Newly Coed University Enjoys Historic Increase in Interest from Potential Students
LAKEWOOD, N.J., – Less than a year after announcing Georgian Court University (GCU) would admit men, they are seeing record increases in admissions applications, which are up 46 percent overall. Along with 282 applications from men, applications from women are up 9 percent (853 total).
In May 2012, GCU announced it would officially and fully go coed. The University first admitted male students in all undergraduate courses last fall. Men will be able to reside on campus, as well as participate in athletics and other student activities, in the upcoming Fall 2013 semester.
“We have always attracted outstanding students who are drawn to GCU’s mission and the quality of education we provide,” said John McAuliffe, Vice President for Enrollment Management at GCU. “Nonetheless, college-bound students vote with their feet and we’re excited at the response we’ve received as a newly coed institution. These are historic increases for us.”
“Going coed increases the opportunity for students to access a values-driven education in the Catholic Mercy tradition,” said Sister Rosemary E. Jeffries, President of GCU, the only faith-based institution in the lower 15 counties of N.J. “Our values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion and service are independent of gender.”
The excitement about male enrollment is already having an impact. Male athletes have already signed national letters of intent and will have the unique opportunity to play a founding role in the men’s athletics program at the NCAA Division II school.
About Georgian Court University
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves nearly 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.
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