Archive for May, 2016

Welcome! May News and Updates

May 2, 2016  |  News  |  No Comments

Welcome to the May edition of Hood College’s Counselor Connection! As the academic year comes to a close, we’re busy preparing for the class of 2020 and getting ready to start the next admission cycle!

Over the past month, we’ve welcomed dozens of families and student groups on our campus for daily visits and tours as well as our Spring Open House, and we hosted an admitted student reception in Annapolis to accommodate our incoming students with busy schedules.

We also held our annual Admitted Students’ Day on April 9, and it was a great success! 136 of our admitted students and their families attended the event, where they were able to interact with faculty, coaches and current students; explore campus; attend two mini-courses (a unique Hood offering); and meet other prospective members of their class through our “Hood Hello” program. Nearly 30 of our admitted students also registered for the ASD Evening Experience, which allowed them to see what a typical Friday night is like on Hood’s campus. Accompanied by a group of current students, they ate in the dining hall, explored the areas of campus that they didn’t get to see on tour, and attended “Dash for Dollars,” an event where current and incoming students alike competed to win cash and prizes.

As we’ve reflected on the various successes and challenges of this year, we have decided to make Hood College Common App exclusive for all populations beginning with students who create applications for the fall of 2017. This change will make it easier for our applicants (and their counselors!) to submit their application and supporting materials quickly and easily, and it will eliminate a bug in which students using the Hood Blazer App were unable to have their documents uploaded through Naviance.

If you have seniors who are still uncertain about their post-graduation plans, please encourage them to contact us. We have a limited number of spaces (including housing) for qualified applicants to join the Class of 2020. As always, our application is free of charge and can be accessed here.


Traditions at Hood College

May 2, 2016  |  Local  |  No Comments

A huge part of what makes Hood “home” for our hundreds of students are the numerous traditions valued by the Hood community. From the moment that students first step on campus, they are surrounded by traditions that  honor the storied history of Hood College, within the excitement of the present, toward a great future.

2a68780965bc96b7beea69a35f184e39This time of year is especially steeped in tradition. Earlier this month, the junior class participated in the annual Ring Ceremony, where they first don their Hood Rings. Traditionally worn on the pinky, each ring has the letter “H” placed on a dark blue setting to celebrate each student’s time at Hood College. During the ceremony, the rings are placed on each student’s finger by someone special to them – often a family member, special classmate, or significant other. Some students receive legacy rings, which are handed down to them from an alumni of the college, and there is a wine and cheese reception before the ceremony to allow the students to meet and celebrate with the ring donors.

Hood College also held its annual “May Madness” celebration during the last week of April this year. During May Madness, Hood students are able to attend a wide variety of fun events to celebrate the end of the year (and for seniors, their upcoming graduation!). This year, students enjoyed the annual crab feast, a Frederick Keys (minor league baseball) game, a performance by a hypnotist, an open mic night, an outdoor festival with a slip-and-slide, and more!

Summer Visit Opportunities

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Although graduation is fast approaching and students are preparing to leave Hood’s campus until next fall, we’re working hard to ensure that our high school visitors have a great experience all summer long. We offer a variety of summer visit options during the week and on weekends in order to make a campus visit a convenient and pleasant experience for students, families, counselors and groups.


This summer, Hood will be hosting six Summer Preview Days. Each Preview Day will take place on a Friday and will allow students and families to participate in an admission presentation, tour our campus, and enjoy lunch with faculty members. Many families will find it a great first stop on their way to a weekend trip to Washington, D.C, Baltimore, or just to enjoy all there is to see and do in Frederick!

  • June 10
  • June 24
  • July 15
  • July 29
  • August 5
  • August 12

We will also be hosting two Open Saturdays over the summer, during which students will be able to participate in a presentation by a member of our admission team and tour our campus. The presentations begin at 10 am, and tours conclude by noon. Admission representatives will be available throughout each visit to answer any additional questions that students and their families may have.

  • June 18
  • July 9

We are also beginning to prepare the programming for our Fall Open Houses! This year, the open houses will be held on October 15 and November 12. During this event, students and their families will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members, current students, and coaches, take a tour of campus, and enjoy a meal.