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GCU Facts at a Glance

Georgian Court University is a dynamic, forward-thinking university, encouraging intellectual inquiry, moral analysis, and social dialogue.

Please visit GCU’s institutional profile on U-CAN, the University and College Accountability Network website, for current information on retention rate, graduation rate, and other aspects of Georgian Court University not listed here.


1908 by the Sisters of Mercy


156 acres in Lakewood, New Jersey-minutes from the Jersey Shore and 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 2014

  • 1,621 undergraduate students
  • 687 graduate students

Student Profile

  • 79% female, 21% male, (31% ethnic minority)
  • 22 states, 9 foreign countries represented
  • 75% of first-year applicants accepted for admission


  • 13:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 96 full-time instructional faculty members, supplemented by 140 industry professionals as adjunct faculty
  • 90% of full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees

Financial Aid

GCU’s financial aid program includes 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 $31,884.


31% of full-time undergraduate students live on campus in four residence halls

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. 
  • Emerging Leaders Program provides leadership training for undergraduate men and women.
  • The Academic Development Center (ADC) 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: $52,512,250 million as of 6/30/2014
  • Operating budget: approximately $47 million


Academic Majors

  • Accounting
  • Allied Health Technologies
  • Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Art & Visual Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Design
  • Education
  • English
  • Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports
  • Graphic Design and Multimedia
  • Health Information Management
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Latino/a and Business Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Imaging Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Visual Art

Graduate Programs

  • Administration and Leadership (Education)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Education
  • Education-School Counselor
  • Holistic Health Studies (available 100% online)
  • Homeland Security
  • Theology
  • School Psychology

Varsity Sports

There are nine NCAA Division II and CACC sports for women:

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

Men compete in five NCAA Division II and CACC sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Lacrosse (available Spring of 2016)
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer


Georgian Court offers more than 50 clubs, honor societies, including:

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

After Graduation

Georgian Court University prepares students for life beyond the campus gates. By senior year, 90% of undergraduate students have participated in some type of practicum, internship, field experience, coop, or clinical assignment. In addition, undergraduates are required to participate in service learning. And when asked if they would do it all over again, 87% of seniors say they would choose GCU again.

Page Updated January 8, 2015

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