Admission Overview

March 1, 2016  |  Admissions

Hood College admits students on a rolling basis, beginning on October 1st of each year. Students will be notified of their acceptance status and any merit scholarship offer they might qualify for within three weeks of submitting a complete application.

Students may apply either through the Common Application or Hood’s own Blazer Application - whichever is easier for them! There is no fee for either application.

A complete application includes:

  • Application and essay (prompts are given on the application)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a teacher and one from a guidance counselor)
  • An official transcript (sent directly from your high school)

As of Fall 2015, Hood College is completely test optional, meaning that we do not require students to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission.

Students who apply to Hood College are automatically considered for merit scholarships. This year, Hood is offering three levels of merit scholarship awards:

  • Founder’s Award – 50% of tuition
  • Trailblazer Award – 33% of tuition
  • Recognition Award – 25% of tuition

For information about scholarships and financial aid options, please visit the financial aidpage.


Students applying for the four-year nursing (BSN) program will be evaluated for admission to the program in two rounds – the first in December and the second in March. Students applying for the program by the first of either December or March will be considered in that round, and decisions will be mailed on the 15th of the month. Students not accepted to the program during the first round will be considered during the second round.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admission at 301-696-3400 or