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 and begin planning your arrival. 
Consult the packing list as you prepare for life on campus!

Orientation Schedule

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Sunday, January 11 Orientation check-in 2-6 p.m.
  Residence Halls open 2 p.m.
  Welcome dinner for students 6 p.m.
  Parent and family dinner with campus representatives 6 p.m.
  Orientation Overview/Meet the Staff 6:45 p.m.
  Dessert 7 p.m.
  Optional game night 7:45 p.m.
Monday, January 12 Orientation headquarters opens 8 a.m.
  Breakfast 8-10 a.m.
  Academic Advising (by appointment) 8-10 a.m.
  Various meeting around campus (e.g., student financial services) 8-10 a.m.
  Campus Tour 10 a.m.
  Mainaining F-1 Visa Status (required for international students) 10 a.m.
  Academic Advising (by appointment) 12-2 p.m.
  Real Life at Gordon 1 p.m.
  Session on Academic Support Center 2 p.m.
  Academic Life with the Provost 3 p.m.
  Reception with President and Res. Life staff 4 p.m.
  Dinner TBD
  Excursion TBD
Tuesday, January 13 Breakfast 8-10 a.m.
  Student Life at Gordon 10 a.m.
  Spiritual Life at Gordon 11:15 a.m.
  Lunch with Career Services Department 12 p.m.
  Foreign Lanugage Placement Exam (optional) 1 p.m.
  Off-Campus Trip 3 p.m.
  Dinner 6 p.m.
  Worship Service 9 p.m.
Wednesday, January 14 Classes Begin 8 a.m.