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First-Year Students

AP Exams
The College grants credits to applicants enrolled in the AP Program who receive scores of 4 or 5 on the AP exams.

  • Each academic department establishes criteria for placement and credit
  • No more than 32 credits may be used toward a Gordon degree
  • Credit awarded will be awarded once the official report is received directly from The College Board
  • Effective for exams taken in 2004 or later

*Any foreign language or literature exam: Score of 4 validates core requirement (Language I, II) by a waiver of Language I and 4 credits for Language II; score of 5 validates core requirement with 8 credits for Language I & II. A maximum of 8 credits per language will be awarded.

SAT II Foreign Language Exams

  • A score of 400 on an SAT II Foreign Language exam places a student in Language II, waiving Language I without credit.
  • A score of 500 on the exam fulfills the Core Language I and II requirement without credit. If a student intends to continue study in the language, a placement exam will need to be taken.

International Baccalaureate
Higher-Level International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme exams with scores of 5 or better will be considered for college credit upon receipt of the official certificate. Specific course credit allocation will be determined by the academic department involved.

From the moment you arrive on campus for Orientation until you receive your diploma, we want to help you make the most of your Gordon experience. Beginning with Orientation, we will provide you all the information you need to succeed in your major, get involved and deepen your faith. You will be placed in an Orientation Crew (O-Crew) with a small group of fellow classmates where together, you can acclimate to life on campus.

We know that your housing experience is important to you. It’s where you come home at the end of the day! As a first year student, you will be placed with one or two first year students in one of our 14 residence halls. Each floor has its own Resident Advisor, a returning student, who assists the hall’s Resident Director to create a comfortable environment to promote the growth and development of each student.

We’re 25 miles north from the thriving, academic downtown of Boston, three miles from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and situated on 450 acres of beautiful New England forests. We encourage you to look at the area guide, but we would love for you come see it for yourself.

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