Gordon offers two unique cohort-based, four-year Scholars programs where students learn, lead and serve together on and beyond campus. In the A J Gordon Scholars and the Clarendon Scholars programs, select students are invited to join a small cohort their first year and explore and develop their personal experience alongside their peers over the course of four years. A third Scholars program, the Scholars Semester at Oxford University, offers a select few Gordon student each year seats at the highly selective Wycliffe Hall at Oxford.
We believe higher learning is best achieved when students follow their academic curiosity to engage multiple points of thoughtful study, experience and leadership that truly compliments their unique goals. Each student in their cohort program shapes and pursues their academic, personal and professional development with their own collection of experiences. But they also benefit from a collegial group of emerging scholars and leaders from which to give and take inspiration. Scholars programs participants often incorporate Honors and Fellows & Leadership program options into their personal development plans, they can study abroad or away from campus, and have access to a program director and coach to help them personalize and maximize their development, and their potential to serve communities here and after Gordon.
The A. J. Gordon Scholars Program seeks to advance undergraduate scholarship and leadership for a select group of ambitious students eager to apply their God-given talents and gifts to a world in need of hope. Drawing from the rich heritage of Rev. Adoniram Judson Gordon and the ongoing innovations of Gordon College, we cultivate a cohort-based program including one-on-one coaching, small-group peer learning experiences, and a focus on personal scholarship and independent learning options. Learn more about the A. J. Gordon Scholars Program.
The Clarendon Scholars are 10 diverse students selected to attend college together as a team in each year's incoming class cohort. Through peer support, mentoring relationships, and leadership training, scholars are equipped to succeed in all areas of their college experience, while nurturing their vision for service in the urban environment. Learn more about the Clarendon Scholars qualifications here. The Clarendon Scholars program is administered through the Center for Student Development.
The Scholars Semester at Oxford is a year-long intensive learning experience as a Visiting Scholar at The University of Oxford's Wycliffe Hall, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Sitting for a series of tutorials in topics exploring Classics and English Literature, History and Art, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology & Religious Studies, scholars live together in residence while developing their academic writing and research skills and exploring the disciplines and interests of their choice. This is a highly selective program requiring application (Junior standing and a 3.7 GPA or greater). Gordon students typically apply in the Spring of their second year, or their third year for a senior year at Oxford.
Combining Scholars programs with Honors and Leadership
Scholars program participants often combine a personally-selected set of Honors and Leadership program options during their time at Gordon. A. J. Gordon Scholars and Clarendon Scholars each have their own personal and professional development coach to help imagine an academic plan best fitted to their ambitions and goals. Scholars can select one, two, three and as many as six or seven Gordon programs or options in their four years. Some of these options include, but are not limited to:
Combinations of Majors, minors and departmental concentrations
Kenneth L. Pike Honors Program
The Jersualem & Athens Forum
The Elijah Project
The Scholars Semester at Oxford
Study Abroad & Study Away options from the Global Education Office or a summer Global Internship
The Presidential Fellows program or a combination of on-campus student leadership roles, research assistantships, or other internship or cooperative education options.