In U.S. News & World Report’s recently released 2022 rankings, Georgian Court University climbed four positions to 109th in the Best Regional Universities North category, up from 113th a year ago and 30 positions higher than in the 2019 rankings. In addition to the overall increase, GCU also:
- has an increased percentage of first-year students in the top 25% of their high school class for the third consecutive year;
- maintained its small class size, with a 12:1 student/faculty ratio;
- improved its predicted vs. actual six-year graduation rate (49% predicted, 57% actual); and
- placed 89th in the Top Performers on Social Mobility category.
“Georgian Court continues to make important progress on many fronts, which is what we see reflected in the most recent rankings from U.S. News & World Report,” said GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D. “We continue to attract high-achieving high school and transfer students who choose Georgian Court as a place where faculty and staff take a personal interest in their success. Our small class sizes, as noted in the rankings, contribute to that.”
The ranking report, U.S. News Best Colleges, is one of the most widely used resources by students and parents during the college search. It provides an objective comparison on many criteria believed to be important for college success: academic quality, including graduation rates; student-faculty ratio; social mobility; and more, to determine the rankings.
A Reflection of Georgian Court’s Mission
The increase in Georgian Court’s ranking is a full campus effort grounded in the Sisters of Mercy core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service. Faculty, staff, and students alike are working to strengthen the university under the guidance of the GCU Strategic Compass, the institution’s roadmap through the 2022-2023 academic year. And, at the heart, GCU is also advancing its mission to be a university where people from all walks of life can learn, succeed, and be welcomed.
“The rankings mirror—in part—our mission to serve the underserved. That includes many students who are first in their families to attend college and those from lower-income households,” said Dr. Marbach, noting that first-generation students represent 35 percent of GCU’s incoming class of 370 freshmen and transfers. About 36 percent of them also qualify for federal Pell grants, financial awards for undergraduates with a high level of unmet financial need.
“While these factors can have a negative impact on graduation rates, GCU students—regardless of socioeconomic status—consistently beat the odds,” he added. “Their success extends beyond what we see in the rankings.”