Goucher College

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1021 Dulaney Valley Road

Baltimore, MD 21204

Phone: (410) 337-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Goucher College is a private institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,484, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 287 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Goucher College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 110. Its tuition and fees are $39,084 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1885, Goucher has been a small college with a big view of the world. In 2006, it became the first college in the nation to require undergraduates to study abroad before graduating. The college now offers study-abroad programs in more than 30 countries around the world and boasts an unofficial study-abroad rate of 118 percent among its graduates. (Many students go abroad two or more times.)

Goucher's wide-ranging, global curriculum attracts a diverse student body of about 1,500 undergraduates representing 44 states and 28 countries. Students arrive prepared to excel academically and eager to take advantage of the many resources offered on campus and in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region. "Community" is a defining principle here: Better than 70 percent of students engage in community service opportunities each year, and the campus is energized by more than 65 student-run clubs and organizations.

The 287-acre campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts comfortable residence halls, modern athletic facilities, stables, and miles of wooded trails. Goucher's Athenaeum, the flagship building at the heart of campus, features a high-tech library open 24 hours a day, a forum for public events, an art gallery, a cafe, a community center, an information commons, classrooms, and other spaces for collaboration and research.

With the understanding that climate change is the global issue of our times, Goucher is also known for its environmental initiatives. It was one of the first colleges to implement a climate action plan. Its grounds are maintained organically, its energy is purchased through renewable resources, and its undergraduates fulfill an environmental study requirement before they graduate.

Encouraged to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries in all of the college's 33 majors, Goucher students put their education into action, whether through collaborative research in the natural sciences, service-learning in support of local communities, or internships in nearby Washington, D.C., and abroad. Goucher students are prepared for lifelong critical inquiry, analytical thinking, and community engagement in the full expectation that they will go on to make a difference in the world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1885
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $183,717,000


When applying to Goucher College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Goucher College is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 79 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.7%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Goucher College is 9:1, and the school has 75 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Goucher College include: Social Sciences; Psychology; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; History; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 14%
Psychology 12%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 10%
History 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%

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Student Life

Goucher College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,484, with a gender distribution of 33.6 percent male students and 66.4 percent female students. At this school, 86 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 14 percent of students live off campus. Goucher College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,254
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Goucher College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Goucher College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Goucher College, 42 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Goucher College.

Students who have cars on campus 42%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Goucher College, 63.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,804.

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Tuition and fees $39,084 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,168 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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