We're excited and ready to assist you in making the most of your graduate experience here at GSU. Whether you're new to our campus or you decided to return after completing your undergraudate degree at GSU, we're confident our Graduate Orientation will help you to identify available resources that will help you make a smooth transition to graduate studies.

Participation in our two-hour orientation program will provide you with information about university resources, and an opportunity to meet with future classmates, faculty members and university administrators. Additionally, graduate students will have dedicated time with our Dean of Graduate Studies and meet with representatives from GSU’s Graduate Professional Network.


  • 2019 Spring Graduate Orientation Information


    Graduate Orientation Schedule 


    • 1:30 p.m., Check-in / Campus Tours / Resource Fair in the Hall of Governors
    • 2:00 p.m., Welcome from GSU Staff and Orientation Leaders
    • 2:15 p.m., Money Talks (Financial Aid and Business Office)
    • 2:30 p.m., Resources for Graduate Writing and Research, Dr. Jarrett Neal, coordinator for the GSU Writing Center
    • 3:30 p.m., The GSU Graduate Student Experience
    • 4:00 p.m., Information Table / Campus Tours (optional)

    If you have any questions, please contact New Student Programs at orientation@govst.edu or (708) 235-6819. Additionally, some programs and colleges may supplement our University-wide program with their individualized graduate orientation programs, for specific programs orientation questions, please contact your college:


    We look forward to welcoming you as a graduate scholar to the Governors State University community! 


  • 2019 Graduate Orientation Dates


    All orientation sessions are scheduled for two-hours in length, but please plan to arrive 30 minutes before start time to take your Student ID photo and a campus tour as time permits.


  • Additional Graduate Orientation Programs



    As noted above, there may program specific orientation events for your graduate program. Please check with your academic advisors or contact your college for more information. See below links for academic advisor and college contact information:

    All new international students (graduate and undergraduate) are also required to attend their orientation scheduled on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. For questions or additional information, please visit the International Services website