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Residence Life

In addition to taking classes and participating in extracurricular activities, Hood College students are a part of a vibrant community.  The campus residential environment enables students to thrive and be successful socially and academically in a thriving, safe environment near important resources.  Students living in homes within thirty miles of campus are permitted to commute.  First-year students, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on campus, and seniors are permitted to live in housing off campus.

In residence halls, the Whitaker Campus Center, Coblentz dining room, and other buildings all over campus, students make friends, cook family-style dinners, form study groups and find numerous other ways to connect with fellow students. Students learn not only what it means to be part of a community, but also how to take care of themselves - with resources like the counseling center, chapel, resident assistants, tutoring and health services offering needed support.

Hood students have their choice of beautiful, comfortable spaces for relaxing, studying, grabbing a bite to eat or hanging out with friends. A few examples:

  • A hub of student life at Hood, Whitaker Campus Center is where students go to play a game of pool, visit the Student Life Suite, and enjoy delicious meals at The Blazer.
  • One of the most lively, social spots on campus, Coblentz Dining Hall is where students catch up over healthy, delicious meals.
  • All the residence halls - Coblentz, Memorial, Meyran, Shriner and Smith - have lounges where students cook, relax and attend fun activities.

Mission Statement

The Office of Residence Life brings students and housing together in a safe and comfortable living environment dedicated to the educational, social, and personal growth of each individual residential student. It is responsible for providing services, programming, and learning experiences within the residential system, as well as managing the judicial affairs of the College for both residential and commuter students.  

The Residence Life team promotes respect, campus involvement, acceptance, service to others, personal responsibility, conflict resolution, collaboration, independence, and compassion through collective leadership, resource referral, meaningful dialogue, and robust opportunities to strengthen skills. Staff work to meet needs and facilitate a community which is (based on Ernest Boyer's six principles) purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring, and celebrative. Merging academic life with residential life, students grow and discover how to learn in the company of friends.

Diversity Statement

The Office of Residence Life at Hood College staff support and enhance the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the College. Paramount to successful communal living is the core value of diversity and inclusiveness. Each Residence Life team member is strongly committed to celebrating the assortment of differences in the human experience, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and thought. By creating an inclusive and equitable environment which values civil discourse and sincere respect, the Office of Residence Life team strives to support and challenge students in their developmental pursuits.

For more information, click here to see a list of Residence Life staff members to call or email. 

Contact Us



Whitaker 221


Monday - Friday:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

These hours are approximations during the times in which the College is open for business.