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

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.

Open to Students of All Faiths

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. The university offers a nurturing campus environment with individualized attention and guidance centered around the mission and the core Mercy values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service.

The faculty is committed to teaching and individual mentoring, as 92% 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, 11 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 12:1
  • 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.

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In the late 1800s, Lakewood was well known as the winter playground for the elite of New York City and Philadelphia, with sprawling country estates nestled among the spruces and pines. Georgian Court University is located on one such estate: the George Jay Gould estate.

The estate was established in 1896 by the son of railroad magnate Jay Gould. Construction on the estate began 10 years after George Gould married lovely young actress Edith Kingdon. A second residence and winter getaway for the Goulds, Georgian Court provided recreation, relaxation, and healthy pine air for the Goulds and their seven children.

Gould engaged the famous New York architect, Bruce Price, to transform his newly purchased property into a lavish country estate. He had in mind something on the order of the great estates in England and Scotland, the comforts of which he had often enjoyed. Gould and Price agreed to develop the land in the style of an English estate of the Georgian period, which would substitute a gracious order for the wild terrain. Consequently, the name Georgian Court seemed appropriate.

The 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.

After George Gould’s death, his heirs decided to sell the estate to the Sisters of Mercy. Since 1908, the Sisters of Mercy had founded and operated Mount Saint Mary College in North Plainfield, New Jersey. In 1924, the Sisters of Mercy purchased the estate and relocated the college to the Lakewood campus, renaming it Georgian Court College. In 2004, the institution was granted university status. The campus is both a National Arboretum Site and a National Historic Site.

“Situated in the famous ‘pine belt’ of New Jersey, nine miles from the ocean, is Lakewood, a noted winter resort [in Ocean County]. Combining all requisites for health and pleasure, it is within easy distance of New York and Philadelphia. The difference in quality between the climate of this charming health resort and the neighboring cities is apparent to the most casual visitor….” –Village Improvement Association of the Bureau of Information, Lakewood, New Jersey, 1914

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In 1908, by the Sisters of Mercy

156 acres in Lakewood, New Jersey
Minutes from the Jersey Shore; midway between Philadelphia and New York City

Type of Institution
Private, comprehensive liberal arts Catholic university in the Mercy tradition. GCU offers undergraduate and graduate programs and has been fully coeducational since Fall 2013.

Enrollment Fall 2015

  • 1,528 undergraduate students
  • 594 graduate students

Student Profile

  • 76% female, 24% male
  • 29% ethnic minority
  • 25 states, 13 foreign countries represented
  • 73% of first-year applicants accepted for admission


  • 12:1 student–faculty ratio
  • 86 full-time instructional faculty members, supplemented by 161 industry professionals as adjunct faculty
  • 92% of full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees

Financial Aid

  • Scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time jobs on campus. About 99% of first-year, full-time students receive financial aid, with an average financial aid package of $29,463.


Special Programs

  • Women in Leadership Development (WILD) encourages women to assume critical leadership roles in the community and their chosen fields by participating in seminars, mentoring experiences, and networking events.
  • The Global Transformative Initiative (GTI) opens up the world of cultural and educational exchange to students and faculty, empowering them with the skills to lead and a commitment to global citizenship and engagement. GTI incorporates curriculum, international partnerships, education abroad, global awareness on campus, community outreach, and enrollment.
  • The Emerging Leaders Program provides leadership training for undergraduate men and women.
  • The Academic Development & Support Center (ADSC) helps GCU students increase study, note-taking, test preparation, and time management skills, and provides tutoring.
  • The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is a New Jersey state program designed to make collegiate experiences possible for academically and financially disadvantaged students.

Financial Resources

  • Endowment: $54,441,835 million as of 6/30/2015
  • Operating budget: approximately $46 million

After Graduation
Georgian Court University prepares students for life beyond the campus gates. By senior year, 90% of undergraduate students have participated or plan to participate in some type of practicum, internship, field experience, co-op, or clinical placement. In addition, undergraduates are required to participate in service learning. And 92% of seniors rated their entire GCU educational experience as “excellent” or “good.”

School Colors & Mascot
Blue & Gold; Roary the Lion

Academic Majors

Graduate Programs

Varsity Sports
There are eight NCAA Division II and CACC sports for women:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Men compete in six NCAA Division II and CACC sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer

Georgian Court offers nearly 100 clubs, honor societies, and special-interest organizations, including:

  • American Chemical Society
  • Black Student Union
  • Dance Club
  • Latin American Student Organization
  • Living-Learning Communities
  • Mercy Collegiate Society
  • ’Da Poetry Club

Please visit GCU’s institutional profile on U-CAN for additional information on retention rate, graduation rate, and other details.