Since it was founded in 1885, Goucher College has built a strong, innovative tradition of liberal arts 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; 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. Goucher College's brand of liberal arts education offers five distinct advantages:
- National reputation-One of the select Colleges That Change Lives, Goucher is also listed as a top institution by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
- Top-tier academics-Goucher offers 33 majors, a 9-to-1 student-faculty ratio, and opportunities for high-level undergraduate research.
- Great location-Goucher's historic East Coast campus is minutes from downtown Baltimore and less than an hour from Washington, DC.
- Global perspective-One-hundred percent of Goucher students study abroad before graduating, acquiring employer-sought skills, such as adaptability and cross-cultural awareness.
- Excellent outcomes-Goucher students master the skill set employers demand: 92 percent of the Class of 2012 is employed and/or in graduate/professional school.
Goucher maintains a liberal education curriculum, which includes the requirement for a study abroad experience, as well as other coursework that reflect the core values of a liberal arts education: proficiency in English composition and in a foreign language, solid foundations in history, abstract reasoning, scientific discovery and experimentation, problem-solving, social structures, and environmental sustainability.
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, creative nonfiction, management, and environmental sustainability, plus a post-baccalaureate premedical program.
In addition to a comprehensive undergraduate liberal arts education and excellent graduate programs, Goucher also offers access to cutting-edge technology and programs in a serene learning environment. 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; a research-grade fluorescence microscope; and several computer, multimedia, 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, DC, and elsewhere.
The Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum, completed in Fall 2009, is a 103,000-square-foot building that is open 24 hours a day and features a technologically superior library; a spacious open forum for performances, public discussions, and other events; a café; an art gallery; a center for community service and multicultural affairs programming; and spaces for exercise, conversation, and quiet reflection and relaxation.
In Fall 2013, renovations to the college's Julia Rogers Library building brought an additional 62,000 square feet of space on line in service of Goucher's graduate and undergraduate academic programs. The renamed Academic Center at Julia Rogers has provided technologically enhanced classrooms, laboratories, and offices for faculty and staff in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and graduate studies. The LEED-compliant overhaul of the building's aging infrastructure also added passenger elevators and improved accessibility; high-efficiency heating/cooling, ventilation, electrical systems; and wiring for updated voice and data communications.
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's unique liberal arts curriculum promotes a broad education over narrow career training. This gives graduates a wide range of professional options and increased ability to take advantage of new opportunities in developing fields-and even the capability to change careers. Goucher students master a range of knowledge, including the communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning skills that American employers overwhelmingly say they want job candidates to have. Data collected over a one-year time period regarding members of Goucher College's Class of 2012 show that 92 percent are employed and/or pursuing graduate education.