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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 2021 New Graduate Orientation Programs

Congratulations and welcome to Hood College! Please RSVP to the New Graduate Student Orientation general session on Wednesday, August 18, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. beginning in the Whitaker Campus Center.

-Get an overview of Hood College policies and information
-Enjoy dinner with your faculty and peers from your program

You are strongly encouraged to attend our Resource Fair from 5 - 6 p.m., where you can:

-Talk to members of the IT staff about your network and email accounts
-Take a campus tour
-Obtain your on-campus parking permit
-Visit the Hood College Bookstore for your textbook and apparel needs
-Talk with local and on-campus service representatives

There is also a concurrent spouse/partner orientation from 5 - 7:30 p.m.. If your spouse/partner wants to learn more about managing life with a grad student at home, please register him or her. Children 12 years of age and under are welcome to attend.

International Students: please register separately for your mandatory session from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

  • Register here for the new international graduate student orientation - for new international graduate students ONLY
  • Register here for the new graduate student orientation - for ALL new graduate students

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. 

New Graduate Student Resources

New Graduate Student Manual
New Graduate Student Checklist
International Graduate Student Handbook 
Hood Mental Health Resources

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.

Graduate Guide Magazine

Click here to access the electronic edition of the free Graduate Guide 2020 (hard copies are available in the Graduate School).