Georgian Court University

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, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths, races and socioeconomic backgrounds. The university's commitment to diversity is broad, and it attracts a significant population of students who are first in their families to attend college. GCU aggressively raises funds to support scholarships and institutional aid, and in 2015-16, awarded more than $16.7 million to keep college affordable for students. GCU students and alumni go on to lead purposeful lives in corporate careers, entrepreneurship, social justice, civic engagement and community leadership.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation Equal Opportunity Fund

New Jersey students who meet specific criteria established by the state of New Jersey may qualify for GCU services provided through the Equal Opportunity Fund. The program, which often attracts first-generation students from some of New Jersey's most economically challenged areas, offers academic advisement, pre-college orientation, tutoring, leadership development, and modest grants.   Learn more about Equal Opportunity Fund

Academic Advising & Support Chart the Course to Graduation

Chart the Course to Graduation supports students at risk of not earning 30 credits by the start of their sophomore year. Chart the Course is supported by a $1.99 million federal grant. Eligible students take a free winter or summer course with the intention of getting back on track to timely graduation. Courses are carefully created to take into account challenges faced by remedial students. Faculty, success coaches, and peer tutors monitor student progress.  Learn more about Chart the Course to Graduation

Academic Advising & Support GCU's Academic Development and Support Center

GCU's Academic Development and Support Center offers students a range of support services and activities, including peer tutoring, study resources (math, writing, reading), disability services and more. It is also home to The Learning Connection, a fee-based support program for students with learning differences that impact academic performance. In addition, GCU offers peer tutoring and intense academic advising via its Persistence through Academic Coaching and Tutoring (PACT) program, intended for provisionally admitted students.  Learn more about GCU's Academic Development and Support Center

Student Life & Support GCU Leadership Programs 

GCU's Women in Leadership Development (WILD) equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values for effective and engaged citizenship. Similarly, GCU's Emerging Leaders program helps men and women establish a personal leadership style as they work with leadership mentors. Living and Learning Communities provide additional opportunities for exposure and leadership growth as students work with faculty and staff in four communities—International Cultures, Gateway to the Arts, Outdoor Adventures, and Sustainability.  Learn more about GCU Leadership Programs 

Mentoring TRIO-Student Support Services

TRIO-Student Support Services at Georgian Court provides academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other services. About 160 students are served through GCU's TRIO-SSS program as they benefit from tutoring, basic skills instruction, financial literacy training, a walk-in writing lab, advocacy support and more. TRIO-SSS works to increase the number of disadvantaged low-income college students, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to successfully complete postsecondary study.  Learn more about TRIO-Student Support Services

Student Diversity

  • 1,528
  • 26/74
  • 44%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 12%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 52%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 20%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 78%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 53%
    Six-year graduation
  • 43%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 64%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 29%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 86
    Full-time faculty
  • 18
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Education, Psychology, Nursing, English, Business Administration 

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union  Da Poetry Corner  Identity Ink  Latin American Student Organization  Model United Nations  Residence Hall Association  Women's Esteem  WILD (Women in Leadership Development)  Young Lions Brotherhood  Emerging Leaders 


Cost of Attendance

  • $30,158
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,460
    Required Fees
  • $10,808
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $21,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $28,828
    Average aid package
  • $40,927
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 30%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 93%
    Students with financial need
  • 96%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 95%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 32%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,322
    # of applicants
  • 73%
  • 3.25
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 410—510
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 420—540
    SAT Math
  • 410—518
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 08/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $40
    Application Fee
  • $40
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/15
    Early action application closing date