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

During your Freshman Orientation program 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 orientation.  We'll provide you with information about various academic programs and services available to your students.


Optional Early Arrival

Early Arrival is a great opportunity for freshman students and family members to connect with other students, staff, Deans and our energetic orientation leaders before coming to orientation.  Events planned will be social and engaging. 

Come and have dinner, take a walking tour of GSU's premier sculpture park, have dessert, enjoy a night of bowling and other fun activities.  This is a great opportunity for residential students to meet potential roommates and for commuter students to get connected with others on campus. 


Orientation is free for students and $35 for each guest.

Early start 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 LaTonya Holmes at 708-235-6819708-235-6819 or

  • Orientation and Early Start Dates


    Session I

    Wednesday, June 24, Optional Early Arrival
    Thursday, June 25, Mandatory, full day orientation session

    Session II
    Monday, July 13, Optional Early Arrival
    Tuesday, July 14, Mandatory, full day orientation session

    Session III
    Tuesday, July 28, Optional Early Arrival
    Wednesday, July 28, Mandatory, full day orientation session