goddard college

goddard college

Goddard’s low-residency semester format comprises an intensive 8-day residency on campus, and 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. The college pioneered this format nearly a half century ago particularly to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences with relevance in real-world circumstances. 

Goddard College invented the low-residency model in 1963, and it has since been adopted by others.  Click on the video below to watch some of the first participants in Goddard’s low-residency program:

Goddard’s Adult Degree Program in the News, c. 1965.

Goddard College’s low-residency model at a glance:

  • Design your own study around an area of your interest and passion each semester.
  • Participate in an 8-day, on-campus residential educational program where you interact with faculty advisors, students, alumni and staff, and participate in workshops, readings, group sessions, artistic and musical events, and more.
  • Complete your work at home using the resources of your own community.
  • Library facilities, Student Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, Community Life and other College resources, along with online collaboration with faculty and your fellow students, are available throughout the semester and provide you with individualized assistance.
  • Individualized guidance from award-winning faculty who are experts in their fields.
  • Support in the design and implementation of all of your studies.
  • One-on-one interactions and in-person experiences with visiting professionals, such as authors, educators, artists, publishers, and specialists.
  • More personal involvement than an on-line degree.



Darcy Bedortha