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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 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-ServiceInstructions for Graduate Registration


STEP TWO: Register for New Graduate Student Orientations | Wednesday, January 17 & Thursday, January 18, 2024 (orientations closed).

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
    Please note that the mandatory international student orientation will run from 1:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • 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. 
    Please note that the general new student orientation will run from 5pm to 7:30pm.
  • 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.
    Please note that the online student orientation will run from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

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

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 funding your education.

STEP FIVE: Access and Discover These Additional New Student Resources

New Graduate Student Manual
New Graduate Student Checklist
International Graduate Student Handbook 
Hood Graduate Policy on Use of Generative Artifical Intelligence (AI) 
GradCare (Graduate wellness resources)
Hood Mental Health Resources
Hood College Inclusive Language Guide

STEP SIX: Explore Other Helpful Links Below
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.

Requests to Change Graduate Programs

Post-admission requests to change graduate programs must be sent with a brief explanation to 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.

Purchase Textbooks

Visit the Hood Gear Shop to find out which textbooks are required for your courses. 

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

Hood College is pleased to announce that starting spring 2024, it will be offering limited on-campus graduate housing options (see below for details). 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.