Dr. Jianpeng Wang, president of Mercer County Community College, and Dr. Joseph R. Marbach, president of Georgian Court University, officially signed a partnership agreement giving MCCC students a range of dual admissions benefits. (Photo courtesy of Mercer County Community College)
Lakewood, N.J., November 22, 2016—Georgian Court University is making it easier—and more affordable—for Mercer County Community College students to take their education to the next level by earning a bachelor’s degree at GCU.
A new dual admissions agreement, which goes into effect for the Fall 2017 semester, offers MCCC students a seamless transition after they complete an associate degree and transfer to Georgian Court.
“We are happy to expand our mission of affordability, accessibility, and our completion agenda through this agreement,” said GCU President Dr. Joseph R. Marbach.
“I see today’s signing as a new beginning for our partnership,” said MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang. “The more we succeed in providing an accessible, affordable, quality education, the more our students succeed.”
In addition to ensuring access to a quality education, both institutions are equally concerned about making sure students graduate.
“The dual admissions agreement directly benefits students who complete their associate degree at Mercer County Community College,” explained Justin G. Roy, GCU Dean of Admissions.
“These students are making the most of their investment at MCCC, and we want to help as they continue to maximize their money and their time,” he said. “Special advising, generous transfer credits, and eligibility for expanded scholarships will put MCCC graduates that much closer to the next step—earning a bachelor’s degree.”
GCU’s “Completion Agenda” includes a range of efforts and initiatives to improve student retention and increase the field of college graduates. Collaborating with partners like Mercer County Community College is one example.
“We are very concerned about students completing college in a timely manner and reducing any debt they may have,” said Dr. Marbach. “With this partnership, it will be great for them to get their degrees in New Jersey and keep their talent in New Jersey.”
The agreement covers more than 80 associate degree programs at Mercer, with special requirements for education, nursing, and dance programs. MCCC students must complete 60 transferable credits with a grade of C or higher, and may transfer up to 75 credits. Students qualify for tuition discounts at GCU ranging from 20 to 52 percent, depending on GPA. Students will also have access to additional grants and scholarships available at GCU.
For more information about transferring to Georgian Court University, visit georgian.edu/admissions/transfer or contact the Office of Admissions at 732.987.2700.
About Mercer County Community College
Established in 1966, Mercer County Community College is a publicly supported, comprehensive educational institution that provides opportunities for higher education through an open-door admissions policy. With campuses in West Windsor and Trenton, New Jersey, MCCC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. It enrolls more than 11,000 full- and part-time students.
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, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 33 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. In 2015, GCU was named #25 among MONEY® magazine’s “Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and a Best Bang for the Buck School by Washington Monthly. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. 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 Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.