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Gordon College

Wenham, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate77%
Acceptance Rate77%

Gordon College Admissions

Check in with Gordon College's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Students who apply to Gordon College for fall semester should hear back from Gordon College by February 15.

Gordon College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Gordon College's admissions stats.

Gordon College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18%
Mean SAT Score 1150
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 24%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist Yes

Gordon College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Gordon College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 November 15

Applying Early to Gordon College?

Gordon College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Gordon College will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 15.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Gordon College Admissions

How To Get Into Gordon College

Gordon College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Gordon College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Gordon College accepted 77% of all applicants, approximately 1,133 from 1,466 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Gordon College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Gordon College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Gordon College

Gordon College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Gordon College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Gordon College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Gordon College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Interview Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered

Make sure to check with Gordon College for more information on admission factors.

Gordon College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Gordon College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Gordon College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Other Requirements Finance form for international students
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Gordon College?

Students admitted to Gordon College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 28% submitted a class rank. At Gordon College 18% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 53% were in the top 25% and 76% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Gordon College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 10%
3.75 and 3.99 19%
3.50 and 3.74 22%
3.25 and 3.49 20%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 10%
2.00 and 2.49 7%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Gordon College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Gordon College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Gordon College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 24% of Gordon College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Gordon College?

To be competitive with other Gordon College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1168 and 1360 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Gordon College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1360 and 25% of scored lower than 1168, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Gordon College student is 1150.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Gordon College students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 588 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Gordon College students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 588 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Gordon College?

To be most competitive at Gordon College, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Gordon College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Gordon College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Gordon College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Gordon College.

Transfer students can enroll in Gordon College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Gordon College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Gordon College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Gordon College.

Does Gordon College accept transfer credits?

✅ Gordon College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Gordon College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Gordon College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Gordon College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Gordon College?

❌ No, Gordon College is test optional, so you can decide whether to include your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Gordon College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Gordon College is 77%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Gordon College?

❌ Gordon College does not offer early decision.

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Gordon College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Gordon College? Gordon College is a somewhat selective institution. The Gordon College acceptance rate is 77%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.


Gordon College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Gordon College is Feb 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Gordon College ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


24 to 30


24 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Gordon College is 25. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Gordon College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Gordon College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1168 - 1360


Math SAT Range

565 - 670


Reading SAT Range

588 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1360 and Above


1168 to 1360


1168 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Gordon College students is 1150. Applicants with SAT scores of 1360 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Gordon College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1168 to 1360 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1168 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Gordon College.

Gordon College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Gordon College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.58. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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