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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 engaged 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. 


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

  • Have Sophomore standing at the time of application.
  • 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 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.

Please note that this domestic program does not fulfill Global Understanding Core.


The cost is equal to a semester at Gordon and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Room
  • Board (which is returned to students who buy and supply their own board while at OE) 

Costs not included:

  • Travel to and from program


All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying to your program.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the program's application. Please be aware of your program's application deadlines.

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