Freshman 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 Early Arrival program for those students and families that would like to join for a fun filled evening before coming to orientation.

Mandatory Freshman Orientation

(now called ROAR Resources, Orientation, Advising and Registration)

During ROAR you will interact with other new 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.

Family members are invited and encouraged to attend ROAR.  We'll provide you with information about various academic programs and services available to your students.

Click here to log into the MyGSU Portal to access the RSVP system for ROAR and Getting Ready to ROAR! 

Download Summer Orientation ROAR Program Booklet (pdf file)

Download Schedule for Student and Family Orientation (pdf file)


Optional Early Arrival

(now called Getting Ready to ROAR!)

Getting Ready to Roar! gives freshman students and family members a chance to be socially engaged with other students, administrators and our energetic student leaders before attending the mandatory orientation the next day.  

After dinner, GSU administrators will join parents/guests on a walking tour of the university's premier sculpture park, while students start connecting and get a jump on hearing great inside information from those students who were in your shoes last year.  We'll have dessert, listen to music, play games and have fun and engaging conversations.  This is a great opportunity for residential students to meet potential roommates and for commuter students to get connected with others on campus. 


ROAR! is free for students and $35 for each guest.

Getting Ready to ROAR! is $15 per person (students and guests). 

The cost will be billed to your student account.  Simply indicate how many guests you will bring.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 708-235-6819