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The University

Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is located in Lakewood, New Jersey. Set on a magnificent 156-acre estate formerly belonging to financier George Jay Gould, the campus is conveniently situated 60 miles from New York and Philadelphia, and only 10 miles from the Jersey Shore. Bordering Lake Carasaljo, the site is a National Historic Landmark with alluring statuary, beautiful architecture and lush gardens.

After a long history as a women's college with coeducational graduate programs and undergraduate evening programs, Georgian Court became fully coeducational in 2013.

Georgian Court University provides comprehensive liberal arts education in the Roman Catholic tradition while maintaining its historic special concern for women. The university offers a curriculum that is broad enough to be truly liberal, yet specialized enough to provide in-depth preparation for careers or further study.

The Georgian Court atmosphere is one of a small college ambiance in a technologically advanced, highly esteemed university setting. Centered around the core Mercy values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service, the university offers a nurturing campus environment with individualized attention and guidance.

The faculty is committed to teaching and individual mentoring, as over 90% hold doctorates or terminal degrees in their field. They are dedicated and caring educators and experts in their respective industries, leading more than 30 undergraduate degrees, 10 graduate degrees, and a variety of certificates. GCU has three schools: the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business & Digital Media, and the School of Education.

More students turn to Georgian Court University for the following advantages:

- Small classes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1
- Personalized education with all classes taught by faculty members—not graduate assistants
- Inclusive core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service

Georgian Court University is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Contact us at 732.987.2700 for more information or to take a tour of the campus.


Georgian Court University is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, a suburban town midway between the urban excitement of New York City and Philadelphia, and only minutes from the spectacular beaches of the Jersey Shore. The campus is easily accessible from Route 9, the Garden State Parkway, and Interstate 195. New Jersey Transit bus access is within walking distance, giving students quick, inexpensive transportation to points of interest throughout the tristate area.

Majors and Degrees

UNDERGRADUATE: (Programs available in the following disciplines)

Majors: Accounting, Applied Arts & Sciences, Art & Visual Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Criminal Justice, Dance, Digital Communication, Digital Design, Education, English, Exercise Science Wellness & Sports, Finance, Graphic Design & Multimedia, Health Information Management, Health Profession Studies, Health Sciences, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Latino Business Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Imaging Sciences, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Pre-Professional Career Preparation for Medical Careers, Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Psychology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Spanish, Visual Art.

Minors: Accounting, American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Coaching, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Dance, Dance Therapy, Digital Communication, English, Exercise Science Wellness & Sports, Gerontology, Global Justice & Society, Graphic Design, History, Integrative Health, International Area Studies, Latina/o & Caribbean Studies, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Politics Law & History, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Media Marketing, Social Work, Spanish, Sports Management, Studio Art, Sustainability, Women's Studies, Writing.

GRADUATE: Applied Behavior Analysis, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Criminal Justice & Human Rights, Education, Holistic Health Studies, Master of Business Administration MBA Program, School Psychology, Theology, and a host of Master’s & Post-Master’s Educational Degree Offerings.

Academic Programs

GCU boasts more than 30 undergraduate degrees, 10 graduate degrees, and a variety of certificate programs for existing professionals looking to advance their careers. Business majors are also required to complete an internship program during the course of their studies.

Off-Campus Programs

In addition to offering students opportunities to study abroad, Georgian Court University offers joint-degree programs allowing students to take courses at GCU and at a partner institution, such as the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Academic Facilities

Jeffries Hall is Georgian Court's largest academic building, providing classrooms, seminar rooms, offices, art studios, and computer labs. The state-of-the-art Audrey Birish George Science Center offers the latest laboratory and instruction space for scientific study.

Other campus buildings include the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library, the Raymond Hall Complex, which houses the School of Education, the Raymond Hall Computer Center, and the GCU Dining Hall. The School of Business and the Department of Psychology reside in Farley Center, which includes a computer lab, student lounge, and the new international collaboration center. GCU’s 67,000 square-foot Wellness Center Arena boasts two, state-of-the-art dance studios for dance instruction.

Financial Aid

Georgian Court University is proud to meet the financial aid needs of its students with an annual budget of almost $20,000,000 in institutional aid. We believe a good education is a right -- not a privilege. Through our internal scholarships and outside scholarships, we hope to make education attainable for all students.

In addition there are also GCU institutional, Federal and State grants available for students who meet specific criteria. As a student at Georgian Court University, you can also take advantage of a few loan programs to help pay for the cost of education and these are listed in further detail on the student loan section of our website. On-campus job opportunities include work study and freelance work.


At GCU, over 90 percent of the full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees. From the freshman year on, students have the opportunity to take classes taught by department chairs, even school deans. Georgian Court features a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 13, which promotes individual attention and open, thoughtful discourse among students and professors. All students receive individual counseling by a faculty adviser.

Student Government

The Student Government Association (SGA) of Georgian Court University is the official representative voice of the GCU student body. The SGA advocates on behalf of the students' interests and concerns. Through representation on university committees and other special meetings, the Student Government Association continues to play a vital role in fostering community and providing a direct link between students, faculty, and administration. The university also boasts several programs to help engage and develop your leadership acumen as well as 35 other clubs and organizations catering to a broad range of interests and lifestyles.

Admission Requirements

Entrance is based on individual merit. The majority of students at Georgian Court ranked in the upper half of their senior high school class. All transfer applicants must be in good standing at their previous college.

Application and Information

Georgian Court University welcomes applications from qualified students of all faiths and backgrounds who desire a liberal arts education. The University strives to enroll students who can benefit most from its academic program. Entrance is based on individual merit. The high school record of achievement is of primary importance and must reflect solid performance. The majority of students at Georgian Court ranked in the upper half of their senior high school class. Transfer students are accepted into the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes for fall and spring semesters. All transfer applicants must be in good standing at their previous college. Applicants with fewer than 24 credits must fulfill all requirements for admission to the freshman class.

Further consideration is given to the applicant's extracurricular activities and the letters of recommendation submitted by teachers, counselors, employers, or similarly qualified people. A campus interview is highly recommended, and a guided tour of the campus is available at the interview.

For further information, prospective students should contact:

Office of Admissions
Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701-2697
United States

Phone: 732-987-2700
800-458-8422 Ext. 2760 (toll-free)
Fax: 732-987-2000

E-mail: admissions@georgian.edu
Website: georgian.edu/admissions

Location & Contact

Address 900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ  08701-2697
United States
Contact Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Email: admissions@georgian.edu
Phone: 732-987-2745
Fax: 732-987-2000

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
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Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen August 1st Not reported
Other early decision plan December 1st Not reported
Transfer August 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

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SAT Critical Reading 517 460 570
SAT Math 499 450 550
ACT Composite 20 17 22

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Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 12.92%
Black or African American 11.54%
White or Caucasian 60.47%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.48%
Asian 2.76%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.14%
Two or more races 1.94%
Other 8.43%


Male (28.83%)
Female (71.17%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 27%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Great Gatsby Party, Homecoming and GCU Step & Stroll Exhibition

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Student Organizations

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Basketball Club, Black Student Union, Math Club, Dance Theatre Club and History Club

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Men's Sports

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Softball No No No
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Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 87
Part-time - 197
Male - 104
Female - 180