Students Say

Providing “a small, liberal-arts education” with a “fantastic location” just outside Baltimore, Goucher College’s academic environment is one where students are encouraged to “develop close relationships with professors, and with other students.” Goucher offers a “small college feel” and a “gorgeous campus” to its “tight-knit community.” Goucher students “understand that exploring cultures outside your own is important” and pursue a “focused track of study within a well-rounded and rigorous liberal arts curriculum.”

Overview

Applicants
3,340
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average HS GPA
3.17

GPA Breakdown

15%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
27%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
Below 1.0

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Providing “a small, liberal-arts education” with a “fantastic location” just outside Baltimore, Goucher College’s academic environment is one where students are encouraged to “develop close relationships with professors, and with other students.” Goucher offers a “small college feel” and a “gorgeous campus” to its “tight-knit community.” Goucher students “understand that exploring cultures outside your own is important” and pursue a “focused track of study within a well-rounded and rigorous liberal arts curriculum.” Study abroad is not just emphasized, but mandatory, and the college offers a stipend for international study; this is highlighted by many students as a primary reason for attending and results in a “globally-minded and social justice oriented” student body. Its “attention to environmental issues” fosters green awareness in its undergraduates, who “study hard—barefoot.” In the tradition of the liberal arts, Goucher “builds a foundation on critical and analytic thinking,” and prides itself on small, “intimate” class sizes Students are challenged to exceed their own goals through Goucher’s “immense focus on transcending boundaries to explore and grow.” Goucher students offer high praise for their “knowledgeable and engaging” faculty: “Many professors serve not only as instructors but as mentors and friends to the students in their classes, guiding them as much through life as through school work.” Undergraduates express high satisfaction with their academic experience—one student says “I was immediately hooked”—and enjoy the “flexibility, quantity, and quality of courses provided.” The academic rigor, small campus, and close relationships all create a warm “sense of community” that makes the campus “feel like home.” Goucher students name their alma mater as among those “colleges that change lives,” and sum up their experience as “a rigorous education in a green environment, with a focus on community and world awareness.” According to those who know best—Goucher’s undergraduates—Goucher’s education is a “sound choice to further any career path I choose.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
179
with Terminal Degree
148

110
Women
69
Men
30
Minority
15
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
51%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Sara Tilghman Hughes ‘17
Federal judge and only woman to swear in a US president (Lyndon B. Johnson)

Georgeanna Seegar Jones ’32
Member of team responsible for birth of first American “test-tube” baby

Eleanor Wilner '59
Poet and 1991 MacArthur Fellow

Margaret Grun Kibben '82
Rear Admiral, USN; 18th chaplain of USMC and deputy chief US Navy chaplains

Jonah Goldberg '91
National Review Online founding editor and current editor-at-large

Bradford Shellhammer '98
Founder & CEO of Bezar. Formerly founded Fab.com

Zeke Berzoff-Cohen 2008
Founder and exec. dir. of The Intersection, a Baltimore-based non-profit

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
51%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,191

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,977

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,609

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,580

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,191

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,400
Required Fees
$780
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$800

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

According to students, the typical Goucher student is “very intelligent, passionate, outgoing, liberal, fun [and] quirky.” One student explains Goucher ’s quirky moniker: “I think it fits well—I mean, I think we’re the only place where students in a room would shout ‘Opa!’ when someone accidentally breaks a plate. No fuss—just fun and understanding.” Students particularly praise the dance, equestrian, and athletic programs, as well as each other ’s differences: “Most students definitely dance to the beat of their own drum.” Students find “friendship and support” in each other, as well as intellectual stimulation: “Our dinner conversations are about equality and then they shift to politics and to environmentalism and then finally to what we did that weekend. We’re motivated, socially active students who really care about the world we live in.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,471
Out of State
73%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

3.42%
Asian
10.34%
African-American
8.67%
Hispanic
68.76%
Caucasian
4.33%
Unknown
2.66%
International

67% female
33% male
73% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“You will never be bored here” because it’s “really easy to get into downtown Baltimore” via Goucher ’s free shuttle, and because of the myriad on-campus activities: “The [Goucher Student Association] does a wonderful job planning activities.” It’s definitely possible to “have too much fun” amidst the “big cuddle puddle of cynical and hyper-analytical over-achievers,” but students are “hardworking” as well as social. Students have “a wide variety of interests,” but “because [the school] is so small, it is common to know a lot of the people on campus.” Many students report that “there is always something to do,” and the on-campus “Humans vs. Zombies” game is frequently cited as a popular activity. “I get to ride horses, ballroom dance, and hunt zombies all in a single afternoon.” “Quirkiness is the Goucher Normal,” proclaims one student, echoing the “quirky” moniker frequently self-applied to Goucher undergrads. In the student body, “people of all colors, shapes, and styles come together to grow as students and as individuals” who are “all about helping one another and making the world a better place through persistence and innovation.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
81%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
65
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

45% participate in intramural sports
17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Gophers)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Gophers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The office of multi-cultural student services assists all under-represented students.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Loyola College of Maryland
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maryland College Park

Sustainability

Though Goucher College is about fifty miles from the Capitol Building, the small liberal arts college is establishing itself as a capital of sustainability. As a member of ACUPCC, along with conducting comprehensive inventories of all greenhouse gas emissions on campus and developing an institutional action plan to combat its carbon footprint and become climate neutral, Goucher has also designated that all new buildings and renovations of existing ones must be LEED-certified. Indeed, the Athenaeum, “a high tech library, a public forum, classrooms, a café, an art gallery, a radio station, a center for community service, places to meet and converse, and many other spaces all in one,” is the campus’ first LEED-certified building— and it’s LEED Gold at that! Want more evidence of Goucher’s commitment to sustainability? It was recently graded A by Sustainable Endowments Institute’s 2011 College Sustainability Report Card in food and recycling, green building, student involvement, transportation, and investment priorities. The college is actively generating a framework to deal with green issues on campus through The Goucher Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council (GESAC), which will aid in the completion of the school’s commitment to climate neutrality. The university collaborated with the Environmental Health and Engineering (EH&E), Inc., a Massachusetts-based environmental and engineering consulting firm, to develop a Climate Action Plan. Further, Goucher College offers an interdisciplinary environmental studies major. Plus, the Career Development Office provides students with information on environmental internships and an internship scholarship available specifically aimed at the conservation of natural resources.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
No

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lynn Alonso
Admissions Receptionist

Address
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204

Phone
410-337-6100

Email
admissions@goucher.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Library at the Athenaeum
Alice's Cafe
Sports and Recreation Center
Pearlstone Cafe
Gopher Hole

Most Popular Places Off Campus
National Aquarium
Towson Town Center
Baltimore Museum of Art
Oriole Park at Camden Yards & M&T Bank Stadium, Home of the Ravens
Maryland Science Center
There are extensive shopping areas and restaurants in Towson and Baltimore.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays
9am-5pm
410-337-6100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year-round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Mon-Thurs nights only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is 25 miles from campus. Reservations for an airport shuttle to a local hotel can be made at airportshuttle.com. Taxis are also available on the lower level near baggage claim. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve Baltimore.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway), take Exit 27A (Dulaney Valley Rd. S.). The entrance to the college is immediately on the left.

Local Accommodations
The Sheraton Baltimore North(903 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson; 410-321-7400) is within walking distance of Goucher. This as well as other hotel accommodations are available through our travel portal at http://www.goucher.edu/travelportal