Gordon College - Colleges of Distinction - Colleges of Distinction
Gordon College
"Gordon College is one of the nation’s premier Christian colleges, widely respected for its...

Gordon College

Wenham, Massachusetts

We Are Distinctively Christian.

Theologian and missionary A. J. Gordon founded Gordon College in 1889 “to prepare the people of God to do the work of God” in bold and creative ways. More than a century later, this is still our central commitment. With 38 major offerings, Gordon prepares students for faithful leadership in a wide variety of disciplines.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,694 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
38% male — 62% female
66% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
121 full-time faculty
9 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
97% of first year students live on campus
87% of all students live on campus

School Location

Wenham, MA

High-Impact Practices

Read more about the importance of High-Impact Practices

First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

85% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

69% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 8%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 4%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%

Other Information

Gordon College is a Christian, co-educational, four-year, liberal arts institution. It is New England’s premier Christian college.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, English Language and Literature, Finance, Foreign Languages (combined), French, German, History, International Affairs, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Mathematics, Middle School Education, Movement Science, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Philosophy, Physics, Political Studies, Psychology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Youth Ministries, Global Christianity, Juvenile Justice Ministries, Urban Ministries, Outdoor Education Ministries

More Distinctions

  • Forbes Magazine List of Best Colleges: Gordon was ranked 173 of 650 undergraduate institutions across the country. It placed in the top nine percent of all U.S. colleges and universities (out of 6,650 total accredited colleges and universities) in the August 2011 issue.

  • U.S. News and World Report: Gordon College is listed as number 144 in the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” category. Of the many Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) accredited institutions, only a handful meet the stringent criteria standardized by U.S. News. Gordon is one of only a few Christian liberal arts colleges that are nationally ranked (the other 322 Christian colleges are regionally ranked).

  • Princeton Review: Gordon College was named a Top "Green" School and a Best Northeastern College in 2012.

  • Gordon was named to the John Templeton Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges, one of only 100 schools nationwide honored for presidential leadership, spiritual growth programs, and first-year programs.

Just north of Boston and only a few hours away from the financial and political capitals of the Western world, Gordon College is ideally situated to offer students extraordinary access to leading-edge opportunities for professional and leadership development. Gordon stands apart from other outstanding institutions in New England by combining an exceptional education with an informed Christian faith.

An Informed and Inspired Education

At Gordon, students have the freedom to pursue knowledge to the limits of their curiosity in an environment where Christian faith and bold academic inquiry inform one another. This dynamic interplay between freedom and faith is a defining characteristic of the Gordon experience. Gordon challenges students to make full use of their minds and hearts, to trust that faith in Christ will expand their knowledge and worldviews.


The college’s proximity to Boston, a global hub of innovation and progress, provides many opportunities for student internships and research experience. Whether at State Street Corporation or in a cancer research lab, Gordon students can gain access to the city’s vast network of growing industries in finance, biomedicine, technology, publishing, and more. Many students have gained employment after college through the internships and research work they began at Gordon.

study abroad

With a global education program that enables students to study around the world, Gordon students take full advantage of the many cultural opportunities available. In most cases, these programs come at no additional cost to students’ regular tuition. Gordon has uniquely immersive programs in Italy, France, Romania, and more. Students can also choose from more than twenty programs sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities or petition to spend a semester in countries of their own choosing. Gordon understands that gaining a global perspective is an important part of what it means to engage the world in faith, so the College works with students both on and off campus to make their global goals a reality.

activities offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  

Gordon’s nationally recognized faculty has been educated at some of the best schools in the world. Gordon’s 98 full-time faculty members represent six continents, and more than 80 of them have their doctorate or terminal degree from Princeton, Juilliard, Harvard, and other prestigious schools. They are innovative and creative scholars in their fields who are passionate about their work.

Using Christian values as a springboard to explore truth in all its dimensions

Notable among Gordon’s thirty-eight majors are Psychology, English Language and Literature, Business Administration, Communication Arts, and Biology. Teaching at Gordon focuses on critical thinking, strong communication skills, research, and an exploration of creative talents and social entrepreneurship. Due to their liberal arts education, graduates have the skills to be confident in many different environments.

undergraduate research

Student research opportunities at Gordon enable undergraduates to work directly with ancient manuscripts, high-tech instruments, and top-tier scholars. Many projects with Gordon faculty have yielded published peer-reviewed papers in psychology, philosophy, biology, and many other disciplines.

esteemed arts

The College’s Barrington Center for the Arts is home to the international headquarters for Christians in the Visual Arts. Gordon is one of only a handful of Christian colleges to offer excellent programs in visual and performing arts, including painting, graphic design, music, and theatre.

common core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Bible and Theology; Students take a first-year course The Great Conversation.  General education includes thematic areas of aesthetics, civic responsibility, natural world, human person, global understanding.

undergraduate class sizes

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 48 151 89 21 16 6 3 334

At Gordon, relationships matter. They can be either serious or silly, but they are always meaningful. Walking the trails of the woodlands behind campus, worshiping together in chapel, having coffee with a faculty mentor, or sharing ideas with classmates, our students take time to grow in fellowship with one another.

A Place for the Whole Person to Thrive

Where students live is as much a part of a school’s learning experience as the classroom in which they study. Through floor excursions, optional weekly Bible studies, and residence hall events, students are enriched by the community in which they live, share, and grow. Gordon offers traditional residence halls as well as apartment-style living.


Gordon takes seriously its students’ journeys of faith. Through a minimum of 30 Christian life and worship opportunities, students are encouraged to grow in the understanding and experience of their relationship with Christ. These opportunities include weekly chapels and convocations, special lectures, worship events, and service learning excursions.

expansive culture for all

Students have access to an array of extracurricular events and activities on and around Gordon’s campus. Events range from prominent guest lecturers and debates to highly-praised theatrical productions, local film festivals, and student-led coffeehouses. Nearby Boston also offers a world of cultural and intellectual experiences with its many museums, academic institutions, festivals, and concert venues.

student activities

It’s easy to get involved at Gordon. The College offers activities and clubs ranging from Division III athletics to intramural sports, improvisational comedy to Chess Club. Students can also participate in student government, shoot photography for the College newspaper, or submit writing and artwork to the campus’ literary journal.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Gordon prepares students to become faithful leaders who are committed to making an impact wherever they serve. Gordon graduates lead churches and companies, make policies and movies, and fight illnesses and injustice.

Gordon students are prepared for all of life’s opportunities

A recent survey found that over 60% of alumni had enrolled in or completed graduate studies within ten years of their graduation from Gordon. Many Gordon alumni go on to earn graduate degrees from some of the best programs in the world at institutions like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Tufts, and Cornell. Since 2006, seven Gordon graduates have received highly competitive Fulbright grants to study and teach in countries around the world.

active beyond college

Gordon graduates report exceptionally low unemployment numbers: 4% five years after graduation and only 2% after ten years—less than half the national average for bachelor’s degree holders within their age cohort. Alumni are especially well represented in the career fields of business and finance, health care, education, and ministry.

Gordon College graduates also continue to be heavily involved in their churches and in para-church organizations. 95% of alumni report having continued their involvement with their local church even ten years after graduation.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,832 Total Applicants
1,708 Total Admissions
441 Total Freshmen Enrollment

93.23% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing Date: Aug 1
Priority Date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Religious affiliation/commitment

Class rank
Application Essay
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Geographical residence
Racial/ethnic status

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 620
SAT Math 470 610
SAT Writing 460 620
ACT Composite 23 29
ACT Math 22 28
ACT English 23 30
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $33,884
Fees $1,502
Total $35,386
Room and Board (on campus) $10,218
Room Only $6,750
Board Only $3,468
Estimated Total On Campus $45,604


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 Estimated

$25,952 First year students
$23,819 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 Estimated

69.83% on average, the percentage of need that was met
15% of financial need students that had need fully met

$18,906 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,805 Average need-based loan

Experiential Education – What Is It?

Experiential education is probably the oldest form of education. Simply stated, it is learning by doing, which allows students to experience the content of learning. At its highest level it is the seamless connection of...