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Goshen College

Goshen, Indiana

Goshen College is a nationally-ranked, affordable liberal arts college in Northern Indiana known for leadership in intercultural and international education, sustainability and social justice. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 65 areas of study, as well as select master’s degrees. Goshen enrolls approximately 850 students from 31 states and 26 countries and is recognized for its innovative, life-changing study abroad program (Study-Service Term) and exceptional educational value.


The 135-acre tree-filled campus features a world-class Music Center and a Rec-Fitness Center for 13 intercollegiate athletic teams that are part of the competitive Crossroads League. The extended campus includes a 1,189-acre natural sanctuary (the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center near Wolf Lake, Ind.) and a marine biology lab in the Florida Keys.


Rooted in the historically peaceful Mennonite church and established in 1894, the college’s Christ-centered mission produces passionate learners, compassionate peacemakers, global citizens and servant leaders. The college’s doors are open to all, with students from 40 different Christian denominations and several world religions. Experiential learning, faculty mentors and strong friendships are significant community strengths for students.



Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
774 undergraduate students
91% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
35% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
69 full-time faculty
28 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Percentage of undergrads living on campus: 71%
Many different living options, including residence halls, student apartments and small group houses.

School Location

Goshen College’s green, tree-filled campus is located just off the Elkhart River in the city of Goshen, Indiana (pop. 32,000), which offers many diverse cultural, dining and recreational opportunities that rival those in nearby larger cities. Goshen is within an easy drive of Chicago (120 miles), Indianapolis (140 miles) and Detroit (170 miles). Find out more at www.goshen.edu/aboutgc/goshen.

Retention Fall 2014

77% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

72% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 13%
Black or African American 4%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


Division: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
Conference: Crossroads League
Mascot: Maple Leafs
Colors: Purple and white

Varsity sports: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and women’s volleyball

Scholar-Athletes: In 2012-2013, Goshen College produced 51 NAIA scholar-athletes, with a total of 233 NAIA scholar-athletes over the past five years.

More Distinctions

  • #2: Ranking in the number of graduates going on to earn doctorates among all Indiana institutions when institutional size is taken into account. Nationally, Goshen College ranks 87th out of 262 Carnegie baccalaureate institutions.

  • Goshen College was named Indiana Television School of the Year (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015) Indiana Radio School of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014) and Best College Radio Station in the Nation (2011, 2013).

  • U.S. News & World Report identified Goshen as a “least-debt college,” and named Goshen to its “best national liberal arts colleges” list in 2014. (#129).

  • The Washington Monthly ranked Goshen College 40th among liberal arts colleges for our high graduation rate.

  • Ranked as one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes.com in 2014 (#313 out of the 650 most elite institutions), as well as earning an A- for financial health.

  • Named #3 Best Christian College by Christian Universities Online.

  • Sierra Club named GC #131 among the greenest colleges in the country.

At Goshen College, students find opportunities to develop real-world solutions to real-world problems.


Eighty percent of GC students study abroad at Goshen College. The college’s unique Study-Service Term provides opportunities for students to spend a semester serving and learning in countries such as Cambodia, China, Nicaragua, Peru, Senegal and Tanzania. Students also find opportunities during the college’s May Term to spend a month studying abroad with classes such as Business in China, Field Research in Kenya, Nursing in Nepal, History in Spain and Morocco and Bible in Greece and Rome. 


The Maple Scholars program pairs student researchers with Goshen College professors in an intense summer of research and study. Examine honeybees, study mathematical game theory, turn algae into biofuel, create artwork or explore music in this distinctive and challenging eight-week program.


Goshen College students care deeply about the environment. During the Sustainability Leadership Semester, students tackle environmental issues through problem-based learning, with the entire outdoors serving as a living classroom and laboratory. Students learn to address local ecological problems through canoe trips, farm visits and intense study and research at Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1,189-acre nature sanctuary for Northern Indiana’s plants and animals.

Whether it’s managing your own radio show for Goshen College’s award-winning radio station, using your new American Sign Language skills to interpret during a chapel, or getting knee-deep in a wetland at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Goshen College students learn through hands-on experience and top-notch instruction from some of the best professors in the world. 


Sometimes called “general education” at other schools, the Goshen Core is the set of courses and requirements that applies to all traditional undergraduate students, no matter what major they choose. During your first year, you will be part of a Core class focused on beginning to make the academic, social and spiritual transition to college. In this uniquely designed program, students learn how to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems in a global context — skills they will need to craft tomorrow’s solutions. With it, all full-time students receive an iPad to explore, learn and dream. 

Goshen, Indiana, is known as the Maple City because of its many maple trees. The city offers many diverse cultural, educational, dining, shopping and recreational opportunities. Most notably, the city maintains its small town values and charm while offering a multitude of activities and experiences often found in nearby larger cities.

Few cities Goshen’s size can boast a thriving downtown cultural arts scene, beautiful historic architecture, and intriguing places to eat and shop. The food scene in Goshen has exploded in recent years, with international options for Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Italian food, in addition to many incredible local restaurants. The Saturday morning farmer’s market provides farm-fresh and local food and products year-round, and downtown Goshen is home to local artists, galleries, live theater, bookstores, coffee shops and an art-house movie theater.

On the First Friday of every month – throughout the year – businesses, artists, and entertainers throw a party (with great attendance) in downtown Goshen, with events such as concerts, bike races, sand volleyball tournaments, chili competitions, ice carving, classic car cruise-ins and fashion shows.

The amazing thing about Goshen is that dissimilar groups of people work together to make the small city spectacular. The unsurpassed student achievement, remarkable kindergarten through graduate school programs, strong business base, vibrant downtown, solid neighborhoods and thriving arts and entertainment scene reflect the community’s uncommon willingness to collaborate. Check out more stories and videos about the great things happening in Goshen at goodofgoshen.com


  • Biking and walking trails: The Maple City Greenway is a bicycle and pedestrian network throughout the City of Goshen. Connecting residential areas to city parks, schools, downtown area, the college and town library. The City of Goshen was awarded Indiana Bicycle Coalition’s “Bicycle Friendly Community” in 1999. Maps of local trails are also available from the student life office. In addition, the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail provides 25 miles of scenic trails for bikers and pedestrians.
  • Beaches: Warren Dunes State Park and beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline are northwest of GC about a little more than an hour away
  • Boating/Sailing: On Lake Michigan and other nearby lakes.
  • Camping: There are many state parks and camping opportunities within a short distance from Goshen
  • Canoeing: rentals are available at the College Cabin to paddle on the Elkhart River, just a few minutes from campus. Also, both private and public canoe rentals are located throughout the Northern Indiana area for canoeing on the St. Joseph River and local lakes.
  • Hiking: Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College.
  • Kayaking: Both private and public kayak rentals are available for paddling on the St. Joseph River, local lakes and on the East Race Waterway.
  • Snow Skiing: Cross country skiing is available around Goshen during the winter months, and downhill skiing is available at Swiss Valley Ski Resort, 40 minutes from Goshen.
  • Tennis: Courts are available on campus as well as at several local parks.
  • Ultimate Frisbee: Join an intramural team on campus, play disc golf at nearby Oxbow Park, or join the Goshen Ultimate Summer League or the Michiana Ultimate Summer League.
  • Volleyball: On campus intramural teams include: all-dorm volleyball, coed volleyball and 4-4 sand volleyball.
  • Whitewater Rafting: East Race Waterway is the first artificial whitewater course in North America and one of only six in the world. Within a 45 min. drive to South Bend, Indiana.

Goshen College is dedicated to developing informed, articulate, sensitive, responsible leaders, seeking to integrate Christian values with education, social and professional life. It’s no surprise that Goshen College alumni end up doing amazing things around the world as researchers, educators, healthcare workers, business owners, voluntary service workers, inventors, trailblazers, thought-leaders and world-changers.

  • 95% of job-seeking graduates from the class of 2015 were employed within one year after graduation.
  • 93% of 2015 graduates said their overall educational experience was good or excellent.
  • #2: Ranking in the number of graduates going on to earn doctorates among all Indiana institutions when institutional size is taken into account. Nationally, Goshen College ranks 87th out of 262 Carnegie baccalaureate institutions.
  • #3: Ranking for Goshen accounting graduates for the CPA exam passing rate in Indiana (just behind Notre Dame), and top 12 nationally for a program of its size
  • 95% of Goshen students who applied to medical school in the past five years were accepted
  • 71%: 6-year graduation rate (the national average is 55%)


Admissions Fall 2014

900 Total Applicants
486 Total Admissions
159 Total Freshmen Enrollment

54.00% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 475 620
SAT Math 465 640
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 21 28
ACT Math 22 29
ACT English 20 29
ACT Writing    

Goshen College accepts applications on a rolling basis, with a priority application deadline of December 15. To apply, visit www.goshen.edu/apply. Admission requirements for first-year students include the online application, Common Application or paper application, as well as a $25 application processing fee, essay question, high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $29,700
Room and Board (on campus) $9,700
Room Only $5,200
Board Only $4,500
Estimated Total On Campus $39,400


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
58% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$19,106 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,718 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Unique achievement scholarship opportunities (requiring an application by Dec. 15):

President’s Leadership Award: A competitive scholarship for high achieving academic students who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities. Recipients will receive an $19,000 a year scholarship ($9,500 per semester) renewable for a total of 8 semesters.

Center for Intercultural & International Education (CIIE) Leadership Award: For incoming first generation students of color in recognition of leadership potential and commitment to giving back to their community. The scholarship is up to 90 percent of tuition and is renewable for a total of eight consecutive semesters based on academic performance and program participation.

Stoltzfus Diverse Leader Award: Designed to recognize African American, Latino/a American, Asian American and Native American (ALANA) students who have demonstrated a distinguished academic record and significant leadership activities in their local communities during their high school years. The scholarship is for $5,000 a year ($2,500 per semester) and is renewable for a total of eight consecutive semesters based on academic performance and program participation.

Learn more about all of Goshen College’s scholarships

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