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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
- Allegheny College
- Anne Arundel Community College
- Baltimore City Community College
- Carroll Community College
- Cecil Community College
- Chesapeake College
- College of Southern Maryland (LaPlata, 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