Hood College

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401 Rosemont Avenue

Frederick, MD 21701

Phone: (301) 663-3131
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#37 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Hood College is a private institution that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,434, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hood College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 37. Its tuition and fees are $33,280 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1893, Hood College is an independent liberal arts college providing a residential experience for undergraduate women and men, and a professionally oriented graduate school. Located on 50 acres in the middle of historic Frederick, Maryland, and within an hour's drive of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Hood is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best and most affordable colleges. In this closely knit community, students and professors know each other by name. Hood maintains a vibrant community that responds to the intellectual, professional and personal goals of individual students of diverse races, ethnicities and ages. Stressing high quality undergraduate research and internship opportunities, Hood prides itself on providing a university-like education in a small college setting.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1893
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $62,064,298


When applying to Hood College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Hood College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 83.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.1%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hood College is 12:1, and the school has 67.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hood College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; History; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 9%
Education 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
History 7%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

Hood College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,434, with a gender distribution of 33.9 percent male students and 66.1 percent female students. At this school, 56 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44 percent of students live off campus. Hood College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,422
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Hood College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Hood College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hood College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hood College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hood College, 83.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,551.

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Tuition and fees $33,280 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,350 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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