Gordon College campus

Overview

Applicants
1,892
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

45%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Action
November 15

Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
196
with Terminal Degree
85

98
Women
98
Men
15
Minority
3
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art
  • Music

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Divinity/Ministry (BD, Mdiv.)

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General


Students Say

A small, liberal arts school just north of Boston, Gordon College truly does an outstanding job of providing a “strong community” for its student body. The school endeavors to develop “well-rounded Christian leaders who will have a positive influence on the world.” And, to that end, it does a good job of attracting students who are “not just looking to get a degree to get jobs that pay well;” many Gordon undergrads hope to use their education to “make a difference.” These same undergrads also greatly appreciate Gordon’s “unbeatable” financial aid packages. Importantly, the college also offers a wide range of academic departments. Students are especially quick to highlight the “very strong music education program” as well as the “good mathematics program.” They’re also full of praise for their professors who “really try to work with the students and their learning styles, making class time valuable and enjoyable.” An accounting major further explains, “They all love to have personal interaction with students and seeks to help us in the best way possible.” Gordon professors also “challenge...student[s] to think independently and research what they are learning.” And this social work and sociology student happily sums up her academic experience stating, “I love the way my classes are run, and I value the education I am getting.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Kenneth Lee Pike '33
Anthropology and Linguistics

James Davidson Hunter '77
Sociology and Religion

Karin Coonrod '76
Performing Artist and Shakespeare Director

Christian Smith '83
Sociology and Religion

Alynne MacLean '86
Chemistry

Anna DeBlois Buchanan '02
Disease Control and Medicine

Richard Malloch '75
Business and Media

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,433

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,663

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,826

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,456

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
80%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,070

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,840
Required Fees
$1,502
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,736
Out of State
66%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
39

Demographics

3.75%
Asian
4.25%
African-American
7.25%
Hispanic
80.39%
Caucasian
7.31%
International

62% female
38% male
66% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

Given that Gordon is a religious college, it’s not surprising that undergrads here define the typical student as “a white evangelical Christian who comes from an upper middle class family.” Many are “interested in what is trending in Evangelical subculture—and might be radical enough to listen to Beyoncé, but nothing more than that.” In other words, you’re likely to encounter a number of “Christian hipsters” with “moderate political views” and “a strong interest in social justice.” A sociology major does caution that “generally you can find a place here if you are white and straight. If not, [it’s] tough.” However, a linguistics major does counter that “students can find their niche no matter where their interests and coursework may take them.” Some say that community is a priority for the Gordon administration: “The school works very hard to make sure everyone feels accepted and everyone has a friend or someone [with whom] to talk.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
86%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Students Say

Get ready for your calendar to fill up at Gordon! A psychology major shares, “There is usually some kind of event going on...every weekend sponsored by one of the [school’s] organizations or clubs.” Of course, it’s essential to point out that the college maintains a “dry campus,” hence “on-campus activities tend to be a very wholesome kind of fun.” And, naturally, “faith-based discussions and events are prominent on campus” as well. “When the weather is nice,” many Gordon students can be found “on the quad doing homework, playing Frisbee or soccer.” The college also maintains “a beautiful forest on campus with lakes to swim in and running trails.” And the Campus Events Council organizes a number of concerts throughout the year involving “both famous and local bands.” Outside of organized events there’s “a lot of dialogue, laughing, movie-watching, game playing, etc.” The surrounding area also offers plenty of entertainment options. Students frequently head “to the beach, downtown Salem, or to one of the malls around here for fun.” Additionally, “Boston is about a half hour away, and people can take the commuter rail in which is not too far.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
35
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
61

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

40% participate in intramural sports

Men's Sports (Fighting Scots)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Fighting Scots)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: n/a

Minority Support Groups: Clarendon Scholars Program provides support at home and on campus for inner city students selected for the program; College also has minority awareness groups (ALANA)

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)

Sustainability

It's possible that Gordon College could be synonymous with sustainability. After all, this institution is serious about going green! To begin with, Gordon is committed to decreasing its carbon footprint by reducing its dependence and use of fossil fuels, electricity, and natural gas. More specifically, the college has been busy replacing existing fluorescent lighting with new LED lights all around campus including at the Woodland Parking Lot, the Jenks Learning Resource Center, and the Philips Music Center (among others). The Philips Music Center is also the recipient of a new state-of-the-art energy management system. Changes like these have resulted in a savings of 262,925 kilowatt hours of electricity, 571,676 pounds of carbon dioxide, 16,834 therms of natural gas, $86,916 in energy expenses, and over $100,000 in rebates from National Grid. Not too shabby, right? When it comes to commuting, Gordon also encourages student and staff to think green. The college provides a free shuttle service, which helps individuals in the Gordon community travel around campus and to nearby shopping centers, and additional public transportation. The college also maintains a fleet of vehicles that can be used for car sharing. Among the fleet owned by Gordon are six vehicles that are 100 percent electric, two vehicles that are gasoline-electric, non-plug-in hybrid vehicles, and nine vehicles that are fueled by B20 or higher biofuel for more than six months of the year. You can rest assured that these undergraduates and faculty members can zip around guilt-free!

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
No

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
2%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo/Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Leah LaPalombara
Director of Admissions - Visits

Address
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984

Phone
866-464-6736

Email
admissions@gordon.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Gillies Lounge/Claymore Cafe
Ken Olsen Science Center
Bennett Athletic and Recreation Center
Barrington Center for the Arts
Hiking/biking/cross country ski trails
Gordon's campus has many lakes and trails for use by the student body. On campus recreational activities are regularly planned and/or available.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Singing Beach, Manchester MA
Boston, MA
Salem, MA
Rockport, MA
Kittery, ME/Freeport, ME
Gordon is located in the heart of America's earliest settlements. We are surrounded by and live among some of our nation's most famous historical landmarks.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@gordon.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Boston Logan is the closest major airport (25 miles from campus). Gordon is served by commuter rail lines; taxi services; and (with proper notice) campus-sponsored pick-up at selected locations.

Driving Instructions to Campus
For directions from all points, visit www.gordon.edu.

Local Accommodations
For a list of local accommodations visit http://www.gordon.edu/areahotels