First-Year Students

At Hood College, we know that each student is unique.

As a result, our admission process is highly individualized - we want to see what you will bring to the Hood community! 



  • First-Year Application (essay optional)
  • Official high school transcript
  • Test optional (Hood College does not require SAT or ACT scores for admission or scholarship consideration)
We kindly request that you only submit one application, either the Common App or Hood College App, to be considered for admission to Hood College. 

Apply Now with the Common App 


Apply Now with the Hood College App

We would love to get to know you better! You can submit any of the following to supplement your application:

  • Interview - Talking one-on-one with your admission counselor is the best way for us to learn more about you and what you will bring to the Hood community. You can register for a tour of our beautiful campus and a meeting with an admission counselor here.
  • Letters of recommendation - You can submit recommendation letters from teachers, counselors, coaches, supervisors, youth leaders, scoutmasters - anybody that knows you well and will help us gain a broader understanding of who you are!
  • Resume - This is your chance to brag about your accomplishments! Let us know what you've been involved in throughout your time in high school.
  • Additional writing sample - Have you written something that you're really proud of? We'd love to see it!
  • Online portfolio - Send us a link to your YouTube page, website, or personal portfolio.

While high school performance does comprise a large part of each student's application, we recognize that some students do not excel in traditional testing environments, so submitting standardized test scores is optional for all applicants.


Hood College offers rolling admission. The Common Application opens on August 1 each year, and the first round of admission decisions will be mailed in mid-October. From October onward, admission decisions will be mailed within two weeks of receiving your completed application and high school transcript.

It is recommended that you apply prior to March 1; however, we will continue to evaluate applications submitted after March 1 on a space-available basis.

Students who are applying for the nursing program are subject to nursing-specific deadlines. For more information, click here.

Transfer of Non-Traditional Credit

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the admission process, please let us know! You can reach the Office of Admission at 301-696-3400 or