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Georgian Court University, Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) Sign Guaranteed Admissions Agreement

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(left to right) Michele Neves, ICHS principal; Celia Honohan, ICHS president; Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., GCU president; Justin G. Roy, GCU dean of admissions

Georgian Court University is making it easier for students at Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, New Jersey, to get into college. A new guaranteed admissions agreement, signed on April 5, offers ICHS students a seamless transition from high school and into Georgian Court.

“This is an important relationship for Georgian Court, not only because you’re Lions and we’re Lions. We share a mascot, but we also share a mission. It’s important to continue to expand Catholic education to give students the opportunity to continue their journey into higher education through Georgian Court,” said GCU President Dr. Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.

ICHS President Celia Honohan told her students that this was a “historic day.” She added: “It’s redefining how we do admissions. We are looking at your future because it is right around the corner.”

Getting a Head Start on Higher Education

In addition to ensuring access to a quality education, both institutions are equally concerned about making sure students graduate and take their education to the next level.

“The guaranteed admissions agreement directly benefits Immaculate Conception students who are looking to continue their education by providing seamless admissions and financial aid processes, early academic advising, and increased scholarships,” explained Justin G. Roy, GCU dean of admissions.

“I am thrilled and honored to enter into this partnership with GCU, an outstanding Catholic college on a beautiful campus,” said Michele Neves, ICHS principal. “I know the fine work done at the university, and even more than that, I am impressed by the care Georgian Court takes of all of its students. I look forward to a long, healthy and happy partnership. May God continue to bless both of our communities!”

Focusing on Accessibility, Affordability

The new agreement reflects the institutions’ shared commitment to providing meaningful, viable options for those pursuing higher education.

“You may be the first person in your family to go to college. At Georgian Court, we celebrate that. More than 40% of our students are the first in their family to go to college,” said Dr. Marbach.

“Just for being a student and graduating from here, you’re eligible for $10,000 to $19,000 per year to start. We have other scholarships on top of that, depending on what you’re involved in,” explained Dean Roy, who invited the sophomores and juniors in attendance to this Saturday’s Open House at GCU’s main campus in Lakewood.

About Immaculate Conception High School

Immaculate Conception is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school that strives, within the context of family, to develop the whole person: morally, intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually. Recognizing the worth and uniqueness of each individual, they prepare students for life beyond high school so that as responsible Christians, they will make a positive difference on the world of today . . . and tomorrow.

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 HazletGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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