What are the dates of residency and do I have to be there for the entire duration?
Residencies are held for eight days in January and in July. Please review the academic calendar for exact dates.
Each program's activities vary slightly, so contact your program director to decide which events are mandatory to fulfill graduation requirements.
Is there an orientation for new students?
Yes. An orientation session that will introduce you to the campus and your program will be held during residency. In advance of your campus arrival, your program director will send you the full residency schedule.
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, a library card, and a debit card for on-campus spending at the dining halls and bookstore. Get your OneCard from Public Safety as soon as you get on campus.
To add money to your OneCard, log onto http://onecard.goucher.edu 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 VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. If you have problems making a deposit, please contact the OneCard Administrator at OneCard@goucher.edu, 410-337-3115, 1-800-GOUCHER (x3115), or the central Controller's Office at x6060.
How do I register for residency classes and residency?
Is there housing available on campus?
No. Students are responsible for making their own off-campus housing arrangements for residency. Most students stay at the Sheraton Baltimore North, which is walking distance from campus. Best Western, Marriott, and Airbnb are also popular options.
For More Information
All students who have registered for courses during residency and have visited the Residency Confirmation Portal will have access to the Graduate Student Lounge. This is the best place to find more information about residency and to connect with other graduate students.
What if I forgot something, want to grab a snack off campus, or just want to explore the Charm City?
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, across from campus there is a Fresh Market and
a Starbucks in Dulaney Plaza Shopping Center. Cunningham's Cafe at the Towson Circle is another great option for coffee, breakfast, lunch, and baked
goods. There are plenty more dining options within 2 miles if you need variety.
Options include hotel shuttles, airport shuttles, on-campus Zipcars, public 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.
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 classroom.
What happens when I arrive on campus?
You will check-in at Julia Rogers 204 and proceed to the first event on your schedule.
What is a typical residency day like?
This varies by program, but generally, students will attend classes from 8a-12p, break
for lunch, continue classes or lectures until 6p, and continue on to various evening
activities as scheduled.
One of the exciting things about residency is that along with classes, there are all kinds of other special events scheduled, such as field trips, guest speakers, workshops, graduate and alumni showcases, and special dinners. These events 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 will be exciting and gratifying.
What about books and other required reading materials?
Your syllabus will detail any books or coursepacks that you will need for a given course. Most assigned books can be ordered online at our Goucher College Bookstore. 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 stocked on our shelves.
For coursepacks, you will find a unique link either in your online course space in Canvas or in your syllabus.
Class registration opens three months prior to the start of the next semester, so you can register for classes starting the first week of April (fall semester) and November (spring semester). The registrar will e-mail details when registration opens.
Please note: you must register for your courses through My Goucher before completing the questionnaire on the Residency Confirmation Portal. You may receive an error message if you try to complete the questionnaire first.
Robert S. Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies
Julia Rogers 204