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Guide to Commuter Life

Banking Services On or Near Campus

  • PNC 7th Street Shopping Center
  • BB&T Whitaker Campus Center
  • BB&T 1605 Rosemont Avenue
  • M&T 929 West 7th Street
  • Bank of America 805 West 7th Street


For students who choose to commute to Hood College by bicycle, a bicycle rack is located on the Whitaker Campus Center patio.


Campus mail/Post office: The post office on campus is a full service post office that distributes both campus and U.S. mail. Commuter students may request a campus mailbox to receive campus mail. The post office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; some services are not available on government holidays.

Bulletin Boards: The commuter lounge has several bulletin boards where information about commuter as well as campus-wide events are posted.

Email: As a member of the Hood community, you will receive a Hood College student email account. This account gives you access to information and services at Hood College, including library services. Many offices use email as a means of communicating with students, so be sure to check your student email often.

Wireless Network: Wireless network access is available to all students in every building on campus. Outdoor wireless access is also available in many seating areas close to buildings. There are three wireless network options, “secure@hood” for a/g/n WPA2 encryption capable network devices (most laptops and iDevices), “unsecure@hood” for any devices that are not WPA2 capable, and finally “fastNsecure@hood” for the fastest secure connection for N-capable WiFi devices. In addition, residence halls also have wired access available to students.

Detailed configuration information for connecting to the Hood College network is available from the Information Technology department on the IT website. This website contains detailed connection instructions for wired and wireless connections and contains recommended anti-virus and anti-spyware software.

Information is also available from the IT website:

  • Go to the main Hood College web page.
  • Select “Campus Services.”
  • Select “Information Technology.”
  • Select “Network Access” to the left of the page.
  • Check “wired” or “wireless.”

The Commuter Centers

Whitaker Campus Center: The Whitaker Campus Center houses the commuter lounge, an ATM, post office, bookstore, Student Government Association office, Campus Activities Board office, Blazer snack bar, information desk, copy machine, outdoor patio area and offices for some campus-wide organizations. Administrative offices located in the Whitaker Campus Center include student activities, multicultural affairs and international student programs, residence life, campus safety and the associate dean of students.

Commuter Lounge: The commuter lounge located on the second floor of the Whitaker Campus Center has comfortable seats, couches and quiet study areas. The lounge also has lockers, a television, computers and a printer, campus and emergency phones, and a kitchen complete with a microwave, refrigerator and freezer. The lounge is also stocked with disposable plates, silverware, etc. Food can be stored in the refrigerator, which is cleaned out every Friday afternoon. Please make sure food is clearly labeled. Lockers are free of charge and keys are available in the Student Life Suite.

Commuter Council

Commuter Council: The Commuter Council is a group of elected officers who represent commuter students and provide advocacy, support and programming for commuter students. To get involved in Commuter Council, stop by the student life suite.


Class absences: Students who are unable to attend classes due to illness or other personal reason should notify professors before the class meets. Also, notify the dean of students who will send a note of verification to specific professors, provided there is a legitimate reason for missing class.

Emergency Communication From Home

Weekdays: On weekdays during regular office hours, family members can call Campus Safety at 301-696-3548 or the dean of students at 301-696-3573 to get a message to you.

Nights and weekends: Family members can call the College’s main number, 301-663-3131, to speak with the safety officer on duty who will attempt to find you on campus.

Food Services

On Campus: The Blazer snack bar is located in the Whitaker Campus Center and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 6 to 11 p.m.

Coblentz Dining Hall: The dining hall is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and for dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Commuter students can have money credited to their ID card in Coblentz Dining Hall, which can be used at either the Blazer or in Coblentz Dining Hall. For further information, call 301-696-3988.

Vending machines: Vending machines are located on the basement level of most buildings.

Fast Food (Off Campus): There are many restaurants located within a mile of campus.

ID Cards

ID cards are issued by the office of campus safety, located on the second floor of the Whitaker Campus Center. After normal business hours, please stop by the communication center on the first floor of the Whitaker Campus Center for assistance. You should have your ID with you when you are on campus.

Inclement Weather

The decision to cancel or delay the start of classes due to inclement weather is generally made by 6 a.m. Decisions about evening classes and early closings are generally made as inclement weather situations develop. Closing and delay information is broadcast on local radio stations and on the College’s main line, 301-696-3131, and posted on the College website. At summer orientation, you will receive more information about Hood Alert, an emergency notification service. If you can’t get to campus and classes have not been canceled, contact your professor or the academic department.


Vehicles parked on Hood College property (including the German House) by students, faculty and staff members must be registered with the department of campus safety and must have a vehicle registration hang tag displayed. Vehicles must be registered within 48 hours of bringing the vehicle on campus or before the end of the first academic day following the time any vehicle is on campus. Vehicles may be ticketed for nonregistration and illegal parking.

Phone System

Campus phones: Campus phones are found in every office on campus, on every floor of each residence hall and in the commuter lounge on the second floor of the Whitaker Campus Center. Dial “0” and the operator will connect you with the person or office you wish to call. While on campus, dial the last four digits of a phone number to contact an office. Off campus, you must dial the area code (301) and three-digit exchange (696).

Campus Publications

The Blue & Grey: The bi-monthly student newspaper. College catalog: Published jointly by the registrar and the office of marketing and communications every other year, the catalog contains academic and other policies and a description of the curriculum. Catalogs can be picked up at the registrar’s office. Student handbook: Published by the student life team, this handbook contains College policies and procedures governing student life as well as information on the Student Government Association (SGA).

Wisteria: A bi-annual creative arts journal with students’ artistic and creative works.

Safety and Security

The office of campus safety is located on the second floor of the Whitaker Campus Center. Security officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dial “0” from campus phones to report problems. A safety officer will provide necessary escort services at any time. Please call 301-696-3548 for this service.

Red emergency phones: In case of emergency, pick up the nearest red phone and tell the telecommunications officer the nature of the emergency. This service is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Red phones are located in all residence halls, the commuter lounge, the Whitaker Campus Center, Gambrill Gymnasium, the Wellness Center and the Sports Medicine Center.

Blue phones: These phones also give immediate access to the telecommunications officer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are located behind Brodbeck Hall, behind Alumnae House, in the Whitaker Campus Center parking lot, the Chapel parking lot and at the Huntsinger Aquatic Center (outdoor pool). Lost and found: Lost and misplaced items are held at the Communication Center on the first floor of the Whitaker Campus Center.

Wellness Center

Health Center: Hood College has an ambulatory facility, staffed by a registered nurse, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. when classes are in session. Physician clinics are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; students are seen by appointment only. Commuter students are eligible for services at the Health Center. If you have any questions, call the Health Center at 301-696-3439.

Counseling Center: Staff counselors are available for brief supportive counseling, consultation and referral services. All students are eligible for these services at no cost. Call the counseling center at 301-696-3440 for an appointment.