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Georgian Court University Recognized as a College of Distinction

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Georgian Court University’s unique learning environment—where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building, service learning programs, intensive writing courses, and other high-impact practices—makes it one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. The 2017-18 honor was awarded to GCU by the nationally-recognized Colleges of Distinction program, which highlights excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education.

“We are honored to name Georgian Court University as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Georgian Court for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with high-impact educational practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

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High-Impact Practices at GCU

High-impact practices represent the kind of learning that makes a difference for students. For example, students who complete undergraduate research—which is often conducted at Georgian Court—tend to remain enrolled until graduation and achieve higher grades.

National experts like George D. Kuh, Ph.D., of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, find that students in high-impact practices “are more likely to continue on to graduate school, are more satisfied with their overall educational experience, and demonstrate greater problem-solving and research skills.”

Distinctions Matter

The annual process of selecting the nation’s Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to four distinctions—Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. The sponsoring organization also reviews each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success, satisfaction measures and more.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select the best schools that are 100% focused on the student experience, and producing the most well-rounded graduates that are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Mr. Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction like Georgian Court University is proof that the institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one, and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

To view Georgian Court University’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit

Learn more about GCU and what makes it a College of Distinction when you register for a GCU Open House. For more information about college admissions, contact the GCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 732-987-2700 or e-mail nqzvffvbaf@trbetvna.rqh.

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors.

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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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