Quick Facts About Goshen College

Founded in 1894, Goshen College is a private liberal arts college and a Hispanic-Serving Institution offering best-in-class undergraduate degree programs, select graduate programs and one of the best study abroad programs in the country.


Location: Goshen, Indiana (pop. 32,000)

Campus135 acres with 19 major buildings, plus a 1,189-acre natural sanctuary 31 miles from campus and a marine biology laboratory in the Florida Keys

Motto: “Culture for Service”

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

President: Dr. Rebecca Stoltzfus

Religious affiliation: Mennonite Church USA, and welcoming individuals of all faiths and backgrounds.

Facts About Our Student Body

A group of Goshen College students singing during campus celebration.

One of the best and most important parts of the Goshen College campus is the student body that brings it to life. Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, come from all walks of life, religious backgrounds, and places throughout the country and the world.

Undergraduate students: 717
Graduate students: 51
States represented: 30
Countries represented: 32
Students of color or from outside the United States (traditional undergrads): 51%
International students (traditional undergrads): 11%
Percentage of traditional undergrads living on campus: 57%

In 2023, the U.S. Department of Education formally designated Goshen College as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Religious makeup:
More than 40 denominations
26% Mennonite/Anabaptist
27% Other Protestant
14% Roman Catholic
6% other faith traditions

2023-2024 first-year class academic profile:
Average ACT: 24.4
Average SAT (combined math and verbal): 1012
Average GPA: 3.49

Facts About Our Classrooms

Goshen college students sitting in a small liberal arts class

As a leader in liberal arts education focusing on international, interdisciplinary, and integrative learning, Goshen College cultivates each student’s passion for learning and faith-filled global citizenship in any field of study. With small class sizes, undergraduate and graduate academic programs and accredited teaching faculty, our top-ranked liberal arts school offers students the opportunity to grow as people and as global learners.

Student/faculty ratio: 9:1

Undergrad fields of study: 47 majors, 55 minors (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees)

Adult programs: Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N., online), Social Work (B.S. degree completion, onsite), Communication (B.S. degree completion, onsite), Business Management (B.S. degree completion, online), Transition to Teaching (licensure prep, onsite and online), Transition to Interpreting (licensure prep, onsite and online), English Learners License (licensure prep, online)

Graduate degrees: Environmental Education (M.A., onsite at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center), Nursing (M.S.N., Family Nurse Practitioner track, onsite), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A., online), Master of Social Work (M.S.W., online), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (D.N.P., online)

Average class size: 23

Teaching faculty profile: 60 full-time, 51 part-time

Accreditation: Goshen College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is classified as a Baccalaureate–Arts & Sciences college by the Carnegie Foundation
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Student Outcomes After Goshen

Two students in graduation caps and gowns at Goshen College graduation

93%: Percent of recent job-seeking graduates who were employed, in school or doing service within one year after graduation

#7: Ranking in the number of graduates going on to earn doctorates among all Indiana institutions when institutional size is taken into account.

Goshen College was named Indiana Radio School of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023), Best College Radio Station in the Nation (2011, 2013, 2022), Indiana Collegiate Newspaper of the Year (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022), Indiana Television School of the Year (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017)

95%: First-time licensure (NCLEX-RN) four-year average pass rate for nursing graduates, compared to 81% nationally

86%: Goshen students who applied to medical school in the past five years were accepted (national average is 41%)

84%: Percent of graduates who finish in four years

Honors, Awards & Rankings

Goshen College is…


A nationally-recognized Christian liberal arts college:

Known for leadership in global education, sustainability and social justice:

Unique Academic & Co-Curricular Programs

Students participating in Study-Service Term, Goshen’s top-ranked study abroad program
About half of GC students study abroad for 1-3 months.

Study-Service Term

Goshen is home to the #4 nationally-ranked study abroad program — making it one of the best study abroad programs in the country — and one of the few that emphasizes service and complete cultural immersion. With a variety of options and approaches to meet various needs, global education and experiential learning are part of all students’ experience, and approximately half of students study abroad before graduating. You will discuss global issues, encounter people from other cultural backgrounds and volunteer with a community organization. Options:

  • Semester abroad: Spend thirteen weeks in a single country. Learn another language, live with host families. Current locations: Ecuador, Indonesia, Senegal and Tanzania.
  • Hybrid semester: U.S. semesters offer two courses on campus or online, followed by six weeks in another location.
  • One course at a time: Choose a theme and complete the four courses it offers one at a time during May terms and regular semesters. Travel for one or two three-week periods.

Maple Scholars:

Full-time, stipend summer internship exploring research alongside a professor for students in all programs of study.

Sustainability Leadership Semester:

A problem-based learning experience where students engage real environmental issues of local concern while living and studying at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1,189-acre off-campus environmental education facility.

The Goshen Core:

Sometimes called “General Education” at other schools, this uniquely designed program helps students learn how to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems in a global context. With it, all full-time students receive an iPad to explore, learn and dream.

Cost & Financial Aid Facts

Students doing schoolwork in a campus space at Goshen, one of top-ranked liberal art schools for value

Tuition: $37,760 (2023-24 academic year). Learn more about costs, financial aid and college debt management at Goshen College.

Average package of scholarships and grants: $30,142

Full-time students who receive some form of financial aid: 99%

Goshen College Athletics

Collegiate athletic at Goshen include soccer teams, shown here being supported by other students
Affiliation: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
Conference: Crossroads League
Mascot: Maple Leafs
Colors: Purple, white
Varsity sports: baseball (M), basketball (M&W), bowling (M&W), cross-country (M&W), soccer (M&W), softball (W), tennis (M&W), track and field (M&W), volleyball (M&W)
Scholar-Athletes: Over the past five years, Goshen College has produced more than 250 NAIA Scholar-Athletes (juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale).

Visit Goshen’s official athletic site, goleafs.net, for official Maple Leafs athletic news, scores and schedules.

Campus Life

Goshen students gathered for a night time event on the college campus

Clubs and organizations: 30+ different ways to connect

Music ensembles: Chamber Choir, Lavender Jazz, Vox Profundi (low voice chorus), Symphony Orchestra, Voices of the Earth (high voice chorus)

Theater opportunities: Full-length mainstage shows, one-acts, operas, peace plays, senior recitals

Faith opportunities: Chapel, Campus Worship Night, Interfaith Club, Taizé prayer service, Hymn Club, Parables traveling worship team, Prayer Week, small group Bible study, summer ministry internships, Table Grace, Unity (informal worship hour)

Intramural sports: Basketball, kickball, outdoor/indoor soccer, sand/indoor volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, badminton, Wiffle ball