From the School

Georgian Court University is a coeducational, diverse, forward-thinking institution that encourages intellectual inquiry, moral analysis, and social dialogue. At GCU, you will experience a comprehensive liberal arts education in the Mercy Roman Catholic tradition. GCU students learn to expand possibility while fostering their unique gifts and becoming more engaged citizens of the world. The university, which maintains a historic special concern for women, welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds and offers a curriculum that is broad enough to be truly liberal, yet specialized enough to prepare you for graduate study or an exceptional career.

Georgian Court University is a place where you will learn the Mercy core values of integrity, respect, compassion, justice and service. Upon graduation, you will leave armed with unimaginable knowledge, a powerful sense of purpose, and a determination to change our world.

Georgian Court University is set on a magnificent 156-acre estate, rich with an amazing history, which once belonged to financier George Jay Gould. We are conveniently located one hour from New York City and Philadelphia and only 15 minutes from the Jersey Shore. The campus borders Lake Carasaljo, and is both a National Historic Landmark and a National Arboretum.

2016 Washington Monthly
“Best Bang for the Buck”

2016 US News & World Report
“Best Colleges & Universities”

2016 Catholic College of Distinction

2016 College of Distinction

2017 Military-Friendly School


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. In 2016, 45% of GCU’s student population were first-generation college students. 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.

Applicants must submit their completed application (online via the Common Application or print and complete a paper application), a $40 application fee, their official high school transcript, SAT (GCU code: 2274) or ACT (GCU code: 2562) scores, two letters of recommendation, and an optional essay. Georgian Court has rolling deadlines for first-year students, so applications can be accepted throughout the year. A campus interview is encouraged but not necessary. A guided tour of the campus is available at the interview.

Undergraduate Student Profile (update as of Fall 2016)

  • 1591 undergraduate students (711 graduate students)
  • 72% female, 28% male
  • 21 states and 12 foreign countries represented
  • 74% of first-year applicants are accepted

Faculty (update as of Fall 2016)

  • 13:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 96 full-time instructional faculty members
  • 140 industry professionals serving as adjunct faculty
  • 90% of full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 510
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 530
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 510

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 23

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action — November 15

Regular — August 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • Evening Programs
  • Online / Off Campus Programs
  • Nursing Program

Coming Fall 2018 – RN to BSN and MBA Programs

GCU works to help students develop their academic skills in a supportive, caring environment. The Academic Development & Support Center (ADSC) offers tutoring and other academic support services so students can get the most out of their education. Disabilities Services, Peer Tutoring, and a fee-based support program for students with learning differences are also available.

Georgian Court University’s Honors Program allows students to pursue academic honors and collaborate with faculty members in a variety of special courses. Honors students can benefit from courses that emphasize primary texts and sources, rigorous scholarly writing assignments and oral presentations, belonging to a committed community of scholars, preference in academic advisement and course registration, assistance with funding to present at regional and national conferences, and special advising regarding graduate and professional school applications and prestigious fellowship opportunities.

The Office of Career Services, Corporate Engagement and Continuing Education helps bridge the gap from being a student to becoming a professional and progressing through a career. The office has a wide array of tools and resources to help students find jobs and internships, identify and market their skill set, network, compile a resume, and prepare for interviews. These life-long, free services are available to both students and alumni.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The Schools of GCU

GCU is comprised of three schools that serve our undergraduate and graduate students:

GCU boasts more than 30 undergraduate degrees, 10 graduate degrees, and a variety of certificate programs for existing professionals looking to advance their careers. In fact, GCU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best regional universities—and one of the best colleges for veterans.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Certificate
  • Post-Bachelor's certificate
  • Post-Master's certificate

Georgian Court University offers degree programs in the following disciplines: 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; History; Interdisciplinary Studies; Latino Business Studies; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Medical Imaging Sciences; Natural Sciences; Nursing; Pre-Professional Career Preparation (preparation for medical careers); Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Psychology; Psychology; Religious Studies; Social Work; Spanish; and Visual Art. Minors are offered in: Accounting; American Studies; Anthropology; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Coaching; Computer Information Systems; Dance; Dance Therapy; Digital Communication; Economics; English; Exercise Science, Wellness, & Sports; Finance; Gerontology; Global Justice & Society; Graphic Design; History; Homeland Security; Integrative Health; International Area Studies; Latino/a and Caribbean Studies; Law Enforcement & Corrections; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Politics, Law and History; Psychology; Religious Studies; Social Media Marketing; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish; Sports Management; Studio Art; Sustainability; The USA and the World; Women’s Studies; and Writing.

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
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • 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, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • 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


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2016-17 academic year, tuition was $15,079 per semester for full-time students (12–18 credits); the nursing program tuition was $16,147. Part-time tuition (11 credits or fewer) was $690. Room and board was $5,404 per semester, with a $1,293 single room supplement. Fees included a full-time comprehensive fee of $730, a part-time comprehensive fee of $365, and a full-year parking fee of $193 (plus $13.51 New Jersey sales tax). Other small miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

A deposit of $250 is required for resident and commuter students. This is applied to the semester bill and is nonrefundable.

*All tuition charges are for full time and based on full-time attendance.

The charges listed are in effect for the 2016-2017 academic year. The university reserves the right to change its schedule of tuition, fees, and refunds policies at any time.

Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Lake House, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.

Whether you are an incoming freshman, a returning undergraduate, a transfer student or a graduate student, we offer a wide range of financial aid options such as loans, grants, and scholarships to make your education at GCU possible.

Georgian Court University is proud to meet the financial aid needs of its students with an annual budget of $20,000,000 in institutional aid. The University believes that a good education is a right—not a privilege. Through internal scholarships and outside scholarships, Georgian Court strives to make education attainable for all students.

In addition, there are GCU institutional, Federal, and State grants available for students who meet specific criteria. Students can also take advantage of the loan programs that are explained in further detail in the student loan section of the University’s website.


Application Deadlines
Jul 1
Notification Date
Dec 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 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 students’ leadership abilities, as well as a plethora of other clubs and organizations catering to a broad range of interests and lifestyles.

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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



72% female
28% male
6% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time


From The School


With over 2,100 students of diverse faiths and backgrounds and a 13:1 student/teacher ratio, Georgian Court University also offers seven lush garden spaces, including a Japanese Garden, a marble pool, a bowling alley, four residence halls and GCU is the only American University with a court tennis court.

Georgian Court University cares about its students and the environment. 1,639 solar panels help heat and cool Jeffries Hall; and, there are low-mow natural zones and recycling initiatives throughout campus.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

GCU’s 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, water and 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 an International Collaboration Center.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Georgian Court University is conveniently located one hour from the Big Apple (New York City) and historic Philadelphia, and only 15 minutes from the beautiful beaches at the Jersey Shore. GCU is conveniently accessible from Rte. 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 Connection

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Luana E. Fahr, M.S. Ed, LDT-C

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division II

17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lions)
6 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lions)
8 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

Mr. Steven Lambert
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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