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Gordon College

Wenham, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate92%

Gordon College Admissions

Gordon College is moderately difficult to get into. Gordon College admitted 92% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 1,395 applications received in 2023, 1,280 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Gordon College, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Gordon College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Gordon College's admissions stats.

Gordon College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25%
Mean SAT Score 1203
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 24%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist No

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 No
Regular Decision Yes 8 1

Want to Apply Early to Gordon College?

Gordon College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover 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 Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Gordon College?

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

In 2022, Gordon College accepted 92% of all applicants, approximately 1,280 of the 1,395 students who applied.

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

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

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 determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Gordon College

What does Gordon College consider 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
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Recommendation(s) Considered
Work Experience 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. Make sure to 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 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At Gordon College 25% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 53% were in the top 25% and 86% 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 35%
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 13%
3.00 and 3.24 8%
2.50 and 2.9 7%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

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 is a test optional school. 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 strive to earn between 1098 and 1305 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Gordon College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1305 and 25% of scored lower than 1098, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Gordon College student is 1203.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Gordon College students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 558 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Gordon College students scored 663 or higher, and 75% scored a 558 or higher.

To be most competitive at Gordon College, you should strive to earn between 23 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Gordon College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Gordon College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

More Information on Transferring to Gordon College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Gordon College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

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

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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 • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Gordon College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Gordon College?

❌ No, Gordon College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Gordon College's acceptance rate?

✅ Gordon College's acceptance rate is 92%.

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 92%. This means that the institution accepts 91 out of every 100 applicants.


Gordon College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Gordon College is Continuous processing.

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

Gordon College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1098 - 1305


Math SAT Range

528 - 650


Reading SAT Range

558 - 663

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1305 and Above


1098 to 1305


1098 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Gordon College students is 1203. Applicants with SAT scores of 1305 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Gordon College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1098 to 1305 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1098 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 3.71. 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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