Gordon College
Wenham, MA, USA

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Gordon College
4.12 Average Rating

Jonathan from Adams, MA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
My first semester has been a huge learning experience for me. My professors care about me, and want to know how I am doing outside of school. I have learned a lot this semester, both academically and about myself.
Am enjoying being here
Going to a Christian school has really helped my relationship with God, and the people here help keep me on track. Everyone here cares about each other, so my first semester wasn't nearly as stressful as I was expecting.
Bang for the buck
It is a really expensive school, so not coming from money has made it financially difficult, but ultimately, I feel like it is worth it. The amount I'm learning is great, and the atmosphere is really positive.
Tips for prospective students
Get involved with your classmates, join some kind of fellowship, anything to stay involved in your Christian community. I notice that it's the people who don't stay involved in the Christian community that don't end up enjoying it. It doesn't have to be a huge commitment, either. I only had a once a week bible discussion group of three people for an hour, but sometimes, that little bit is what you need to stay grounded in your faith.
Great for these types of students
If you enjoy getting to know other people and being recognized, Gordon is great for you. We have students from all over, and being a non-denominational school, we have people from all areas in their faith. It's a really diverse community, and it can be cliquey, but that's not incredibly overwhelming. If you don't enjoy socializing, Gordon isn't really a great fit.
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Ashley from CT

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Gordon College is amazing! There are so many opportunities to connect with other students on campus and ways to make friends. There are so many fun activities around campus and within the dorms. Really great Christian school!
Tips for prospective students
Definitely visit and stay overnight! You see a lot more when you spend the night here.
Academic Rigor
Gordon gives a lot of homework! Some classes are harder than others, but all around you will get your money's worth!
Dorm Life
There are many activities in the dorms! In my hall, Nyland, we have fun nights like Nyland Iron Chef and brother-sister floor dinners. It's a great way to get to know people and just have a great time together!
Food and Dining
Lane food has a pretty good selection! My favorite is the salad bar and sandwich line. There is always fresh fruit and veggies!
What to do for fun
There are so many things to do off campus, like Boston, Salem, Gloucester, and Marty's Donut Land in Ipswitch at 1 in the morning! There are also things on campus. You will often find students up at 3 in the morning not doing homework but just hanging around playing music and having a great time together!
Bang for the buck
Gordon is expensive--no doubt about that. But with scholarships, financial aid, and work study it is manageable and you definitely get your money's worth: in and out of the classroom.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Marty's Donut Land in Ipswitch from 12am-4am!
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MA Student

accepted here and planning to attend soon
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Great campus, people there are very nice and will help you out.
Tips for prospective students
The school will help you out financially but you should also apply for a lot of scholarships.
Academic Rigor
Seems pretty tough from what I heard, but it isn't impossible. You just need to manage your time right.
Dorm Life
They have some nice dorms to live in. I think it all depends on the type of room mates you want. Most likely you will be matched with someone your type.
Food and Dining
Food is pretty good. I have no particular complaints.
What to do for fun
Take a walk, ride a bike, or hang out with some friends.
Bang for the buck
Very Expensive but you will receive a lot of financial help. You just need to organize and apply for scholarships.
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Christopher from Marshfield, MA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
gordon college is an academically rigorous and spiritually uplifting institution that has benefited me as a young scholar and as a follower of jesus christ. gordon's community is one that is loving and open to members of all christian denominations. gordon offers many opportunities in the liberal arts and in christian ministries that makes it the perfect launching pad for a christian in today's society.
Tips for prospective students
prospective students should certainly visit gordon before making a decision. a visit can make or break a decision, and it is important for prospectives to get a feel for the community before sending in their deposit.
Academic Rigor
gordon has an impressive academic rigor. students are always slammed at finals season; gordon's academics should not be underestimated just because it is a lesser known school. every major has challenging courses that bring out the best in every student, while thoroughly preparing the students for the fields they are pursuing.
Dorm Life
dorm life is wonderful. i've been blessed to have great guys on my floor for two years now, and i'm looking forward to the next two years as well. the one draw-back to dorm life is the sometimes strick visitation policy, which makes it difficult for boyfriends and girlfriends (or just friends of the opposite gender) to hang out whenever they want to in their rooms.
Food and Dining
when the student government asks students to give an opinion on what they want to see changed, the number one response is dining services. students are not crazy about gordon's food, but the reality is that few schools (especially gordon's size) offer the finest cuisine.
What to do for fun
gordon has many lounges around campus where students gather to play video games, watch movies, watch espn, and do many other things. in addition, the main dining hall has a cafe where students can order food up until 11pm while relaxing on a couch to watch the game. chester's, one of the campus's hotspots, is a tavern-like setting where students can get hot and cold drinks (non-alcoholic, dry campus) while either doing homework or hanging out with friends. there are also many places in the surrounding area (i.e. malls, restaurants, cafes, theaters, boston, etc.) where students can go for fun.
Bang for the buck
gordon is expensive, but it's worth it in my opinion. you'll pay a lot, but you get a great education and great, life-long relationships out of it. although you'll pay a lot more for gordon than other colleges, it's important to keep in mind that gordon is still cheaper than many other competing schools.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
every sunday night, an event called catacombs is held in gordon's chapel. catacombs is an event where gordon students can gather to worship the lord jesus christ with one another. it is led start-to-finish by student worship leaders playing several contemporary instruments.
Great for these types of students
-born-again christians/followers of jesus christ
-new christians looking to challenge and deepen their faith
-those pursuing ministry
-those pursuing to implement their faith into their area of study
Clubs and Activities
gordon has many clubs and activities. all things are possible through the student government, which gordon's administration has authorized to approve clubs that students want to propose. among the clubs and activites that are student run are the campus events council, which coordinates every major event on campus, along with the student venues council, which maintains student spaces and proposes the addition of new ones. if you have an idea, you can form a club at gordon.
Campus Safety
gordon has its own police force, which is available on call 24/7. they are very helpful and in addition to keeping campus safe, they will even come give your car a jump-start if the battery dies!
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Christian from Bellingham, MA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
gordon college is christian college with a large course load and a great community. there is an incredible amount of opportunities to get to know other students and make lifelong friends. gordon is situated on the north shore of boston so it is close to some of the best stores and restaurants and within minutes of some beautiful beaches.
Tips for prospective students
there is a lot of work but it is manageable. expect to be busy with work, but don't worry, there is plenty of time to spend with friends and doing what you want.
Academic Rigor
the workload is huge but doable. i was not expecting all of the work but i quickly got used to it.
Dorm Life
most dorms have a very good community and there are plenty of people to interact with. some are smaller with only ten or twenty people in the entire building which is better for students who like silent places to work and live.
Food and Dining
the food gets old fast since there is only one dining hall. the food quality is not bad, it just does not change very much.
What to do for fun
there are a few famous malls nearby, beaches, and hangouts that most students go to. there are also many sports that go year round, inter-mural and official.
Bang for the buck
the school is very expensive but the experience is great. i believe it is worth it, especially if you are looking for a good christian school.
Clubs and Activities
there are an incredible amount of ways to get involved in the school. there is a club for just about any and every interest one may have.
Campus Safety
gordon has it's own police force and is located in a small town on the north shore, a very safe area.
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Brittany from Peabody, MA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
gordon is one of the top christian liberal arts colleges in the states, and the only non-denomenational christian college in the states! gordon succeeds in presenting exceptional academics and student life on campus. with helpful, engaging professors and friendly students, you will feel both cared for and accepted at gordon.
Tips for prospective students
prospective students should make it a first priority to engage themselves in all of the activities, tours, and scheduled off-campus activities. both other perspectives and current gordon students want to meet you! don't be shy. take in the new england weather, whatever it may be, and get a feel for campus. you will feel like you already are a student at gordon the moment you arrive on campus!
Academic Rigor
academics are important to the students and the professors at gordon. at gordon, you will receive an exceptional academic experience whether you are a chemistry or a fine arts major, a freshman or a sophomore. expect to experience a curriculum that works to better your learning skills and knowledge as you grow.
Dorm Life
dorm life on campus is an enjoyable experience! whether you reside on the hill, consisting of the newer dormitories, or down on the quad in the hud dorms, you're bound to end up meeting amazing people and experiencing great residence life!
Food and Dining
food and dining services at gordon are simply great! at gordon, you have a choice between dining upstairs or downstairs at gillies. upstairs in lane, you can get anything from wraps, to chicken fingers and french fries, to stir-fry. downstairs at gillies, although a bit more points from your meal card, you can indulge in anything from indian cuisine to caesar salad and bread bowls. the dining staff at gordon make your experience even better, being both helpful and friendly!
What to do for fun
there is always plenty to do on-campus at gordon! campus events council (cec) are phenomenal at putting on great events, from coffee houses to dances! if you want to go off-campus to have some fun, that is also an option! no car? no problem! gordon collaborates with endicott college in north beverly, ma to provide a shuttle service around the north shore, going to places such as the t-station and the local malls! a night out in boston, anyone?
Bang for the buck
gordon is costly, like most private colleges. but for what you're spending you definitely get everything you could possibly imagine and more! gordon is worth every penny. but, do not let the cost intimidate! applying for financial aid, loans, and scholarships are all popular go-to's for most gordon students!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
gordon is home to gull pond, the largest and most prominent body of water on campus. take a short walk around the pond on the bike trail and you'll find the ropes course, home of la v.i.d.a., gordon's outdoor education classes! gordon is also a close drive to beautiful singing beach in manchester-by-the-sea. west coast students, you may want to just stick around for the summer!
Great for these types of students
gordon is great for all types of students! you'll just have to come and see for yourself!
Clubs and Activities
gordon has numerous clubs and activities to choose from. each semester, you can find dozens of different small groups to join, for both women and men!
Greek Life
if by greek life you mean greek students, then yes, we have some of those on campus! gordon does not have any fraternities or sororities.
Campus Safety
gordon has their own police on campus, gordon police, who are also campus safety. they are amazing at providing 24 hour access and patrol of the entire campus.
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Alyssa from Schenectady, NY

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Gordon College challenges you both academically and spiritually. It's an incredibly great college with teachers and staff who are willing to go the extra mile to work with you. There are tons of opportunities to get involved in leadership positions, when ready, and even more opportunities to glean from other's knowledge and experience.
Am enjoying being here
I have met the most incredible friends and mentors at Gordon. There is so much to do off campus, whether it be getting involved with the Gordon in Lynn program or doing community service right around Wenham. Boston is a mere half hour away and the beach is a 5 minute car ride from campus. There's plenty to do and so many opportunities to get involved!
Bang for the buck
Great school - very expensive. If you can work around the high expense - it's DEFENITLY worth it!
Tips for prospective students
Get involved in your community and church NOW.
Great for these types of students
People who are serious about their faith OR those who have a desire to learn more about Christianity and want to GET serious about their faith. Gordon's workload is large - so people who are willing and committed to school will flourish.
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Teresa from Lake Saint Louis, MO

a current student here
13 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Being at a Christian Liberal Arts school allows me to explore a wide variety of issues regarding faith and practice, while integrating course material in daily life.
Am enjoying being here
The atmosphere at Gordon is totally unique! I'm always encouraged to keep learning and growing in my studies and my faith.
Bang for the buck
It's expensive, but scholarships are available, and if you're committed, Gordon will find away. There's a wide variety of opportunities beyond classes.
Tips for prospective students
Search for that scholarship money, if you can apply to be an A.J. Gordon Honors Scholar, do it. It's a great honors program, but it requires some commitment.
Great for these types of students
Students looking to explore issues of faith related to their studies, students ready to be stretched and challenged in their faith.
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Stephanie from Boston, MA

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I'm constantly challenged here by my teachers and classmates. Even if you're in a lecture class you will be blown away by how smart your teachers are. You just know you're getting a quality education.
Am enjoying being here
Everyone is so nice and caring here, sometimes I think it depends on where you live because the community is better for freshman especially, in the hud dorms. For some the first semester might be difficult but if you stick it out it gets better.
Bang for the buck
Gordon is really expensive but then again so is pretty much every private college in the United States. Gordon does realize that, and you can always go to the financial office if you think you're struggling, they're really nice there and will help you out.
Tips for prospective students
If you still have some time left get involved in community service, because Gordon really looks for students who are willing to be leaders in those areas. If it's possibly try to get you're grades up also, or you could miss out on some really good scholarships from Gordon.
Great for these types of students
Students who want to strengthen their walk with God.
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Samantha from Pike, NH

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The homework is difficult but compared to how my friends homework at her college is (very little and extremely easy) I am glad because I know I am getting a great education! Exploration is a big part of the learning experience here, which is very good for some people and not so good for others. You have to decide if you feel like exploring subjects, thoughts, and ideas constantly is a good thing for you.
Am enjoying being here
I love the atmosphere at Gordon!! Everyone was really friendly even to the non-students. I loved that I don't really have to worry about trying to ignore inappropriate conversations or wince when I hear a swear because there is very little! If I do hear something I don't want to it is very easy to get away from. Here I am encouraged to be more accepting of peoples differences. It is a very mature and welcoming atmosphere.
Bang for the buck
Gordon is really expensive but my counselor was awesome and really wants to help me find as many scholarships as I can!
Tips for prospective students
Visit the Campus!! Gordon was at one point my 4th out of 4 colleges that I wanted to go to. Then I visited and I instantly knew it was where I was supposed to start out my college career.
Great for these types of students
People strong in their beliefs but willing to learn about others and develop social skills with other Christians. Those who want to really explore ideas and concepts that are not considered in everyday life.
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