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Reviews 746 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my school. It is the perfect fit for me. Goucher offers so many incredible opportunities, including the amazing Study Abroad requirement. I love that the classes are small and you have the ability to really get to know your professor and often your classmates. Overall, Goucher has been a great experience for me.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I rate Goucher College as an okay schools as an okay school, because there is noting great or bad with it. It is filled with typical school problems such as a mix of bad and good teachers, sometimes the support for consolers are wrong. Another problem is the social life on campus is not really present.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in Baltimore is cheap, but it's difficult to get to class on time if you don't have a car. Towson is expensive, so most students just stay on campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Sports houses have parties but you have to drive and they are hit-or-miss. Towson and JHU have good parties but again if you don't have a car, the shuttle stops running around midnight. Ubers are expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a good variety of affordable ethnic restaurants. Fresh market/Trader Joes is good for grocery shopping, the mall has all the chains you can imagine, and there are some great ethnic restaurants around Towson circle.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Public safety is pretty strict about using drugs and alcohol inside the dorms, even though it's a wet campus. It seems like you can't drink with more than 3 or 4 people in a room without pubsafe getting called and everyone getting written up.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food at Goucher is good because it has a lot of options for vegetarians/vegans. It's just expensive and can get monotonous.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received aid and scholarships but Goucher is not great about advocating for you if you need more aid in order to stay, even if you're a valuable asset to the school. Financial aid office was impatient and not very understanding sometimes. I have heard from other students that they can be very rude and inconsiderate of their personal financial situations.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Stimson, which is considered the worst/oldest dorm on campus. It mostly consists of freshmen in forced triples. It was difficult at times because of the lack of space and privacy. Luckily, it's getting torn down next year and most freshmen will be placed in a new dorm closer to the center of campus which will make them less isolated. Goucher does give freshmen placed in forced triples a $500 discount, though. Other dorms on campus like Mary Fisher, Sondheim, and Welsh are nice though!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was not easy, but I think it was about as difficult as it would be at other schools. Asking schools for money is challenging no mater what. I had a scary experience where I lost my work study money, but that was because my family had made a mistake on the FAFSA.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are fairly frequent sports team parties, but they are off campus and can sometimes be difficult to get to or from if you do not want to pay for a cab or an uber. Usually, people just hang out and drink in someone's room.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I really did not eat off campus very much because I already had a meal plan and did not have the money to pay for food in addition to that. However, the Vietnamese place by the Towson Town Circle and the Indian place were pretty tasty. There are definitely places to take your family if they come to visit, but they are mostly chains, like the Cheesecake Factory and Bahama Breeze.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I'd say overall the level of strictness is about average. There are certain things (like drug possession) that the school is very strict about and others (like visitors) that there are very laid-back about.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to other colleges the food is very good, but there were times when it was not the best. Sometimes the combinations were just weird or things just did not taste right. In general, the food was tasty and great for vegetarian options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in the Stimson building, which is very dated and kinda gross. It has weird smells and there were always stains and dust bunnies in our room. Stimson is probably the worst options and either Welsh or Sonheim are probably the best options. The people on campus are awesome, so the social atmosphere is good.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are DIII so not amazing.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Could be better. The closest options are more expensive than the ones a bit farther away.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great options, but it is mostly pretty typical collegetown food spots

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They're getting better and trying to be more transparent, but they still need work.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You really have to be proactive in finding a party, or creating your own. Lots of people complain about the party life, but they also aren't trying to change it.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I initially didn't get the financial aid package I wanted, but I appealed and they were very helpful. I eventually got something that suited my financial needs.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Obviously it can get boring, but it is grade A in comparison to other schools and their options.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They are currently starting to build two new residential buildings which will replace the older, less nice ones! Otherwise, the residential halls are nice.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The scholarship process has changed significantly since I underwent it. Also, I only received and can comment on merit-based aid. Of what has remained the same and within that guideline, I am impressed by the clarity of what is available, the requirements, the promptness of response, and the ease of application. I am less impressed with the variety, amount offerings, and lack of willingness to change/offer more after matriculation.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good variety. Good hours--at least one hall open from 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM every weekday. Bon App├ętit is a good provider with consistently updated menus, website, sustainable and ethical initiatives, events, and promotion. Dining halls could be cleaner. Staff could be friendlier. Dining plan should be more flexible and allow rollovers. Food is definitely pricey, though more often than not worth its value.

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Haebler Memorial Chapel Haebler Memorial Chapel A non-denominational chapel in the heart of Goucher College.
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Goucher provides an atmosphere for students to grow, learn, and expand their views on the world without being restricted or criticized. With an attentive and experienced faculty, freedom to design one’s major, endless leadership opportunities, and a stimulating series of lectures, discussions, and performances, the Goucher experience is one-of-a-kind. Goucher is also the first school in the country to require that all students complete a study abroad experience. Despite complaints on parking, public transportation, the social scene, and campus facilities, the majority of Goucher students has a great overall experience. The quality and variety of the academics, study abroad programs, and the close-knit community are among the contributing factors to students' experiences.

Students who transferred, or wish they did, disliked the atmosphere of student apathy toward on-campus events, clubs, and athletics. They felt that Goucher’s small community was too small for them and that it didn't provide enough options when it came to both academic and social life. One difference between those who have a great overall experience and those who do not is that the first group knows what they want from Goucher and is willing to take initiative to achieve it. Goucher rewards passion and determination in the form of internships, fellowships, and career opportunities. The College doesn’t create the college experience for you—you actually have to get involved on campus and be proactive about things that interest you to find your place within the Goucher community. Students actively involved on campus cite this supportive and open-minded community as the core of their positive experience.

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