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Initiative 2

Elevate Gordon College's profile through demonstrated academic quality and transformative experiences.

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$5.5M grants secured from private and public granting agencies over the past four years

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20% increase in securing multi-year grants over the past four years


13 academic programs added since 2015

The College has maintained its high standard of students with the current freshmen scoring an average SAT 1150 and ACT 25, maintaining Gordon’s standing between the national selective and highly selective ranges. Off-campus, faculty are raising the profile of the institution and their individual expertise. Nearly 50 faculty (and more than 20% annually) have presented in national and international conferences in their disciplines in recent years, and more than 15 are uniquely featured in national media outlets each year.

Toward the goal of improving student satisfaction through transformative community experiences, Residence Life and Athletics have introduced exciting new traditions including the Highland Games competition and the White Out pep rally. Two additional living-learning communities have opened: The Village (formerly Road Halls) and a pilot Global Education house in Dexter (which we subsequently closed because of declining interest). The fan participation at sporting events increased by 10% with major marquee events showing the largest student participation ever. In addition, a new mascot and mascot program were established, creating a sustainable future for Scottie. Overall student satisfaction has remained between 5.3 and 5.45.. Even this fall, amidst a global pandemic, overall satisfaction and a student’s self-reported sense of belonging reached the highest point since fall 2014.

For eight years in a row, Gordon College has been recognized in the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges and Green Colleges. Since 2014, Gordon has been one of only two CCCU schools included in both Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guide and ranked by U.S. News as a national liberal arts college (Wheaton is the other). The Princeton Review also recognized Gordon’s English department among “great schools for English majors” and listed Gordon’s theater program among the top 20 alongside Brown, Williams and Columbia. For three years in a row, Fiske has recognized Gordon College as one of the “inexpensive private colleges” and “small colleges strong in Music.” Gordon College’s ranking with Forbes and Washington Monthly have improved across all ranking categories. Finally, Gordon is among the 30 best colleges in Massachusetts (per Forbes, 2019) and a “best value college” (ranked by Kiplinger’s, 2019).


Barron’s Competitive+ / Very Competitive / Very Competitive+ (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
The Fiske Guide to Colleges (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Money’s Best Colleges (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Payscale’s Best for Universities for Bachelor’s Degrees (2018)
Payscale’s Best Colleges in MA by Salary Potential (2018)
Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Princeton Review’s Best Northeastern (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Times Higher Education / Wall Street Journal College Rankings (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
U.S. News and World Report’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)


  • ACT/SAT scores for incoming students will remain in the highly selective range (according to the ACT Institutional Profile)
  • Increase the frequency of faculty presentations at key national and international conferences in their disciplines
  • Increase positive earned media to showcase Gordon faculty
  • Launch two additional living-learning communities on campus
  • Increase overall student satisfaction ratings
  • Residence Life and Athletics will introduce new traditions in 2015 and participation in those traditions will increase by 10 percent each continuing year
  • Gordon College will be consistently featured in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” list and in an improved position amongst major media ranking services


  • Regained and maintained place on Princeton Review and U.S. News rankings
  • Maintained selective/highly selective admissions criteria
  • Student satisfaction has risen, even amidst a pandemic
  • New traditions and academic excellence have strengthened the campus culture


  • Student satisfaction did not grow as much as we had wished, with ups and downs rather than steady growth