We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Governors State University family. We know that the support of family members is vital to student success. Therefore, we invite you to become an engaged member of our community.

Our students' success is a goal shared by all of us. Please consider becoming a part of this important effort. We look forward to creating a productive and rewarding relationship with you.       

New Student Programs at Governors State University connects you to people and programs that are here to help you and your student to be successful. Here are just a few of things we have in place for parents and families of students:

  • Parent/Family Orientation


    GSU’s First Year Orientation will have a family component.  Family members will have the opportunity to learn more about GSU and what your student will experience.  You will be able to ask questions, and take a campus tour. We will also provide information about various academic programs and services available to first-year students.

    All first-year students are required to attend one of the New Student Orientation sessions offered throughout the summer.  All sessions will consist of a full day program with an optional overnight component for those students and families that would like to reserve a room in a nearby hotel and join us for activities the previous evening.

    First-Year Student Orientation 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 29, Mandatory, full day orientation session


  • Family and Friends Weekend


    GSU annually hosts Family and Friends Weekend which is scheduled for October 9-11, 2015. Parents, families and alumni are invited back to campus to join students, faculty and staff in an exciting three-day event celebrating our shared community.

    Visit the 2014 Family and Friends Weekend website for more information >>>