Here, you are welcome.

Here, you are valued.

Here, you are.

We are thrilled and deeply honored that you have decided to pursue your higher education, either as an undergraduate or graduate student, as a new student or returning student, at Governors State University! As you learn more about the people, programs, and resources that define this community, look for places where you can contribute your talent and energy.


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Where are my classes? Welcome Tables

As you become acclimated to Governors State, you might have questions and need some directions. Please make use of the “Where are my classes?” Welcome Tables hosted by the New Student Programs staff from Monday, August 28 – Wednesday, August 30 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Hall of Governors by the Registrar’s Office.

Monday, August 28

  • Student Life Open House Put the ‘U’ in GSU! Meet the Student Life staff and discover opportunities for students to become involved on campus. Music & refreshments served. 
    Noon – 4 p.m., The Jaguar Den A2140 (formerly Student Commons) 

  • National Bowtie Day @ GSU  The GSU community is invited to support the Male Success Initiative by wearing bowties today.

  • LGBTQA 101 Interactive and informative, LGBTQA 101 is an open discussion around LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally)-related issues. All are welcome to attend.
    Lakeside Lounge, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29

  • Together We Can – GSU Food Pantry Donation Drive  Student organizations and GSU departments are invited to compete by collecting canned goods for the Jaguar Den. Teams must create a sculpture made of the donated cans. Winner gets a prize.
    The Jaguar Den, A2140
  • GSU Rocks the Vote! Become a registered voter today! 
    Noon – 5 p.m.
    , Hall of Governors
  • Step in the Name of Diversity:  Grab your Steppin’ partner and enjoy this Chicago style dance.
    3 – 4:15 p.m., Hall of Governors

Wednesday, August 30

  • Multi-faith Conversations  Open dialogue with a multi-faith panel focused on the ideas of hope and faith.
    Noon – 1 p.m., A-1150 (Interfaith and Meditation Room)
  • Student Employment and Part-Time Job Fair Looking for on-campus student employment or part-time work off-campus? Bring plenty of resumes and dress for success! Sponsored by Career Services.
    2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hall of Governors
  • Welcome Week Splash Bash Sit by the pool or take a dip! Must show GSU student ID. Swim suits required, bring your own towel. Sponsored by Program Council.  Games and refreshments in the Game Lounge.
    7 p.m. - 9 p.m., GSU Swimming Pool

Thursday, August 31

  • Student Organization Resource Fair & Carnival  Learn about student clubs and organizations recognized by GSU Student Life.
    Noon – 6 p.m., GSU Lake, Outside behind Hall of Governors.
  • Secretary of State Mobile Services 
    11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Hall of Governors

Friday, September 1

  • Mr. & Ms. GSU Informational Sessions  Learn the requirements of becoming Mr. or Ms. GSU.
    Noon & 3 p.m., The Jaguar Den, A2140
  • Recycle Mania  Think green; protect the earth by recycling. Help GSU to promote waste reduction on campus.
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hall of Governor
  • Public Health Brigade Mixer – Meet and mingle with former Brigade participants to hear about their experiences and learn how you can sign up.
    3 – 4:30 p.m., Hall of Honors
  • Cheer on the GSU Jaguars Volleyball team against Silver Lake at the first home game of the season!
    7 p.m, Gym
  • Welcome Back Party  Wrap up the first week of class with a celebration!  Hosted by Black Student Union.
    10 p.m. – 2 a.m., E-lounge

Saturday, September 2:

  • Welcome Week Comedy Show  Laugh out loud fun! Hosted by Generating Hope.
    7 p.m., Center for Performing Arts 

    Comedian Melanie Comarcho has opened for some of the hottest tours in the country including Chris Tucker, Maxwell, Martin Lawrence, and Katt Williams. She was the first stand-up that Chris Rock featured on his late night talk show. She gives back by doing Fundraisers for Magic Johnson, Alonzo Morning, Ray Lewis and more.

    Kenny "Naturally Ignorant" Howell is a Chicago comedian who has been featured on Def Comedy Jam as well as BET's comic view. You can also catch his latest stand up special presented by Mike Epps on YouTube.

    Chicago comedian Just Nesh won first place in Chicago's Next Big Comic Comedy Contest and has opened for comedians such as Rodney Perry, Cedric The Entertainer, and the legendary Dick Gregory.

    B. Cole has been featured on Def Comedy Jam as well as BET'S comic view for 8 seasons.

 Swimming Pool 

 Beyond participating in Welcome Week, consider utilizing our Recreation and Fitness Center, and taking advantage of our many academic success workshops.

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Friends and Family Save the Date

Family and Friends Weekend

October 6 – 7, 2017