At Governors State University, we take passion and purpose personally. We’re invested in your forever. That’s why we’ve created an immersive first-year experience that allows you to seamlessly transition from high school to college. Our distinct approach to the university experience doesn’t just prepare you for a long-term career: it equips you to enter the world as a leader.

Here, you are supported every step of the way. 

Supporting students is at the heart of our mission. We want your transition into university life to be as easy as possible. That’s why we’ve designed numerous resources to ensure you receive the support you need at every stage. It all starts with a visit to our Undergraduate Academic Advising Center where you can connect with an advisor anytime. Need additional preparation? You can find it through Smart Start, our unique take on a bridge program. Or, for those who crave a challenge, our Honors College offers an enriched academic experience.

Completing college in four years is part of the GSU experience.

Finishing your degree in four years flat is possible. Supportive advisors make sure you stay the course so when the time comes to select a major, you’ll be well on your way to degree completion. By following a guided pathway, you’ll be enrolled in full-time, daytime classes designed to keep you on track to fulfilling the requirements of every undergraduate program we offer. On a specific career trajectory? Consider following one of our structured guided pathways to launch your career in the most efficient way possible.

We know your strengths are the key to your success.

You know what makes you you—and we want to know too! At GSU, we don’t just recognize your unique attributes—we work with you to develop your strengths. Become the best you you can be through our strengths-based learning approach.

Your professors will know your name—and your classmates will too.

Your accomplishments will shine on our intimate campus. As a freshman, you’re embedded in a learning community with a network of peers. Together, you’ll navigate the first three semesters of campus life. Each first-year class is capped at 30 students, and all of our first-year instructors are full-time faculty members—so you’ll know each of your professors and fellow students personally.

Mentorship prepares you for success after college.

Mentorship is essential to your success—and Gallup polls agree. Research shows that long after you graduate, your professional engagement and overall well-being are directly linked to meaningful relationships with your college mentors. We facilitate these important bonds by providing every freshman class with a peer mentor: a specially selected and trained GSU student who has successfully learned the ropes of freshman year. In addition, our low faculty-to-student ratio also ensures you’ll reap the benefits of individualized instruction and mentorship from faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields.