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Georgian Court Earns National Recognition Among 2017 Military Friendly Schools

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Georgian Court University is certainly military friendly. That’s the message conveyed by GCU student veterans who say they count on administrators and staff professionals to help them navigate college life. The same goes for professors who respect their military service and incorporate their diverse life experiences into class discussions.

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Such examples of campus culture and commitment to student veterans are among the factors that make Georgian Court University a 2017 Military Friendly® School, according to Victory Media. The company, which publishes GI Jobs®, STEM Jobs®, and Military Spouse, recently named 1,160 schools to the list, considered the most comprehensive resource for military veterans in the nation.

“We are privileged to be among the nation’s Military Friendly® schools and honored to serve our veteran students,” said Justin G. Roy, GCU’s dean of admissions. “They have given selflessly—and without hesitation—on behalf of our country. In return, they deserve our very best in the classroom and in their campus experience.”

At GCU, support for veterans goes beyond academics. In 2015, the GCU Office of Institutional Advancement worked with an anonymous donor to establish the Georgian Court University Military Veterans Endowed Scholarship.

The scholarship provides tuition support to veterans with a special focus on those who were injured during their service. That year, GCU also opened a small Veterans Lounge to give veteran students a place to meet, talk, or simply grab a cup of coffee between classes.

Military Friendly® Schools Matter

Military Friendly® schools are evaluated using public data and responses to Victory Media’s own survey. Upward of 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey. While the methodology used to rate them was comprehensive, final ratings also considered factors such as student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence, and loan default rates for all students and especially for veterans.

“Our ability to provide a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions of our nation’s student veterans,” said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media.

GCU, which participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for military veterans, will be showcased as a 2017 Military Friendly® School in Victory Media’s annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of GI Jobs® and Military Spouse magazine, as well as on

To learn more about services and programs available to veteran students at GCU, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, call 732-987-2680.

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About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has 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 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 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 make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings, and in 2024, GCU was named one of the best Online Master’s Colleges in New Jersey.

The main campus is 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 through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.