Admissions Requirements

The selection process is highly individualized, and members of Goucher's Admissions Committee read (or watch) every application, paying particular attention to personal qualities and intellectual promise. Admission is granted to the college for fall and spring semester.

We are committed to a holistic review of applicants to Goucher College and provide the following information not as strict requirements, but as an example to consider how you might fit into our academic setting.

First-Year Class Profile

There were nearly 3,200 first-year applicants for fall 2018, culminating in 432 new students, the third largest incoming class in Goucher’s history. Students are from 38 states and territories and represent 30 countries. More than 1/3 were in the top 20% of their class. For more information, see this infographic on the Class of 2023 (PDF).

The composition of the new first-year class is illustrated, in part, by the following profile:

GPA Middle 50% (Unweighted, 4.0 Scale) 2.80-3.60
SAT Critical Reading Middle 50% 550-660
SAT Math Middle 50% 500-600
ACT Composite Middle 50% 23-29
Multicultural Students (Self-Declared) 38%
Student-Athletes (Intending to Play Varsity) 96

Secondary School Preparation

The quality of courses as well as achievement is extremely important in preparing for Goucher. Sound preparation includes at least 16 units of college preparatory subjects. Most successful applicants exceed this academic subject unit minimum. Since Goucher's curriculum requires a distribution of subjects over a wide range of academic fields, the applicant's high school program should include the following:

English 4 units
Mathematics 4 units, including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
Laboratory Sciences 3 units, preferably including Biology and Chemistry
Social Studies 3 units
Foreign Language 2 units of the same language

Each unit is equivalent to one year of study.

The Admissions Committee may allow credits for work in subjects not listed above or may accept a student whose school program does not include the usual number of entrance units. The quality and grade average of the candidates' secondary schoolwork are considered in relation to the standards of their programs and their schools.

Advanced Placement & International Baccalaureate Programs

In addition to honors programs, the following courses also carry more weight than standard classwork in the admissions process:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)— Goucher generally accepts scores of 4 or 5 on AP exams for placement and credit. Course placement is determined by the individual academic department.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)— Goucher will grant credit for IB exam scores of at least 5 in higher-level subject areas. Course placement is at the discretion of each department.

For more information on credit for AP and IB coursework, please visit the website for the Academic Catalogue.

SAT and ACT Standardized Test Scores

Goucher has adopted a test-optional program, where submitting scores for the SAT Reasoning Test and ACT with writing are optional when applying for admission. Although you may elect not to submit scores as part of the process of determining admission, please know that all admitted applicants who matriculate must furnish test scores for research and advising purposes.

Goucher allows students to submit screenshots or PDF score reports downloaded from the College Board or ACT website. If submitting a screenshot, it must include your name, test date, and all score values. Test scores can be uploaded directly into the Admissions & Financial Aid Status Portal to which you will be granted access after you submit your application. 

For more information, see our test optional policy.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate language proficiency with recommended test scores of TOEFL (80ibt), IELTS (6.5), or Duolingo (105).

Students who have received a diploma or certificate from a secondary/high school where English is the primary language of instruction are exempted from this requirement.

Applying to Goucher

The application process differs for traditional first-year students, transfer students, international students, homeschoolers, students eligible for the Maryland Scholars Program, and adult undergraduates, so be sure to check what you need to include in your complete application to be considered for admission.