Quick Facts

Founded in 1894, Goshen College is a 4-year liberal arts college with select graduate programs.

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. James E. Brenneman

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.

Student Body

Goshen has a diverse student body that comes from a variety of states, countries, denominations and faiths.

Undergraduate students: 774
Graduate students: 62
States represented: 32
Countries represented: 39
Students of color: 32%
Percentage of undergrads living on campus: 63%

Religious makeup:
More than 40 denominations
48% Mennonite/Anabaptist
24% Other Protestant
9% Roman Catholic
19% other faith traditions

2014-15 first-year class:
Average ACT: 25.2
Average SAT (combined math and verbal): 1106
Average GPA: 3.58
Female: 53%
Male: 47%

In the classroom

Student/faculty ratio: 10:1

Undergrad fields of study: 40 majors, 47 minors (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees)

Adult degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, R.N. to B.S.N (Nursing), Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Environmental Education, Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership, Master of Science in Nursing (Tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader & Family Nurse Practitioner), Master of Business Administration

Classes with fewer than 25 students: 93%

Teaching faculty profile: 67 full-time, 24 part-time

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission and is classified as a Baccalaureate–Arts & Sciences college by the Carnegie Foundation
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Students learning with Professor of Bible, Religion and Philosophy Jo-Ann Brant, Ph.D. are getting the most out of their education. With a low student-faculty ratio, Goshen can give students personal guidance and attention.

After Goshen

Goshen provides you with the hands-on experience you need to start a professional career or gain admittance to graduate school.

94%: Percent of job-seeking graduates from the class of 2012 who were employed within one year after graduation.

90%: Percent of 2012 graduates who are satisfied or very satisfied with their GC education.

#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.

#1: Ranking in the number of graduates going on to earn doctorates among Mennonite institutions, with double the number of students going on to earn doctorates than any other institution.

#3: Ranking for Goshen accounting graduates for the CPA exam passing rate in Indiana in 2014, and top 12 nationally for a program of our size

100%: Percent of Goshen students who applied to medical school in 2012 who were accepted

71%: 6-year graduation rate (the national average is 54%)


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)

Named #3 Best Christian College by Christian Universities Online.

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

Gain hands-on experience working at Goshen College’s award-winning radio station 91.1 the Globe.

Unique programs

80% of GC students study abroad for 1-3 months.

Study-Service TermGoshen is home to one of the top-ranked study abroad programs in the country, and one of the few that emphasizes service and complete cultural immersion. Current locations include Cambodia, China, Peru, Senegal and Tanzania

Maple Scholars: Full-time, stipend summer internship exploring research alongside a professor

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, the Goshen Core is the set of courses and requirements that applies to all students no matter what major they choose. All full-time first-year students receive an iPad to explore, learn and dream in their classes as part of the Goshen Core.


Tuition: $30,900 (2015-16 academic year). Learn more about costs and financial aid at Goshen College.

Average package of scholarships, grants and loans: $19,470

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

Goshen College costs 10 percent less than the national average for private colleges.

Kiplinger’s ranked Goshen 73rd for “best value college” among liberal arts colleges, which places it 2nd among Indiana liberal arts colleges.

Washington Monthly ranked Goshen College 26th among liberal arts colleges for “best bang for the buck” in 2014.

Goshen College works hard to give you access to a affordable quality education. Contact Financial Aid or your GC counselor if you have any questions about paying for college.


Athletics at Goshen College are an important part of our campus community.

Affiliation: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

Conference: Crossroads League

Mascot: Maple Leafs

Colors: Purple, white

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

Scholar-Athletes: Over the past five years, Goshen College has produced 220 NAIA Scholar-Athletes (students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and at least junior academic status).

Visit goleafs.net for official Goshen College Maple Leafs athletic news, scores and schedules.

Campus Life

Clubs and organizations: 35+ different ways to connect

Music: Chamber Choir, Lavender Jazz, Men’s Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Women’s World Music Choir, All-Campus Band, Voices-n-Harmony Gospel Choir, Parables worship team

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

Faith opportunities: Chapel, Campus Worship Night, Catholic Student Association, Taizé prayer service, Voices-n-Harmony and more

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

At Goshen College you will have the opportunity to create music, theater, radio and television. We’re a small school, and everyone gets a chance to participate.