A Vision for
Hood College is an independent liberal arts college located on a striking and stunningly picturesque campus in the
vibrant and historic central Maryland city of Frederick. The College’s well-regarded faculty and caring support staff
provide a quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a small-college environment that integrates
the liberal arts with professional studies and experiential learning. Hood’s core values and traditions, its commitment
to continuous improvement, comparative excellence, and exceeding student expectations have made it a treasured
institution to current students and to more than 23,000 graduates living in the United States and around the world.
Hood offers a wide range of academics, distinguished faculty, a small student-to-faculty ratio, numerous leadership and real-world experience opportunities, an unbeatable location, a diverse student population from across the nation and the world, a vibrant campus environment and access to an extensive array of social, cultural and recreational activities.
Visiting campuses is an essential part of the college selection process and one of the best ways to get a feel for what college life is like. College-bound students are encouraged to meet with an admission counselor and to talk with current students, professors and coaches—and, of course, to tour Hood's beautiful campus.
Information about all campus events—social, cultural, athletic, academic—as well as news about our student, faculty and staff accomplishments, outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs and campus initiatives can be found here.
From the Hood College Board of Trustees to the senior staff to the Board of Associates, the leadership of Hood College is committed to academic excellence and student success.
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.
Strategic Plan »
Hood's strategic vision was developed to help chart the future direction and growth of the College. The current phase of the 15-year plan focuses on establishing new initiates, remaining flexible and continued investment in areas that are aligned with the College's mission.
The Office of Alumni Relations and Special Events supports and promotes the College in its pursuits of excellence in teaching, the exploration of values and sense of community and public service, and fosters a spirit of loyalty, involvement and lifelong commitment to the College by its alumni.
Margaret Scholl Hood, for whom Hood College is named, was one of Frederick's earliest philanthropists, known for her generous, thoughtful and discriminating philanthropy; interest in and concern for others; zealous support of good works; and cheerful and lively nature.
Hood College, originally The Woman's College of Frederick, was founded May 12, 1893. The goal of the founders was to establish a college that would prepare women for roles both in the home and the work place.