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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

Transformation through community
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 White Out pep rally. Two additional living-learning communities have opened: the Village (formerly Road Halls) and a pilot Global Education house in Dexter. Off campus, faculty are raising the profile of the institution and their individual expertise. Nearly 50 faculty have presented in national and international conferences in their disciplines in recent years, and more than 15 are uniquely featured in national media each year.


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)


“With one-third of the student body in a spiritual life group, 20 percent in missions and service learning, 20 percent in varsity sports and over 50 clubs and organizations to join, this is an involved campus. We believe the best way to learn as a servant-leader is to take risks in a healthy and constructive environment. The best way to grow is in the context of community and so everything we do in Student Life is done with this in mind."

Jennifer Jukanovich

—Jennifer M. Jukanovich '94
Vice president for Student Life

“Gordon is an institution committed to cultivating servants for Christ and preparing them to become difference-makers in the modern world. The National Collegiate Athletic Association competition is a high-pressure crucible that allows our student-athletes to test themselves and mature in composure, determination and perseverance, and this ultimately produces leaders who are uncompromising in the highest standards of personal excellence. This fortitude of character combined with the desire to serve Christ through their vocational calling results in uncommon men and women who are prepared to change the world."

Matt Horth

—Matt Horth '10
Head coach, Men's Soccer

Coming into view: raising the bar
The College will continue to work on maintaining a high profile for prospective students, with ACT and SAT scores between the “selective” and “highly selective” range, and increasing the percentage of students declaring Gordon as their first-choice school. For enrolled students, Gordon will continue to build on the improved student satisfaction ratings to notch them slightly higher.


  • 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