Residency FAQ

What are the dates of residency and do I have to be there for the entire duration?

Each program has its own schedule for residency and its own arrival and departure dates. Visit the Residency Schedule page for the full schedule.

Is there an orientation for new students?

There is an orientation for new students in the following programs:

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Digital Arts
  • Environmental Studies
  • Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Arts Administration

Please check with your program director about specific dates/times for your orientation.

During orientation you will be introduced to the program and campus, library, and technology training. After orientation, new students will meet returning students at the Welcome Dinner. 

What is a OneCard and how do I get one?

The OneCard is a student ID that also serves as an electronic key for access to campus buildings, your Goucher library card, and a debit card for on-campus spending at the dining halls and bookstore. To get your OneCard you will need to go to Public Safety to get your picture taken. To add money to your OneCard to buy meals or purchase supplies from the bookstore, log onto using the username and password you use to log into e-mail or the campus network. Secure deposits to your OneCard can only be made by using a VISA, MasterCard, or American Express card. If you have problems making a deposit, please contact the OneCard Administrator at, (410) 337-3115 or 1-800-GOUCHER, ext. 3115, or the central Controller's Office at ext. 6060.

How do I register for residency classes and residency?

First, you must register for all classes in Once that is done, you can go to the registration link found on the main residency webpage and register for residency.

Is there housing available on campus? 

 No. Students are responsible for making their own off-campus housing arrangements for residency. The closest hotel is the Sheraton Baltimore North, which is located directly adjacent to campus.

Hotel Information

Sheraton Baltimore North

903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD, 21204

Best Western

1100 Cromwell Bridge Road, Towson, MD 21286

Graduate Student Lounge - A Virtual Site

All new students will have access to the Graduate Student Lounge online site. This is a good place to connect with other graduate students attending residency. For questions or additional information, please email Linda Bruce, Director of Distance Learning. 

What if I forgot something, want to grab a snack off campus, or just want to explore the charms of Charm City?


Other Resources: Local Amenities

Located across the street from Goucher is Towson Town Center, a mall that is a good source for anything you might forget, or for a little retail therapy if you need a break from studying. If you want snacks during your stay, there is also a Fresh Market and a Starbucks in Dulaney Plaza Shopping Center, just diagonally across from Goucher's campus. Cunningham's Cafe at the Towson Circle is another great option for coffee, breakfast, lunch, and baked goods. 

Local Transportation  

Options include: hotel shuttles, airport shuttles, on-campus Zipcarspublic transportation, Collegetown Shuttle, and rental cars. There is free parking on campus. If you choose to travel by bus, the closest stops are: Dulaney Valley Road & Southerly Drive, Fairmount Avenue & Dulaney Valley Road, Fairmount Avenue & Towsongate Drive, or the Towson Town Center with the #3, 8, 11, 12, 48, and 55 buses. Fares are $1.70 per ride, $4 for a daily pass, or $22 for a weekly pass. Click here for additional details.

Are meals included?

All students in all programs have lunches and dinners covered by their residency fee. 

How much does residency cost?

The non-refundable residency fee varies by program. It covers lunches and dinners, as well as special events and programming offered during residency. These are all opportunities for continued networking and community-building as you gather with peers and faculty in venues outside of the classrooms. There will also be a technology fee. Your program director can provide specifics about both. 

What happens when I arrive on campus?

You will check-in and receive a folder that will have a copy of your program's schedule of events for residency, a map of campus, and other relevant information. You can pick up your folder at the Opening Dinner, or in Julia Rogers 204 (Welch Center front office).

What is a typical residency day like?

Typically, a new student will take up to two classes during residency. Classes are generally held all day. Dinner is usually from 6-7:30pm.

One of the exciting things about residency is that along with classes, there are all kinds of other special events scheduled, such as fieldtrips, speakers, workshops, graduate and alumni showcases, and special dinners, to help you get the most from your time together with colleagues and faculty while on the campus. You will be busy during your stay, but it should be exciting and gratifying.

What about books and other required reading materials?

Your syllabi should detail any books or coursepacks (a packet of assigned articles and excerpts) that you will need for a given course.

Most assigned books can be found online at our Goucher bookstore website. Please keep in mind that you will need to allow time for processing and shipping an order from our bookstore, as these books are generally not carried/stocked on our shelves. Many students have their own favorite online carriers and order independently, as well.

For coursepacks, you will find a unique link either in your online course space in GoucherLearn, or in your syllabi.

Residency Registration

Registration for fall classes will being in mid-May. Please note: you must register for your fall class/classes before registering for residency. Once you have registered for class, please visit our registration page

Contact Information

Robert S. Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, Julia Rogers 204

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