Congratulations on your admission to the Graduate School at Hood College! A rewarding experience awaits you. Please follow these steps to make the most of it.
Register to attend an orientation for new students
The Graduate School holds orientation sessions for new graduate students the Wednesday before the start of the spring and fall semesters. Students who begin their programs in the summer may attend the fall orientation session.
Fall 2017 Orientation for new students will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, beginning at 2 p.m. for our international students, and at 5 p.m. for domestic students. Orientation is mandatory for international students. Register here.
Orientation is an important step in adjusting to life as a graduate student. At orientation, you will:
- Learn about policies and procedures that are specific to Hood and to the Graduate School;
- Get help with your Hood email and Blackboard accounts;
- Take a campus tour;
- Have your picture taken for your student I.D.;
- Obtain a parking pass for campus and hospital lots; and
- Meet with faculty and other new students in your program over dinner
Please find the mandatory international student agenda here, and the general session agenda here.
New this year is our concurrent Spouse/Partner Orientation. Register your spouse/partner and children under 12 years of age via your registration.
For additional information, email the Graduate School at email@example.com or call 301-696-3600 or toll free at 800-922-1599.
January 2017 orientation videos
Watch the videos from the International orientation and Evening orientation.
Important forms for orientation
If you plan to attend orientation,
please take a few minutes to complete these forms below in advance and
bring them with you to the event.
Review program requirements
All program requirements can be found in the Hood College catalog. It is also important for students to remain in contact with their academic advisers as they plan their coursework.
Submit the Enrollment Acceptance form
Admitted students are sent an enrollment acceptance form. Submitting this form to the Graduate School office will activate Hood College student status. You will then receive username and password information for your student account as well as your Hood College email address.
Register for courses
View the course schedule and register for courses through Self Service, Hood’s student portal. Registrations for provisionally admitted students and for students registering for multiple weekend courses should be processed through the registrar's office by completing the online registration form. To view instructions for searching for available classes, click here.
As a graduate student, you will find other useful information under the current
students drop-down at the top of the website, under the For Graduate
Students section. Other helpful resources include:
Buy your textbooks
Visit the Hood bookstore site to find out what textbooks are required for your courses. Click on Textbooks, then Find Textbooks, and enter the course information.
Pay your tuition
The Accounting office will issue billing statements through Self Service to students who have registered for coursework. You must log into your Self Service account to view your bill; it will not be mailed. Tuition and fees are due by the following dates:
- Jan. 15 for spring semester
- Aug. 15 for fall semester
- First day of classes for summer terms
Tuition, fees and other expenses can be paid online through the online payment system. Additional information about paying for a graduate education at Hood can be found at financing your education.
Graduate Student Housing
Affordable on-campus graduate student housing is now available. All rooms are singles. If you are interested in this new opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those exploring commuter living
options, the local Frederick area offers a number of rental options.
Finding the right fit for you will take some research. Local newspaper
classified ads and website listings may be good places to begin your
search. The following are some examples of websites which may be
In addition, there are some nearby apartment complexes which may warrant consideration:
Those with an asterisk denotes they accept I-20 as evidence for financial backing for international students.
Note that the information in this
message is provided as a convenience to students strictly as an
informational service. Hood College has not inspected or approved any of
the listings for fire, heat, and/or safety conditions and makes no
warranties or representations concerning these items. Tenants assume
full responsibility for location, condition, and contractual terms of
their off-campus rentals. Hood College operates under the assumption
that landlords and rental agencies conduct business within the
guidelines of the law. All contractual agreements are between students
and the landlords or agents.