve as a support person to commuter students. If any commuting students have ideas for programs or services, need help getting involved in campus life or simply want to talk, please drop by the office or call 301-696-3575.

Once again, welcome! 

Best regards,
Gretchen Nonemaker

Banking services on or near campus


  • BB&T ATM, on the first floor of Whitaker Campus Center
  • PNC Bank ATM, Frederick Memorial Hospital Main Lobby 
  • PNC Bank, 7th Street Shopping Center
  • BB&T, 1305 West 7th Street
  • BB&T, 1605 Rosemont Avenue
  • M&T, 929 West 7th Street
  • Bank of America, 805 West 7th Street 



For students who choose to commute to Hood College by bicycle, the bicycle rack is located on the Whitaker Campus Center patio.  


Campus Mail/Post Office 
Hood's full-service, on-campus post office distributes both campus and U.S. mail. All full-time students are assigned campus mailboxes. Part-time students are not automatically assigned mailboxes but may, and should, request one. The post office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; some services are not available on government holidays. The College distributes information every day, so it is important for students to check their mailboxes each time they are on campus. Students can also use campus mail to get in touch with faculty, staff and other students. 

Bulletin Boards 
The commuter lounge has several bulletin boards that contain information about both commuter and campus-wide events. Check the “Next Free Food Event” bulletin board in the commuter lounge for the time and place of any free food offerings on campus. 

As a member of the Hood community, commuting students will receive a Hood College student email account. This account gives you access to information and services at Hood College, including library services. Students can set their Hood email account to automatically forward correspondence to another account if that is preferred. 

The Commuter Centers

Whitaker Campus Center
The Whitaker Campus Center houses: 

  • Commuter lounge  
  • ATM 
  • Post office  
  • Bookstore  
  • SGA office  
  • Campus Activity Board office 
  • Blazer Express 
  • Information desk  
  • Copy machine 
  • Outdoor patio area 
  • Student life suite  
  • Multicultural affairs office 
  • Residence life office 
  • Assistant dean of students’ office 

Commuter Lounge
The two-floor commuter lounge located in the Whitaker Campus Center features:

  • Comfortable seats and couches
  • Quiet study areas
  • 24 hour-a-day access
  • Lockers
  • Television
  • Computers and a printer
  • Kitchen, complete with a stove, microwave and refrigerator

Commuter forums

Commuter Student Union
All undergraduate students who are classified as commuter students automatically qualify as members of the Commuter Student Union, a branch of the Hood College Student Government Association.  

Commuter Council
The Commuter Council is a group of elected officers who represent the CSU and administer its programs and activities.


Class Absences
Students who are unable to attend classes due to an illness or other personal reason should notify professors before the class meets. Also notify the dean of students, who will send a note of verification to specific professors, provided there is a legitimate reason for missing class.  

Emergency communication from home

On weekdays during regular office hours, family members can call campus safety at (301) 696-3548 or the Office of the Dean of Students at 301-696-3573 to get a message to a student.

Nights and Weekends
Family members can call the College’s main number, 301-663-3131, to speak with the safety officer on duty, who will attempt to find the student on campus.

Fast food (off campus)
The following fast food outlets are located within a mile of campus:

  • Subway — College Plaza Shopping Center
  • Taco Bell — College Plaza Shopping Center
  • Manhattan Bagel — 7th Street Shopping Center
  • Papa Johns — 7th Street Shopping Center (Delivery - 301-698-7272)
  • McDonalds — West 7th Street
  • Spirit Shoppe Deli — West 7th Street
  • Pizza Hut — Rosemont Avenue or 540 W. South Street (Delivery - 301-662-1700)
  • Sheetz — Rosemont Avenue

ID cards

ID cards are issued by the Office of Campus Safety, located on the third floor of the Whitaker Campus Center. After normal business hours, please stop by the Communication Center on the first floor of the Whitaker Campus Center for assistance.  

Inclement Weather

The decision to cancel or delay the start of classes due to inclement weather is generally made by 6 a.m. Decisions about evening classes and early closings are generally made as inclement weather situations develop.  

Closing and delay information will be texted through the College's emergency notification system, Hood Alert. You can sign up for Hood Alert here. If commuting students can’t get to campus and classes have not been canceled, please contact your professor or the academic department.  


Vehicles parked on Hood College property must display a vehicle registration tag, which is available for purchase from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Communication Center in the Whitaker Campus Center. The fee for a parking sticker is $50 for two years. The parking lot in front of the Whitaker Campus Center is designated as a commuter and staff parking lot, and is available to resident students from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. only. Parking is provided on a space-available basis. Other lots are located behind the chapel and next to the Huntsinger Aquatic Center.  

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Phone system

Campus phones
Campus phones are found in every office on campus and on the first floor of each residence hall. If a campus phone book is not available, dial 0 and the operator will connect you with the person or office you need. While on campus, dial the last four digits of a phone number to contact an office or a student. Off campus, you must dial the area code and three-digit exchange (360 for students and 696 for offices). For convenience, a campus phone is located in the commuter lounge in the Whitaker Campus Center. 

Campus Publications

Blue and Grey Today
The bi-monthly student newspaper.  

College catalog
Published jointly by the registrar and the Office of Marketing and Communications every other year, the catalog contains academic and other policies and a description of the curriculum. Catalogs can be picked up at the registrar’s office.

Student Handbook
Published by the student life team, this handbook contains college policies and procedures governing student life as well as information on the Student Government Association (SGA).

Annual literary magazine.

Safety and Security

Campus safety is located in the Whitaker Campus Center, mezzanine level. Security officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dial “0” from campus phones to report problems. A safety officer will provide necessary escort services at any time. Please call ext. 3548 for this service.  

Red Emergency Phones
In case of emergency, pick up the nearest red phone and tell the telecommunications officer the nature of the emergency. This service is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Red phones are located in all residence halls, the commuter lounge, the Whitaker Campus Center, Gambrill Gymnasium, the Wellness Center and Sports Medicine Center.

Blue Phones
These phones also give immediate access to the telecommunications officer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are located behind Brodbeck Hall, behind Alumnae House, in the Whitaker Campus Center parking lot, the chapel parking lot and at the Huntsinger Aquatic Center. Lost and found items are held at the Communication Center on the first floor of the Whitaker Campus Center.

Wellness Center

Health Center
Hood College has an ambulatory facility located on the first floor of a white house (building number 605), the corner of Rosemont and Ferndale Avenues. While classes are in session, the Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Wednesdays until 7 p.m). The Health Center is staffed by registered nurses; physician visits are available by appointment. To contact the Wellness Center, call 301-696-3439 or email or

Counseling Center
Staff counselors are available for brief supportive counseling, consultation and referral services. Commuter students are eligible for these services at no cost. Call the Counseling Center at ext. 3440 for an appointment.