Students Say

One of the country’s top Christian colleges, Gordon College is about “educating excellent leaders to work for the common good.” Those who attend are taught to be “responsible and moral students in whatever field they are a part of” and are given “a holistic education that intentionally engages the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions” of their lives. A generous amount of meritbased financial aid and excellent internship, research, and fellowship opportunities cap off the overwhelmingly positive experience of this tiny school that “punches above its weight.”

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
520 - 640
SAT Math
510 - 640
ACT Composite
23 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

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

Overall

Students Say

One of the country’s top Christian colleges, Gordon College is about “educating excellent leaders to work for the common good.” Those who attend are taught to be “responsible and moral students in whatever field they are a part of” and are given “a holistic education that intentionally engages the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions” of their lives. A generous amount of meritbased financial aid and excellent internship, research, and fellowship opportunities cap off the overwhelmingly positive experience of this tiny school that “punches above its weight.”

“Top notch” professors do an excellent job of encouraging discussion and “making sure that students ‘own’ the material.” They are “some of the best people on campus” and their level of commitment eventually means they “become mentors and friends.” They “want to know what we think about the world,” and “are very serious about letting us ‘find our own way’, rather than in indoctrinating us.” “The professors care about every part of your being here,” says a senior. “This personal relationship has strengthened the quality of academics, which are also of a high caliber.” “I have gone on hikes with my philosophy professors, and I have been to see student bands perform at the homes of teachers,” says another student.

Gordon takes “a liberal approach to Christianity that allows constructive discussion” and orients its students towards “building intimate and intentional communities” which they may grow in personally and spiritually. There is “a great integration of faith and science,” and teachers excel at “showing students how the information in the class relates to their Christian faith.” The rest of the staff is “very encouraging” as well; from the cafeteria to the maintenance folks, “you can count on a smile and potentially an uplifting comment.” A strong alumni network “really want to help you find a job,” which is fitting for a school that one student refers to as “an ideal place to make lifetime friends.” “All of the alumni I had encountered were incredible people,” says another.


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
86%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,684

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,761

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,965

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,292

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
Required Fees
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 Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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

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

Overall

Students Say

“Christian,” “middle class,” “suburban,” and “hard-working” sum up most of the two thousand or so students who attend Gordon. A fair number of hipsters abound; as a student says: “Every girl at Gordon has a tattoo, a nose piercing, or is vegetarian.” Many admit that the student body is “perhaps a little out of touch with the ‘real world’.” “All groups and friends overlap somehow” in this tight knit community, where students “usually find a particular cohort or group to drift into,” but “there is less of a clique culture than at many other colleges.” There is “a sense of camaraderie on campus, and it spills out into the community.”

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

Overview

Students Say

The school is located near Boston but is “more of a suburban campus,” with rules limiting visitation and banning alcohol, which generally “isn’t an issue [as] there is little to no party culture here.” “For fun, we [go] to do laser tag at a place nearby, catch a movie, or go hang out at the mall. We also have really fun sleepovers in one another’s dorms,” says a student. There are usually “a good number” of intellectually stimulating events throughout the week on topics ranging from racial diversity to environmental sustainability, and people “spend a lot of time thinking about the kind of people they want to be, and exploring the deeper issues and questions of life.” The campus events council also “does a great job at frequently planning fun campus events” such as dances, coffeehouses, and concerts. The student government “is great at listening to complaints from students and actually making timely changes to the school.” Many say that “the buildings could use a little face lift, especially the library.” For those looking to get off campus, Boston is “only a halfhour trip by commuter rail,” and nearby beaches are great for day trips in warm weather. “Getting coffee with someone” is also “a very popular thing to do.”

Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
94
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

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

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!

Green Rating
86
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

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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
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Key Stats

1,892
Applicants
1,736
Size
88%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

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