Georgian Court to go Co-Ed in 2013

Male students to live on campus and compete in athletics

Georgian Court University announced a change on Tuesday that will dramatically change the face of the Lakewood school in the fall of 2013.

The school will go co-ed after having served as a school for women since it opened more than 100 years ago. The school, which had only allowed men to take classes at night, will allow them to reside on campus as well as take part in the school's athletic program. 

The decision, according to a school news release, followed "a strategic planning process that began in the summer of 2011."

Tara Strickland, the school's assistant editorial director, said having men on the campus will not be new as they have been allowed to attend graduate classes since 1976 and regular classes since 1979. But fall 2013 will be the first time they will be allowed to live on campus. 

"This historic change reflects our mission and will allow us to provide more students with a comprehensive liberal arts education in the Mercy tradition," Georgian Court President Rosemary E. Jeffries said. 

Jeffries said so far the reaction to the change has been positive from the school's community. "GCU's special concern for women will remain a very central part of our philosophy, but we are excited about the opportunity to offer a mercy values-based education to a wider audience of students."

Raymond F. Shea Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees, said going co-ed will help to raise the profile of the school. "It also enables us to make an even bigger difference as a leading regional university - by keeping students in-state and providing new options for them in the nursing and STEM fields, we can help New Jersey achieve its workforce and higher education goals."

Incoming male students will have the ability to take part in four new Division II varsity sports. The school will add cross country and soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and track & field in the spring. The athletic programs will not begin competition until the fall of 2013. 

"We will strive to be competitive from the start, and will begin recruiting this summer so we can field strong teams in the 2013-2014 seasons," said Athletic Director Laura Liesman.

The coaches for the teams should be named sometime in the new fiscal year which starts in July. 

For more information on the transition check out the school's website

Frankie T May 16, 2012 at 05:58 PM
First you say we're being judgmental and putting people in whatever holes we want, regardless of right or wrong- then YOU immediately assume we're "Typical Liberals" and voted for Obama! (Why, because he's black so we as liberals MUST have voted for him?) Your ugly posts say way more about YOU (and Helen) than the people you're trying to bash.
River City Rover May 16, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I didn't see where you denied either.
Billabong May 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Mattie, Georgian Court participates in Division II athletics, far removed from the "tons of revenue" of Division I athletics, so your thought that the lure of big money is going to change the university is way off the mark. Your comments also seem to imply that you do not have a high regard for the Sisters of Mercy, the founders of the school. Again, as someone who has a great deal of experience at Georgian Court, I would put good money on the Sisters never allowing the school to become "all about the men."
Mattie May 16, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Billabong, my opinion about GCC's same-sex educational status is an opinion limited to just THAT aspect of the school. The people I know who've gone there never had a single complaint about the school or the nuns. As fort the nuns themselves- I don't know anything about the particular order itself; only that the college has always been highly regarded - so there's no hidden negative impressions for me to harbor against the nuns. I don't know why you think I do. You said that "Georgian Court participates in Division II athletics" only, and I say OK, You're right about that now- but how do we know that won't change once there's men's sports there? I think there's a good chance that will change. I could be wrong, but I could also be right. I *Think* they may want to have decent teams (and good rankings) to entice male students into their sports programs, and have their sports programs garner some "street cred" (for lack of a better term) within college sports. Just because they're nuns doesn't mean they don't have heads for business and revenue advancement through sports. And face it, college sports do generate money. I think that's going to be the big "draw" for male students in the near future. Like I said, could be wrong. JMO.
Frankie T May 16, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Why should I deny anything? You wouldn't believe me anyway.


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