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NCAA Bestows the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence on Georgian Court

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has recognized Georgian Court with the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence. With 44 out of 303 Division II schools earning the honor this year, Georgian Court ranks in the top 15% of member schools for academic performance.

The award is given annually to Division II schools with a four-cohort (2012-15) Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90% or higher. Georgian Court, a member of the NCAA’s Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, is one of only two Division II schools in New Jersey to receive the honor.

The NCAA is a member-led organization dedicated to college athletes’ well-being and lifelong success. Nearly 500,000 college athletes across all three divisions compete for about 1,100 member schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Regardless of where they start, student-athletes strive to end each season at one of the NCAA’s 90 championships in 24 sports. 

This award isn’t the only honor bestowed on Georgian Court by the NCAA this year. Hannah Thrainsdottir, a double major in digital communication and psychology, was named one of nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award last month. Hanna and the other eight finalists, selected out of a pool of 577 nominees, will be celebrated at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio on Jan. 12th.

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 2,100 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 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.