Fall Transfer Students Orientation

Quick Summary - Fall 2016 Orientation

Friday, August 19 Move-in Day
Saturday, August 20 Family Day Programming for parents and families ends at 5pm
Sunday, August 21 Boston Day
Monday, August 22 Academic Day
Tuesday, August 23 Student Life Day
Wednesday, August 24 Classes Begin

While transfers have already experienced the challenge of at least one college transition, adjusting to a new home takes more than simply showing up the day before classes begin. Thus, Gordon's Transfer Orientation program seeks to address the transitional needs of a new student while accounting for the past experiences of a former collegian. 

While they participate in many Orientation events along with freshmen, transfers are also placed in their own O-Crews and have a transfer-specific Boston Day (among other things). This page describes Fall arrival Orientation. See January Orientation here.

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

3Confirm your attendance for Orientation online >>

4Review the Transfer Student schedule below and begin planning your arrival.

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Orientation Schedule

Move-In Day: Friday, August 19

Residence Hall Arrival for Non-New England Residents 10–11:30 a.m.
Residence Hall Arrival for New England Residents 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Welcome Tent   10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Reception for Transfer Students & Families 4–5 p.m.  
Orientation Welcome and Introduction  5–5:45 p.m.  
Transfer Welcome  5:45–6 p.m.  
Crew Meeting and Dinner 6–7:15 p.m. 
Residence Life Kickoff  7:30–9:30 p.m.  


Family Day: Saturday, August 20

Breakfast 7:30–9 a.m.
Welcome Tent  8 a.m.–4 p.m.  
Campus Connections  9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.  
Conversations with the President: The Difference Gordon Made in My Life   10–11 a.m. 
Campus Forum For Students  11–11:30 a.m.  
Lunch   11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Great Gordon Expectations: Transitions for Students and Families  1–1:30 p.m.  
Electives I  1:45–2:30 p.m. 
Electives II  2:45–3:30 p.m.  
Signing Ceremony  3:45–4:45 p.m.  
Family Transition Time  4:45–5:30 p.m.   
Dinner and Games with O-Crew  6:30–8:00 p.m. 
Transfer Game Night  8–9:30 p.m.  
Coffee House   10–11 p.m. 


Boston Day: Sunday, August 21

Breakfast  7:15–8 a.m.
Introduction to Boston Day  8–8:30 a.m.  
Depart for Boston  8:45 a.m.  
Church in Boston    
Explore Boston     
Return to Wenham     
Picnic Dinner at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary    
Free Time  6:30–8:30 p.m.  
Boston Day After-Party   8:30–10:30 p.m.  


Academic Day: Monday, August 22

Breakfast  8–9:45 a.m.
Integration of Academics and Faith  10–11 a.m.  
Trip to Rockport   11 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Academic Success Tools Sessions 2–3 p.m. 

Global Education Sessions 

Career Services Sessions

2–3 p.m. 

2–3 p.m.  

Floor Dinner  5–6:30 p.m.  
Resident Director Dessert Night  7–9:30 p.m.  

Student Life Day: Tuesday, August 23

Breakfast  8–9:30 a.m. 

Music Ensemble Auditions (Sign up at Campus Connections on Saturday)

8 a.m.–8 p.m. 

Brunch with the Cabinet   9:30–11 a.m. 
Diversity Session & Lunch
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 
Club Outings  2–3:30 p.m.  
This is Gordon  4–5 p.m.  
Employment Fair & Cookout   5–7 p.m.