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Transfer Students Orientation

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).

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 transfer student orientation schedule (below) and begin planning your arrival.


Friday, August 22—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. –– Transfer Reception in Frost Hall
  • 5 p.m.—Welcome dinner & meet your Orientation CREW
  • 7:30 p.m.—Residence Hall Welcome (students, by hall), Commuter Student Welcome in Chester's Place
  • 7:30 p.m.—Parent's program with President and Mrs. Lindsay (followed by Dessert Reception)

Saturday, August 23—Orientation Family Programming

  • 10 a.m.— Conversations with the President: The Difference Gordon Made in My Life
  • 9 a.m.—Campus Connections open
  • 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.—Various sessions for parents & students and meetings with advisors 
  • 4:45 p.m.—Parents depart campus
  • 5:30 p.m.—Orientation opening program
  • 6 p.m.—Transfer CREW activity night

Sunday, August 24—Boston/Urban Programs Orientation

  • 7-8 a.m.—Breakfast with CREW
  • 8 a.m. —Intro to Boston Day 
  • 12–8 p.m.—CREW trip to Boston, including worship service 
  • 8 p.m.—Boston Day After-party

Monday, August 25—Academic & Student Life Orientation

  • 10 a.m.—Introduction to Learning at Gordon
  • 12 p.m.—Lunch with your Department
  • 1:30 p.m.— Depart for Rockport, MA
  • 7 p.m.—Dessert with Resident Directors

Tuesday, August 26—Academic & Student Life Orientation, part 2

  • 9:30 a.m.—Breakfast with the President and cabinet
  • 11:00 a.m.—Optional workshops
  • 12 p.m.—GCSA Luncheon
  • 1:30–4 p.m.—"Sponsored By" sessions
  • 5 p.m.—All-campus Block Party
  • 8 p.m.—Orientation closing program

Wednesday, August 27—Classes begin!

If you have a specific questions about the orientation program, feel free to contact  who is the student Orientation Core Staff member in charge of the transfer program (Tess also transferred to Gordon). Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page, or contact us at or 978.867.4263


Arrival Information (PDF)
Arrival Information

Checklist (PDF)

Packing List (PDF)
Packing List

Schedule (PDF)