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.

Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR)

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

Students must take ultimate responsibility for academic planning—of each semester, of each academic year and of degree completion.

First-year students enter the College as undeclared and are encouraged to explore various subjects or disciplines. During that time, they are advised by the instructor of their First-Year Seminar course. Students in some programs may be assigned to a staff advisor, or to a faculty advisor within the major of interest. Students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year by completing the appropriate form with the Office of the Registrar and may declare as early as the second semester.

Transfer students declare their major upon entering Hood and are assigned an academic advisor in their major field.

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 101; MATH 098 and MATH 099; and ENGL 099. Tutoring may be recommended to meet specific needs in the Writing Center and specific math needs in the Math Center. Free tutoring is offered in many other subjects and can be scheduled online through TutorTrac through the Academic Services department. Individual academic coaching sessions are also available in the office of Student Success. Students can work with a success coach on time management, study skills, note-taking and test-taking strategies as well as goal setting and motivation.

Placement Testing

Placement tests, also referred to as the Basic Skills Inventory, are administered online by The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention. All first-year and transfer students are required to take placement tests in the following three academic areas if not transferring in equivalent credit:

English Composition Required unless credit for a college-level English Composition course is transferred or a score of 4 or 5 is achieved on the AP Language/Composition test
Mathematics Required for students without credit for a college-level mathematics course a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Test. Students with transfer credit in math MAY need to complete the placement test, depending upon the specific credit-bearing mathematics course(s) transferred to Hood and the intended major.
Foreign language* Required unless credit for a college-level foreign language course is transferred. Students can take French, Spanish, or German placement tests online.

Placement tests are generally not required of transfer students with an associate's degree (A.A., A.A.T., or A.S. degree) as all Foundation and Methods of Inquiry areas of the core are considered to have been met. 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 be enrolled, depending on placement results, 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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility Services Coordinator will meet with the student to prepare an individualized plan for accessing the appropriate services. The student is then prepared to take on the responsibility of advocating for themselves, with support from the Coordinator. Contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 301-696-3569 or

Center for Career Development and Experiential Education

The Catherine Filene Shouse Center for Career Development and Experiential Education 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.

Contact the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education at 301-696-3583 or for more information or visit

Health and Counseling Service

Hood College's partnership with the Frederick Regional Health System provides the following services for all Hood College Students:

  • Primary Care- including routine healthcare and referrals, as needed Urgent Care- including treatment for illness and minor injuries
  • Sports Physicals
  • Women's Health- including routine pelvic and breast exams, birth control, pregnancy testing, supportive education, and STD testing/treatment
  • Men's Health- including physical exams, contraception, supportive education and STD testing/treatment
  • Health and Wellness- including immunization and referrals, as needed
  • Mental Health


Payments and Fees

Most services are at no cost to you. Flu vaccine, TB testing, x-rays, and lab processing for STD testing and pap tests may have associated fees.

All Hood College students are required to have health insurance coverage.


Contact Us

Hood College Health Services at FMH Toll House

501 West 7th Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Phone: 301-698-8374

Fax: 301-698-0182


To access FMH Toll House, use the sidewalk between the Volpe Athletic Center and the athletic fields to exit the gate at 7th Street sidewalk to crosswalk at Toll House Avenue.


Hours for Health Services (while fall and spring semesters are in session)

Counseling Services:

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Health Services:

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

International Student Services

The Primary Designated Officer (PDSO) and The Graduate School facilitate the successful transition for international students into the College community and support them to maximize the range and extent of their learning opportunities in academic, social, and cultural settings. The PDSO advises students regarding the maintenance of F-1 status (non-immigrant student), immigration petitions such as F-1 work permits (Optional Practical Training, STEM), reinstatement, change of status, medical leave and transfer procedures. Both The Graduate School and Student Life Division host cultural events for domestic and international students.

On-campus housing is available for both undergraduate and graduate international students. During Thanksgiving, winter and spring break, housing is available at no cost for international students living on-campus. Housing during summer is available on priority basis at a nominal cost.

The Graduate School is located on the third floor of Apple Resource Center.