The Providence-Barrington Bible Institute, called Barrington College later, was originally founded in 1900, in Spencer, Mass. In the mid-1950s, the Institute moved its campus from Providence to the former Peck estate on Middle Highway and became a four-year coeducational Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences. The name was subsequently changed to Barrington College. The Barrington College campus grew to accommodate six hundred undergraduate students. In 1985, the board of trustees decided to merge Barrington College with Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. The Gordon College, in Wenham, Massachusetts, is among the top Christian colleges in the nation and the only nondenominational Christian College in New England.
Gordon is committed to excellence in the liberal arts education, spiritual development and academic freedom, informed by a framework of faith. It advances highest quality academics, a strong sense of community and an atmosphere of open, intellectual inquiry and personal responsibility within the framework of the Christian faith. By fostering the academic freedom and the Christian character, Gordon helps cultivate minds that envision new possibilities and hearts that serve.
Gordon attracts students from around the world and is the only multi-denominational, Evangelical Christian college in New England. Gordon strives to provide students with the best in academics, campus life activities, dynamic athletic teams and unique mission opportunities-not only in the New England community, but across the country and globally. The Gordon College is a member of the elite Annapolis Group, a consortium of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. In 2005, the College was awarded the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Racial Harmony Award.
Gordon's commitment to the service learning, global education and inner-city ministry has led to the establishment of numerous programs for student and a faculty interaction. The vast majority of Gordon students will take an advantage of one or more of the following formal opportunities during their undergraduate training, for instance, seminary distance learning.
Gordon College awards the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Music Education. Students are encouraged to take advantage of an extensive off-campus study program that now reaches over twenty specific national and international areas. The Pike Honors Program provides the exceptional students with an opportunity to meet unique academic goals, not possible under the existing Gordon programs. Students work with faculty to design individualized, disciplined and challenging interdisciplinary academic experiences.
The Gordon College is listed among some of the most select colleges in the country, with only two hundred and eighteen of five hundred and forty ranked baccalaureate colleges, meeting the criteria for the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges category in the U.S. News. The education, personal growth and practical experience, gained by students at Gordon, are put into practice, wherever they are called to serve.