Is Orientation required?
YES. Gordon is a residential college and it is important to us that you make the best start possible in your transition to Gordon's campus routines and culture whether you are a first-time first-year student or a transfer, a campus resident or a commuter, or an athlete, international student, or a student returning to college after a period of great life experiences. Learn more about our goals for the first year transition.
When does Orientation begin?
Fall Orientation—International Student Orientation begins on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, and New Student Orientation begins on Friday, August 25, 2017 with Move-In Day, and will continue through August 29, 2017. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.
For more information on Fall International Student Orientation, click here.
Spring Orientation—New Student Orientation (First Year Students, International Students, and Transfer Students) begins with residence hall Move In on Monday, January 16, and continues through Monday (Academic Day) and Tuesday (Student Life Day), to the first day of Spring Classes, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
Can I move onto campus early?
Only Fall Semester in-season athletes or Spring semester in-season athletes who are required to be here for practices, International Students, and those students returning from August La Vida will be permitted to move in earlier than move-in day. Any early move-in requests for other reasons or exceptions must be approved well in advance by the Director of Orientation and the Director of Housing. Email Orientation@gordon.edu
When do I move in?
Check the Orientation schedule for exact times. We stage arrivals in two time-windows. Students arriving from outside New England arrive first (usually between 9:30–11 a.m.) and students arriving from within New England states arrive second (usually between 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.).
Where do I go when I first arrive for Orientation?
Fall Orientation—Upon your arrival at Gordon, you will enter through the main entrance on Grapevine Road (past the Chapel) and follow signs. Our O-Staff members will guide you through the check-in process. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. for those students living outside New England. At 11 a.m. those residing in New England may check in.
Spring Orientation—Upon your arrival to Gordon, we will greet you in Lane Student Center, located next to the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, and our O-staff will guide you to your residence hall for move-in from there.
Where do I park when I arrive?
Fall – You will be directed by our O-Staff to your residence hall, then to our Woodland parking lot where there will be a shuttle to return you to the main campus area near the Chapel. Walking from Woodland is also a nice chance to get a breath of fresh-air!
Spring - Arrive and park in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel parking lot and after you check-in, our O-staff will direct you to your residence hall and the nearest parking area where you can leave your car. Don't forget to register your vehicle if you are keeping one on campus!
How do I find out who my roommate(s) is/are?
In mid-summer, you will receive an email from the Housing Director. For January arrival, housing assignment begins in early December and continues through until arrival and is also sent by email. In the email you will find your room and roommate assignment as well as some other helpful information about residence life.
Are there events scheduled for my family?
Fall Orientation -- There are activities for family members on Friday and Saturday. Parent Orientation options begin on Friday after move-in, allowing students a chance to organize their room with their roommates. We have a Welcome Tent with area information, a Sibling Program for any younger siblings who may be traveling with you, and programming for families and students. The final event for family members is the Gathering of Affirmation & Assurance, which marks the start of transition for each student to becoming a Gordon graduate, after which families will be given "transition time" to say their farewells before departing the campus. The parent and family portion of Orientation concludes by 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Spring Orientation - Because of the short window of time, we do plan a Parent Reception and meal for new Gordon parents to make connections with campus administrators and faculty, but there are no other formal programs after that. Parents can connect with campus department leaders before or after that reception, and if needed, by appointment on Monday. We have realized most families have preferred to see their new student settled and head back on the road to home on Sunday night.
Are there any costs associated with the Orientation program for me or for my family?
There is a one-time $150 fee assessed for all new students entering Gordon College. This fee helps to offset the costs of the Orientation program, student meals before the meal plan begins, and a variety of events planned specifically for new students throughout the first semester. The fee will be charged to your student account.
The Orientation program for parents and siblings is free. It includes two lunch tickets for the Fall Family Lunch on Saturday of Fall Orientation, or the January Parent Reception on Monday night of January Orientation. Additional Fall Family Lunch tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Tent for extended families.
Where can I go to church in the area?
There are many churches of all denominations in the area, many of which provide van services for students on Sunday mornings. Students are encouraged to become involved in a local church community. There will also be a Church Connections event on the Thursday following Fall Orientation Welcome Week where representatives from over 40 local churches will be available on campus to meet students and share information about their worship and ministry opportunities. See a list of area churches. Church Connections and how the college encourages individual spiritual formation, worship and ministry are discussed during Student Life day during January Orientation in a required session.
Can freshmen have cars on campus?
All students are permitted to have cars on campus. All vehicles must be registered with Gordon Police within two weeks of the beginning of the semester. You will have an opportunity to register your vehicle during the Campus Connections time in the Ken Olsen Science Center on the Saturday of Fall Orientation, or during Campus Connections time during January Orientation.
How do I get around if I don't bring a car to campus?
Though many students choose to have a car on-campus there are at least as many who do not have cars. Friends and floormates are often willing to help their peers run errands to local malls and convenience stores—just ask! Many churches arrange for transportation to and from their services. Gordon also offers our own shuttle service, The Highland Express, to the local malls and MBTA Commuter Rail Station which runs to and from Boston. Learn more about The Highland Express, its local merchant focus, and the popular Highland Outings and the Highland Mystery Shuttle events here!
Is there free stuff?
Yes. Students can connect to the campus wireless network for their devices. Students are eligible for a free Microsoft Office 365 software suite of our standard campus Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint apps. Find out more through the Center for Technology Services, which also has a Help Desk for student questions about connections, hardware and software issues, and connections to outside repair if needed.
How do I set up my Gordon Technology/email account?
Once you have been accepted and paid your deposit, you will receive instructions from the Orientation staff about how to activate your Gordon Technology Account. You can also visit the New Student Wizard on this website.
Is there Internet access in the residence halls?
Yes. To learn more about the most recent updates to campus technology updates and requirements for your personal computer, visit the Center for Technology Services (CTS) website.
What kind of computer should I have before coming to Gordon?
Check out the recommended specifications (and Gordon's discount rate) here.
Can I move onto campus before Friday, August 25 at Fall Orientation?
Only Fall athletes who are required to be here for practices, International Students and those students returning from August LaVida will be permitted to move in prior to Friday (Fall Move In Day). Any other early move-in request or exception must be approved well in advance by the Director of Orientation and the Director of Housing.
If we are coming from a long distance, are there recommended accommodations?
For a list of local accommodations and special rates for the Gordon community, visit www.gordon.edu/areahotels.
How do I get to campus if I'm flying in alone?
If you need transportation and you are flying by yourself, please indicate that on your Orientation Registration and we will be in touch via email. The Orientation Staff is happy to provide you a ride from the airport. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at Orientation@gordon.edu.
Where do I go when I first arrive for Orientation?
Fall Orientation - Upon your arrival at Gordon, you will enter through the main entrance and follow signs. Our O-Staff members will guide you through the check-in process. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. for those students living outside New England. At 11 a.m. those residing in New England may check in.
Spring Orientation - Park in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel Parking Lot and enter Lane Student Center (next to the Chapel) where the O-Staff will greet you and help you get to your residence hall to move in and start your January Orientation.
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