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Middlesex County College and Georgian Court Sign New Agreement

GCU president shaking hands

(left to right) William J. Behre, Ph.D., GCU provost; Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., GCU president; Joann La Perla-Morales, Ed.D., MCC president; Mark McCormick, Ed.D., J.D., MCC vice president for academic and student affairs

Officials from Middlesex County College and Georgian Court University have signed a dual admissions agreement that will allow MCC graduates to transfer to GCU seamlessly and at a discounted tuition rate.

“The dual degree agreement creates pathways for MCC graduates in nearly all of our degree programs to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at Georgian Court University,” said Joann La Perla-Morales, president of MCC. “In addition, Georgian Court will offer guaranteed tuition discounts—based on grade point average—for grads who enroll full time at its Lakewood campus. Discounts range from 20 percent for those with a GPA of between 2.0 and 2.49, to 52 percent for those with a GPA of 3.75 and above.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our graduates to attend a prestigious university at an affordable rate,” she said. “In addition to the guaranteed discounted rate, students are eligible to receive additional grants and scholarships offered by GCU.”

“As institutions that share similar educational missions, we’re proud and excited to partner with Middlesex County College to develop pathways for MCC graduates to seamlessly transfer to Georgian Court University,” said Justin G. Roy, dean of admissions at Georgian Court University.

“While students can enroll in the dual degree program at any time during their tenure at MCC, both schools recommend doing it as early as possible,” he said. “That way, Georgian Court advisors can work with the students to ensure they are taking the correct courses and are prepared for the university.”

Middlesex Agreement Reflects Commitment to Accessibility, Affordability

The new agreement signed by GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., and MCC President La Perla-Morales, Ed.D. reflects their shared commitment to providing meaningful, viable options for those pursuing higher education.

“We also know that affordability is of critical importance to all students, and especially so with adult learners looking to balance the demands of work, family, and classes,” said Dr. Joseph R. Marbach, President of Georgian Court University.

About Middlesex County College

Middlesex County College is a public community college in Edison, New Jersey offering 88 degree and certificate programs. Together, dedicated, teaching faculty, small classes, and state-of-the-art learning technologies prepare students for transfer to complete advanced degrees and for 21st century careers. Also available are contract training and numerous non-credit courses. Founded in 1964, the beautiful main campus, a 200-acre site, provides a perfect learning environment with classroom, laboratory, and recreational spaces. Each year, approximately 12,000 students are enrolled in credit courses and more than 10,000 are educated in non-credit programs. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits Middlesex County College. Over 54,000 alumni are of record.

Aerial view of GCU.

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 15 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.

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