First-Year Students Orientation

New Student Orientation is the first step in providing you a supportive and challenging experience. You will learn more about the College's resources and the people who are here to help you prepare for a successful educational venture. Gordon is blessed with a dedicated community of faculty, staff and students.

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

1Using 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 mailed to you.

2Begin 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

3Register for Orientation online >>

4Review the new student orientation schedule (below) and begin planning your arrival.


The following calendar will give you an idea of what you and your family can expect during Orientation. This schedule is only a broad, general overview; events, dates, and times are subject to change. A detailed schedule will be given to every student when they check in for Orientation.

Friday, August 22, 2014 Move-In Day

  • 10–11:30 a.m.—Check-in for students residing outside New England
  • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.—Check-in for students residing in New England
  • 4 p.m.—Reception for athletes and their families
  • 5 p.m.—Welcome dinner & meet your Orientation CREW
  • 7:30 p.m.—Residence Hall Welcome (students, by hall), Commuter Student Welcome
  • 6:30 p.m.—Parents’ Program with President and Mrs. Lindsay and Dessert Reception

Saturday, August 23 Orientation Opening Program

  • 9 a.m.—Campus Connections open
  • 10 a.m.—Great Gordon Expectations: Transitions for students and families 
  • 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.—Various sessions for parents & students
  • 4:45 p.m.—Parents depart campus
  • 5:30 p.m.—Orientation opening program
  • 6 p.m.—CREW activity night

Sunday, August 24  Boston Orientation

  • 9 a.m.—Breakfast with CREW
  • 12–8 p.m.—CREW trip to Boston, including worship service
  • 8 p.m.—Boston Day After-party

Monday, August 25 Academic Orientation

  • 10 a.m.—What Google Really Wants--Introduction to the Liberal Arts 
  • 11 a.m.–12 p.m.—Departmental meetings, Lunch with your department, academic advising
  • 1 p.m.—Course registration and "Success Tools" sessions
  • 7 p.m.—Dessert with Gordon faculty and staff

 Tuesday, August 26 Student Life Orientation

  • 9:30 a.m.–10 a.m.—"Your Life at Gordon"—Orientation staff will explore important student life information using interactive skits.
  • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM—Music auditions (sign up for your audition slot here:
  • 12 p.m.—Lunch with CREW
  • 12–7:30 p.m.—Music auditions
  • 1–5 p.m.—Electives/workshops
  • 5 p.m.—All-campus Block Party and Student Employment Fair
  • 8 p.m.—Orientation closing program

Wednesday, August 27 Classes begin!




Arrival Information (PDF)
Arrival Information

Checklist (PDF)

Packing List (PDF)
Packing List

Schedule (PDF)