Gordon College

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255 Grapevine Road

Wenham, MA 01984

Phone: (978) 927-2300
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Gordon College is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,580, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 450 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Gordon College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 138. Its tuition and fees are $33,230 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Gordon College is a distinctive blend - an outstanding liberal arts institution that retained its roots in the Christian faith, with a strong residential community and a splendid location- just north of the intellectual hub of Boston just near the shoreline of Cape Ann. The College offers 38 majors and 42 concentrations in the arts and sciences, with graduate programs in education and music education. Its overarching mission is to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide. Gordon's Christian identity is broadly evangelical; more than 40 denominations are represented by students, faculty and staff. The College emphasizes a commitment to both vigorous inquiry and earnest faith - a commitment exemplified by Gordon's Center for Faith and Inquiry. At Gordon, students are encouraged to develop moral integrity and the critical thinking skills. Consistent with its founding vision, Gordon's identity and reach are worldwide. Through its own and affiliated programs, Gordon students can study around the world - from urban programs in nearby Boston and Lynn to Italy, Romania, France and China. The College also offers global internships spanning five continents and a range of vocational fields. Gordon has a long history of humanitarian service domestically and abroad, evident in high student participation in spring, summer and winter break service trips. Many of these global opportunities have led to careers that blend compassionate service with high-level professional skills. On campus, Gordon students can participate in unique leadership development programs including the Gordon Presidential Fellows - modeled after the prestigious White House Fellowship. Along with its affiliations with the Christian College Consortium, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges, Gordon is actively involved with the Annapolis Group, an alliance of 130 of the nation's leading independent liberal arts colleges. Gordon's president and provost regularly join other presidents and chief academic officers to share best practices, seek higher levels of excellence and advance the cause of liberal arts education. Gordon's location just north of Boston allows faculty ready access to vibrant intellectual and research communities. For instance, biology professor Craig Story has been involved with colleagues at M.I.T. in groundbreaking microengraving research; social work professor Judith Oleson is a respected player in a movement to promote peace and reconciliation studies. Marvin Wilson's public leadership and books on interfaith dialogue have been recognized internationally; biology professor Dorothy Boorse is a frequent contributor to forums on environmental issues and has testified before Congress. Gordon also takes full advantage of its access to Boston's thriving business community, connecting students with industry leaders through various speaking events and networking opportunities. These connections, which position Gordon College as a valued contributor to major cultural conversations, research, and business leadership, have paved the way for excellent internship, graduate school, and career opportunities for Gordon students. About 68 percent of current Gordon students aim to pursue graduate studies. Within five years of graduation, 50 percent will have either earned graduate degrees or be enrolled in graduate programs, and within two years 87 percent will have entered full- or part-time work in their fields. Since 2006, a remarkable ten alumni have been awarded Fulbright grants. Additionally, just one year after graduating, a recent 2012 biology alumnus received a significant NSF research grant. Currently, Gordon graduates are pursuing or have received advanced degrees from institutions including Harvard Medical School, M.I.T., Yale, Tufts, Columbia, Princeton and the University of Notre Dame.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation nondenominational
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $29,028,181


When applying to Gordon College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Gordon College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 40.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 40.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Gordon College is 13:1, and the school has 69.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Gordon College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Visual and Performing Arts, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 60%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 12%
Psychology, General 12%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9%
Visual and Performing Arts, General 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%

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Student Life

Gordon College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,580, with a gender distribution of 38 percent male students and 62 percent female students. At this school, 90 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 10 percent of students live off campus. Gordon College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,909
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Gordon College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Gordon College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Gordon College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Gordon College, 72 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,295.

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Tuition and fees $33,230 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,430 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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