Welcome, First-Generation Gophers!

What is the mission of First@Goucher?

First@Goucher works with various members of the Goucher community towards the academic and social success of our first-generation students through:

  • Discussions on academic expectations and realities before the beginning of the regular school year;
  • Personalized overview of the campus, its resources, and its support opportunities;
  • Facilitation of networking and mentoring relationships with peers, professors, and administrators; and
  • Fostering community ties and relationships.

How Many First-Generation Students Attend Goucher?

Approximately 35 percent of Goucher’s incoming class are first-generation college students.………………
Of the class of 2022 (incoming students of 2018), 114 were first-generation students.………………
Students of color account for 42% of our first-generation students.………………

Maryland Scholars Program

The Maryland Scholars Program is designed to make a Goucher education accessible to first-generation Maryland residents from underserved socio-economic communities. As a Maryland Scholar, you will benefit from extensive academic and financial support during your four years at Goucher, as well as special programming to enhance your academic and social opportunities:

  • Scholars will participate in a residential pre-orientation programs with daily workshops, academic preparations, and cultural and social activities.
  • During the academic year, scholars will engage in skill-building workshops and mentoring sessions to ensure your continued successful transition.
  • Scholars will also take part in social and experiential learning opportunities, such as trips and retreats, to encourage and contribute to their achievements.

Maryland Scholars Program

First-Year Village

Did you know that Goucher College has village of dorms dedicated to first-year students? Get to know each other and build long-lasting friendships. Learn more about Goucher's First-Year Village.