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New Partnership with Notre Dame High School Expands Possibility for High School Students

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Georgian Court University recently announced its new guaranteed admissions agreement with Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, making it easier for students to get into and afford college. The agreement marks GCU’s latest partnership and offers Notre Dame students a seamless transition from high school to Georgian Court University.

“This is a great opportunity for both our institutions. These agreements are consistent with our commitment to Catholic education,” said GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., during a special ceremony at Notre Dame in late April. “At the same time, partnering with Notre Dame and similar institutions is consistent with GCU’s mission and the university’s commitment to its Mercy core values.”

Getting a Head Start on Higher Education

Both Catholic institutions share a commitment for success amongst their students—from the college prep level into higher education.

Ms. Mary Liz Ivins, principal of Notre Dame, said, “Partnering with Georgian Court University enables Notre Dame High School to meet the needs of the diverse 21st-century learner. We are grateful for this opportunity to open the doors of Georgian Court for our students.”

The partnership is one of many ongoing efforts to strengthen GCU’s work with area Catholic high schools. In 2015, GCU launched its Catholic Schools Initiative, which gives qualified students access to college courses and significant scholarship funding.

Focusing on Accessibility/Affordability

The new agreement signed by GCU President Dr. Marbach and Notre Dame President Barry Breen reflects their shared commitment to providing options for those pursuing higher education.

“We want to provide students with a great Catholic education that both maximizes their investment and their time,” explained Justin G. Roy, GCU Dean of Admissions.

“The commitment to our students matched with the seamless transition from high school to higher education will hopefully encourage students to dream high and to expand their possibilities with us,” added Dr. Marbach.

About Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame High School, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, is a dynamic Catholic community dedicated to educating young women and men to realize their full potential through a faith-filled environment, a challenging college-preparatory program, extensive co-curricular activities and a commitment to citizenship and service in the community. Established in 1957, this coeducational, college preparatory high school in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is a place where emphasis is placed on the whole student—the academic, the spiritual, the physical, the social, and the emotional.

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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.

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