Archive for April, 2016

Welcome – April 2016 News

April 1, 2016  |  News  |  No Comments

Welcome to the April edition of the Hood College Counselor Connection! As the school year is winding down, we’re wishing you and your students the best of luck with registration, college placements, and final exams.

Here at Hood, we’re experiencing some exciting changes as well!¬†We are thrilled to welcome a new provost to the Hood College community for the 2016-17 school year. Dr. Debbie Ricker, currently the dean of academic services at York College in Pennsylvania, will be beginning her journey as Hood’s chief academic officer on July 1. For more than 20 years, Dr. Ricker has served in various administrative roles at York College, where she also taught courses in the biological sciences and helped create the college’s new general education program, Generation Next. Dr. Ricker’s academic and administrative experiences and love for the liberal arts make her the perfect candidate to take on this role at Hood, and our campus community is excitedly awaiting her arrival.

Another change on campus for next school year is a new housing policy. Beginning this fall, Hood will have two residence halls that are specifically reserved for freshmen students, which will allow greater opportunities for first-year programming and will give new students a great way to meet and socialize with the rest of the class of 2020.

The Hood College community is also celebrating senior Lydia Emory, who was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Emory will be teaching in Madrid beginning in August, and she will also be working with students during a three-month Model United Nations camp. A Spanish and Global Studies double major, Emory studied in both Seoul, South Korea and Seville, Spain during her time at Hood.

It’s Yield Season!

April 1, 2016  |  Events  |  No Comments

May 1 is quickly approaching, and as students are preparing for high school graduation and making their final college decisions, we’ve been busy with a number of events designed to help ease their decision and transition processes.

Over the past two weeks, many high schoolers around the country have been on spring break, so we added extra visit options each day. We’ve met with dozens of high school students and their families, and we’ve also welcomed school and church groups to campus for presentations and tours.

Because a large number of our admitted students are from Maryland, we have also been hosting admitted student receptions around the state so that prospective students can meet and mingle with each other as well as current students, admission staff, and Hood alumni. Most recently, we have hosted events in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

This week, we’re gearing up for Admitted Students Day, our biggest event of the year. All students who have been accepted to Hood College are invited to campus on April 9 for a day filled with fun activities, mini-classes, student activity showcases, and the opportunity to meet other prospective members of the class of 2020. If you work with students who have been accepted to Hood College for the 2016-17 school year, please encourage them to sign up here! Admitted students also have the option of attending an evening experience on April 8, the night before Admitted Students Day, which will include dinner in the dining hall, a student leaders networking event, and a fun and interactive surprise activity!

For students who are not graduating this year, we also have a Spring Open House on April 30, which is geared primarily toward rising juniors and seniors. Attendees will be able to meet with professors from every department and talk to representatives from the athletic teams, Financial Aid, and more.

If you’d like to bring a group of students to visit Hood College (or have a student who’d like to visit our campus with their family), we encourage you to contact us at 301-696-3400 or at We look forward to hearing from you!

Making a Major Decision

April 1, 2016  |  Majors  |  No Comments

Being a high school senior is tough – in addition to navigating the ins and outs of high school life, students are in the midst of making one of the biggest decisions of their lives so far: where to spend their next four years. On top of that, many seniors are still trying to figure out what they want to study, which can be a daunting task.

Hood College currently offers more than 30 majors and 48 minors, so incoming students have a lot of options to choose from. Because it’s such a big and exciting choice, many of our students do come in undecided – which is just fine, because they don’t have to officially declare a major until the end of their sophomore year!

A comprehensive list of Hood’s majors, minors, and programs can be found here. Students also have the option to “create” their own major by working closely with their academic advisors to select the courses that most specifically apply to their intended career path. In fact, one of our growing majors, Integrated Marketing Communications, was first the creation of a student who wanted to combine her love for business and communications, but didn’t have time for a double major. She worked with her advisor to make an individual program that fit her needs, and the idea caught on with so many other students that Hood created the official IMC major.

In addition to creating their own programs, Hood students are able to customize many of their majors by selecting a specific concentration for greater depth in their chosen field of study. Even majors that don’t provide official concentrations, such as Latin American Studies or Psychology, offer a wide variety of electives that allow students to really explore their specific areas of interest.

For more information about the academic programs at Hood College, you can access this year’s course catalog here.