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Goucher College, a private liberal arts college in Baltimore, Maryland, empowers you to be your own academic entrepreneur. A highlight of Goucher's unique liberal arts curriculum is that all undergraduates must study abroad at least once before graduation, making the college the first in the nation to make such a bold move in globalized education. Goucher's academic philosophy is focused on the 3Rs: relationships, resilience, and reflection, and we are proud to be one of 40 "Colleges That Change Lives." Our tight-knit, residential campus embraces individuality with a "you-be-you" attitude. Whether you want to join a club, a music ensemble, or one of the 21 different athletic teams (go Gophers!), there truly is something for you. Plus, you'll learn everywhere, through internships, research, and studying abroad. By the end of your Goucher experience, you'll be prepared to take on the world and ready for careers (that haven't even been invented yet).

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Overview

Applicants
3,474
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.10

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
29%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
180
with Terminal Degree
147

108
Women
72
Men
30
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

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

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry 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 and Information Sciences, General.

  • 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.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Students Say

The tiny and innovative Goucher College, located just outside of Baltimore, boasts a welcoming, collaborative learning environment, a 100 percent study abroad rate/requirement, and a liberal arts curriculum that focuses on the 3Rs of the Goucher education: strong student-faculty-peer Relationships, encouraging Resilience, and teaching students to Reflect. The school encourages its students “to be mindful of diverse perspectives” and to live outside of their comfort zones “so as to learn from those diverse perspectives.” Students here are “curious to learn” and “thrive on engaging in deep conversation, and are not afraid to speak their minds.” Small class sizes and a tight student-to-faculty ratio promote these conversations, and “discussion and critical thinking skills are built into every class so you learn or formulate an argument around a wide variety of issues.”

As a way of easing the transition into college, Goucher also provides a course called First Year Experience (FYE) that every first-year student is required to take. During FYE, first-year students “meet with their mentor who was with them during orientation to talk about certain resources provided [at] Goucher for safety, and other subjects about racial identity and how we’re getting acquainted with our new environment.” As for regular classes, there are a ton of “very interesting” classes, and “it is easy to enroll in a class that is either full or that you don’t have the prerequisites for.” Professors receive high marks across the board; they get to know students on a personal level and are “invested in [their] unique reasoning for being a part of the department.” They “want everyone to share their opinions and certain personal experiences that go along with the topic” at hand. “I know they see me first as a person, second as a student,” says one happy student.


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

Notable Faculty


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

Jesse J. Holland MFA ’12
Author, one of Top 10 History ’16 books by Smithsonian Mag, journalist

Tupper Thomas ’66
Nationally renowned expert & advocate of parks & green space revitalization

Sheila K. Sachs, Esq. ’61
Leading family law attorney, Daily Record’s “MD Top 100 Women”

Altomease Rucker Kennedy ’71
Natl law firm partner, defender of whistleblowers against corp. violators

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,996

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,630

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,071

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,702

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,416

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,600
Required Fees
$840
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,670
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,455
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

4.29%
Asian
14.27%
African-American
8.93%
Hispanic
59.35%
Caucasian
4.29%
Unknown
3.46%
International

69% female
31% male
65% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

The Goucher student body comprises “a symposium [of students] to do Socrates proud.” Goucher students are “engaged, trust each other, and are brave enough to dialogue in a way most campuses don’t seem to be anymore.” The degree of political openness here is “only left-looking,” and this “delightfully weird” group tends to include “alternative, creative, artistic people who aren’t afraid to express themselves.” Most students are middle to upper-middle class and from the East Coast. There’s an active community on campus and the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity supports people of color (POC) movements and LGBTQAI events. Keeping it in their own backyard, students love to help and “do their best to give back to their Baltimore and local community.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

The Goucher campus and is “beautiful.” When it’s sunny, “a lot of students are outside doing homework, socializing, playing Frisbee, or doing various other physical activities.” The school is full of “liberal, outspoken, quirky students” and dinners “can start out with you arriving with a friend, but you end up sitting with many different people and are stuck there for two hours.” During the week, most people work and study (“lots of people use the library as a common place”), so the weekend “is when people hang out.” Not a lot of students go off campus, so a lot of small groups and open mics form. Parties “aren’t all that common.”

Students subscribe to the idea that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” One student explains, “There is no internal competition at Goucher, we all work together.” There is also no Greek life and sports teams are not emphasized, but there are 20 Division III athletic teams, and one co-ed equestrian team. Activism is huge on campus, and if you are passionate about a cause, “there is usually a club or student union that is already organized, or students who are more than willing to start a club.”


Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
NO program - Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Frona Brown, Ed.D

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

A complete psycho-educational evaluation preferably less than 3 years old is required for students requesting academic accommodations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

A complete psycho-educational evaluation preferably less than 3 years old is required for students requesting academic accommodations.

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

43% participate in intramural sports
19% 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
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.

99/99
AASHE STARS® rating
NR
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
30%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

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
Residential Quad
Gopher Hole
Selz Hall Lobby

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Inner Harbor
Towson Town Center
Baltimore Museum of Art
Oriole Park at Camden Yards & M&T Bank Stadium, Home of the Ravens
Hamden
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


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