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GCU Named Among National Colleges of Distinction

GCU Colleges Distinction

Georgian Court University has been recognized for its commitment to high-impact learning practices and for its reputation as a leading Catholic institution, according to the organizers of Colleges of Distinction.

This is the third year GCU has proven itself worthy of the accolade, which focuses on schools that deliver a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. The honor reflects GCU’s unique learning environment and vibrant programs that engage students through service learning, global education, intensive writing courses, undergraduate research, capstone projects, and internships.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Georgian Court as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with GCU’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

Student Satisfaction a Clear Distinction

Results from GCU’s 2018 Student Satisfaction Inventory survey reinforce the honor. Students at the university found the content in the major courses to be valuable and thought their academic majors could be clearly applied to their career goals. They also gave GCU high marks for faculty who consistently make themselves available outside of class time.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to four distinctions, characterized by “Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.”

In addition to honoring the university overall, the program also recognized GCU as a Catholic College of Distinction and for its programs in business, nursing, and education.

“We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Georgian Court stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed,” said Mr. Schritter.

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction Web site and guidebook have honored schools throughout the United States for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The Web site and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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