Should I take the TOEFL? What is the minimum TOEFL score required?
International students are required to submit their SAT 1, ACT with Writing, or TOEFL score. We recommend the TOEFL exam if you speak English as a learned language or if you have lived outside of an English-speaking country for more than five years. The minimum TOEFL score is 85. However, if you scored below 85 and have taken intensive English courses or lived in an English-speaking country since taking the exam, the Admissions Committee may still consider your application. Be sure to connect with your admissions counselor for specific information.
Do I need to provide an Affidavit of Support?
Does Gordon offer scholarships for international students? How do I apply?
Yes, international students are considered for merit-based scholarships as well as the international student grant. You do not need to complete additional applications for financial aid; all necessary information is included in the application requirements. The International Financial Aid Committee makes financial aid decisions in mid-Spring, so accepted students can expect to hear about their financial aid packages at that point.
Why do my transcripts need to be converted to the U.S. grading scale?
The transcript conversion is an essential piece of the application process. The Admissions Committee must know how you have performed on the U.S. grading scale in order to accurately evaluate you for admission and merit-based scholarship consideration.
I live overseas—how do I set up an interview?
Visiting campus may be a stretch for our overseas applicants. If you're unable to complete the admissions interview in person during a campus visit, simply e-mail your admissions counselor with three dates and times for a phone or Skype interview (please remember that Gordon is in the Eastern Standard Time zone). Be sure to include your city of residence, direct phone number (no country codes) and/or Skype name.
What about Canadian citizens?
Our northern neighbors are our closest international students! Canadian citizens should follow the international student application process and will be considered for financial aid through merit-based scholarships and international student grant.
Does Gordon accept A-level, IB, or AP scores for credit?
Absolutely! Gordon considers IB scores of 5 and higher and AP scores of 4 and higher for credit (toward your major, minor, core curriculum, or electives). A-level courses can also count for credit, but must go through an official conversion with WES or AACRAO. The Registrar's Office will evaluate each student's scores and transcripts to determine where the credit will be placed.
For answers to more questions, visit the Admissions FAQ page.