Hood College

Hood College is a co-educational liberal arts college located in Frederick, Maryland. The college serves approximately 1,074 graduate students and another 1,475 undergraduate students .


The college was founded in 1893 as the Woman's College of Frederick by the Potomac Synod of the Reformed Church of the United States. In 1897, the college received a 28 acre tract of land for its campus from Margaret Scholl Hood . On January 18, 1913, Margaret Hood's will was filed for probate. In the will, she bequeathed $30,000 to the Woman's College of Frederick provided that the college changed its name to "Hood College" within 12 months . Part of this bequest was used to fund the 1914 construction of Alumnae Hall. Today, except for Brodbeck Hall, which was built in the 1860s and stood on the campus at its founding, Alumnae Hall remains the oldest building on the college's campus and serves as the central location for the college's administration

Hood was originally a women-only college and did not admit men until 1971 as commuter students. Men began to be admitted on a residential basis in 2003, making the college co-educational and increasing the numbers of prospective students.


Hood College offers 27 undergraduate majors and 14 master's degree programs.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Art & Archaeology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary/Special Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • French
  • French-German
  • German
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Bachelor of Science

  • Computer Science

Master's Degree Programs

  • Biomedical Science
  • Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Environmental Biology
  • Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts
  • Human Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Management of Information Technology
  • Reading Specialization
  • Mathematics Education
  • Thanatology


Hood College athletics began in 1898 with the first basketball team. In the early 1900s, field hockey, tennis, archery, and swimming were among the sports added to the athletics program. The college was the second college in the United States to have a field hockey team. Competitions then were intramural and teams were comprised based on graduating class or dorms. Gambrill Gymnasium was constructed in 1946 and continues to serve as the main athletic facility for the campus. In 1984, Hood College became a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and joined the Division III Chesapeake Women's Athletic Conference. When the CWAC disbanded, Hood joined the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference in 1990 .

Hood presently offers intercollegiate varsity teams in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball. The college also offers club level programs for cheerleading and equestrian .

Currently, the women's athletic teams continue to compete in the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference. The men's teams began competition in the Capital Athletic Conference for the 2006-2007 academic year along with women's cross-country and track and field. All other women's sports will remain in the AWCC for the 2006-2007 year. All Hood College sports will move to the CAC in 2007-2008 .

The nickname for Hood athletics is the Blazers. This dates back to the 1920s when the campus elected a rising senior as the "White Sweater" girl as someone who possessed the most sportsmanship and school spirit. In 1928, the sweater was changed to a blazer . Today, the nickname is represented by a thoroughbred horse with a "blaze" mark on its forehead.

Hood College student athletes train in the Gambrill Gymnasium.


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