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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel that there is a variety students can choose from as it is a liberal arts college. For a student who's trying to go into a STEM field may have to make sure they look into the requirements. The Dual Engineering program is one where you have to choose classes from the very start of freshman year, which can a setback if you are not sure of you want to pursue it. There is a good balance in classes, could use a bit of more interesting classes to get the mind flowing. There is an Honors program if students want to have more then what is provided. Sometimes classes just cater to completing a requirement rather than the student taking something out from the class. For a first year they should see classes they are interested in to figure out what they want to do for a major.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Most teachers are fine at their job

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It made me want to change my major

3 College Student

Academics: The biology department makes courses very challenging, but they want to see you succeed. They truly care about their students that is why the challenge us. They want us to be the best of the best. This is one of the greatest biology departments that I have looked at out of all the other colleges on my list. This truly is a great community and I am so happy to be part of it.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am Business Major with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. Work is challenging and the expectation is high. I work very hard and it pays off. Facilities are fabulous and our required internship for graduation is a huge plus for employment after graduation.

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With 28 majors and 44 minors for students to choose from, Hood attracts a wide array of intelligent and driven students. From biology to economics, there is something for everyone at Hood. However, no matter what your major is, you will be immersed in all different fields of study, such as foreign language, science, math, and English. Because Hood is a liberal arts college, students are required to register for a variety of core classes to ensure that they will graduate with a well-rounded mindset, prepared to enter the workforce. Thankfully, students do not have to fret about going out into the real world alone; Hood professors go out of their way to help students feel ready, by helping them find and attain internships, assisting them with homework, or acting as advisers when it comes to major/career decisions. All in all, having close relationships with professors is essential for future success.

The best thing about academics at Hood is not the large variety of majors or the core curriculum, but the small class sizes. The average class size is approximately 17 (though it really depends on the class). The 100-level core classes usually have a little bit more (about 20 to 25 students), whereas the 300- and 400-upper-level courses usually have 12 or less. With small class sizes such as these, students are able to create very close relationships with their professors, participate fervently in discussions, and be treated as individuals instead of a face in the crowd. Professors will recognize the strengths and weaknesses of students, and will find the best ways to help them utilize their strengths and improve upon their weaknesses. 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
88
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
157
Total FT Faculty
88
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$59,467
Full-Time Retention Rate
77%
Transfer-Out Rate
25%
Graduation Rate
60%
Programs/Majors Offered
46
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Educational Administration: 3%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Online Courses
Hood does not offer any online classes, and because of the small student population, it is unlikely that there will be any online classes in the future.
Best Places to Study
  • Beneficial-Hodson Library
  • Hodson Science and Technology Center
  • Whitaker Campus Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Always impress your professors because they are your key to unlocking job opportunities and internships. Show up on time for every class, ask questions and participate, and respect the professor.
  • Always try to get a good night's sleep.
  • Do not procrastinate; you will regret doing it (or in this case, not doing it).
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions if you need help.
  • For any exam, always study more than needed.
  • Make sure to bond with your professors. They will help you when you need it.
  • Try not to be shy around new people, and be prepared to make everlasting friendships.
  • Try to get as many internships as you can while you are in school, even if your major doesn't require it. Even if your grades are not the highest, having any experience in your field outside of the classroom will help you stand out when applying for jobs in the future.
Did You Know?
  • Secondary education certification is available in seven fields of study.
  • Everyone receives an adviser at Hood. Based on your major, you will have a professor from your department to help answer any questions about Hood, put together a schedule, and make sure you are taking all of the core classes you need to. If you ever change your major, you will have a new adviser from your new major.
  • If you can't find a major you like, you can design your own! With the help of your academic adviser, you can figure out what classes you need to take each semester and put together a schedule.
  • It's important to know that some classes are only offered every two years, as needed, or every other semester. If you know what you want to major in ahead of time, make sure you note which classes are offered less frequently and take them as soon as you can.
  • Don't declare your major until the end of your sophomore year when you have to! You might not realize just what you are getting into with some majors, and when you are already "declared," it is much harder to back out.
  • Be prepared to enter into an untraditional learning environment. Professors often teach class outside and go to lectures and field trips instead of teaching in the classroom. However, many of the older faculty members still teach in the traditional lecture style.
  • Always ask if you can bring your laptop to class. Unless you really need it, many professors do not see the need for students to bring their laptops to class.
  • All core classes have tons of options. For example, here is just a sampling of the lab-science core classes: "Marine Biology," "Newsstand Biology," "The Biology of Food and Nutrition," "Plant Biology," and much more.
  • Almost no classes have TAs, so take advantage of the high-class faculty and let them help you. When a class does have a TA, it is only for homework help and answering questions in the classroom.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 16 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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