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All-American living, big city access

Hood’s campus reflects the all-American charm and beauty of the community where it is located. At the same time, the Graduate School’s academic connections run deep along the science and technology corridor that leads to the nearby Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan regions.

Frederick, Maryland

One of the largest cities in the state, Frederick is steeped in history yet firmly rooted in the 21st century. Restaurants, shops, art galleries and museums abound in the cosmopolitan downtown. Suburban neighborhoods, the countryside and smaller towns outside the city offer comfortable living and recreational opportunities.

Comfortable living

A low crime rate and state-of-the-art health care system make the area a safe, healthy place to live. The public school system ranks at the top in a state that ranks number one in the nation. Forbes.com ranks Frederick among the smartest cities in the U.S. It has been designated one of the “Prettiest Painted Towns in America” and number eight in the country’s top 25 small town arts destinations.

Metropolitan culture, opportunities

Big-city amenities are within easy reach of Frederick. Washington, D.C.—home of the nation’s government, embassies, museums, sports and culture—is an hour’s drive by car or via convenient metro rail. Three international airports within 50 miles offer direct access to home and family. The port city of Baltimore and Maryland’s capital city, Annapolis, are equally close.

America in miniature

Thanks to its wide-ranging geography—mountains, rivers, seashore, farms, cityscapes—Maryland has earned the designation “America in Miniature.” It is little wonder that Hood graduate students find much to see and experience in their leisure time.

Learn more about the Frederick area and local resources.