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Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the Graduate School at Hood College! A rewarding experience awaits you. Please follow these steps to make the most of it.

Register to attend an orientation for new students

The Graduate School holds orientation sessions for new graduate students the Wednesday before the start of the spring and fall semesters. Students who begin their programs in the summer may attend the fall orientation session.

Fall 2017 Orientation for new students will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, beginning at 2 p.m. for our international students, and at 5 p.m. for domestic students. Orientation is mandatory for international students. Register here.

Orientation is an important step in adjusting to life as a graduate student.  At orientation, you will:

  • Learn about policies and procedures that are specific to Hood and to the Graduate School;
  • Get help with your Hood email and Blackboard accounts;
  • Take a campus tour;
  • Have your picture taken for your student I.D.;
  • Obtain a parking pass for campus and hospital lots; and
  • Meet with faculty and other new students in your program over dinner

Please find the mandatory international student agenda here, and the general session agenda here.

New this year is our concurrent Spouse/Partner Orientation. Register your spouse/partner and children under 12 years of age via your registration.

For additional information, email the Graduate School at or call 301-696-3600 or  toll free at 800-922-1599.

January 2017 orientation videos

Watch the videos from the International orientation and Evening orientation.

Important forms for orientation

If you plan to attend orientation, please take a few minutes to complete these forms below in advance and bring them with you to the event.

Review program requirements

All program requirements can be found in the Hood College catalog. It is also important for students to remain in contact with their academic advisers as they plan their coursework.

Register for courses

View the course schedule and register for courses through Self Service, Hood’s student portal. Registrations for provisionally admitted students and for students registering for multiple weekend courses should be processed through the registrar's office by completing the online registration form. To view instructions for searching for available classes, click here.

As a graduate student, you will find other useful information under the current students drop-down at the top of the website, under the For Graduate Students section. Other helpful resources include:

Buy your textbooks

Visit the Hood bookstore site to find out what textbooks are required for your courses. Click on Textbooks, then Find Textbooks, and enter the course information. 

Pay your tuition

The Accounting office will issue billing statements through Self Service to students who have registered for coursework. You must log into your Self Service account to view your bill; it will not be mailed. Tuition and fees are due by the following dates:

  • Jan. 15 for spring semester 
  • Aug. 15 for fall semester
  • First day of classes for summer terms

Tuition, fees and other expenses can be paid online through the online payment system. Additional information about paying for a graduate education at Hood can be found at financing your education.

Graduate Student Housing

Affordable on-campus graduate student housing is now available. All rooms are singles. If you are interested in this new opportunity, please email

For those exploring commuter living options, the local Frederick area offers a number of rental options. Finding the right fit for you will take some research. Local newspaper classified ads and website listings may be good places to begin your search. The following are some examples of websites which may be helpful:

In addition, there are some nearby apartment complexes which may warrant consideration:

Those with an asterisk denotes they accept I-20 as evidence for financial backing for international students.

Note that the information in this message is provided as a convenience to students strictly as an informational service. Hood College has not inspected or approved any of the listings for fire, heat, and/or safety conditions and makes no warranties or representations concerning these items. Tenants assume full responsibility for location, condition, and contractual terms of their off-campus rentals. Hood College operates under the assumption that landlords and rental agencies conduct business within the guidelines of the law. All contractual agreements are between students and the landlords or agents.