Here, you are committed to a lifelong pursuit of education and the arts.

Governors State University thrives on cultural and academic centers that enrich the university and its larger community. Attend inspiring visual and performing arts exhibits, partake in civic opportunities, or learn about innovative research initiatives, all right on the GSU campus. 

Center for the Junior Year

Center for the Junior Year

The CJY offers enrolled and transferring students an opportunity to discuss marrying their personal interests to their academic goals with professional advisors and peer coaches.

Summer Institute

Summer Institute

Through a selective process, The Summer Institute brings together teams consisting of community college and 4-year college/university campus leaders to learn how to create a structured pathway for transfer students.

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is a collection of 29 master works of large-scale sculpture situated within 100 acres of prairie landscape. 

Civic Engagement and Community Service

Civic Engagement and Community Service

The Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service encourages community engagement based on values of social justice and civic responsibility.

Veterans Resource Center

Veterans Resource Center

Ranked “Best of the Best” by U.S. Veterans Magazine for three consecutive years, the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) holds its motto “Veterans Helping Veterans” to heart.

Visual Arts Gallery

Visual Arts Gallery

The Visual Arts Gallery is committed to creating an excellent, intellectually stimulating, and visually compelling experience for visitors through dynamic exhibitions of established, emerging, and student artists’ work.

Center for Performing Arts

Center for Performing Arts

The CPA presents more than 50 performances annually, offering diverse, high quality and affordable cultural and arts education experiences to more than 60,000 people. 

Recreation and Fitness Center

Recreation and Fitness Center

Take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available through the Recreation and Fitness Center’s facilities, including cardiovascular equipment, free weights, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and basketball and racquetball courts.

Family Development Center

Family Development Center

A child’s early years set the stage for future learning. The Family Development Center (FDC) helps parents and children fill those early years with joy and wonder in a welcoming, nurturing environment.