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Georgian Court University Statement on Recent Immigration Executive Order

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A Message from GCU President Joseph R. Marbach

President Trump recently signed an executive order significantly restricting the ability of individuals from certain countries to enter the United States. Both the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) have issued statements opposing this executive order.

In part, the Sisters of Mercy statement reads: “We renew our commitment to stand in solidarity with people forced to migrate. A national examination of conscience is needed to reflect on the root causes of migration, and act on the values we are grounded in as a nation and people of faith.”

The ACCU statement reads: “As ACCU gathers this weekend in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the value of diversity within Catholic higher education, we reaffirm the commitment of our institutions to creating inclusive, welcoming campus environments that embrace people of all faiths and cultures. Catholic higher education was founded precisely to serve the children of Catholic immigrants who in their own time were excluded from higher education. This is a legacy that we proudly pledge to continue.”

As a Catholic university in the Mercy tradition, Georgian Court University affirms the sentiment of both statements.

Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.

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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.