We want your student's academic transition to Goucher to be as smooth as possible. No matter what academic track he or she is on (even unknown!), we have the resources to encourage and help guide your new student.
Our Frontiers courses provide an opportunity for your student to delve into a topic her or she is interested in, with like-minded peers. The small, discussion-based courses are taught by faculty from across the disciplines. Frontiers serves as an advising group for new students, a place where they are challenged and supported to develop needed skills. Your student's Frontiers instructor or a first-year adviser will also serve as his or her initial academic adviser. Students who are uneasy about a class or about creating an academic plan should meet with their adviser and chart a plan.
Though your student's schedule is probably set by now, he or she may drop or add courses through the online registration portal until Sunday, August 31. The last day to drop a class without receiving a W (withdrawal) is Monday, September 8. More details about how to add, drop, or withdraw from a class can be found here. If your student is struggling in a class, faculty are more than willing to help; all your student has to do is reach out and ask for help. Additionally, the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Writing Center are also useful resources.
If your student doesn't know his or her major, don't worry! In fact, we have a video in which President Bowen details why it's OK, and even good, to be undeclared, undecided, and open.
However, any student ready to declare a major should complete the "Declaration of Major" form, which can be pick up at the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and then schedule a meeting with the department chair of their intended major.
Also, we here at Goucher look ahead ... way ahead, like two years ahead. See important dates for students (and families) for the '14/'15 academic year here and '15/'16 academic year here. You can get an idea of when you might want to come to campus (Family Weekend!) and when you might get a Gopher visit.