For School Counselors

Hello! School counselors are an integral part of the college search process, and we want to provide you with access to all the resources you'll need while guiding your students through their Hood College admission journey. If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 301-696-3400 or

Hood at a Glance

Hood College was founded in 1893 as Frederick Women’s College. 125 years later, Hood is a thriving, co-educational liberal arts institution with a beautiful 50-acre campus just blocks from its original location in charming, historic Downtown Frederick.

Hood is a diverse undergraduate population of 1100 students, who benefit from small class sizes, rigorous academic programs taught by highly-qualified faculty, and our location just an hour from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Hood students are engaged in their community, enthralled with their classes and involved on their campus – it’s hard not to be, with more than 50 student clubs and organizations and 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams.

In addition to Hood’s wide array of undergraduate programs, the College is also home to an expanding graduate school, where students can pursue their master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates or doctoral degrees. The inclusion of graduate studies at Hood also allows students the opportunity to pursue one of our new bachelor’s/master’s degree programs, which can be completed in just five years.

Group Visits

FOR FALL 2023 REQUESTS: At this time Hood College is unable to confirm availability to host any groups on campus October through December. We hope to have an update by the week of Sept. 25 if we will be able to host groups on campus this fall..

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Student Profile

One of our favorite questions--but also one of the most difficult to answer--is "what type of student thrives at Hood College?" Our student body is incredibly diverse in so many important ways. We celebrate diversity of ethnicity, spirituality and identity, but also diversity of thoughts, ideas, backgrounds, and academic disciplines. Our students are intellectually curious and are not afraid of failure; they welcome the challenges of today's world and strive to be the change-makers of the future. In a tight-knit community where each person is individually valued, our students find a safe place to explore.

Admission Process

We use a comprehensive and need-blind review process, and we read applications on a rolling basis beginning in October of each year. Our admission process is simple: the only documents we require are the Common Application and an official transcript, and students receive their decisions (and scholarship offers!) within three weeks of their application becoming complete. We also love to get to know our applicants during the admission process, so we strongly encourage a one-on-one interview--if a student can't make it to campus, we're happy to chat with them on the phone or through a video chat.


Nearly 100% of our accepted students receive merit scholarships, and our financial aid professionals are accessible and committed to making a Hood education affordable for families. We encourage all students to submit a FAFSA by the priority deadline of February 15, and we have a personalized process to make sure that all families have their financial aid questions answered.

In the Classroom

Hood offers 32 majors with 33 concentrations, 50 minors, and an ever-increasing number of combined bachelor's/master's programs. Many of our students choose to double major, double minor or pursue interdisciplinary electives, and our core curriculum focuses strongly on building connections between different areas of study.

Around Campus

College isn't all about the classroom experience; Hood students are well-rounded and involved both on campus and in the Frederick community. Our small size makes it easy for students to be involved in multiple extracurricular activities while also excelling in the classroom, gaining valuable work experience, and having time to relax.

Keep in Touch

We love talking about what makes Hood special - give us a call or drop us a line to continue the conversation! We are also in the process of growing our counselor mailing list. Fill out the form below to receive updates about events, special announcements, and more!