Applying to Hood College as a Transfer

March 1, 2017  |  Admissions  |  No Comments

Applying for Admission

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 through the Common Application. There is no fee for our application.

A complete application includes:

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (if applying with fewer than 24 transferable credits, Hood also requests official high school transcripts)

Students who apply to Hood College as full-time students are automatically considered for renewable merit scholarships. This year, Hood is offering three levels of merit scholarship awards for full-time transfer students:

  • Leader’s Award – 40% of tuition
  • Trailblazer Award – 33% of tuition
  • Recognition Award – 25% of tuition

Students who are enrolled in the honors program at their community college will be automatically considered for the honors program at Hood. Participants in Hood’s honors program receive an additional $2000 scholarship, and members of Phi Theta Kappa are also eligible for a $2000 stackable scholarship.

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


Hood College operates on the semester calendar.  If your previous institution operated on the quarter system, one quarter hour of credit is equivalent to 0.66 semester hours.

Transfer credit is not awarded for courses with grades below C- or for courses not appropriate for a liberal arts degree, such as vocational, technical, or developmental coursework.

  • Hood will accept a maximum of 62 freshman/sophomore level work and a maximum of 94 credits including junior/senior level work

  • Students are required to have a minimum of 124 credits for graduation. The final 30 credits must be completed at Hood, with 15 of those at the upper level.

  • Official documentation is needed for AP credit (score of 4/5 required), CLEP credit (score of 50 required), and Dantes credit.


Core Curriculum Evaluation

A transfer student who has earned an AA/AS/AAT Degree from an accredited institution in the State of Maryland is exempt from the Foundation & Methods of Inquiry areas of the Hood College Core Curriculum (except for Global Perspectives).

A transfer student who has completed at least 56 transferable credits (40 if pursuing the BS in Computer Science) and has fulfilled the appropriate General Education distribution requirements for the State of Maryland is exempt from the Foundation and Methods of Inquiry areas of the Hood College Core Curriculum (except for Global Perspectives).

Bachelor of Arts Core

I.  Foundation

English (3-4crs)

Foreign Language (6-8 crs)

Quantitative Literacy (3-4 crs)

II.  Methods of Inquiry

Literary Analysis (3-4 crs)

Visual/Performing Art (3-4 crs)

Lab Science (4 crs)

Non-lab or second lab Science (3-4 crs)

Historical Analysis (3-4 crs)

Social/Behavioral Analysis (3-4 crs)

Philosophical Inquiry (3 crs)

Global Perspectives (3-4 crs)


Hood College is also able to guide students through the reverse transfer process.

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.