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Credit for Prior Learning

The classes students have taken, the projects they have organized, the ideas they have developed and the seminars they have attended can provided them with more than simply a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Applicants prior study and life experiences can translate into credits toward a Hood College degree.

Transferable credits

Hood College will accept up to 62 credits from an accredited community college and up to 94 credits from a four-year college or university. Students must complete their last 30 credits at Hood College.

A transfer counselor will review transcripts, giving inquiring students a tentative credit evaluation before they apply. An official evaluation by the Hood College registrar will be completed upon acceptance as a degree seeking candidate.

Generally, transfer credit is granted for academic courses that are clearly applicable to a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree and for which the student received a grade of C- or above.

Students who transfer to Hood College with an associate of arts or an associate of science degree from an accredited community college in the state of Maryland will meet all Hood lower level general education (core) requirements.

Challenge exams

Most academic departments at Hood College have designated courses that students can "challenge", which may result in the awarding of credit(s). Applicants who  think they have a good understanding of the content of a specific Hood course may take a comprehensive examination prepared by the Hood faculty.

College level examination programs (CLEP)

Certain courses may also be challenged by taking a standardized test such as CLEP, or Dantes. Hood College accepts tests in a number of subject areas; those accepted by Hood College are listed in the Hood College catalog.

Other opportunities

Applicants may receive credit for training and courses they have completed in diploma programs, military and other non-collegiate programs. Hood will evaluate the transcripts and provide academic advising to help applicants reach their educational goals.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 301-696-3400 or