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Oregon Extension


The Oregon Extension offers a fall semester of accredited college studies for the student who wants a down-to-earth, honest, lively and deeply engaging learning experience in an intentional community setting. This program is for the student who does not want to say on graduation day, “It happened so fast. I know a lot of things, but I’m not clear on why they matter or what I can do about any of it.” Settle into our mountain hideaway in the southern Oregon Cascades for a four-month conversation with professors and peers who love to read books, ask big questions, and confront big ideas. Move out of the current so you can think about issues that tug at you, cultivate friendships, feel the touch of the breeze in the forest, listen to the stream in the canyon, and reach some understanding about what things mean and why they are worth caring about. Explore this unique alternative semester.

You will live in comfortable, rustic cabins with three or four other students. You will get to fire your own woodstove and cook your own meals. When it's time to take a break, you'll head outdoors to enjoy the vast landscape surrounding you. 

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The Oregon Extension is an interdisciplinary program and welcomes applications from various majors. To gain eligibility you must:

  • Have Sophomore standing or above
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity


Students earn a total of 16 credits during a fall semester at The Oregon Extension. Within each segment, students choose a one-course title representing the study project they have chosen and the discipline in which they wish to receive three or four semester hours of credit. These disciplines include literature, psychology, sociology, philosophy, biology, theology, biblical studies, history, education, science, political science, art and communications. In addition, each student receives three semester hours for English/Communications 399: Composition and Rhetoric.


The Global Education Office will work with Student Financial Services to reassess each applicant's institutional aid for their off-campus semester. Institutional aid includes Gordon-awarded merit scholarships and grants, honors program awards, and major-or department-specific awards. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Factors in the reassessment process include financial need, GEO program flexibility within your major/minor, and program cost. SFS will provide a breakdown of costs to each student after approval has been issued by the GEO. 

The cost of this program includes:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Room
  • Board 

Costs not included:

  • Travel to and from the program


All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. Fall seat applications must be submitted to the GEO by March 1.

After the Global Education Office has notified you of your approval, you may then proceed with the program's application. See Oregon Extension's website for more information on application and deadlines. 

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