Georgian Court University
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|Georgian Court University|
|Motto||Mercy Value, Voice, Visions|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic (Sisters of Mercy)|
|President||Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM|
|Location||Lakewood Township, New Jersey, USA|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – CACC|
|Sports||8 varsity teams|
|Mascot||Roary the Lion|
|Affiliations||Conference for Mercy Higher Education
Georgian Court University, Lakewood Campus
Sunken Garden and Lagoon
|Location||Lakewood, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Architect||Bruce Price, et al.|
|NRHP Reference #||78001788|
|Added to NRHP||December 20, 1978|
|Designated NHLD||February 4, 1985|
Georgian Court University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Lakewood Township, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Operated by the Sisters of Mercy, the university has 1770 undergraduates. In 2004, the institution was recognized with university status by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
The Sisters of Mercy founded Mount Saint Mary College as a liberal-arts school for women in 1908, in North Plainfield, New Jersey. In 1924, the Sisters of Mercy purchased Georgian Court, the estate of George Jay Gould I in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, moved the college there and renamed it Georgian Court College. The College was granted University status by the State in February 2004. The university offers more than 25 majors through the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education. 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 master's 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 Arts and Sciences has small class sizes and intense laboratory experiences. GCU identifies 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 Nursing.
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, and GCU at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall. Total enrollment exceeds 2,500 students (undergraduate: approximately 1,770 and graduate: about 780).
The GCU Lions compete in NCAA Division II and CACC athletics, including basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. On May 15, 2012, the university announced that it would become fully coeducational for fall 2013, at which time undergraduate men will be able to live on campus, and participate fully in campus activities, including NCAA Division II athletics (men's soccer, basketball, cross country, and track and field). As of Fall 2012, males will be allowed to take day classes on campus. Currently, 99% of students receive financial aid, with the average financial aid package per student at approximately $27,000.
The university is located on the former winter estate of the millionaire George Jay Gould I, son of the railroad tycoon Jay Gould (1836–1892). Named by the Goulds as Georgian Court, the estate was designed by the New York architect, Bruce Price. He also designed three of the gardens that are featured on the campus today - the Italian Garden, the Sunken Garden, and the Formal Garden. Takeo Shiota designed the Japanese Garden. In addition to the gardens, GCU has maintained much of the original architecture and the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum. The name of Georgian Court University is derived from the estate.
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. Approximately forty-five real tennis courts are still in use in the world today.
In 2004, university status was granted by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education; the name was changed to Georgian Court University. The school colors are blue and gold and the mascot is a lion. There are three residence halls: St. Joseph's, Maria, and St. Catherine's. A large percentage of the students commute daily.
Georgian Court teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Lions are a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. As of fall of 2013, Georgian Court added men's sports when it became fully co-educational (with basketball, cross country, soccer and track & field).
Jeu de paume, real tennis, shown in a seventeenth century illustration
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- Jeffries, Rosemary, "Transforming a College into a University," ' ' Presidential Perspectives: 2009/2010 Series ' ' , chapter 3, http://www.presidentialperspectives.org/pdf/2009/chapter03.pdf
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