International Student Orientation

For new fall term students, International Student Pre-Orientation programming occurs just before general new student Orientation, and is meant to provide you with additional time and important information as you transition. International Student Orientation runs from 5 p.m. on Wednesday August 17, 2016, through Friday August 19, 2016. It is mandatory for all Visa students. Other students who are US Citizens but are living abroad are not required to attend, but are encouraged to join us as well. 

For new spring term students, International Student Orientation is combined with general new student Orientation. This combined Orientation will run this January from 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, through Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  It is mandatory for all new students.

Before you arrive to campus, there are a few important tasks for you to accomplish:  

1Work with International Student Services to complete all Visa requirements and paperwork. Contact our International Student Specialist for assistance at .  

2Once you know your travel plans, request a free International Student Airport Pickup, available for 24 hours (12:01 a.m. –11:59 p.m.) on Wednesday August 17, 2016, only. If you will NOT need transportation, please email the International Student Specialist at .  

3Using the New Student Wizard, set up your Gordon username and email. You will need your birthdate and student ID to complete this step. Your student ID will be emailed to you.

4Begin working through GC101. GC101 is an online “pre-orientation” introduction to the College. We’ve included a wide-range of information that will make your transition to Gordon as smooth as possible. There are several tasks that you will need to complete which are outlined in this program.

5Confirm your attendance for Orientation online >>  


Review the international student Orientation schedule (below) and begin planning your arrival. Consult the packing list as you prepare for life on campus!  Please note that generous donors have provided new bedding for incoming international students, to save you room in your luggage! Upon arrival, the following items will be waiting for you in your room: sheets, quilt, pillow, pillow case, towel, hand towel, shower sandals (flip flops).

Orientation Schedule for International Students

Fall Term Orientation provides an extension of General Orientation to international students: International Student Orientation. This extension runs before General Orientation from 5:00 PM Wednesday August 17, 2016, through Friday August 19, 2016.  New students should plan to move in on Wednesday August 17, 2016 in the afternoon, before the first Orientation event (the Welcome Dinner) begins.

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August 17 Move-in Day for International Students
August 17-19 International Student Orientation Program 
August 19 General Orientation Program
August 24 First Day of Class for fall term