Goucher College is a private, co-educational, comprehensive, liberal arts institution located in Baltimore, Maryland. Established in 1885, the school was originally named the Women’s College of Baltimore and was founded by the Reverend John Franklin Goucher. In 1910 the school was renamed in honor of its founder and in 1986 became fully co-educational. Goucher College has been named one of the Top 10 “Most Innovative” Colleges as well as No. 1 in Study Abroad by U.S. News & World Report; in addition to these distinctions, Goucher College has been honored to have been named one of the 40 select “Colleges that Change Lives”.
Academic ProgramsGoucher College’s mission is to provide a “liberal arts education that prepares students within a broad, humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking.” The College’s vision is to “become the model for accessible transformational education that integrates curricular and co-curricular learning to deliver graduates who can solve complex problems together with people who are not like themselves.” Goucher College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1921.
Goucher College offers more than 30 majors which lead to baccalaureate degrees as well as several graduate programs with master’s degrees in the areas of education, teaching, historic preservation, arts administration, cultural sustainability, digital arts, creative nonfiction, management, and environmental sustainability. In addition to these, Goucher College offers a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program with field experience. Approximately 95% of students participate in hands-on learning experiences including internships, faculty research, and community engagement work. All undergraduate students also study abroad in one of Goucher College’s 60-plus study programs offered in more than 35 foreign countries.
Student LifeGoucher College has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including approximately 1,500 undergraduate students. Students hail from nearly all fifty states and six continents – more than 30% of students are multi-cultural. Located on a beautiful 287 wooded acre campus, Goucher College offers students a variety of on-campus housing options including traditional residence halls, special interest housing, and on-campus apartments.
More than 85% of students at Goucher College join one or more student groups. More than 60 student-run clubs and organizations are recognized by the College as well as more than half a dozen musical ensembles, a campus newspaper, campus radio station, and the Goucher Student Government. These and more provide students with ample opportunity to interact with one another outside of the classroom and allow students to develop valuable leadership skills. As an NCAA Division III school, sports play an important role in Goucher College’s student life. The College fields more than 15 intercollegiate sports teams which compete in the Landmark Conference.