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Money Magazine Gives Georgian Court High Marks for Affordability

GCU students in a classroom

Georgian Court University is New Jersey’s #1 Catholic university, and among the nation’s best colleges according to the Money Magazine Best Colleges 2022 rankings. Affordability, GCU’s generous financial aid, and the early career earnings of recent graduates are among the many factors they considered.

“Research tells us that students use their Georgian Court University education to do well—financially and professionally—and to do good in the world,” said Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., president of GCU. “The rankings compiled by Money Magazine underscore important factors that make such outcomes possible.”

Affordability—Always a Priority

Overall, Money Magazine editors ranked GCU and upward of 600 institutions on 24 data points, which fell into three areas: quality of education, affordability, and overall outcomes. Based on the magazine’s analysis, affordability is one of GCU’s biggest strengths.

The university’s published full price is still lower than many New Jersey institutions and upward of 84 percent of students get grants. The estimated actual cost of attendance, after grants, was $21,900. That makes GCU one of the state’s more affordable options.

“This is especially important given our reputation for social mobility, and helping students and families secure solid footing in the middle class,” said Dr. Marbach.

The university offers more than $19 million in grants and scholarships each year to students, more than 40 percent of whom come from families with very modest incomes. About 36 percent of GCU students also are the first in their families to attend college.

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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