Congratulations on being admitted to Governors State University! We're excited that you've chosen to pursue your undergraduate education here. New Student Orientation will be your first step to familiarizing yourself to campus and connecting to the GSU community.

Our day-long, mandatory orientation program will allow you to participate with our talented and energetic Orientation Leaders, who will guide you in your transition to GSU.  You will also have an opportunity to interact with other new first-year students, faculty members and administrators, meet with your academic advisor and register for classes.

In addition, this will be a great chance for you to discover the various opportunities provided at Governors State including involvement in student organizations, volunteer opportunities, support services, and many other aspects of being a GSU student.

GSU’s First Year Orientation will also have a family component.  Family members will have the opportunity to learn more about GSU and what new students will experience, ask questions of staff, and take a campus tour. We'll also provide information about various academic programs and services available to first-year students.

All first-year students are required to attend one of the New Student Orientation sessions offered throughout the summer.  Many sessions will consist of a full day program with an optional overnight component for those students and families that would like to reserve a room in a nearby hotel and join us for activities the previous evening. 

First-Year Student Orientation Dates

Session I
Wednesday, June 25, Optional Early Arrival
Thursday, June 26, Mandatory, full day orientation session

Session II
Monday, July 7, Optional Early Arrival
Tuesday, July 8, Mandatory, full day orientation session

Session III
Tuesday, Aug. 5, Optional Early Arrival
Wednesday, Aug. 6, Mandatory, full day orientation session

Session IV*
Friday, Aug. 22, Mandatory, full day orientation session


*There will be no Early Arrival activities for this session

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