• U Can't Afford 2B Undecided



    Undecided about coming to GSU? U Can't Afford 2B Undecided! In your first two years, you’ll fulfill general education requirements in full-time, day-time classes. You’ll explore majors and programs through your sophomore year. Enroll for GSU's freshman class today!

  • Admission Requirements


    • Official high school transcript showing a minimum 2.75 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    • Minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 950.
    • Academic Personal Statement-Providing a statement may benefit students who are near to or below one or both of the listed admission requirements.
    • Applicants must show successful completion of the following:

    Minimum Required Coursework 

    Recommended Coursework

    English                                 4 years 

    English                                4 years

    Math                                     3 years

    Math                                    4 years

    Social Science                      2 years 

    Social Sciences                    3 years

    Lab Science                          2 years

    Lab Sciences                        3 years

    One Foreign Language         2 years

    One Foreign Language         3-4 years

    or Fine Arts                           2 years

    or Fine Arts                           2-3 years

    Elective Academic Units        2 years

    Elective Academic Units        2 years

    *Students are encouraged to take the ACT writing component if they plan to major in an education program*

  • Advanced Placement (AP)


    Governors State University awards college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams with scores of three (3) or higher depending upon the exam. The AP chart linked here gives information about earned scores and associated credits earned for each examination. Specific questions in regard to how AP credit(s) potentially apply to your selected major must be directed to an Academic Advisor in the student’s program of study.

    If you did not ask the College Board to send your scores to GSU, you will need to contact the College Board directly to make this request. You can obtain reports by:

    U.S. Mail:

    AP Exams

    P.O. Box 6671

    Princeton, NJ 08541

    Scores by phone:



    Check the College Board web site to be sure to follow proper directions to get AP scores: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd.html

    The code number for Governors State University is:


  • International Baccalaureate (IB)


    Governors State University awards college credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework.  IB information is available in the GSU Academic Catalog, gives information about earned IB scores and associated credit awarded.  Direct specific questions about how IB credit(s) potentially apply to a selected major to an Academic Advisor in the student’s program of study.  Send all official transcripts specifically noting IB credit to GSU:   


    Governors State University  
    1 University Parkway

    University Park, IL 60484-0975 



    Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions are required before the GSU application for admission is complete. 


  • The Academic Catalog


    The academic catalog is your source for specific admission requirements and degree requirements for the program to which you are applying. Check our catalog for a complete listing of academic programs offered at GSU. Please note freshman students are not eligible for our Nursing RN-BSN program.

  • How to Apply


    For your convenience, you can complete an application online for the first year undergraduate degree programs. To apply now, click Apply here

    Please note that freshman students are not eligible for admission to the RN to BSN program.

    Freshman degree seeking applicants are admitted to Governors State University at large, but not into a major program of study. Listing an intended major on your application gives your advisor a better idea of your academic goals and how to advise you.

    Once your application is submitted and you have paid the $25 application fee, your application is not complete until your official transcript and test scores have been received. Freshman admission is Fall and Spring only. We are currently accepting applications for Fall.


    Contact your high school and request that official transcripts be sent to GSU electronically or by mail at:


    Submit electronic official transcripts to: apotranscripts@govst.edu

    By Mail

    Send hard copies of official transcripts to:

    Governors State University - Admission Processing
    1 University Parkway
    University Park, IL 60484


  • Required Documents


    A freshman application with the $25 non-refundable application fee. Applications are online. You may be eligible for an application fee waiver. The undergraduate application fee wavier form can be found here. The $25 non-refundable application fee or an undergraduate application fee waiver form must be submitted in order to process the application.

    • Official sealed transcripts sent by mail or electronically. 
    • ACT or SAT scores sent by mail or electronically. 
    • Personal Statement-Providing a statement may benefit students who are near to or below one or both of the listed admissions requirements.

    Request your official ACT or SAT scores be sent to Governors State University by

    Specifying the following codes at time of test taking: 

             For the ACT, use code 1028  

             For the SAT, use code 0807 


     Go to the website and specifying the following codes when making your request. 

     •          For ACT, visit www.act.org use code 1028.  

     •          For SAT, visit www.collegeboard.com use code 0807 

  • Essay (Optional)


    Governors State University considers a variety of factors when making admissions decisions. High school grade point average (GPA), course patterns, and standardized test scores are all important considerations. For students whose applications require further review, an optional academic personal statement may help us come to the right decision. If you choose to submit a statement, it will be considered along with your transcript and test score information to determine your eligibility for admission.

    If you choose to submit a statement, it should be approximately 300-500 words and address the following:

    • State why you believe Governors State University is a good fit for your educational goals.
    • Identify and explain your academic strengths and weaknesses.
    • Explain any circumstances which affected your high school academic performance, if applicable.

    • Deadlines


      Important Dates

      Early Application Deadline

      November 15, 2017

      Application Deadline

      April 1, 2018

      Enrollment Deposit Due

      May 1, 2018


      Early Admission Decision Date

      December 15, 2017

      Admission Decision Date

      April 30, 2018

      Admission after May 1

      Case-by-case or waitlist


    • Letter of Admission Decision


      After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter from the Office of Admission with your admission decision. Students who have applied by the early action deadline of November 15 will be notified by December 15 of their admission decision.

      Completed applications received after November 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and students should expect an admission decision within 10-15 business days.

      Please be sure to read your letter of admission carefully. It will include important information about next steps at Governors State University.

    • Confirm your Enrollment


      Newly admitted students who plan to attend Governors State University must confirm their plans to enroll by submitting the Enrollment Confirmation form with a $50 enrollment deposit. The enrollment deposit will apply toward your tuition for your first semester.

      The deadline to submit your enrollment confirmation and deposit is May 1.  Students admitted after the deadline will have three weeks after their date of admission to submit their Enrollment Confirmation found here and deposit.

    • Evaluation and Processing


      The early action deadline for first year students is November 15. Those students with applications in by that deadline will have an admission decision by January 31. Applications will be open for first year students until April 1. Students who apply after the November 15 early action deadline will be notified after February 15 of their admission decision.

    • Smart Start Program


      Some students may be required to attend Smart Start. Check your letter of admission to determine if you are required. If you have not been chosen for Smart Start, you are welcome to opt in. Inquire with the Office of Admission at 708-534-4490 or admission@govst.edu for more details.

    • Admitted Students


      Now that you are admitted, register for one of the admitted student conferences. Type the following link into your browser to register now! www.govst.edu/admitted

    • Placement Testing


      Governors State University provides the ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment and the English Writing Activity to students admitted for smart start.

      Placement assessments for mathematics and writing is available for first year students admitted for fall 2015. For more information visit http://www.govst.edu/cas/placement