Georgian Court University campus

From the School

Georgian Court University is a coeducational, forward-thinking institution that encourages intellectual inquiry, moral analysis, and social dialogue.

Georgian Court University is a place where heart and intellect meet. At GCU, students expand possibility while fostering their unique gifts and become a more engaged citizen of the world. The historic 156-acre campus is home to over 2,000 students, creating a community of scholarship, empowerment, and friendships.

Georgian Court University is a four-year private coeducational university located in Lakewood, NJ. GCU is 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.

The current GCU campus was sold to the Sisters of Mercy in 1924 from the heirs of George Jay Gould. The original estate featured an indoor swimming pool, court tennis court, and bowling alley, all housed in what is now called the Casino and completely restored. Gould’s estate also boasted a Japanese Garden, Formal Garden, and classical Italian Gardens, which still grace the campus with their natural and sculptural beauty.

As a forward-thinking university, that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU expands possibility for students of all faiths and backgrounds. 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.

As a coeducational institution, we continue to grow while maintaining a small-scale setting that provides a big value: a community based on respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service. Each GCU student shapes our experiential academic environment, which makes for a vibrant environment of teachers and learners.

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.

In 2015, GCU was ranked in the top 5% in the northeast by Washington Monthly College Guide as a “Best Bang for the Buck”, in addition of in the top 10% nationally by The Economist when it comes to our graduates and median income. GCU was also ranked in Money magazine as a top college that added the most value. We just heard that GCU was named a National College of Distinction based on our study abroad, service learning, and internship programs.


From The School

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.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 510
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 540
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
410 - 518

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action
November 15

August 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

GCU offers its students more than just lectures and papers: we give them the hands-on experience they want, challenge students to think big, and then give them the skills they need to accomplish their goals.

Georgian Court University offers Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MA), and Master of Business Administration degrees. Boasting over 30 undergraduate and 10 graduate degrees in the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Digital Media, and the School of Education, there is a program that is right for all students.

Small class size of a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, allow for students to connect individually with their professors. All classes are taught by faculty who are committed to teaching and individual mentoring; 90% of full-time faculty hold doctorates or terminal degrees in their field.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Accounting, Allied Health Technologies, 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, Graphic Design & Multimedia, Health Information Management, History, Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies, Latino/a & Business Studies, 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, Graphic Design, History, Holistic Health, Homeland Security, International Area Studies, Latino/a & Caribbean Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Media Marketing, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Management, Studio Art, Sustainability, Women's Studies, Writing.

GRADUATE: Applied Behavior Analysis, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Education, Holistic Health Studies, Homeland Security, Master of Business Administration MBA Program, School Psychology, Theology.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
  • Elementary Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Holistic Health
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

  • History

  • History

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Natural Sciences

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • School Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Homeland Security

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Digital Arts


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Full-Time $15,079 per semester 12 – 18 credits. ($16,147 Full time Nursing)
Part Time $690 per credit – 11 credits or less ROOM & BOARD:
$5,404 per semester $1,293 single room supplement


Full time comprehensive fee: $730
Part time comprehensive fee: $365
Full year parking fee: $193 + $13.51 NJ Sales tax
Other small miscellaneous fees may be applicable

Financial Aid

Affordability is on the forefront of every students mind; we work with students and families to help them with their financial aid. Every student is automatically considered for merit and need-based aid (with a submitted FAFSA). GCU’s primary motive is to help students navigate through the process in order to afford tuition at a private university and obtain the best education possible despite economic conditions.

Through a combination of financial aid packaging, pursuit of scholarship and grant opportunities, and on-campus work-study jobs, GCU works to make its educational program available to all qualified students, regardless of financial need. In 2015, 99% of our students received financial aid. We offer many types of financial aid, including:

1. Merit-based awards (based on GPA and SAT/ACT)
2. GCU Scholarships that are available through our Scholarship Application
3. GCU Need-Based Grants
4. Federal and State Grants and Scholarships
5. Outside scholarships. We created a page on our website that highlights some outside scholarships search sites!

Please visit:

Your college education is an important investment in yourself and your future. When you are considering the cost of a GCU education, you should also consider the value of a GCU education. In 2015, GCU was ranked in the top 5% in the northeast by Washington Monthly College Guide as a “Best Bang for the Buck”, in addition of in the top 10% nationally by The Economist when it comes to our graduates and median income. GCU was also ranked in Money Magazines as a top college that added the most value.


Application Deadlines
Jul 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Georgian Court University is a proud member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. We also belong to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Division II reflects our own philosophy. It’s an ideal balance between athletic excellence and academic achievement. GCU student-athletes maintain an above-average GPA, participate regularly in community service projects, and make their mark on college athletics. Many qualify for athletic scholarships.

The Office of Campus Ministry at Georgian Court University exists to support the spiritual growth of all members of the GCU community.Campus ministry’s mission includes: Gathering a vibrant community for worship, prayer, and reflection; Celebrating the Catholic Christian faith of our sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy; Cultivating faith-filled leaders who can have a positive impact on our world; and Animating the GCU community for compassionate service and advocacy for justice.

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.

As a Mercy university, Georgian Court believes in cultivating every aspect of you: mind, body, and spirit. That is why our programs challenge our community’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual growth in the time-honored tradition of the Mercy core values—respect, integrity, service, justice, and compassion.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



74% female
26% male
5% are out of state
82% are full time
18% are part time


From The School


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, 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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Georgian Court University was formerly the winter home of George Jay Gould, millionaire son of railroad tycoon Jay Gould. The architect Bruce Price was hired to transform the land, purchased in 1896, into a lavish country estate resembling an English estate of the Georgian period; therefore, it was named Georgian Court. In addition to designing the buildings, Bruce Price designed three of the four major gardens, which were created before 1910: the Classic or Italian Garden, Sunken Garden or Lagoon, and the Formal Garden. The garden designer Takeo Shiota designed the Japanese Garden.

Our 67,000-square-foot Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art centerpiece on a campus fully equipped for physical fitness, athletic excellence, and environmental awareness. The LEED®-gold certified center features recycled materials, waterand energy-saving design, and an Earth-friendly roof. The Wellness Center Complex features:

A 1,200-seat arena, five athletics fields (including new synthetic turf), a six-court outdoor tennis center, and an abundance of training space for GCU’s conference-winning NCAA Division II student-athletes; An advanced exercise science lab and two professional dance studios; A state-of-the-art fitness center; and a rich, diverse range of fitness and wellness programs.

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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The campus is conveniently situated 60 miles from New York and Philadelphia, and only 10 miles from the Jersey Shore. GCU is conveniently accessible from rt.9, the garden state parkway and 195 allowing students to venture out and enjoy all the local amenities the Jersey Shore has to offer.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
The Learning Center

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Patricia A. Cohen

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
psychoeducational evaluation child study team IEP documentation or private consultant documentation, physicians notes and other professionals as applies to each indiviudal ADA accommodation.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
All approriate documentation regarding ADD by a certified professional in the field. All documentation that is necessary same as above

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division II

13% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lions)
5 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lions)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services



Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Tracey Howard-Ubelhoer
Director of Undergrad Admissions

900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697

800 458-8422


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wellness Center
Art Gallery
NASA Educational Resource Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Six Flags Great Adventure
New York City

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, buses, train. Newark airport, Philadelphia airport, Atlantic City airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 91. Stay to the right and go to the fourth traffic light and make a right turn onto Route 526 (Lanes Mill Road). Go approximately 5 miles (Lanes Mill Road becomes County Line Road) and make a left turn onto Route 9 (southbound) to Ninth Street. Turn right onto Ninth Street and continue to end. The college entrance gate will be on your right. From the West: Take I-95 North, I-295 North or the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 7A. Take I-195 East to Exit 28A. Follow Route 9 South to Ninth Street (approximately 6 miles). Turn right onto Ninth Street and continue to end. The college entrance gate will be on your right.

Local Accommodations
Ramada Inn, Toms River, N.J. Bestwestern, Lakewood, N.J.

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