Gordon College Wenham

Overview of Gordon College Wenham

Gordon can be found in Wenham, MA (a large suburb). One of the defining characteristics of the school is its status as a Interdenominational school. Gordon is a private, not-for-profit institution. The Master's degree is the highest degree at the school.

Areas of Study

Gordon offers a wide range of choices in programs of study. The most common majors at the school are in drama and performing arts, liberal arts, mathematics, media, music.

Gordon Selectivity

Gordon does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Only 25% of students scored 530 or lower in 2007-2008 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at the school centered around 520 to 620, but ranged both higher and lower.


A tenure system is one way Gordon works to keep a high-quality staff. Instructors at the school are well-paid.

Student Body

In 2007-2008, 1,648 students were enrolled in Gordon.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Student dorms or apartments are common at Gordon. The school offers students meal plans. Gordon student athletes compete in Commonwealth Coast Conference, Commonwealth Coast Conference, Commonwealth Coast Conference competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:
"Gordon College strives to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to a lifestyle of servanthood and prepared for leadership roles in their homes, workplaces, churches and communities worldwide. To that end, Gordon College, a Christian community of the liberal arts, remains dedicated to: The historic, evangelical, biblical faith; Education, not theological indoctrination; Scholarship which is integrally Christian; Institutional and individual lifestyles guided by the teaching of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit; Offering a wide range of study and service opportunities; Reflecting, both in programs and people, the rich mosaic of the body of Christ; Maturing its students in all dimensions of human development: physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual; Applying biblical principles to society and culture."

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Contacting Gordon

Gordon College
255 Grapevine Rd
Wenham , MA 01984
General Phone: (978) 927-2300

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Gordon Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts100Latin American studies, foreign language and literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and humanities, diversity studies, economics, ...
Education and Teaching56curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, early childhood education, music teaching
Media37communication studies
Religion and Philosophy33philosophy, Christian studies, theology, youth ministry
Science28biology, exercise physiology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling27psychology
Business and Management26business management, accounting, finance
Family and Social Work18social work
Art Studies16art studies
Music10music, music performance
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4parks and recreation studies
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Gordon in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree32541
Master's degree503

Gordon Student Body

In 2007-2008, Gordon had a total enrollment of 1,648 students (1,559 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 17%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 1%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 41%
20-21 39%
22-24 12%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York8%
New Hampshire8%
New Jersey6%
(International Students)2%
North Carolina1%
South Carolina1%
Rhode Island1%

Gordon Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %

Gordon Room and Board (2007)

Gordon offers campus housing for 1,382 of its 1,559 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Wenham, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Gordon Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530650
SAT Math520620
SAT Writing530650
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT89%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT23%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Gordon Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,294
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,294
Room and board $ 7,424
Room charge $ 4,924
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,500
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,400

Financial Aid:
Gordon participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 215300)

Gordon Faculty

Gordon has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2215
Non-tenured and not on tenure track54

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year32$78,06713$74,025
Associate professoracademic year19$65,46311$62,412
Assistant professoracademic year12$55,77011$54,714
All faculty totalacademic year63$70,01835$64,306

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Gordon Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Commonwealth Coast Conference
Baseball Commonwealth Coast Conference
Track Commonwealth Coast Conference

Gordon Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Christian Studies
Theology/Theological Studies
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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