Academic Guidance for New Students

We want your academic transition to Goucher to be as smooth as possible. No matter what academic track you are on (even unknown!), we have the resources to encourage and help guide you.

Academic Guidance

Our First Year Seminars provide an opportunity for you to delve into a topic that you are interested in, with like-minded peers. The small, discussion-based courses are taught by faculty from across the disciplines. First Year Seminars serve as an advising group for new students, a place where they are challenged and supported to develop needed skills. A First Year Seminar instructor or a first-year adviser will also serve as your 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 schedule is probably set by now, you may drop or add courses through the online registration portal until Sunday, August 30.  The last day to drop a class without receiving a W (withdrawal) is Monday, September 7. More details about how to add, drop, or withdraw from a class can be found here. If you are struggling in a class, faculty are more than willing to help; all you have 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.

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    Goucher President José Antonio Bowen talks about why a student's major is much less important than his or her ability to think critically, using a variety of perspectives that are enriched by a true liberal arts education.

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. 

Academic Schedule

Also, we here at Goucher look ahead ... See important dates for students (and families) for the '17/'18 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.