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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).
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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.
|School type||private, coed college|
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.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||71.7%|
|Application deadline||February 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
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.
|4-year graduation rate||57%|
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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.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
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|
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.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$39,084 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$11,168 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data