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Academic Support Services

Academic Services

Hood College offers many academic services to students to encourage and help them maintain academic excellence. These are free services and are available to all Hood students. For more information about these services, call the center for academic achievement and retention at 301-696-3569 or the student life suite at 301-696-3575.

Academic Advisers

Each Hood student is paired with a faculty member who serves as his or her academic adviser. These advisers meet with students periodically to discuss course scheduling, career goals, research and internship opportunities, and academic interests.

First-year students and sophomores are advised by a special group of faculty who have expressed interest in working with students at the pre-major level. Once students declare their majors in the second semester of their sophomore year, they are reassigned to an adviser in their major discipline.

Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR)

Rosenstock 330, 301-696-3569

Matthew Holsapple, B.A., M.A., Director of the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR)
Lauren Reis, B.A., M.A., Disability Services Coordinator
Donna Harrison, B.A., M.A., Writing Skills Coordinator
Michelle Towsend, Head Start Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

CAAR offers a variety of services and programs to the entire Hood College community. The staff assists students who are experiencing difficulty in a course and supports students who want to be more effective and efficient learners. The following services are available:

Disability Services

The College works diligently to eliminate barriers to the educational pursuits of students with disabilities. The coordinator meets individually with students to review required documentation and determine their needs, and assists them by providing resources to meet their educational goals. Some services available include:

  • Alternative testing arrangements
  • Extended time on tests
  • Interpreters
  • Obtaining permission to record lectures
  • Accessible housing
  • Kurzweil reading system
  • Note takers

English as a Second Language

Students who need assistance with the English language as determined by placement testing, enroll in ENG 100E (Composition) offered in the fall semester and designed for students whose primary language may not be English.

Graduate Record Examination

Information regarding the Graduate Record Examinations can be found in the registration bulletin or on the GRE website at The GRE subject tests are administered at Hood in September, October, and April each year. These paper-based tests are given in eight subject areas: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, literature in English, mathematics, physics and psychology. Check online for test dates.


One-on-one tutoring is available math, writing, and some science classes. Students can sign up for appointments or drop in to work with peer tutors in these areas. In addition, the Mathematics Skills Coorinator (Rosenstock 326) works with individual students, and the Writing Skills Coordinator (Rosenstock 329) assists students writing papers in any academic department.

Portfolio Advantage Program

At Hood College, students’ life learning may translate into college credits. Adults and transfer students often bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom based on paid or volunteer jobs, travel, or noncollegiate courses. These students may be awarded academic credit by writing a porfolio that demonstrates this knowledge and experience. The Writing Skills Coordinator (Rosenstock 329) works with students writing porfolios and can provide more information about this program.

Beneficial-Hodson Library

The Beneficial-Hodson Library’s mission is to support the curricular and informational needs of the Hood community by providing appropriate library resources, instruction and assistance. This facility and its dedicated staff provide the ideal setting to encourage and nurture academic inquiry and scholarship.

The library integrates information technology with traditional library services and collections. It currently holds 212,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 300 print and microform periodical titles. Nearly 50,000 additional periodical titles can be accessed via the Internet through a number of subscription databases. These and other computer-based resources may be consulted wirelessly within the library and across the campus, at any of a number of computer workstations, as well as from anywhere in the world via the internet. The library’s web pages provide links to reference sources around the world. Video and audio collections are housed in the audio visual center, with playback equipment available for student use.