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Georgian Court University Welcomes its Class of 2026!

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Welcome Class of 2026!  Georgian Court University is pleased to announce that 200 freshmen have joined our Lions family this fall as the “Class of 2026.”

These students have traveled far and wide to attend GCU, hailing from 11 states in the U.S. from as far away as Hawaii, and from five different countries: Spain, France, Sweden, Canada, and the United Kingdom. There are currently 34 international students on campus.

The Class of 2026 set a record by providing the largest freshman class – 32 students which is double the enrollment from 2020 — for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The three most popular majors for freshmen this year are Business Administration, Nursing, and Pre-Nursing.

In addition, GCU is excited to welcome 38 freshmen as New Seminary students, many of whom are participating in an accelerated nursing program for Jewish women. This program, offered by the Georgian Court Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing and Wellness at Georgian Court, will provide graduates with a BS in Nursing in under three years.

GCU anticipates just over 2,100 students to be enrolled for the 2022-2023 academic year which includes some 150 transfer students from community colleges and other universities, and close to 200 graduate students.

The fall semester also marks the second year of the Transition and Career Studies Program (TCS) for intellectually disabled students. Several new students have joined the program and will be living on campus, attending classes, working with peer mentors, and fully experiencing college life, thanks to this integrated program.

New and returning students will find some changes this year. The GCU campus has officially become 100% smoke-free and tobacco-free, the university has free resources to help those who want to quit. GCU has also approved a new NCAA Division II sport for women, Acrobatics and Tumbling. New academic programs approved for 2023 include an undergraduate major in Sports Management and a graduate degree in Social Work.

GCU welcomes all our Lions back to campus for an exciting year of learning and personal, educational, social, and spiritual growth. We look forward to each of you sharing your diverse social, cultural, and regional experiences to nourish and grow our understanding of each other, and to continue to foster an even greater compassionate and inclusive community.

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 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com 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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