As a student-at-large (non-degree seeking student) at GSU, you have choice, flexibility and opportunity.

Click here to apply as a non-degree seeking student today.

When it's time to increase your qualifications, hone your skills, or just satisfy your curiosity, Governors State University has the class you need - at the time you need it and an affordable tuition rate.

Our course variety and flexible scheduling accommodates your need to work, spend time with your family, and live your life - as well as your need to learn. We offer daytime and evening classes on campus and at satellite locations and online.

As an undergraduate or graduate student-at-large, you can complete the course(s) you need to prepare for admission into a graduate level program or transfer courses to complete a program at another institution.  You can also complete special interest classes offered by the School of Extended Learning to increase your work qualifications and certifications, develop your skills with English as a second language, or expand your horizons.

Save Time – Take only the courses you need and want.

Save Money – GSU's undergraduate tuition rate is the lowest of any public university in Illinois. And the courses you take at GSU are transferrable to other institutions.*

Click here to apply as a non-degree seeking student today.  

Summer 2016 Term: May 16 – August 7
Fall 2016 Term: August 15 – December 11

Four Steps to Becoming a Student-at-large

Important Points

  • Applicants who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree should apply as undergraduate non-degree seeking. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree must apply as graduate non-degree seeking.
  • Students-at-large are not eligible for financial aid. However, VA Benefits may apply.
  • Students-at-large may take no more than 6 semester hours. To continue enrollment, students must apply as a degree-seeking student and satisfy appropriate admission criteria.

For questions regarding admissions, call 708.534.4490 or email  

*Course transferability is the subject to the specific program/university requirements of reviewing institution.