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Academics

Gordon College is a Christian liberal arts school located just north of Boston and strives to integrate faith and learning into every subject area in the belief that learning how academics and Christianity work together “makes well-rounded, moral, ethical citizens of society.” The school “truly treats every student as if their career or vocational path is important,” and rigorous coursework, excellent internship programs, “lots of practicum experiences even in freshman year,” and the ability to double major and minor easily are just a few of the academic strengths enjoyed by students. The school’s Christian mission adds a service-learning quotient to many programs so students can use what they learn “in a very practical and beneficial way,” and allows students to “focus on hands-on experience in the community of the North Shore.” Additionally, a requirement called The Great Conversation is a discussion-based class that helps students “to understand and develop together who we are and what are we called to do.”

Professors at Gordon are “incredibly attentive” and “legitimately care about your education and well-being.” Their knowledge and “ability to project passion for their disciplines” carries into the classroom, where they are “willing and able to engage students’ questions and provide meaningful answers” (they also “love to grab coffee or eat lunch with students”). “Every professor is very committed to pushing students toward academic excellence and intellectual responsibility.” Students are “encouraged to participate in personal research opportunities” and are also often given the option to use creative methods “such as writing a story or building a model” rather than the more standard paper or test evaluation formats.

Student Body

Gordon is made up of “various denominations of Christian students,” most of whom were “conservatively raised from New England” and “aren’t likely to party very hard or break a ton of rules.” Most everyone here “lives by their faith, which 100% contributes to the overall positive attitude of the school.” All who come here are encouraged to grow spiritually, “but at their own pace.” There are more females than males and a strong international student representation. Most students are “energetic and outgoing,” as well as very environmentally focused and enjoy being outdoors. The school is small so “it gives the opportunity to feel known,” and “it is rare to see someone you don’t know and not uncommon to come across a room filled with people you know by name.” Students here “genuinely care about world, local, and social issues,” as well as caring for each other in this small community.

Campus Life

Located proximate to “beautiful places like Gloucester and Manchester by the Sea,” Gordon has an “absolutely beautiful” large campus filled with “lush trees, ponds, and nature,” with a strong “feeling of belonging” courtesy of its inhabitants. “The people who go to Gordon are simply incredibly welcoming and kind,” says a student. There is an “amazing student life run by students who work very hard to make Gordon a home for people” via events, sports, and clubs. Students also enjoy the classics and will “have movie nights, hang out with their floor, eat a meal with a friend, go to the local mall, [or] go to a local coffee shop” when they have the time. Most students also “have at least one on-campus job.” However, academics are a priority, and “community and fellowship come at a close second.” During warmer months, students often go to the beach, and some go into Boston once a week or more (a forty minute drive or train ride), and common activities include “walking in the extensive trails near Gordon.” All in all, “filling in your days at Gordon is pretty easy,” whether it’s “going to gospel choir, band, rock gym club, extra class seminars, chapel, other clubs, [or] simply hanging out with friends.”

Overview

Applicants
3,062
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.56

GPA Breakdown

44%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 635
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
243
with Terminal Degree
78

126
Women
117
Men
25
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Exercise Physiology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations.
  • Finance, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • 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.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Christian Studies.
  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry.
  • 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.

  • Youth Ministry.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.


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

Notable Faculty


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
57%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,678

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,802

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,330

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
83%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,930

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,189

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,000
Required Fees
$1,650
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$904

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$452

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,250
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,618
Foreign Countries Represented
52

Demographics

5.21%
Asian
4.65%
African-American
8.91%
Hispanic
67.98%
Caucasian
1.00%
Unknown
9.17%
International

63% female
37% male
67% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
89%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
ASC-Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ann Seavey

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
47
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
65

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

36% participate in intramural sports
17% participate in intercollegiate 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

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

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!

88/99
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
65%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
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
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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo/Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kristy Walker
Sr. Dir. of Communications, Operations & Guest Relations

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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