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Explore the Gateway to New England

Come & Sea the North Shore

Have you ever explored a major U.S. city, the rocky Atlantic coast and a majestic mountain range in the same day? At our Christian college in the Northeast, you can do all of that and more. With Gordon College as your gateway to New England, you can soak up the salty sea air by day and catch a concert at Boston TD Garden by night. Experience an authentic lobster roll by the rocks in Rockport, sample warm cider donuts at an orchard in Ipswich or enjoy a legendary Fenway frank with peppers and mustard at a game in the oldest baseball stadium in America.

Take a hike in the White Mountains, paddleboard at Salem Willows or explore historic Boston, a nationally recognized hot spot for research, art and culture. New England is the only area in the country with access to mountains, forests, islands and beaches all within a few hours’ drive. Gordon’s campus is an ideal launching pad for exploring this multi-state, multi-adventure, four-seasonal setting.

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Drink in crisp peak foliage as you stroll to class on our beautiful and walkable campus. 

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Make s’mores over a campfire by Gull Pond to welcome the fall semester. 

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Bring a thermos of hot cocoa to a snowball fight on the quad before finals.

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Experience the history, scenery and nautical vibe that make the North Shore of Boston like no other place in the country! 

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The Mountains

Ideal for picturesque hikes in the summer, leaf peeping in the fall and hitting the slopes in the winter, the Gordon campus is a short two-hour drive from the nationally beloved White Mountains. Stroll beside waterfalls in Flume Gorge; hike Mount Major; or climb Mount Washington, the highest point in New England. You could also venture west to taste maple syrup in Vermont or continue up to Maine, where the mountains meet the sea in Acadia National Park. The North Shore of Boston offers abundant access to explore mountain terrain within a few hours’ drive from our Christian college. Want to stay at sea level? There are hundreds of miles of trails within a short radius of Gordon to get your hiking fix closer to home.

The Sea

Once you breathe salty sea air, it’s a smell you’ll never forget. If seafood is your thing, it doesn’t get fresher than New England. Spend a Saturday at Crane Beach, with soft sand and a long coastline that make it one of the best beaches on the East Coast. Looking to soak up some sand after class? Singing Beach (named for its squeaky sand) is just five minutes from campus, perfect for busy college students. Looking for a beach with ample swimming? You’ll want to check out Good Harbor! Whether you are looking to spend five minutes or five hours, with nearly 20 beaches within driving distance, the sea is never far from campus!

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The City

Rich in history, knowledge and culture, there is no city in the world quite like Boston. See the sights on a duck boat, explore numerous and diverse museums, catch a concert at TD Garden, do some shopping before grabbing lunch on Newbury Street or catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, all within a quick 20-mile drive from our Christian college. Boston is a globally recognized hub for top-quality healthcare. Paired with graduate school options, you don’t need to look far to continue your education after graduation. Proximity to Boston also offers access to unique internship and career opportunities thanks to Gordon’s alumni presence in Boston and the surrounding areas. If you’re up for seeing the sights, taking in the culture or getting a head-start on your post-graduation journey, proximity to Boston sets Gordon apart.