T-shirts on a store wall

Gear Shop

The Hood College Gear Shop is now open online and on the first floor of the Whitaker Campus Center.

The Gear Shop offers a wide variety of branded merchandise and apparel, as well as an established presence on campus around student engagement and recruitment events. Show your Hood Pride all year long with our authentic assortment of collegiate apparel.

For books and other course materials, eCampus.com's online solution is completely online through 24/7 access on a customized website.

In spring 2023, Hood entered a new partnership with University Gear Shop and eCampus.com to oversee all the needs of traditional college bookstore. By moving course materials online, the physical space will more than double the retail space with affordable and exciting merchandise. The space will be renovated in summer 2023 and will have a new look for the start of the next academic year. 

    Gear Shop Hours

    • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Closed when College offices are closed

    Gear Shop Contact

    eCampus Contact

    More Information

    As part of our partnership with University Gear Shop, all orders for merchandise for clubs, organizations, departments, etc. must go through UGS. The process is easy:

    What information do I need to provide to get started with my quote? (Use Direct 2 U order form)

    • Your name and contact information including the department or organization you represent
    • The type of event you are planning
    • Your thoughts on the products you are interested in purchasing for your event
    • Budget
    • Quantity
    • For apparel:
      • Size breakdown
      • Color(s)
    • Logo information for imprinting
      • Logo placement on the products
      • If you have a logo, please provide it as soon as possible
      • If you do not have a logo, please let us know and we can work together to create one for your event
      • Specific PMS colors for your logo
    • Accounts payable information
    • The date that the products need to arrive
    • Shipping contact and address

    Note: Please plan ahead as we need at least 3 weeks’ notice for all direct order requests. The more information you provide, the quicker we will be able to meet your quote and order needs. A quote with finalized pricing may be provided as quickly as 48 business hours after we have the above information and your finalized logo.

    Do I need approval from the College prior to proceeding with a quote and/or order?

    • Yes. Please obtain approval from your department or student life prior to proceeding with a quote.
    • Additionally, please receive approval from marketing and communications on all College logos and word marks  that are being submitted for imprinting, using the Logo Usage Approval form.

    How many products can I order?

    You can select as many products as needed. The minimum quantity order for apparel is 12 pieces for each logo that you want imprinted. Please note that if a logo needs to be resized for multiple pieces of apparel, that counts as 2 different logos. The minimum quantity for branded hardgoods like bags, pens, drinkware and desk accessories varies. We will let you know the minimum quantities based on the products you are interested in purchasing.

    Who selects the products?

    You select the products based on your needs. For ideas on various merchandise, refer to our online catalog. Our team can provide guidance if you have any questions. Please note that products are subject to change based on availability and we will provide alternative options for your review and approval should the need arise.

    I do not have a logo; can you help me design one?

    • Yes, our team of graphic designers understands the importance of your brand identity and will work to craft a logo that reflects your organization’s personality and sends the right message. Custom logo design services cost $75.00 per design.
    • Alternatively, you can reach out to marketing and communications via the Project Request form. If time allows, marcom may be able to help.

    How long will it take to receive my products?

    • Typically, 10 – 14 business days after the order is placed unless otherwise quoted. Or goal is to meet your deadlines so allowing enough time for merchandise allocation, imprinting and shipping is critical to meeting your needs.

    The Hood ring, which students begin wearing as juniors, symbolizes a bond between Hood alumni and students who will graduate in years to come. They're great conversation starters when students spot folks wearing Hood rings out in the world—which they often do, miles from campus. Juniors first don their Hood rings at a ring ceremony which is attended by family and friends. 

    If you would like to purchase a Hood ring, orders may be arranged through Herff Jones or at the Hood College Gear Shop in the Whitaker Campus Center at 301-696-3480 or gearshop@hood.edu. 

    Fore more information on ordering regalia, visit the Commencement website.