Archive for February, 2017

February News and Updates

February 1, 2017  |  News  |  No Comments

ShieldWelcome back to the Hood College Counselor Connection! Since the last issue, we’ve been hard at work planning events, reading applications, and chatting with prospective students about everything Hood has to offer.

ABET Accreditation

Last month, Hood College became one of just 12 schools in Maryland to receive ABET accreditation for our B.S. Computer Science program. This accreditation was granted after an extensive peer-review evaluation process, and it will give Hood’s computer science graduates an advantage over their peers in the job market. For more information about the accreditation process and Hood College’s computer science programs, please click here.


We are excited to welcome Laurie Ward to campus this month as the new executive director of marketing and communications. Ward comes to Hood from Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania, where she served as chief marketing and communications officer. She brings with her years of experience in marketing and public relations for private liberal arts colleges, and she is looking forward to working with the Hood College community to strengthen the brand and increase awareness.

Top Scholars

On February 11th, we will be welcoming a number of academically outstanding prospective students to campus for Scholars Day. This invitation-only event will consist of interviews, meetings with faculty, and lunch with the president and provost. Four of the students in attendance will be selected as recipients of our Chair of the Board Scholarship, a full-tuition award that is renewable for four years.

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Have a great semester!

Spring Visit Opportunities

February 1, 2017  |  Admissions, Events  |  No Comments

Hood College offers a variety of visit options to ensure that prospective students and their families have a wonderful campus experience customized to their needs.

Weekday Visits

Weekday visits are offered twice-daily, in the morning and afternoon, and include a student-led tour and an appointment with one of our admission counselors. Visits can also be customized to include meetings with coaches or faculty members.

“Blazer for a Day” Campus Visits

“Blazer for a Day” is an extended visit option that allows students to sit in on a class of their choosing, eat lunch in the dining hall, take a student-led tour of campus, and meet with an admission counselor. Visits are customizable and can be created to include meetings with the financial aid department, professors and coaches, among other options.

Saturday Visits

Hood College is open on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday visits include a group presentation with an admission counselor and a student-led tour. This spring, Saturday visits will be held on the following dates:

  • February 4 and 18

  • March 4

  • April 22 and 29

Spring Break Daily Visit Opportunities

During the spring break dates for Maryland counties, we will be offering additional daily visit options.  In addition to our regular 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. campus visit time slots, we will be offering arrival times at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  These visits will include an admission interview and student-led campus tour.

Admitted Students’ Day

On April 8, students who have been admitted to Hood College are invited to come to campus to learn more about what it means to be part of our thriving community. During this program, students will have the opportunity to attend two mini-courses of their choosing, attend a showcase of student clubs and organizations, take an inside look at the campus and residence halls, meet with faculty members and much more.  We are also offering an overnight experience with evening programming prior to the Admitted Students’ Day event, which we will be registering students for separately.

Spring Open House

This year’s Spring Open House is on Saturday, March 25. Current students, faculty and staff members will be on hand to talk to you and your family about academics, life on campus, the financial aid process and anything else that you want to know more about. Campus tours will be offered.

To register for events, please visit or call the Office of Admission at 301-696-3400.


Spotlight on Study Abroad

February 1, 2017  |  Majors  |  No Comments

Ethan Chase, SpainAt Hood College, we prepare students not only to excel in their desired career paths, but also to become positive forces for change in their communities and across the globe. In addition to requiring all students to take a “Global Perspectives” course to increase their understanding of other nations and cultures, Hood also provides students with the opportunity to study abroad.

The study abroad program at Hood gives students the chance to expand their understanding of the world we live in in a way that aligns with their goals for the future. Students can spend a week, month, semester or even a full year in the country of their choice, and Hood faculty members and staff work with students to help them find programs that fit their academic needs and schedules while also fulfilling their desire to learn more about a specific country. Additionally, faculty members have led cohorts of Hood students on trips over the summer months to participate in intensive hands-on and research-based projects, including assisting on archeological excavations in Italy and Turkey, gaining social work field experience in Ireland and conducting research at the Bibliothequé Nationale de France.

Over the past few years, Hood students have studied abroad in dozens of countries spread over six continents. A few of the more popular destinations include Spain, Germany, Ireland, France, Italy, Argentina, England, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Morocco, Israel and South Korea. While students are welcome to create their own study abroad experience and travel individually, Hood also has partnerships with a number of larger programs, allowing Hood students to travel and take classes with a group of students from other colleges and universities in the United States.

This year, a sophomore at Hood has embarked on “Semester at Sea,” a 105-day voyage where students sleep, eat and learn on a ship that sails around the world. This “floating campus” is visiting 11 countries on four continents over the next few months, and students are able to take field classes, day-long experiential learning opportunities in the countries that they travel to.

For more information about Hood’s study abroad programs, please visit