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 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.
Spring 2020 Orientation for new students will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the international student session, and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 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:
- Learn about policies and procedures that are specific to Hood and to the Graduate School;
- Get help with your Hood email and Blackboard accounts;
- Take a campus tour;
- Obtain a parking pass for campus and hospital lots;
- Speak with service representatives at our fair;
- Meet with faculty and other new students in your program while enjoying a meal.
For additional information, email the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 301-696-3600 or toll free at 800-922-1599.
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
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:
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.
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
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.