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Hood at a Glance


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.


Hood College offers:

Unbeatable location

Hood's picturesque 50-acre campus is ideally situated in the middle of charming, historic Frederick, Md. The Frederick-Washington-Baltimore triangle not only features a vast and diverse array of world-famous social and cultural destinations, but also abounds with internships at government agencies, laboratories, media firms, schools and IT companies, among others.

Diverse students

Hood undergraduates hail from 26 states, Guam and the District of Columbia and 21 countries.

Total enrollment

In fall 2014, total enrollment was 2,365 students:

  • 1,359 undergraduates
  • 1,006 students seeking master’s degrees, certificates or certifications 

Distinguished faculty

  • More than 100 dedicated professors ensure a low student-to-teacher ratio, so students receive personal and high-quality attention. 
  • There are 120 regular faculty members—most of whom hold a doctoral degree—who get to know each student's strengths and interests.
  • 95 percent of all full-time faculty hold the doctorate or terminal degree in their field.  

Student-to-faculty ratios

  • 11:1 undergraduate; 12:1 graduate.

Facilities and housing

Academic facilities include:

  • Library and information center
  • Advanced computing laboratories
  • 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

Unparalleled internships

Hood students can gain valuable career experience at more than 600 local and regional internship sites. Opportunities have included placements at such organizations as:  

  • American Red Cross
  • Verizon
  • CNN
  • French Embassy
  • Library of Congress
  • Merrill Lynch
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Zoological Park
  • National Geographic Magazine
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • The White House

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.

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.

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 

Accreditation, certifications and affiliations

Hood College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680. The Hood Social Work program carries specialized accreditation by the Council of Social Work Education. The Hood education department’s initial teacher certification and master’s degree programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Hood's undergraduate management degree program and graduate MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The Hood College Nursing Department’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Hood College was recently recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2014-2016 for its innovative use of iPads and the application of technology in classrooms across nearly every discipline.

Apple Distinguished School

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

For more information, see the full news release and the Apple Distinguished Schools webpage.

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