Student Services

Hood College offers a variety of support services to assist students in their transition into the college environment. Students enjoy the personal attention that our close-knit community provides.

Academic Services

The Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement and Retention offers a variety of services and programs to the entire Hood College community to assist students who want to be more effective and efficient learners.

Academic Advising

The most important thing to remember about a student’s place in the advising system at Hood is that he or she must take ultimate responsibility for academic planning—of each semester, of each academic year and of degree completion.

Students are encouraged to explore various subjects or disciplines during their first year and a half at Hood. During that time they are advised by the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Group, a designated group of faculty who have expressed interest in working with students before they declare a major. Students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year by completing the appropriate form with the Office of the Registrar.

Transfer students who declare their major upon entering Hood are assigned an academic adviser in their major field. Transfer students who have not declared a major are assigned to a faculty adviser in the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Group.

Improvement of Basic Skills: Reading, Writing, Mathematics

The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention staff evaluates all new students’ basic skills. The following courses are offered to students who need to improve their skills: GNST 099 and GNST 101; and MATH 098 and MATH 099. Tutoring may be recommended to meet specific needs.

Through CAAR, students can receive help when studying math and when writing papers. Tutoring days and times are posted on the bulletin board outside CAAR (RO 330).

Placement Testing

Placement tests, also referred to as the Basic Skills Inventory, are required of all first-year students and are administered online by The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention. All first-year students are required to take placement tests in the following three academic areas:

Composition (Required of students who earned 6, 7 or 8 on the SAT Essay and students who did not take the SAT essay. Not required if ENGL 101 credit is transferred or a score of 4 or 5 is achieved on the AP Language/Composition Test)
Mathematics (Required unless credit for a college-level mathematics course is transferred or a score of 4 or 5 is achieved on the AP Calculus Test)
Foreign language* (Students can take French, Spanish, or German placement tests online. The Latin and Hebrew placement tests are administered in The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention.)

Placement tests are generally not required of transfer students with an A.A. degree. However, if the student does not have the required prerequisites for college-level mathematics classes, the Math BSI will be required.

*Please contact The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention at 301-696-3569 if you wish to take a placement test for a language other than French, Spanish or German.

English as a Second Language

International students who have a strong command of English but need additional language enhancement may enroll in ENGL 100E/Advanced ESL Skills, which focuses primarily on advanced-level academic writing.

Students with Disabilities

Hood College actively supports the rights of students with disabilities to have equal access to education. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Hood makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of students with diagnosed disabilities.

Students with disabilities who will need accommodations must notify the Disability Services Coordinator as soon as possible. Early notification prevents delay in the initiation of services and ensures the student full access to educational activities. Students should present documentation of a disability from a medical professional, and this documentation should state accommodations the student requires to participate fully in the educational programs at Hood College. The Disability Services Coordinator will meet with the student to prepare an individualized plan for services. The student is then prepared to take on the responsibility of advocating for herself or himself.

Career Services

The Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center provides a range of services and resources to members of the Hood Community. The Center offers assistance at all stages of the career exploration and decision-making process.

  • Individual career assessment and counseling;
  • Direction in finding community service opportunities with the local non-profit community;
  • Guidance in locating an internship experience;
  • Extensive online system of job and internship opportunities;
  • Graduate, law and medical school guidance and assistance;
  • Mentoring opportunities with alumnae and alumni;
  • Workshops and fairs on career-related topics;
  • A large career library.

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Multicultural Environment

Hood College is committed to enrolling a diverse student population. Through various offices within the divisions of academic and student life, the College provides services to promote understanding among all students. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Programs (OMA/ISP) provides programs for students and supports activities for African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and international students and organizations such as the International Club, Black Student Union and La Comunidad. The AHANA-I Buddy Program pairs upperclass students with new students to aid in the transition to campus life. To meet the needs of the growing number of students from other countries, the director of OMA/ISP assists these students in making the adjustment to a new country and in achieving their educational objectives. Housing during Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks is available at no cost for international students. Housing during summer is available on a priority basis at a nominal cost.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center offers services by licensed clinical staff to support students in realizing maximum benefit from both their academic and their out-of-class learning experiences. A consulting psychiatrist is available weekly for psychiatric evaluations, medication concerns and local referrals.

Services provided by the Counseling Center include: brief, supportive counseling; crisis management; consulting and referral services; support groups; mediation; self-help brochures and lending library; and wellness and psycho-educational programs to increase self-knowledge and teach skills that will enhance emotional well-being. In addition, we offer consultation with faculty, staff, administration and the local community regarding mental health issues.

Health Center

The Health Center is staffed by a team of health care professionals, including two registered nurses, a certified nurse practitioner and a board certified doctor of internal medicine. Medical and gynecological appointments are available Monday through Friday while classes are in session.

All registered students are eligible for services at the center. All undergraduate traditional-age (under 25 years) full-time students are required to have medical information, including a physical examination and immunization records, on file at the Hood College Health Center. Copies of the required health forms may be found on the Hood website at

All medical records are confidential. Access to information is limited to authorized health center personnel, unless the student gives written consent or upon receipt of court-ordered subpoena. Medical records are destroyed seven years post-graduation or withdrawal.

The center operates on a wellness model, focusing on preventive care and education to help students develop skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The center staff provides outpatient care for illnesses and injuries as well as referrals for services beyond the scope of the center. Nursing staff members are available for consultation for faculty and staff.