For the First-Year Village, first impressions are everything.
The conventional wisdom behind the construction of residence halls: New buildings aren’t for first year students.
Goucher doesn’t subscribe to conventional wisdom.
The First-Year Village is designed to draw our newest students in to the Goucher experience. By creating a modern, socially oriented environment that nurtures human connection, the First-Year Village helps to alleviate the stress and isolation that many new students experience.
We’ve planned every detail of this enclave to encourage behaviors that contribute to long-term student success, including community-building, integrated learning, and knowledge retention.Explore Moments at First-Year Village
MARY FISHER HALL
Strong communities make for stronger individuals.
The close-knit campus environment at Goucher presents unique opportunities to sustain our students through a rigorous academic experience. President Bowen has extolled the learning potential of SWEET behaviors — Sleep, Water, Exercise, Eating, and Time.
Adequate nutrition is crucial, but the act of eating also has a tremendous impact on learning and socialization. Research into shared meals supports an added value of a well-designed dining area — eating together is healthier than eating alone. The redesign plan for Mary Fisher Hall includes expansive windows to not only allow in more natural light, but to invite students passing by to pull up a seat.
Finally, to ensure we’re meeting the needs of the whole student, Mary Fisher Hall will also house a counseling center. This will allow us to provide for the mental, emotional, and social well-being of the Goucher community.Explore Moments at Mary Fisher Hall
SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTER
The liberal arts aren’t a contrast to the hard sciences — they’re a catalyst.
A 41,000-square foot addition to the Hoffberger Science Building, the Science Research Center will transform the educational experience with state-of-the-art lab and learning spaces for our Biology and Chemistry programs.
The center will also create an exciting new environment for interdisciplinary learning, providing our students the quality and breadth of resources typically reserved for world-class research institutions.
Encouraging creative exploration, igniting imagination, and proving the value of community through shared experience benefits the world. Goucher’s Science Research Center was designed to ensure our students carry these values forward throughout their lives.Explore Moments at the Science Research Center
GOLDSMITH INTERFAITH CENTER
Faith takes many forms. We celebrate them all.
Although our institutional roots go back to a cluster of Baltimore’s Methodist congregations, Goucher has welcomed students of all faiths since our founding as the Women’s College of Baltimore City in 1885.
Individual spiritual growth and religious practice are parts of a rich, diverse Goucher experience. The Goldsmith Interfaith Center is designed to foster community-building and integrative learning behaviors in sacred and spiritual contexts.
Above all, the Interfaith Center will provide our students with a warm and welcoming place where they can come together in fellowship, a refuge where they can be themselves — and a space where they feel they belong.Explore Moments at the Goldsmith Interfaith Center
ATHLETICS MASTER PLAN
We consider the whole student experience.
Exercise is a core component of President Bowen’s enhanced learning philosophy. Neurological studies have shown the positive connection physical activity has on attention, mental stamina, and memory.
Goucher’s committed to constructing state-of-the-art facilities — including the Maryland Equine Education Center, the Evelyn Dyke Schroedl ’62 Tennis Center and the Fitness and Pilates Center — allows us to not only recruit and retain top students, but to challenge and provide opportunities for wellness to build on the whole student experience.
Former student athletes go on to be more engaged in their professions and communities. They also face adversity with a more goal-driven mindset relative to the overall graduate population.Explore Moments at the Athletics Master Plan
The Evelyn Dyke Schroedl ’62 Tennis Center
Our tennis teams have had some record breaking seasons lately. Now, with a better location behind the Decker Sport and Recreation Center, the Evelyn Dyke Schroedl ’62 Tennis Center will provide updated facilities—12 new outdoor courts, seating, and state-of-the-art lighting—that will match the talent of our teams and ensure the program has the room to grow. But this impact of this new site will go far beyond athletic teams, with plans to make the new center available to as many as possible, the tennis center will impact the tennis community, Goucher community, and the local Baltimore community.
Goucher has established a partnership with the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA), whose headquarters are now located on campus. This partnership creates educational programming opportunities and allows our students to work with leaders in the horse industry and support our equine studies minor.
Our nationally ranked equestrian team also needs facilities that match its esteemed record. A new equestrian center will enable our team to continue its winning tradition and will be well-suited to host workshops, conferences, and collegiate competitions.
FROELICHER HALL RELOCATION
Unlike traditional comprehensive campaigns, our aim is not to erase our past. We’re taking it with us.
We each carry Goucher — as a place and a concept — forward with us in unexpected ways. Maybe a long-term professional path was awakened during a conversation in a hallway. Perhaps a defining relationship was first sparked through a chance encounter in a common area. Or a lifelong mission drew its initial breath from a lingering glance out a particular window.
Fitting, then, that the initial phase of our building plan was to carry the actual site of those moments forward into a new context.
The Froelicher Hall relocation — one of the fastest and most successful building relocation projects in history — is a sign and a symbol of all that’s to come.Explore Moments at Froelicher Hall