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Student Services

Hood College offers a variety of support services to assist students transition into the college environment. Students enjoy the personal attention that our close-knit community provides.

Academic Services

Hood College offers a variety of support services to assist students transition into the college environment. Students enjoy the personal attention that our close-knit community provides.

Academic Advising

The most important thing to remember about a student’s own place in the advising system at Hood is that he or she must take ultimate responsibility for academic planning—of each semester, of each academic year and of degree completion.

Students are encouraged to explore various subjects or disciplines during their first year and a half at Hood. During that time they are advised by the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Group, a designated group of faculty members who have expressed interest in working with students before they declare a major. Students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year by completing the appropriate form with the Office of the Registrar.

Improvement of Basic Skills: Reading, Writing, Mathematics

The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention staff evaluates all new students’ basic skills. The following courses are offered to students who need to improve their skills: English 099, English 100E (for ESL Students) and English 100; GNST 099 and 101; and Mathematics 098 and 099. Tutoring may be recommended to meet specific needs.

The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention offers specialized workshops upon request or as determined by the Center.

Tutoring, staffed by peer tutors, is available to students who have questions about the organization and presentation of any written assignments. Daily hours for composition as well as mathematics tutoring appointments are posted outside RO 310A. Staff tutoring for mathematics and composition is available in the offices of the Writing Skills Coordinator (RO 329) and the Mathematics Skills Coordinator (RO 327).

Placement Testing

Placement tests, also referred to as the Basic Skills Inventory, are required of all first-year stu- dents and are administered online by The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention. All first-year students are required to take placement tests in the following three academic areas:

  • Composition
    (Required of students who earned 6, 7 or 8 on the SAT Essay and students who did not take the SAT essay. Not required if English 101 credit is transferred or a score of 4 or 5 is achieved on the AP Language/Composition Test)
  • Mathematics
    (Unless college-level mathematics is transferred or a score of 4 or 5 is achieved on the AP Calculus Test)
  • Foreign language*
    (French, Spanish, Latin, Russian or German) if the language has been studied at least two years. (The Latin and Hebrew placement tests are administered in The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention.)

Placement tests are generally not required of transfer students with an A.A. degree. However, if the student does not have the required prerequisites for college-level mathematics classes, the Math BSI will be required.

BSI placement test scores are valid for a two-year period following the test date.

*Please contact The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention at (301) 696-3569 if you wish to take a placement test for a language other than French, Spanish or German. 

English as a Second Language

International students who have a strong command of English but need additional language enhancement may enroll in ENGL 100E/Advanced ESL Skills, which focuses primarily on advanced-level academic writing.

Students with Disabilities

Hood College actively supports the rights of students with disabilities to have equal access to education. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Hood makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of students with diagnosed disabilities.

Students with disabilities who will need accommodations must notify the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. Early notification prevents delay in initiation of services and ensures the student full access to educational activities. Students should present documentation of a disability from a medical professional, and this documentation should state accommodations the student requires to participate fully in the educational programs at Hood College. The disability services coordinator will meet with the student to prepare an individualized plan for services. The student is then prepared to take on the responsibility of advocating for her or himself.

Lifelong Learning

Committed to lifelong learning, Hood has developed programs to meet the distinctive needs of nontraditional-aged undergraduate students. Nontraditional age students should explore the possibility of gaining credit for experience outside the classroom.

Through Hood’s Portfolio Advantage Program, students can have work experience and other noncollegiate learning evaluated for possible college credit. The portfolio program includes a screening interview, portfolio development workshops and portfolio assessment. (For additional information, see Portfolio Evaluation in Undergraduate Academic Policies)

Students may earn advanced placement credits through the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement and Achievement tests. Students may also earn credits by taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, DANTES exams and departmental challenge examinations. (For additional information, see Credit for Prior Learning section of Undergraduate Academic Policies).

Hood’s Graduate School provides academically rigorous master’s programs that are highly regarded by employers and doctoral admission committees. Designed to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical application, the graduate programs are taught by experienced faculty, more than 98 percent of whom hold doctorates and many of whom are distinguished scholars and researchers. Their strong ties to national research institutions, regional businesses, government agencies and area school systems provide students with many opportunities to conduct research, complete internships and pursue career-related projects. For additional information on graduate programs, please see Graduate Studies.

Career Services

The Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center provides a range of services and resources to members of the Hood Community. The Center offers assistance at all stages of the career exploration and decision-making process.

  • Individual career assessment and counseling;
  • Direction in finding community service opportunities with the local non-profit community;
  • Guidance in locating an internship experience;
  • Extensive online system of job and internship opportunities;
  • Graduate, law and medical school guidance and assistance;
  • Mentoring opportunities with alumnae and alumni;
  • Workshops and fairs on career-related topics;
  • A large career library.

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Multicultural Environment

Hood College is committed to enrolling a diverse student population including African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native American and international students. Through various offices within the academic and student life teams, the College provides services to promote understanding among all students. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Programs provides programs for students and supports activities for African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and international students and organizations such as the International Club, Black Student Union and La Union Latina. The AHANA-I Buddy Program pairs upperclassmen with new students to aid in the transition to campus life. To meet the needs of the growing number of students from other countries, the director of OMA/ISP assists these students in making the adjustment to a new country and in achieving their educational objectives, and is available to help with problems. Housing during Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks is available at no cost for international students. Housing during summer is available on a priority basis at a nominal cost.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center offers services by two full-time licensed clinical staff to support students in realizing maximum benefit from both their academic and their out-of-class learning experiences. A consulting psychiatrist is available twice a month for psychiatric evaluations, medication concerns and local referrals.

Services provided by the Counseling Center include: brief, supportive counseling; crisis management; consulting and referral services; support groups; mediation; self-help brochures and lending library; and wellness and psycho-educational programs to increase self-knowledge and teach skills that will enhance emotional well-being. In addition, we offer consultation with faculty, staff, administration and the local community regarding mental health issues.

Health Resources

The Health Resource Center is staffed by a team of health care professionals. The full-time director is a registered nurse. An internist holds daily clinics to see students with medical concerns and a nurse practitioner has a weekly gyn clinic. All registered students are eligible for services at the center. All undergraduate traditional-age (under 25 years) full-time students are required to have medical information, including immunization records, on file at the Hood College Health Center. Copies of the required health forms may be found on the Hood website

All medical records are confidential. Access to information is limited to authorized health center personnel, unless the student gives written consent or upon receipt of court-ordered subpoena. Medical records are destroyed seven years post graduation or withdrawal.

The center operates on a wellness model, focusing on preventive care and education to help students develop skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The center staff provides outpatient care for illnesses and injuries as well as referrals for services beyond the scope of the center. Staff members are available for consultation to faculty, staff and students.