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 for U.S. nominations and applications?

  • Nomination deadline: November 18, 2015
  • Application deadline: January 15, 2016
  • Registration and deposit deadline: March 15, 2016
  • Payment deadline: July 1, 2016

What are the deadlines for International nominations and applications?

We accept international student nominations and applications on a rolling timeline in order to accommodate for the diverse schools that we work with. Please contact Rachel Ashley, the director, at to receive a personalized deadline process for your international student. 

Once I am accepted to Elevate, is there any preparatory work I will need to do before I arrive?

After registering for Elevate, students will receive an enrichment packet containing two assignments in the mail. The first assignment is to take the StrengthsQuest personality test; this must be completed by July 1 so that students can be placed in their diverse peer groups. The second assignment is to read through portions of the Elevate curriculum in order to gain a better understanding of the Elevate vision and language; this must be completed by the time of arrival on July 19.

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 24, 2016 and ending on July 30, 2016. Check in time is 2–5 p.m. on the 24th, and the program concludes at 11 a.m. on the 30th.

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?
Currently no scholarships are offered for the week in July; however students should note that the College is subsidizing the costs to lower the 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 my payment be refunded?
Yes, but your refund is contingent upon the date that you cancel. If you cancel before July 1, 2016 you will receive all of your money back except for the $250 nonrefundable deposit. If you cancel after July 1, 2016, 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 order 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 2016?
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 part of the Registration packet.

What is the best time to depart from Logan Airport after Elevate 2016 concludes?

For domestic flights, we recommend that you choose a flight that departs Logan at 3 p.m. or later. For international flights, we recommend that you choose a flight that departs Logan Airport at 4 p.m. or later. 

How are students housed?
Students will be housed in Chase Hall, a suite-style residence for underclassmen. Students will have one–two roommates. 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 activewear and casual clothing for adventure learning and the evening activities and work sessions. Please find our recommendations for dress below:

  • Business casual (Everyday)
  • Business professional (3-4 sessions)
  • Casual dress (Everyday)
  • Outdoor dress (3 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.