First-Year Students

Thanks for including Goucher in your college search. We know there are a lot of options out there, but we feel strongly that Goucher is a unique place. Curious, globally minded students come here to embrace intellectual challenges, explore their interests and talents, and uncover their full potential for both now and the future.  And it’s our welcoming community of expert faculty, dedicated staff, and passionate students who care about you and make all that happen.

If this feels like the kind of place you belong, the first step is to apply.

Our admissions process is highly individualized. We’re looking at you as a whole student, not just your previous academic achievement, but also your personal qualities and intellectual promise. Our admissions process aims to help you show off your very best self. Check out the information below on the different applications and processes you can use to become a Goucher Gopher. We hope to see you soon!

We are excited to offer $0 application fee, making it easier than ever to apply one of two ways:

Common Application Goucher Video Application

Required supplemental materials for admission include:

Application Form

Common Application

Goucher Video App

Supplemental Materials
  • the essay portion of the application
  • official high school transcript (grade 9 and up), listing courses in progress
  • secondary school report with a letter of recommendation from your college counselor or advisor
  • recommendation letter from an academic teacher (English, math, science, foreign language or social studies)
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (PDF) (for early decision applicants only)
  • a video no longer than two minutes
  • a brief application form
  • a signed statement of academic integrity
  • one graded writing assignment
  • one stellar scholastic work

At this time, the Goucher Video App has its own application process. Please see the GVA webpages for more information on deadlines, notifications, and financial aid considerations.

Standardized Tests

Goucher has adopted a test-optional admissions process. This means submitting scores for the SAT and ACT is optional when applying for admission. You must indicate on the application supplement your preference for use of test scores in determining admission.

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. 

Although you may elect not to submit scores as part of the process that determines admission, please be aware all admitted applicants who matriculate must furnish test scores for research and advising purposes.

Early Admission

Goucher's admissions counselors will review Common Application from students with outstanding academic records who will have completed fewer than eight semesters of secondary school by their desired matriculation date. Early-admission applicants may only submit their application for consideration under the regular-decision program, and these students are required to have an on-campus counselor conversation interview. Students may only apply for early admission using the Common Application.

Spring Admission

First-year students may apply for admission to Goucher College for the spring semester. The preferred deadline for submitting a completed Common Application is December 1, and notification is rolling thereafter. Students accepted under mid-year admission are requested to return the enrollment agreement and non-refundable enrollment deposit within two weeks of hearing the admissions decision. Students may only apply for spring admission using the Common Application.

Deadlines for First-Year Common Applications*

Binding Early Decision

If you have identified Goucher College as your top choice, you should consider early decision. This is a binding admissions option, meaning students who are admitted under this plan are required to withdraw all other college applications and are expected to enroll at Goucher.

  • Application and supporting materials due November 15
  • Notification mails December 15
  • Candidate deposit due January 15

Non-Binding Early Action

If Goucher is one of your top choices, you should consider early action, a non-binding entrance plan.

  • Application and supporting materials due December 1 
  • Notification mails by February 1
  • Candidate deposit due May 1

Non-Binding Regular Decision - Applications still being accepted

  • Application and supporting materials due January 15 - Deadline date extended to 2/15!
  • Notification mails by April 1
  • Candidate deposit due May 1 (or within two weeks after being offered admission)

Deadline for First-Year Goucher Video Applications*

Non-Binding Early Action

  • Application and supporting materials due December 1
  • Notification mails by February 1
  • Candidate deposit due May 1

*All deadline dates are by 11:59 p.m. applicant's local time