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Georgian Court University
Motto Mercy Value, Voice, Visions
Established 1908
Type Private,
Roman Catholic - Sisters of Mercy
Endowment $46 million[1]
President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM
Faculty 309[2]
Undergraduates 1,955[1]
Postgraduates 1,090
Location Lakewood Township, New Jersey, USA New JerseyUnited States
Campus Suburban
Athletics 8 varsity teams
Colors Blue and Gold          
Mascot Lions
Georgian Court University, Lakewood Campus
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark District
Sunken Garden and Lagoon
Location: Lakewood Township, New Jersey
Built/Founded: 1908
Architect: Bruce Price, et al.
Architectural style(s): Georgian
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: December 20, 1978[3]
Designated NHLD: February 4, 1985[4]
NRHP Reference#: 78001788

Georgian Court University is a private Mercy university located in Lakewood, New Jersey, near the popular Jersey Shore and between New York City and Philadelphia. In 2004, University status was granted by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.



Founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Mercy, the university offers more than 30 majors through two colleges - the Women's College and the University College. Georgian Court University's academic departments are divided into (listed here alphabetically) the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Nursing and the School of Science and Mathematics. Georgian Court University (GCU) is non-discriminatory and welcomes people of all faiths, ethnicities, etc.

Georgian Court University is widely known for its majors in the School of Education, which include bachelor and masters degrees as well as many certifications in education including concentrations in early childhood development, elementary school, secondary school and special education. The School of Business offers both undergraduate and MBA programs. The other schools host the many other majors, both undergraduate and graduate (masters). The School of Science and Mathematics prides itself especially on its small class sizes and intense laboratory experiences. GCU sees itself as a vibrant learning community adapting to the needs of today's students in all of its majors. Three of the newest major offerings on campus are the Bachelor of Arts in Dance, the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports, and the Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management.

The women's college at the main Lakewood campus offers programs during the day and on-campus residency. It offers a liberal arts education tailored to women's learning styles. The University College (located at the Lakewood and other sites) encompasses the coeducational, nonresidential undergraduate, graduate, and certificate offerings of GCU. Evening, weekend, and online classes cater to women and men with busy schedules. Programs are offered in the evening at the GCU main campus in Lakewood, and during the day and evening at GCU at Woodbridge, GCU at Cumberland County College, and GCU at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall. Total enrollment exceeds 3,000 students (undergraduate: approximately 2,000 and graduate: about 1,000). The GCU Lions compete in NCAA Division II and CACC athletics, including basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.


The university is located on the sprawling former winter estate of millionaire George Jay Gould I, son of railroad tycoon Jay Gould (1836-1892). The estate, which the Goulds named Georgian Court, was built by New York architect, Bruce Price. Price designed three of the gardens that remain on the campus today - the Italian Garden, the Sunken Garden, and the Formal Garden, while Takeo Shiota designed the peaceful Japanese Garden. In addition to the gardens, GCU has maintained much of the original architecture and it is also home to the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum. The name of Georgian Court University is derived from its architectural style, i.e. Georgian.

On February 4, 1985, Georgian Court was designated a National Historic Landmark. One of the many historic aspects of the campus is that it houses the only real tennis court at an American school. There are approximately forty-five real tennis courts remaining in the world today.

In 2004, University status was granted by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the name changed from Georgian Court College to Georgian Court University.

The school colors are blue and gold and the mascot is a lion. There are three residents halls: St. Joseph's Hall, Maria Hall, and St.Catherine's Hall. There is a large commuter population among the students as well.


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  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.  
  4. ^ "Georgian Court". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2008-06-23.  

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