Since it was founded in 1885, Goucher College has built an extremely strong, varied, and innovative tradition of a liberal arts and sciences education. In 2006, Goucher became the first college in the nation to require all of its undergraduates to study abroad at least once before graduation. The college also was among the first in the country to introduce independent study, field work, early admissions, accelerated college programs, and individualized majors, and it was the second in Maryland selected to host a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Goucher developed one of the first political science internship programs in the country and later expanded it to all academic areas.
Originally named the Woman's College of Baltimore, Goucher was founded by the Rev. John Franklin Goucher, after whom the college was renamed in 1910. Established in downtown Baltimore, Goucher relocated its campus in 1954 to Towson, MD, just eight miles north of the heart of the city. The college has been coeducational since 1986.
Today, Goucher is a college of about 1,500 undergraduates and 1,500 students in graduate and professional studies across the United States and around the world. The college offers 33 majors and six interdisciplinary areas for undergraduates, and it encourages students to design their own majors. Thoroughly accomplished in all of the areas of study it has embraced, the college is particularly noted for its stellar programs in dance, the sciences, and creative writing. Since 1990, the college has added several new graduate programs and now offers master's degrees in education, teaching, historic preservation, arts administration, cultural sustainability, digital arts, and creative nonfiction, plus a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program that prepares college graduates for medical school.
Goucher launched a liberal education curriculum, which includes the requirement for a study abroad experience as well as other requirements that reflect the core values that underpin a liberal-arts education-values Goucher deeply honors. These include: proficiency in English composition and in a foreign language, and solid foundations in history, abstract reasoning, scientific discovery and experimentation, problem-solving, social structures, and environmental sustainability.
Goucher's 287-acre wooded campus is home to impressive facilities in technology, the sciences, and the arts, including a scientific visualization laboratory; nuclear-magnetic resonance spectrometer; and several computer, multi-media, and language labs. The campus is fully wired, featuring "smart" classrooms and providing widespread access to the Internet, cable television, and internal networks. Students have access to well-equipped laboratories and research facilities; superb performance and studio art spaces, including the Meyerhoff Arts Center and the 1,000-seat Kraushaar Auditorium; and the Hughes Field Politics Center, which arranges high-quality political science internships in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. The brand-new Athenaeum, completed in Fall 2009, is a 103,000-square-foot building that is open 24 hours a day and features a new, technologically superior library; a spacious open forum for performances, public discussions, and other events; a café, art gallery; a center for community service and multicultural affairs programming; and spaces for exercise, conversation, and quiet reflection and relaxation.
A member of NCAA Division III, Goucher's Gophers compete in basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, track and field, cross-country, swimming, field hockey, and lacrosse. The college also offers a varsity equestrian team and a variety of intramural sports. In recent years, Goucher's Gophers have won conference championships in field hockey, women's lacrosse, and men's basketball, and student-athletes routinely earn prestigious awards for their combined athletic and academic achievements.
Goucher students go on to careers and lives of distinction in a range of fields. Ninety percent of the college's graduates enter the job market in a field related to their major within six months of graduation.