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Gordon College

Gordon College is a distinctive blend: an outstanding nationally ranked liberal arts institution that retains its roots in the Christian faith, a strong residential community, and a splendid location—just north of the intellectual hub of Boston, and right near the shoreline of Cape Ann. Our faith is the foundation for all that we are—individually, collectively and institutionally. 


Gordon College was founded in 1889 under the name Boston Missionary Training School. It is named for its founder, the Rev. Dr. Adoniram Judson (A. J.) Gordon, pastor of Boston's Clarendon Street Church and a prominent clergyman of the late 1800s. 


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Research is a vital part of Gordon’s academic life. Our faculty conducts cutting-edge research across all disciplines, bringing their passion for learning into the classroom and our community. From physics to Biblical studies, microbiology to the Protestant Reformation, we strive to sustain a community that celebrates learning and encourages scholarly productivity.


On average, 86% of Gordon’s alumni either enter the job market or enroll in graduate school within one year following graduation.

Student services

The departments on campus have your best interests in mind. From protection and health to plans for your future.

Housing services

At Gordon, your residence hall is more than just a bed to sleep in—it’s a place to call home. Here, you’ll plug in to a transformative community that will help you develop spiritually, emotionally, academically, vocationally and socially during your college years. From floor fellowship events to studying with friends in our on-campus coffee shops—like Chester’s Place and Bistro 255—to sharing daily meals in Lane or Gillies, you’ll develop lasting relationships and learn from others who are different than you.

Library services

The Jenks Library provides information resources, research assistance, and a welcoming environment for individual and collaborative learning in support of the curriculum and mission of Gordon College.

ICT services

The Center for Technology Services (CTS) provides centralized support for all campus technology needs and works collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to explore, design and support effective and appropriate uses of technology in the curriculum.

Medical services

The Health Center is here to help you develop a balanced approach to your well-being and guide you in incorporating healthy activities into your life.

Campus life

  • Gordon College is committed to the traditional liberal arts model and residential college experience. We believe that living in community in a residence hall can be one of the most transformative aspects of the college experience. Approximately 90% of students live on campus. The Residence Life staff is made up of RDs, RAs, and ACs seeking to glorify God through the cultivation of an intentional Christian community.
  • Students who are married, are 23 years of age or older, are living with relatives, have part-time status or are on a special program, are normally allowed to live off campus. All other students are required to live on campus unless granted special permission by the director of housing.

Sports facilities

  • Since the day U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt supposedly played a game of polo on our grassy quad, Gordon’s campus has become home to more than 19 varsity athletic teams and many intramural and club sports. Although polo at Gordon is long gone, there are a number of other sports you can play as a student, ranging from ultimate frisbee to rowing. 
  • Just looking to stay fit? Take advantage of the wooded trails on our 450-acre campus, and our 78,000-square-foot Bennett Athletic and Recreation Center (including cardio and weight equipment, an indoor pool and track, basketball and racquetball courts, studio classrooms, a rock gym and more).

Student clubs

Do you have an interest in beekeeping, learning Japanese, or joining an improv team? We’ve got a club for that and for about 117 other interests. All of these clubs are student run and funded through the Gordon College Student Association (GCSA). Check them out for yourself and one day maybe you’ll start your own.

Gordon College has been accredited by the following organizations, in recognition of the excellence of our programs after rigorous review:

  • NEASC: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NASM: National Association of Schools of Music
  • CSWE: Council on Social Work Education
  • Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wenham, Massachusetts, United States

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