An ordinary freshman year won't do.
You're ready and willing to take on challenges and change the world. In your first two years, you'll fulfill general education requirements in full-time, day-time classes. Here, we have seven First Year Focus Areas! Choose from Arts & Entertainment, Business, Discovery, Education, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences or STEM areas. You’ll find yourself in classes with others pursuing similar personal and academic goals during your first and second years of college. Each focus allows you to customize your First Year Experience to your career path.
Your freshman year at Governors State University is no ordinary first year of college. It is designed to give you a foundation on which to build during your college career and for life after GSU. As part of a challenging academic community, you’ll learn strategies and skills to become a critical thinker. You’ll become confident in your abilities as a student and as a member of a diverse community. You'll explore majors and programs through your sophomore year which provides you with a solid foundation of values-based learning...preparing you for a world that changes almost daily. You deserve the best starting point for your successful university career: GSU welcomes you. To schedule a pre-admission appointment, send an email to email@example.com or call 708-534-4490 for more information.
The GSU Freshman Experience
The freshman experience at GSU is like no other. Click here to read about our unique and rewarding Freshman program!
- Begin the process by creating an online account.
- Submit your application fee, official transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and any optional supplemental materials (AP scores).
- Official high school diploma or GED
- 2.75 unweighted high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
- Submission of official ACT or SAT scores (students 21 or over exempt)
- Earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit to start GSU as a freshman
- Unconditional admission is offered to students earning both an unweighted 2.75+ GPA and 19+ on the ACT (composite, math, and English scores) or SAT (980+ total score)
- Conditional admission requires participation in Smart Start, a two-week tuition free program beginning before the start of the fall semester (schedule revised for spring admission)
All students are encouraged to participate in Smart Start. However, students offered conditional admission could show proficiency in math and/or English through university placement assessments to remove the conditional admission status.
There is a $25 nonrefundable application fee. Students who meet low-income guidelines may submit an Undergraduate Application Fee Waiver Request Form and send it electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants are required to submit official high school transcripts to Governors State University. Students with college credits are also required to submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended.
International applicants are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
School officials may send official documentation in one of two ways:
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484
Remember: Your application is not complete until official transcript(s) from all of your previously attended institutions have been received.
Please note that all documents submitted to Governors State University for admission purposes become the property of the university. Documents will not be released to students nor will they be forwarded to other educational institutions or agencies.
Official ACT or SAT scores+
All applicants are required to submit their official ACT or SAT scores to Governors State University for admission. Request your ACT Score report using GSU's ACT School Code (1028). Request your SAT score report using GSU's SAT School Code (0807). Send official scores via email, email@example.com, or mail to Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, Admissions Office, University Park, IL 60484.
|Preferred Application Deadline||December 1|
|Enrollment Deposit Due||January 2|
|Priority Application Deadline||November 15|
|Preferred Application Deadline||April 1|
|Enrollment Deposit Due||May 1 or until space is no longer available in the Freshman class.|
Once all required admission documents have been received, your application will be processed.
Students who have applied by the early decision deadline of November 1 will be notified by December 1 of their admission decision.
Completed applications received after November 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and students should expect an admission decision within 3-5 business days. You will be notified of your decision by way of letter from the Office of Admission.
Please be sure to read your letter of admission carefully. It will include important information about next steps at Governors State University.
Contact the Office of Admissions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 708.534.4490 with questions.
GSU and Prairie State College Nursing Pathway Program+
This blended degree program offers all the benefits of earning both Associate and Bachelor's Degrees in Nursing without the mystery of having to navigate course or transfer requirements between programs at different schools. Click here for more information.
The Honors Program curriculum provides high achieving students with challenging, experiential learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. Click here to learn more.