Goshen College

 

Founded in 1894, Goshen College is a 4-year liberal arts college with select graduate programs. Location: Goshen, Indiana (pop. 32,000)

Core Values: Christ-centeredness, passionate learning, servant leadership, compassionate peacemaking and global citizenship

Religious affiliation: Mennonite Church USA and welcoming individuals of all faiths and backgrounds. Goshen College is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

The GC approach to liberal arts education integrates:

• Intercultural and international experience that fosters a global perspective

• Critical thinking skills

• Sensitivity to issues of values, peace and justice

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• Ability to relate with people different from themselves

• Excellent leadership potential

Vision, mission and values of the college

Vision

Goshen College will be recognized as an influential leader in liberal arts education focusing on international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and integrative teaching and learning that offers every student a life-orienting story embedded in Christ centered core values: global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking, servant leadership and passionate learning.

Mission

Goshen College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the development of informed,

articulate, responsible, and compassionate Christians. As a ministry of the Mennonite Church, we seek to integrate Christian values with educational, social and professional life. As a community of faith and learning, we strive to foster personal, intellectual, spiritual and social growth in every person. We view education as a moral activity that produces servant-leaders for the church and the world.

Core values

At Goshen College we intend to create a community of faith and learning built on five core values: Christ-centeredness, passionate learning, servant leadership,

compassionate peacemaking and global citizenship. 

Accreditation 

Goshen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission [www.hlcommission.org] and is classified as a Baccalaureate-Arts & Sciences college by the Carnegie Foundation. 

Goshen College is authorized by the Indiana Office of Educator Licensing and Development and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education [www.ncate.org] for the preparation of elementary and secondary school teachers. 

The department of nursing is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nurses Registration and Nursing Education and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation]. 

The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education [www.cswe.org]. 

Alumnae of Goshen College are admitted to membership in the American Association of University Women. Goshen College is authorized by name by the State of Indiana. Goshen College participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) as an approved Indiana NC-SARA institution. Goshen College is registered with the Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Goshen College rises in national rankings

The annual college rankings are out, and Goshen College continues to move forward among the best U.S. colleges on many lists, including Kiplinger’s, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Forbes. Goshen College also received special praise from several independent rankings, including a nod as #3 “Best Christian College” and #4 “Best Nationwide College for Your Money.” 

 

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Goshen College placed 129th out of the top national liberal arts colleges in the 2015 “Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report, rising from last year’s ranking of 141st, placing it in the top 25% of liberal arts colleges. Goshen ranked fifth for most students studying abroad among liberal arts colleges. 

WASHINGTON MONTHLY

Washington Monthly ranked Goshen College 26th among liberal arts colleges for “best bang for the buck.” Overall, Washington Monthly ranked Goshen College 153rd among best liberal arts colleges, placing it fourth best in Indiana.

Goshen College also ranked 40th out of 255 liberal arts colleges for its high graduation rate. Goshen College currently maintains a70 percent graduation rate.

The college ranked 56th for the high percentage of graduates who go on to earn a doctoral degree, continuing the strong tradition of preparing students for post-graduate success.

COLLEGE OF DISTINCTION

Goshen College is among the fewer than 300 colleges named to the Colleges of Distinction list for 2014. The college is one of only eight Indiana colleges to be named to the list, and is among 55 Christian colleges listed. Read more about this achievement. 

BEST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

Christian Universities Online, an independent online resource, ranked Goshen College as the 3rd “Best Christian College” out of the top 50 in the United States.

BEST STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

Bestcollegereviews.org ranked Goshen College’s Study-Service Term program#4 among Best Study Abroad Programs.

GC also earned a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report, which recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to sustainable practices on campus and is one of the tools used in the Sierra Magazine rankings. The college is one of only seven colleges and universities in Indiana to have earned a STARS silver or gold rating.

WHITE HOUSE COLLEGE SCORECARD

Additionally, Goshen College earned a very respectable position on the White House’s College Scorecard, a new feature from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center that appraises institutions based on cost, graduation rate, loan default rate and median borrowing. Goshen had a high graduation rate of 70.9 percent and a loan default rate of only 4.4 percent, well below the national average of 14.7 percent.

Kiplinger’s ranks Goshen College 2nd in Indiana among best value liberal arts colleges

Kiplinger’s names Goshen College in top 100 best values in private liberal arts colleges

Recreation and Fitness Center is a multi-faceted facility that houses the athletic department, kinesiology department, and intramural programs. Workout facilities include three full-size basketball courts, a 200 meter running track, a variety of cardio machines, a large weight room with Cybex weight equipment, and a climbing wall. 

Athletics 

Goshen College holds memberships in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Crossroads League. Goshen men compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and track and field. Women compete in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Intramural athletics Over half the student body participates in the intramural program, which includes one-night tournaments in a wide variety of sports, as well as longer sports seasons of four to six weeks. Sports include soccer (indoor/outdoor), basketball, volleyball (indoor/ sand), ultimate frisbee, kickball and more.

Student government and clubs 

The student body is represented by the Student Senate. A five-member cabinet is elected each spring to lead the next year’s Senate of campus group representatives and residence hall representatives. Student Senate appoints members to campus committees where students are actually involved in making decisions side by side with faculty and administrators. The Senate also manages all club funds for various student clubs and organizations. In most cases membership is open to any interested student. New clubs or organizations may be formed with the approval of Student Senate. 

Broadcasting and publications 

Radio and television WGCS, or 91.1 The Globe, was named the best college radio station in the nation in 2011, 2013 and again in 2015 by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, the only school to win the title more than once. Also in 2013, The Globe was named the best radio station of any type in the state of Indiana. Students serve as station manager and staff members. Students working with GC-TV produce a bi-weekly video magazine called The Correspondent, which is distributed via the campus cable system. 

Career guidance and employment preparation: Career Services 

The Career Services office offers students the skills they need to become employed during college and throughout their lifetime. They help students figure out career direction, confirm a choice of major, and help students connect with employers by presenting themselves well on paper and in person. 

Majors and minors 

39 majors available in the traditional program • Accounting • American Sign Language • Art • Bible and religion • Biology • Broadcasting • Business • Chemistry • Communication • Computer science • Elementary education • Elementary education/special education • Elementary education/English learners • English • Environmental science • Exercise science • Film production • History • History and social research • Informatics • Information technology • Interdisciplinary studies • Journalism • Marketing • Mathematics • Molecular biology and biochemistry • Music • Nursing • Peace, justice and conflict studies • Physical education • Physics • Psychology • Public relations • Social work • Sociology • Spanish • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages • Theater • Writing

4 majors available in the Continuing Studies program • Business administration • Nursing (degree completion for students with R.N. license) • Organizational leadership • Social work

47 minors available • Accounting • Agroecology • American Sign Language • Anabaptist-Mennonite studies • Art • Bible and religion • Broadcasting • Business • Communication • Computer science • Conflict transformation studies • English • Entrepreneurship • Environmental studies • Exercise science • Global economics • Graphic design • Health • Multimedia communication • Music • Music in worship • Peace and justice studies • Philosophy • Physical education • Piano pedagogy • Political studies • Pre-Law • Psychology • Public relations • Recreation and sport • Social policy • Sociology • Spanish • Sport management • Sustainability

History • Informatics • Information technology • International studies • Journalism • Marketing • Mathematics • TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages • Theater • Theological studies & Christian ministries • Women's and gender studies • Writing

Professional and pre-professional programs 

Undergraduate professional programs at Goshen College Three undergraduate professional programs are offered at Goshen College: education (elementary and secondary), nursing and social work. Accounting and American Sign Language interpreting majors offer a full-time semester-long internship. In addition, other majors such as broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and informatics offer extensive opportunities for internships and professional preparation. Details about these programs are in the academic programs section of the catalog. Teacher certification programs The teacher education programs below lead to certification in Indiana. Many states have reciprocal certification agreements. • Business education ...................................................................(5-12) • Elementary education................................................................. (K-6) • Elementary education/Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention ..... (K-6) • Elementary education/English Learners..................................... (K-6) • English/Language Arts education ..............................................(5-12) • English Learners (EL) education .............................................. (P-12) • Journalism education ................................................................(5-12) • Mathematics education .............................................................(5-12) • Music education ...........................................................(5-12 or P-12) Vocal and/or Instrumental and General • Physical education .......................................................(5-12 or P-12) • Physical education and Health .....................................(5-12 or P-12) • Science education ....................................................................(5-12): Chemistry, Life Sciences, Physics, Life Sciences & Chemistry, or Physical Sciences • Social Studies education ...........................................................(5-12) • Spanish education .....................................................................(5-12) • Theater Arts education ..............................................................(5-12) • Visual Arts education ....................................................(5-12 or P-12)

Pre-health sciences Goshen College provides excellent pre-professional preparation for students interested in medicine, veterinary science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and physician's assistant programs. Since course sequencing is important, any student interested in these programs should consult the pre-medical advisor or other faculty advisors in the biology, chemistry or kinesiology departments about course selection and the graduate school application process. The major in molecular biology/biochemistry provides a strong foundation for careers in medicine and related fields. The major in exercise science is good preparation for careers in physical or occupational therapy.

Pre-law Law schools want students who can think, read, write and speak well and who have some understanding of public policy and human experience. Minors in pre-law and political studies are described in this catalog. No specific major is required for law school. Good options include business, English, environmental science, history, PJCS, and social work. Materials for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and information about law schools and pre-law internships are available from history department advisors.

Four graduate degrees are offered: • Master of Science in Nursing, Family Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Leader • Master of Arts in Environmental Education • Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership • Master of Business Administration