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Gordon Orientation

Orientation Mission

New Student Orientation is the first step in launching a supportive and challenging experience at Gordon College. You will learn more about the College's resources and the people who are here to help you prepare for a successful educational venture. Gordon is blessed with a dedicated community of faculty, staff and students. This community deeply cares about learning within the framework of a Christian worldview, and we look forward to your contribution to this important work.

The Orientation program is specially designed to give students exposure to all Gordon offers and is required of all incoming students.

The Orientation program will:

  • Encourage growth while transitioning to a new environment through a process of welcoming, informing, discovering, experiencing, and learning

  • Provide accurate information regarding academic expectations as well as an introduction to the academic resources provided to support and promote scholarly achievement

  • Acquaint new students with the people and the programs at Gordon College

  • Introduce new students to a variety of services and resources available on campus and in the surrounding area, including Boston

In addition to these essential yet pragmatic goals, the overarching aim of the program is to embrace all new students as individuals and assist them as they begin to discover their role not only within our community but also ultimately in God's Church and in His World.


Each year the Orientation staff picks a theme or idea that helps to organize all of our programming for your arrival year. Our Orientation staff recognizes that coming to our College provides new challenges for students and not every student will face the same challenges. Our role is to equip students with the tools they need as they prepare to reach for their own individual goals and seek new challenges during their time at Gordon.