Overview

Applicants
3,577
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.15

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
30%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 590
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Action
December 1

Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
186
with Terminal Degree
133

114
Women
72
Men
24
Minority
3
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

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 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

  • Anthropology
  • 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
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

This small innovative Maryland college is centered around the 3Rs: relationships, resilience, and reflection. With only around 1,450 students, Goucher College is a "close community that cares deeply about social justice, activism, broadening horizons, and making a difference," and there is a strong emphasis on environmental awareness, "opening one's eyes to the world around them, and exploring and learning through traveling" (as evidenced by the mandatory study abroad requirement). The truly liberal arts curriculum at this "education rich place" is buttressed by an excellent advising system and the Academic Center for Excellence, and around three-quarters of all students go on to graduate or professional school. Since Goucher is a "small but mighty" school, there are "many ways in which staff and faculty work together to make sure that you stand out from the crowd and become more marketable."

Professors "try hard to ensure the best education and the best learning environment for each individual"; they "have a lot of work experience that they bring to the classroom," and most professors are still working in addition to teaching or are very involved in research (that undergraduate students have a chance to be a part of). Classes come with "great variety," and are usually under ten people, so "the culture for group discussions is really kind of built in." They are designed to encompass multiple perspectives of a subject, so that "students can get a full picture." Professors "understand in order for us to digest the material, we NEED to discuss it," and they are "always available to talk or help" so students can keep up with the sometimes demanding academics. As one student puts it, "You come to Goucher to go to school…you will have to be committed to your studies if you want to succeed."


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

Susan Epstein Leeman ’51
A founder of neuroendocrinology field; prof. & dir., Neuropeptide Lab, BU

Margot Birmingham Perot ’55
Philanthropist and community volunteer; retired teacher

Steve Zimmer ’92
Veteran teacher; president of L.A. Unified School District Board of ED

Lydia Villa-Komaroff ’70
Biologist; one of 1st Mexican American women to earn PhD in sciences in US

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

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
$29,973

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,963

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,207

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,190

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,886

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,600
Required Fees
$816
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
$12,300
Comprehensive Fee

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,478
Foreign Countries Represented
38

Demographics

3.68%
Asian
11.66%
African-American
8.66%
Hispanic
64.67%
Caucasian
3.89%
Unknown
2.80%
International

68% female
32% male
73% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

Goucher is "a great place for unique and quirky people": "We're all very confident, and we all have an individual sense of who we are." "You're bound to find someone on this campus with the same interests as you, no matter what those interests are," says a student. Even with strong personalities, everyone here connects well and brings a "broad range" of perspectives to the table, but some say the school is "slightly segmented in terms of students that could be considered athletic, social, quirky, [and] alternative." A large number of international students attend this "globally-minded" school. There is "a political consciousness" across all students, who have "a certain openness and degree of maturity" beyond their college years.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
82%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Each day students typically have a mix of classes, club meetings/events, athletic practices, work (many students have jobs onor off-campus), and socializing, and the school is very good about allowing students "to balance their lives between academic and non-academic activities." Each semester has a theme with various events associated with it; a recent theme was "mindfulness," which incorporated several speakers and a yoga class. Students are "generally really laid back about dining" and spend long periods of time in the dining halls and at the cafe socializing. Pickup games of Frisbee are common on the Quad, and "of course, people like to head out into the woods for a walk" (the school also boasts two labyrinths).

People here are "very school-oriented," so while they like to have fun on weekend nights, "the library is full on Sundays." Parties are relatively infrequent, and "usually consist of small get-togethers in the dorms." There is a mall within walking distance, and Baltimore is fifteen-minute drive (or free shuttle) away. This socially conscious school offers "a ton of community service initiatives" and works closely with the surrounding Towson and Baltimore communities.


Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

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

46% participate in intramural sports
18% 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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
No

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

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
Yes

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