Gordon continues to be recognized for its commitment to educational excellence and its financial value. Gordon is one of two Christian colleges in the CCCU (Wheaton College is the other) to be included in both the Princeton Review’s Best 387 Colleges and the U.S. News and World Report's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Quality and value: these are the hallmarks of a wise investment with longstanding benefits. Many schools can tout one or the other, but rare is the institution that offers both.
In 2021, Gordon was also listed as the safest private college or university in the U.S. (ranked by stateuniversity.com), remains a top "Green College" (as ranked by Princeton Review) for our commitment to environmental sustainability, and was recognized by LendEDU for the low default rate of graduates with student loans (28th best in Massachusetts).
- Fiske’s Guide
Edward Fiske continues to include Gordon in its selective annual guide, ranking us in the "inexpensive" private college category. The guide states: “Evangelical Christian values are at the heart of almost all aspects of life at this New England college, where faith and religious values set the tone for campus life inside and outside the classroom. The college, founded as a missionary training school ‘to prepare the people of God to do the work of God,’ is always evolving, sharpening its offerings across the board, from neuroscience to music education, and looking to increase its diversity.”
- Princeton Review
For the eighth year in a row, Gordon College was listed in the Princeton Review's Best Colleges, Best Northeastern Colleges, and Guide to Green Colleges. Gordon has also made their list for "Great Schools for English Literature and Language Majors." According to Princeton Review, students receive a well-rounded education, faculty are “accomplished and extremely passionate about the subjects that they teach,” students are able to enter into “curious and respectful conversation” when speaking with someone with whom they disagree, and there is diversity of ethnic backgrounds and cultures at Gordon.
- U.S. News and World Report
Gordon College was placed at number 158 in the "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" category. Of the many Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) accredited institutions, only a handful meet the stringent criteria standardized by U.S. News. Gordon is one of only a few Christian liberal arts colleges that are nationally-ranked.
- National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)
Gordon College’s Department of Education has received national recognition for graduating top-quality teachers. The undergraduate elementary and secondary programs earned 14th and 32nd spot, respectively, out of the 2,400 elementary, secondary and special education programs across the country included in the NCTQ second edition of the Teacher Prep Review. Gordon is one of only 17 institutions in the entire country—and the only school in Massachusetts—to have both elementary and secondary programs on the "Top Ranked" lists. Learn more ➔
In 2020, Gordon College's undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program was one of only 15 in the U.S. to earn an A+ by the NCTQ for its strong commitment to evidence-based reading instruction—an approach used in all of Gordon's undergraduate and graduate education programs.
- Washington Monthly
Washington Monthly ranks Gordon College 86 out of 215 National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2021. Gordon is also included in their Best Bang for the Buck in the Northeast, ranked 217 out of 393 colleges and universities.
- John Templeton
Gordon College was named to the John Templeton Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges, one of only 100 schools nationwide honored for presidential leadership, spiritual growth programs, and first-year programs.
Money's Best Colleges ranks Gordon College No. 578 among 739 national colleges in 2020.