Welcome Back! September News and Updates

September 1, 2016  |  News

Welcome back to school and back to Hood’s Counselor Connection! Last week, we welcomed 222 freshmen and nearly 100 transfer students to our campus with four days of orientation activities, culminating in our annual opening convocation ceremony and picnic on the residential quad.

It’s exciting to see campus bustling with students again, and we can’t wait to start reading applications for the Hood College Class of 2021! Earlier this year, we made the decision to become Common App exclusive, and we’re looking forward to the ease that this transition will bring to the college admission process for our prospective students (and their counselors!). Additionally, we are once again 100 percent test optional, so no incoming students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

As in previous years, we do not have an application fee, so please encourage any interested seniors to apply for admission to Hood without concern for the expense! We will begin evaluating prospective students on a rolling basis later this month and continue throughout the school year. Once an application is submitted, students can expect both an admission decision and, in many cases, a financial award package within two to three weeks.

Our holistic review process takes into account everything that a student sends to us, and we welcome additional letters of recommendation, portfolio pieces, or other unique contributions to a student’s application. To supplement students’ Common Applications and help get to know them a little better, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free online service that allows students to submit a video profile with their application and find other students who share their interests and hobbies. We’re excited for the opportunity that ZeeMee provides for us to gain insight into our applicants’ personalities, especially for students who are unable to come to campus for a personal interview!

What would you like to see in future editions of the Counselor Connection? Let us know in the comments or by emailing Whitney Yount at yount@hood.edu.

Have a great school year!