Goucher College: Narrative Description

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1021 Dulaney Valley Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21204-2794
Tel: (410)337-6000
Free: 800-468-2437
Admissions: (410)337-6100
Fax: (410)337-6236
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.goucher.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1885. Setting: 287-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $140.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,089 per student. Total enrollment: 2,349. Faculty: 182 (104 full-time, 78 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 2,870 applied, 68% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 63% from top quarter, 91% from top half. Full-time: 1,322 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 44 students, 75% women, 25% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 8 other countries, 72% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Loyola College, Towson University, Baltimore Hebrew University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Coppin State, Villa Julie College, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Baltimore. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.8 high school GPA, interview, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 12/15 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 2/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $34,725 includes full-time tuition ($25,750), mandatory fees ($400), and college room and board ($8575). College room only: $5525. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $900 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 38 open to all. Most popular organizations: CAUSE (Community Auxiliary for Service), Umoja: The African Alliance, Quindecim (newspaper), BGlad, Hillel. Major annual events: Pumpkin Bowl, Spring Gala, GIG. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Julia Rogers Library with 303,000 books, 24,800 microform titles, 22,000 serials, 4,278 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Goucher is located on 287 wooded acres in suburban Towson, seat of Baltimore County. The college is 20 minutes away from downtown Baltimore, an hour's drive from Washington, D.C., and 25 miles from the state capital of Annapolis, on the Chesapeake Bay. There are extensive walking, riding, and running trails that help create a small college atmosphere.

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