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| Well considering this school is ridiculously priced. it has made my college life horrible. the faculty is great and im sure every review will say that as well. as for student life, its the worst thing ever. i would have to say though that its just gotten worse over the years. freshman year i was just happy to be on my own. I didn't visit many colleges due to the amount of financial aid/scholarships that hood gave me, if i were to go anywhere else it would have been much more expensive. I have come to realize that Hood draws certain type of person to their school, I don't know how they do it but everyone is the same. When I was in high school I had a lot of friends I could almost start a conversation with anyone in my grade. Here though, after 3 years of going here I've come to believe that this is where students that had no friends in high school or were absolute rejects and become cool. I seriously feel that everyone here is an absolute loser. You will come to believe it too. The dorms are horrible and completely out of date as is almost everything else. The library is nice(doesnt open till 3 on sundays what the hell!) the science building is up to date but really everything else isn't. There is a turf field that just got put in. This is one of the things that really pissed me off since going here. Our lacrosse team has only won 1 game in its history to a team that was its first year playing. We don't have a football team or a baseball team. Our gym/weight training room is pitiful to the point i am embarrassed to walk in there. they should have spent their money wisely and redid the gym. BUT WAIT they are redoing the gym. too bad it took them so long to raise the millions for the field and at the rate they are raising money for the gym it wont be here for countless years to come. They are planning on building 2 more dorms so they can have more students, so they can bring in more money but the dorms already here are crappy. I could keep going on and going and going but I'm going to stop. Hood just wants your money they were bankrupt a few years back and are still in the rut. Thats why it went from only a girls school to coed. seriously think twice before coming here. do an overnight. don't let the financial aid fool you into having a miserable 4 years. which will actually be 5 or more because the advisors don't advise you to graduate in 4 years. and don't push you to graduate on time. its stupid |
|Feb 22 2010|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| If you are looking for a place to party don't bother coming to Hood. Basically, if you want a social life while doing well academically, don't take any more than the minimal amount of credits. |
Academically, Hood is pretty hardcore. There is only a small amount of professors that aren't up to par, but I think this is present at all colleges and universities. Mainly, the professors are all very competent and willing to help. There is a lot of focus on essay writing and free response tests, with little busy work. The professors generally don't care if you have ten tests in one day or ten essays due, they expect you to turn in A level work with no excuses. I often feel like I'm going to have some sort of mental breakdown during the last few weeks of the semester for the ridiculous amount of work assigned to me.
Many of the campus' reigning traditions have gone away drastically in the past few years, making campus atmosphere and school spirit nearly non-existent. This is rather unfortunate and it nearly makes me want to transfer immediately when I see a University of Maryland football or basketball game with all of the people cheering and shouting how proud they are to go to that school. Extracurricular activities are the same way, for they seem very exclusive and for only a certain type of person. Maybe somebody else has a different viewpoint but this is just my opinion. People are definitely cliquey here because the campus is so small and we do have our share of bratty rich kids who have no realization of the real world, but there are very many friendly people here too. As far as dorm life goes, the only fun anyone ever has is drug related. Everyone pretty much bonds over alcohol, cigarettes, and weed, and if you don't do any of the above, you aren't really integrated into the social scene (like me). However, there are some campus activities that don't involve these things that are a lot of fun.
The campus is beautiful...but only from the outside. The dorms are completely run down with the exception of Shriner, and many have not been renovated because the person who previously gave them money has died and the little thing called Hood was basically broke a few years back and is finally earning money again. The lounge areas are cheesy and kindergarten looking in theme. Smith Hall is pretty much disgusting and Coblentz has an ant issue. The dorms are so overcrowded that they kicked people out of the dorms to make room for the freshmen. However, there is a benefit to this, for Hood has a deal with the apartment complex across the street where you only pay room and board and are allowed to be exempt from the meal plan, which is a great deal in comparison to getting an apartment in the area. Hood also gives furniture which is brand new to the people living in the apartments. The academic buildings for the most part look very outdated but do have updated technology in most of the rooms. The Hodson Science and Technology building is beautiful and very modern looking, which is great for science and math majors. The gym however disgusts me. It is basically falling apart and they keep saying that they are going to renovate it year after year but it never seems to happen. I think it's horrible that Hood Basketball games are at TJ High school and seems really unprofessional to me.
To be honest, the only reason I have stayed at this school is because my department (psychology) is so amazing. All of the professors are delightful to talk to, have amazing stories to tell, are accomplished researchers and are very prevalent in the community, and are just plain wonderful at what they do. Thats the same for all of the professors here.
So my final advice about Hood is that it is a great school with some great professors, but I would advise people to commute or get off of on-campus housing if they want to avoid below average living dorm conditions. Otherwise, it is a great school.
|Dec 05 2008|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| I attended Hood College my first semester of my freshman year. I did not return after winter break. Why? Because it was not the college experience I was looking for. Sure Hood looks nice from the outside but take a step inside and there is nothing nice about it. Dorm rooms are run down, there are these stupid common rooms in the dorms that made me want to vomit walking through them. The gym is about the size of my garage, no I take that back, my garage is bigger. There is only one place to eat and if you miss dinner that ends at 7:30, you're screwed. They make all freshman get the unlimited meal plan but the thing is the dining hall is only open 3 times a day and the next meal plan under the unlimited is, 3 times a day. It is mainly a commuter school, I lived three hours away and almost everybody I met were amazed how far away I was. The weekends are dead, so if you like to party stay away! No such thing at Hood. My classes were generally easy. I felt like I was still in high school, just not being able to go home after classes. There is absolutely nothing to do on campus. Being an athletic person I enjoy getting outside to be generally active, but athletics at hood are embarrassing. They dont have a basketball gym so the basketball team is forced to play at a high school gym. There isn't even a baseball team. There are no intramural sports whatsoever so if you're into sports this isn't a place to go. If you like high school drama this is the place for you. If you like seeing the same people everyday by name, this is the place for you. They say Hood is a great place to get an education and I'm sure it is, if you want to be bored out of your mind 24 hours a day 7 days a week be my guest. And be sure to be laughed at when you tell people you go to Hood College, you'll get the same joke every time,"Is it in the HOOD?!?!" I'm sorry to be so negative, but I disliked it so much I'm now taking courses at a community college so I can transfer to a better, more enjoyable school next year. The only good thing I have to say about Hood College is that the professors I had were great. They were willing to help you with anything and you could meet with them whenever you needed. But it wasn't for me. |
|Jan 31 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |