The Center for Student Development seeks to assist students in integrating faith and living through a broad range of programs, services and experiences. Concerned with the effect of the total campus environment on student growth, the Center for Student Development focuses on how a student’s faith affects decision making and value sorting in the circumstances of everyday life: roommates, study, leisure time, recreation, athletic competition, relationships, physical health, leadership, social activities and self-discipline. The Center for Student Development seeks to encourage Gordon students to not only know the truth but to exercise the truth in their daily lives.
The Orientation program is specially designed to give students exposure to all Gordon offers and is required of all incoming students.
The Orientation program will encourage growth and ease in a new environment through a process of informing, discovering, experiencing, learning and welcoming; provide accurate information regarding academic expectations as well as an introduction to the academic resources provided to support and promote scholastic achievement; acquaint new students with the people and the programs at Gordon College; and introduce new students to a variety of services and resources available on campus and in the surrounding area including Boston.
In addition to these essential yet pragmatic goals, the overarching aim of the program is to embrace all new students as individuals and assist them as they begin to discover their roles not only within our community but ultimately in God’s Church and in His world.
Gordon is committed to residence life as a major component of the collegiate experience. Living in community with others is a central aspect of the student’s total education. Gordon offers a diversity of campus housing including common-lounge halls, suite-style halls, apartment-style halls and small living/learning centers. An emphasis on programming-such as fireside chats with faculty and special guest speakers in residence hall lounges-enriches academic endeavors. Cultural activities, spiritual growth opportunities, seminars on current topics of interest, intramural sports and social activities are also offered as part of the holistic development program.
All full-time students are required to live on campus unless married, living with relatives, over 23 years of age, or granted permission by the Center for Student Development. Room rental contracts include only the periods when residence halls are officially open during each academic term. Arrangements must be made with the Center for Student Development for accommodations during a vacation period.
Gordon is committed to providing holistic health care for illness and injury and recognizes the connection between the physical health of a student and that student’s academic challenges and emotional, social and spiritual issues. The Health Center provides treatment for common illness, some medications, lab tests and specialty referrals to local physicians as needed. It is staffed by registered nurses and offers opportunity for physician (MD) or nurse practitioner (NP) visits as well.
Health Center services are available to Gordon students during the school year only. The Health Center is closed for all scheduled school holidays and breaks. The Health Center opens the first day of Orientation and is closed after Commencement (except for medical record processing and other administrative tasks).
All new students (first-year and transfer) and all students returning from withdrawal must provide a completed five-page medical questionnaire which includes demographic and contact information, health history, documentation of a physical exam completed within one year of the day starting the academic year, and vaccines as required by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: (3) hepatitis B, (2) MMR, (1) Menactra. (1) Tdap, and (2) Varicella (or proof of disease) and a TB screening. This health form is available from the Admissions Office and can be downloaded from the Admissions website as well. It must be submitted to the Health Center with ALL requirements met by August 1.
The Counseling Center assists students with mental health concerns including issues related to adjustment, mood disorders, personal and family concerns, and relationship issues. The Center is staffed by licensed psychotherapists and mental health counselors. Confidential counseling services are provided to Gordon College students for a limited number of sessions at no charge.
Student Leadership Opportunities
All Gordon students are encouraged to become involved in leadership positions with an emphasis on servant leadership. These opportunities are wide in variety and scope. They include the Gordon College Student Association, Gordon in Lynn interns, class representatives, student ministries, campus events planning, Orientation, clubs and organizations, and student residence hall staff. In addition, there are positions available on the staffs of the yearbook, newspaper and student literary publication. A program of leadership development activities and workshops culminates each year with an annual student leadership development conference in the spring.
Gordon College seeks to promote community awareness and appreciation of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds as represented in North American and international countries. Expressions of various cultural histories represented in the student body are encouraged through programs, worship services and cultural awareness experiences. Underlying this ministry, which is facilitated by a staff advisor, is the intent to provide support for students from various ethnic, cultural and language backgrounds, and to enhance unity through increased understanding of the diversity within our community.
Services and materials are available in the Career Services Office to help students investigate personal interests and career options. The office provides assistance in selecting major courses of study, administers interest inventories and assessments, offers workshops for résumé writing and job-seeking skills, and helps students locate part-time and full-time cooperative education positions. The office maintains a career reference library, graduate school test applications and directories, credentials files and employment listings. The office also organizes employment and graduate school fairs to assist in postgraduate planning.
At Gordon the campus activities and recreation program seeks to challenge the campus community as individuals, in groups, and as a whole in physical and imaginative events, concerts and activities. The goal is to enhance students’ enjoyment of God’s creation through play in its variety of forms.
The Campus Events Council (CEC) at Gordon College is the student-led, student-run group which plans the weekend and midweek activities on and off campus. CEC’s main goal is to enhance the lives of the student body and to create an atmosphere of fun and relaxation during an otherwise stressful period of life-college. CEC helps create memories and engage students in fun by planning diverse events to reach out to all types of students. Events include First and Last Blasts, movie nights, dances, trips to Boston cultural experiences, concerts, a game show, band nights, coffee houses, etc.
Recreation and Intramurals provide a variety of events and leagues for different levels of skill and interest in informal, cooperative and structured competitive sports and activities. The Bennett Athletic and Recreation Center also provides opportunity for varied drop-in recreational activities.
Athletic Program and Intramurals
The athletic program at Gordon is designed to encourage participation by students in intercollegiate teams. There are women’s varsity teams in field hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, track, soccer, lacrosse, cross-country and swimming. Men’s varsity sports include soccer, cross-country, basketball, tennis, baseball, lacrosse, swimming and track. The Center for Student Development also sponsors intramural programs.