Do you have any admissions questions? Check our FAQs below to find answers.



Stay on top of the process by submitting your application for admission at Our application portal is online and may be accessed remotely. The Office of Admission is available to answer any questions you may have!  Virtual and on-campus individual appointments are available at 


Please note, if you have submitted an application for admission, we do require ALL official transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions. Transcripts can be mailed to the address listed below, or may be submitted electronically to You may check the status of you application at any time by contacting the Office of Admission or login to your application portal at


If you have any questions or concerns, you may reach the Office of Admission at (708) 534-4490 or


  • Which application should I complete?


    You are a freshman applicant if you currently attend high school, have graduated from high school or have passed the GED and have never attended a college, university or trade school after graduating from high school or have less than 24 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution.

    You are a transfer applicant if you have 24 semester hours or more from a regionally accredited institution.

    You are a graduate level student if you have previously earned a bachelor's degree or higher.

  • How can I determine the status of my application?


    • Log into the application portal at  Your application status will appear on the home page of the portal.
    • You may also contact the Office of Admissions at 708.534.4490 or email for an update on the status of your application.

  • Will all of my credits transfer?


    Most college level credits from a regionally accredited college or university will transfer. Make sure that you check the grade requirements for the academic program that you're interested in. As a general rule, a grade of "C" or 2.0 or higher is required. In some cases, credits will not transfer because they do not meet the requirements of the program that you're applying to. Visit our Jaguar Transfer Credit Evaluator for more information about transferring your credits at:

  • Are there resources available for students interested in transferring to GovState?


    The following links and information are helpful to undergraduate students looking to transfer to GovState as well as for area administrators, faculty and staff.

  • Can I take individual courses without pursuing a degree?


    Absolutely! You will apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student, which does not require you to submit transcripts (unless you did not leave your last institution in good standing). Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

  • Where can I get a university catalog?


    You can find the university catalog at

  • Are there programs available for students studying at a distance?


    Distance learning is one of GovState's strengths. We offer more than 130 courses online or as distance learning programs. GovState also offers correspondence and tele-courses. Students who enroll in any of our distance learning courses are charged in-state tuition rates no matter where they live. Additional information is available from the GovState School of Extended Learning.

  • How do I know if my transcripts are official?


    Request official transcript(s) from each college or university you have attended and have them sent to:

    Governors State University
    Office of Admissions
    1 University Parkway
    University Park, IL 60484-0975

    Important: Do not open transcripts sent directly to you. Instead, please forward the transcript directly to GovState at the above address.

    Official transcripts can also be sent electronically directly from the sending institution to Governors State by having them emailed to

  • Do I need to attend a new student orientation?


    Yes, you are required to complete new student orientation. Should you be accepted, you will receive an email with additional information regarding completing new student orientation.