Academic Guidance for New Students

We want your academic transition to Goucher to be as smooth as possible. No matter what academic track you are on (even unknown!), we have the resources to encourage and help guide you.

Academic Guidance

Our First Year Seminars provide an opportunity for you to delve into a topic that you are interested in, with like-minded peers. The small, discussion-based courses are taught by faculty from across the disciplines. First Year Seminars serve as an advising group for new students, a place where they are challenged and supported to develop needed skills. A First Year Seminar instructor or a first-year advisor will also serve as your initial academic advisor. Students who are uneasy about a class or about creating an academic plan should meet with their advisor and chart a plan.

More details about how to add, drop, or withdraw from a class can be found here. If you are struggling in a class, faculty are more than willing to help; all you have to do is ask. Additionally, the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Writing Center are useful resources.

If your student doesn't know what to major in, don't worry! In fact, we have a video in which President Bowen details why it's OK, and even good, to be undeclared, undecided, and open.

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    Goucher President José Antonio Bowen talks about why a student's major is much less important than the ability to think critically, using a variety of perspectives that are enriched by a true liberal arts education.

However, any student ready to declare a major should complete the Declaration of Major form (PDF), and then schedule a meeting with the program chair of their intended major. 

Academic Schedule

Please be aware of important dates and deadlines as you plan for the academic year. We encourage families to visit during Family Weekend.