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Colleges You Should Know, but Probably Don't
Colleges You Should Know, but Probably Don't

1.  Hood College

Location:  Frederick, Maryland
Founded: 1821
Setting:    Suburban, Small City
Size:        1217 Undergraduate Students
Campus:  50 Acres
Located in Frederick, Maryland, the second-largest city in the State of Maryland, Hood College was founded in 1893.  While now a co-educational institution, for most of its history Hood was a women's college.  It is a residential campus with most students choosing to reside on campus and is strikingly beautiful.  
Unique or Interesting  Programs of Study:
  • Art Therapy
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Arabic & Middle Eastern Cultural Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Spanish, Iberian, and Latin American Cultural Studies
  • Thanatology (Master of Arts Degree) the study of death and dying

Surprising Opportunities

  • With Fort Detrick and a satellite campus of the National Institutes of Health right down the street, Hood students, in a variety of disciplines, have the advantage of participating in research, internships, and more at one of the worlds leading infectious disease research centers.
  • World-class ceramic arts program
  • Worlds largest private archive on the John F. Kennedy assassination 

Interesting Traditions

  • Primal Scream - Students gather at the pergola at midnight the evening before exams and scream at the moon to relieve stress and have some fun.
  • Dinks - Small hats that are given to each incoming first-year class they are worn for convocation and some students choose to wear theirs to graduation in lieu of their mortar board.  Alumni with children can request a baby dink in the class color for the year their child will enter Hood College.
  • Class Colors - Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green are an integral part of the campus life and traditions
  • Class Banners - In class colors, hang in the dining hall.  They are subdivided into quadrants, with a picture depicting something of significance each year of the four years of the class.  Traditionally, students sat in the dining hall under their banner.
  • The Pink Spoon - The prize awarded to the winner of "Policies for Dollars" a competition on campus between the classes on Hood College traditions and culture.  It has been fought over, stolen, buried on campus for safekeeping, made appearances at weddings, and is treasured by the students.


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