2014-2015 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Admission to Hood
Admission to Hood College is competitive and is offered to students who have outstanding academic credentials and personal characteristics indicating they will contribute to the diversity and richness of the campus. Applicants are selected on the strength of their academic record, standardized test (optional)scores, character and leadership potential and co-curricular activities.
Hood offers four different avenues for admission to its undergraduate programs:
First-year student admission —intended for students who are in secondary school, or who have graduated recently from high school and have never enrolled at another college;
Transfer admission —intended for students who have graduated from secondary school and have matriculated at another college or university;
International student admission —intended for students who are not citizens of the United States and have graduated from secondary school or are looking to transfer from another college or university;
Hood Start —a program for exceptional high school juniors and seniors that allows them to take college courses for credit while in high school.
Campus visits are encouraged for all prospective students. The undergraduate Admission Office schedules appointments for interviews and campus tours, and also hosts numerous campus visit programs through the year. Campus visits may be arranged online at www.hood.edu/visit or by contacting the Office of Admission at 301-696-3400.
Contact information for undergraduate admission at Hood is as follows:
Hood College requires the following items as part of its first-year application process:
In some cases, the Admission Office may request additional supporting information in order to reach a final admission decision.
All applicants for first-year student admission are expected to have completed a full college preparatory curriculum, including the following:
For information regarding International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, credit by examination and transfer credit policies, please see Undergraduate Academic Policies.
Test Optional Policy
Hood College evaluates students on the basis of their academic preparation, talents, and interests, as well as Hood College’s ability to help them achieve their educational and career goals. Understanding that standardized test scores may not be the best indication of an academically prepared student, Hood College offers the Test Optional Choice.
Test Optional Choice candidates will be evaluated based on the rigor of the high school curriculum, GPA, class rank (if available), letters of recommendation, essay and extracurricular and community activities. An on-campus interview is highly recommended. Interested applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
Hood College recognizes that a growing number of students and families may choose a home-schooling alternative in place of a traditional secondary school experience. In order to accurately assess a home-schooled applicant’s likelihood of success at Hood, we will require several forms of documentation in addition to the usual application materials.
Applicants for admission to Hood College who have completed some or all of their secondary education in a home-schooling environment will be required to submit the following:
If the student does not have a high school diploma or has not completed high school, we will require the results of an official GED examination. The Departments of Education in several states (notably, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia) do not recognize a home schooling certificate as an equivalent to a high school diploma. The College must be able to certify that all degree-seeking students hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, or have proven the ability to benefit from a college education.
Hood welcomes transfer students at every stage in their academic and professional lives. Our transfer agreements with other colleges help ease the admission process and guide students in their efforts to take appropriate courses prior to transferring to Hood. Students transferring to Hood from a community college are encouraged to enroll in classes that meet requirements for an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree
Community college students are urged to consult their transfer counselor concerning transfer agreement and course equivalencies, or contact the Office of Admission.
The registrar evaluates prior college coursework after the point of admission for applicability to degree requirements at Hood College. Credit is generally awarded for courses that are clearly applicable to a baccalaureate degree and for which the student earned a grade of C- or above. Courses that are clearly vocational or occupational in nature will not be accepted as credit toward the baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 62 credits may be awarded for freshman and sophomore level work completed elsewhere. Although there is no limit for junior and senior level coursework, students will be awarded no more than a total of 94 credits for all college-level work completed.
For detailed information on transfer credit policies, see Undergraduate Academic Policies, Transfer Policy.
Students who have an enrollment record at any college after their graduation from high school are considered a transfer student and should use the transfer application. Any student with a college GPA and more than 11 transferable credits at the time of application will be evaluated primarily on the basis of their prior college record. Transfer students should submit the following materials for consideration:
Application deadlines for all international students: Fall – June 15, Spring – November 15
International students, whether in the United States or abroad, may apply for admission as a first-year student or transfer student. International applicants are encouraged to submit their applications online. Applicants should note that all documents submitted as part of the admission process become the property of Hood College and will not be returned.
International first-year student applicants must have completed their secondary education or plan to complete it by the semester prior to enrollment. Applications that include all of the materials listed below will be reviewed for admission:
Optional information that will facilitate the admission decision:
Applications that include all of the materials listed below will be reviewed for admission:
The following documents are required if you have less than 24 transferable college credits:
The Hood Start program allows exceptional high school juniors and seniors to get a head start on the college academic experience, earning college credits while in high school. The program is designed to help students become familiar with academic work at the college level and to interact with College faculty. Depending on their high school schedule, Hood Start students typically take 1-3 classes per semester. A maximum of 18 credits may be earned through the Hood Start program. Hood Start students may not exceed 11 credits in any given semester. Enrollment is on a space available basis.
Students may enroll in the fall, spring or summer semesters, and have the opportunity to discuss academic goals and post-secondary options with a Hood College academic adviser. Most classes at the 100- and 200-level are open to Hood Start students; they may enroll in 300-level courses when the prerequisites have been met or with permission of the instructor. Hood Start students pay reduced tuition at $155 per credit and are responsible for additional fees (lab, music practice rooms, parking permit), required course material and books.
Hood Start applicants will be required to:
Hood Start students are guaranteed admission into Hood College upon successful completion of Hood Start classes and high school degree requirements. Students interested in the Hood Start program must apply through the Admission Office; for information contact 301-696-3400, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hood.edu.
Complete and submit the Hood Start application by: Fall semester – August 15, Spring semester – December 15
Admission to Hood College is offered on a rolling basis. Students applying for the fall semester are encouraged to apply before January 1st. Applications for the spring semester should be received by December 1st.
To confirm enrollment at Hood, all new undergraduate students are required to pay a one-time enrollment deposit. The enrollment deposit is $350. An additional housing deposit of $300 is required for all students who reside on campus. The deposits are applied in-full to tuition, housing and fees.
The deadline for payment of the enrollment deposit is May 1 for the fall semester and December 15 for students starting in the spring semester. The enrollment deposit is not refundable after these dates.
Our admission process for first-year, transfer and international students entails a thorough, review of each application. It is unusual for a decision to be reversed. The Office of Admission will review a written appeal if the applicant can provide significant new information to consider. If there are grounds for an appeal because of new information, please follow the steps outlined below:
Students are admitted for the term for which they originally applied, unless they notify the Admission Office that they are unable to enroll for that term due to unusual or personal circumstances. Admitted students are permitted to defer their enrollment for up to 12 months, provided they do not alter their original admission status by completing additional coursework at another institution in the interim. Students who are deferring their admission must pay the enrollment deposit to hold their space in the class.
If an admitted student defers enrollment, and then attends another institution (whether coursework is completed or not), that student will need to be re-evaluated for both admission and for merit scholarships.
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 disabilities.
In order to receive appropriate advice and accommodations, students who have a disability must notify The Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement and Retention as soon as possible. Early notification prevents delay in initiation of services and ensures the student full access to educational activities. The disability services coordinator and/or the medical staff, in consultation with the student, prepares a plan for services and forwards authorization for specified services (such as note-taking, interpreting, special housing) to the appropriate offices on campus.
Undergraduate Admission Options
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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