Frequently Asked Questions
What are the oncampus living requirements?
All full time students enrolled at GC must live in campus housing unless they have 112 credit hours, turn 23 years of age in a given semester or live with parents or immediate family member. Full restitution of room and board fees will be expected if students bypass the residency requirements.
May first-year students have cars on campus?
Yes. All students must register any and all vehicles they bring to campus. There is no fee for registering your vehicle. Registration should be done prior to the first day of class and can be done online.
Do national fraternities and sororities exist?
No, not at Goshen College. Goshen College has clubs established by students through our Student Life division. See our full listing of clubs, co-curriculars and intramurals.
What campus organizations emphasize religious activities?
Goshen College’s Christian mission permeates our academic and community ideals, and has since the college was established in 1894. Goshen College is rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith tradition; the Mennonite Church USA is one of the historic peace churches. For more information see Campus Ministries and learn more about our “Culture for Service” and core values.
We believe, as early faith leader Menno Simons said in 1539, that “true evangelical faith cannot lie dormant.” We follow the example of Christ, serving others with energy, sensitivity, skill, integrity and compassion. We want to help you merge your mission with God’s mission on earth, investing your energy in meeting the needs of a changing world. It’s what Goshen calls “Culture for Service” – using your knowledge and your talents to help others. Expect to be stretched as you learn about the resources and values of Goshen College and are encouraged to articulate your own values. You’ll wrestle with such questions as how leaders and known figures compose their lives; whether religious or ethnic background, as well as beliefs, can influence one’s career path; the many forms service and worship can take; and whether we choose our disciplines or careers – or whether they choose us.
In addition, there are many significant ways to explore your Christian spiritual life at Goshen College. Goshen College has a campus pastor, Bob Yoder, and minister of worship, Gwen Gustafson-Zook, as well as a Catholic Student Association adviser. You can get involved with the Campus Ministries team and spiritual life through the many organized activities.
Is there a health facility on campus?
Goshen College has partnered with the local Goshen Family Physicians to serve as the primary medical service provider for students and for such program-related services as SST immunizations and athletic physicals. Counseling services continue to be offered on campus in the Wellness and Health Center space (the east end of the Rec-Fitness Center). While there is no off-hours infirmary (a place where an ill student can go to lie down and be cared for until they are feeling better), Goshen General Hospital is across the street from campus and can provide emergency, off hours care.
Is there a job placement service or career day?
Goshen College, as part of its mission, wants to help students find not just a job, but to understand how their gifts may turn into a calling. We want to help you merge your mission with God’s mission on earth, investing your energy in meeting the needs of a changing world.
Goshen College helps students market their skills, abilities and strengths in order to find employment through the Career Services office.
The Career Services office offers the following opportunities for students:
- personal career counseling and assessments
- extensive website resources
- alumni mentors via LinkedIn
- online job & internship bank
- resume workshops
- senior seminar visits
- grad school workshop
- etiquette dinner
- practice interviews & resume reviews with local professionals
- job search & networking workshops
Does the college offer an intramural program and if so, what are the most popular sports?
Yes, the college has a popular intramural program. Popular sports include basketball, volleyball and sand volleyball, Frisbee football, racquetball, badminton, indoor and outdoor soccer, floor hockey and table tennis.
The Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center (RFC) offers state-of-the-art facilities: three full-size basketball and multipurpose courts; 200-meter running track; 2,800-square-foot weight room; four racquetball courts and a large training room and Exercise Science lab. View the virtual tour of RFC or visit the intramurals Web site.