Admitted Graduate Students
Congratulations on your admission to the Graduate School at Hood College! A rewarding experience awaits you. Please follow these steps once you have been admitted into a program of study to make the most of it.
STEP ONE: 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. Instructions for Graduate Registration
STEP TWO: Register for New Graduate Student Orientations | Wednesday, August 16 & Thursday, August 17, 2023
Congratulations and welcome to Hood College! Our new grad-student orientation is designed to put you on the path for success here at Hood College. Our research shows that students who attend and engage in new-student orientation, regardless of degree level, are more likely to outperform and complete their degree compared to peers who skip this important event.
- Incoming international students on an F-1 visa, please register for the mandatory orientation using this link.
- Incoming students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents attending in-person or hybrid programs, please register for the in-person orientation using this link.
- Incoming students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents attending online programs (Education, Thanatology, and fully online programs only), please register for the virtual orientation using this link.
Here is the agenda for orientation:
- Explore campus resources that will support your academic journey
- Discover helpful Hood College policies and information
- Meet the Graduate School team
- Learn about special program options and curricular paths
- Chat with your new program peers and faculty
STEP THREE: Peruse the Online Graduate Orientation Modules
Once you have registered for class, you will receive a student email and login information. You can then take your new Hood credentials and view our online support modules created by the graduate school team and your program faculty. These online modules are a supplement to your graduate orientation program. From cultural awareness to financing your degree and planning your course progression, we have compiled a one-stop shop to prepare you for success as a graduate student. This resource will be augmented with additional modules as you progress in your degree, so be sure to bookmark the site NOW. Simply click here to launch the Blackboard login screen. Once you're logged in, click on the "New Graduate Student Orientation" course site. View the Overview video from Dean Boulton to get started. Plan to visit this site again and again for success and career support as you progress through your graduate program.
STEP FOUR: Pay Tuition or Set Up a Payment Plan
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
STEP FIVE: Access and Discover These Additional New Student Resources
New Graduate Student Manual
New Graduate Student Checklist
International Graduate Student Handbook
GradCare (Graduate wellness resources)
Hood Mental Health Resources
Hood College Inclusive Language Guide
STEP SIX: Explore Other Helpful Links Below
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.
Requests to Change Graduate Programs
Post-admission requests to change graduate programs must be sent with a brief explanation to GoFurther@hood.edu. Additional application material may be required for the new program. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by both the Dean of the Graduate School and the new program director.
Program-change requests made within 14 calendar days of the drop/add deadline of the admitted semester will not be accepted. In such cases, the admitted student will be required to remain in their original program of acceptance for the first enrolled semester before requesting a program change.
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Library and IT Support
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:
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:
- The Frederick News Post
- Apartment Guide
- Frederick Craigslist
In addition, there are some nearby apartment complexes which may warrant consideration:
- RENT Cafe helps you find a home, based on current listings
- The Park at Walnut Ridge Apartments * (2001 Wood Hollow Place) - Will waive the application fee for Hood College students and give back $150 holding fee after sign lease
- Crystal Park at Waterford (100 Alessandra Court)
- The Grove at Alban (91 Hill Street)
- Applegate Apartments * (1404 Taney Avenue)
- Willowdale Crossing * (148 Willowdale Drive) - Hood students are on preferred leasing list - no application fee and half off administration fee
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.