Elevate FAQs

How does the selection process work?
Admission to Elevate begins with the nomination of students by their headmasters. After students have been nominated, they will receive an invitation to apply. Once applications are received, the Elevate Director will evaluate their application.

Can I apply even if my Headmaster has not nominated me?
You must have been nominated by your Headmaster in order to apply. You may request that your headmaster nominate you in order to pave the way for your application.

What are the deadlines?

  • Nomination deadline: December 18, 2013
  • Application deadline: February 28, 2014
  • Registration deadline: April 25, 2014
  • Payment deadline: July 1, 2014

How will I know if my application has been accepted?
You will receive a registration packet in the mail with a letter indicating your acceptance.

How long is Elevate?
Elevate is a weeklong program starting July 27, 2014 and ending on August 2, 2014. Check in time is 2 - 5 p.m. on the 27th, and the program concludes at 1 p.m. on the 2nd.

How much does Elevate cost?
The program costs $1000.

What does the program cost include?

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • StrengthsFinder survey code
  • Transportation to and from the airport as well as to off-campus events and excursions
  • Local excursions and social events
  • Close interaction with Gordon faculty and staff
  • Elevate T Shirt

Are scholarships available for students?
There are currently no scholarships offered for the week in July; however students should note that the College is subsidizing the costs so that it is a lower price. Also, students who participate in Elevate will receive a special $2,000 scholarship if they choose to enroll at Gordon in their first year.

If I cancel my attendance will I my payment be refunded?
Yes, but your refund is contingent upon the date that you cancel. If you cancel before July 1, 2014 you will receive all of your money back except for the $250 nonrefundable deposit. If you cancel after July 1, 2013, then none of your payment will be refunded.

If English is not my first language, what level of English is required for me to attend Elevate?
We do not require students to submit TOEFL scores ("Test of English as a Foreign Language"), however students will need to speak English fluently in orde to participate. 

How large are the groups?
Each group consists of 5–10 students

Who are the Peer Mentors?
Peer Mentors are some of Gordon’s finest students. They are trained specifically for this program to ensure the best experience for participants.

How do I arrange transportation to/from Elevate 2014?
Elevate staff will only provide transportation to and from the airport. In order to ensure this, you will need to indicate your travel plans on the Confirmation Form, which is a part of the Registration packet.

How are students housed?
Students will be housed in Nyland Hall, a traditional common bathroom style residence for underclassmen. Students will have one roommate. Floors are separated by gender so there will be no co-ed floors.

Is there a dress code?
Students will dress business casual during the morning work sessions, although there are a few events where they will want to look more professional. Students will be able to change into active wear and casual clothing for adventure learning and the evening activities and work sessions. 

Do you have rules regarding student conduct?
Gordon College is a community committed to biblical values and a Christ-centered lifestyle. It is for this reason that Elevate expects participants to have a high quality of character and to be distinguished by their honesty and commitment to truth.


For a deeper understanding of Gordon’s conduct expectations, please see the Gordon College Behavioral Standards.