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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.


Spring 2021 New Graduate Orientation Programs
 

The spring 2021 new graduate student orientation will be held virtually on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 starting at 6:00 PM  with an opportunity to log in and learn about campus services with staff from IT, Career Center, the Library and more (optional). The Dean’s overview presentation begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. followed by breakout rooms with your peers and program director.

Incoming F1 students must also attend the mandatory new international graduate student orientation on Wednesday, January 27, 2021  starting at 1:30 PM.  *Please note that the new international graduate student orientation will be held in person and on-campus in Whitaker Commons and will require the use of masks and adherence to social distancing protocols.

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 

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).