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Admitted Graduate Students

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.

New Graduate Student Orientation 

The Graduate School holds orientation sessions for new graduate students just before the start of the spring and fall semesters. Students who begin their programs in the summer may attend the fall orientation session.

Fall 2020 Orientation

The fall 2020 oirentation for new students will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT for the international student session, and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT for the general session. Please note that orientation is mandatory for international students.

For the international session, register here.
For the general session, register here.

Orientation is an important step in adjusting to life as a graduate student. At orientation, you will:

  • Get an overview of Hood College policies and information
  • Enjoy conversation with faculty and students from your program
  • Talk to members of the IT staff about your network and email accounts
  • Talk with local and on-campus service representatives
  • Complete the mandatory SEVIS check-in (for international students only)

There is a spouse/partner orientation during the evening general session. If your spouse/partner wants to learn more about managing life with a grad student at home, please register him or her and any children under 12 years of age.

*Due to the current pandemic situation, a decision on whether to have a virtual or on-campus orientation will be made the first week of August. 

For additional information, email the Graduate School at

Important Forms 

Before orientation, it is recommended you go to the Self Service link, log in with your new student log in information, and choose vehicle registration to complete your parking pass form.

The International Graduate Student Handbook provides valuable information for international students as they begin to adjust to their first semester here at Hood College and to Frederick, Maryland.

The New Graduate Student Manual

Download and Review the New Graduate Student Manual

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.  You can also view information on final thesis projects, capstones, and research.

Register For Courses

To register for your first semester's classes please visit the Graduate Course Registration webpage and register through the online registration form.  After your initial registration is completed, a student login will generate overnight and will be sent by the Graduate School office. You can register on your own for subsequent semesters with the assistance of your academic advisor, who is usually the program director. You can view the course schedule and register for future courses through Self Service

Other useful information can be found under the current students drop-down at the top of the website, under the Information For section at the top right of the page. Other helpful resources include:

Purchase Textbooks

Visit the Hood bookstore to find out which textbooks are required for your courses. Click on Textbooks, then Find Textbooks, and enter the course information. 

Pay Tuition

Accounting Services 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

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 helpful:

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.