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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are tough but caring

3 College Freshman

Academics: Not the best, not the worst.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: For my major the academics are really good. It's a bit much. You have to take a lot of classes.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are generally fantastic. A lot of people complain, but they really are great.

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4 College Junior

Academics: English has a lot of good classes with challenging, but reasonable workloads. The professors are amazing!

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Goucher's academic atmosphere encourages creativity, curiosity, discovery, and critical thinking in all disciplines. All of Goucher's 32 majors have knowledgeable, accessible professors who are often happy to dedicate extra time and energy to students. While the visual/performing arts, social sciences, and communications/journalism majors are most popular, Goucher's English, biology, dance, and peace studies departments are also very strong. There are also terrific internship and fellowship opportunities available for students who seek them out, including the chance to take classes at other colleges near Goucher.

Another important thing to know about Goucher: It is the first college in the US to require a study-abroad experience. To make this possible, the school provides a $1,200 stipend for all students to help ease the cost of traveling. Studying abroad can take the form of a year or semester-long program, but there are also short-term ICAs (Intensive Course Abroads) available. The Office of International Studies is full of information, a great variety of programs, and friendly faces. They work hard to make sure every individual is as comfortable and well-informed as possible before this exciting experience.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
134
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
78
Total FT Faculty
134
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,766
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
40
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 76%
  • 20 to 49 students: 23%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Foundations of Education: 7%
  • High School Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 5%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • The Athenaeum
  • Basement of Julia Rogers Library
  • Pearlstone at night
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually attend class.
  • Attend your SI, even if you don't need to.
  • Bring your own computer.
  • Check your email at least three times a day.
  • Get involved in student clubs.
  • Learn how to cook.
  • Study abroad.
  • Take classes that you have an interest in, even if they're not in your major.
  • Try to take all your required general education classes your freshman year.
Did You Know?
  • If Goucher does not offer a specific course you desire, you may take the course at another local college without paying additional tuition. Participating colleges include Coppin State University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, Maryland Institution College of Art, Morgan State University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Peabody Institute, Towson University, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Stevenson University. However, this option is only available once a semester, after your first semester of freshman year, and before your final semester.
  • Not happy with the majors Goucher provides? You can create your own! With an individualized interdisciplinary major, you select courses from three or more departments that are relevant to your interest. For example, if you want to major in social justice, you may select courses in the peace studies, political science, and sociology departments to compliment this discipline.
  • If you elect to audit a course, you are not required to complete the outside coursework, and you do not receive a grade. You simply attend and participate in the class-minus the stress!
  • Students can take undergraduate courses outside of their major as long as they meet the course's prerequisites or receive permission from the professor.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 53 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 15 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 15 responses

  • 27% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 20% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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