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


    Freshmen students' families and guests are invited to join us for ROAR New Student Orientation. ROAR stands for Resources, Orientation, Advising, and Registration. It is a chance for incoming freshmen and their families to learn more about all of the great resources that GSU offers. Attendance is required for freshmen students because they receive academic advising and register for their courses during ROAR. 

    Download July 12 Schedule for Families and Guests here ... (pdf file)

    ROAR New Student Orientation has a fun and informative schedule of events specifically for family and guests.  Family members and guests will have the opportunity to learn more about GSU and what your student will experience. The exclusive family and guest sessions include:

    Money Talks (Financial Aid Information): Family Edition
    Meet the College Deans
    Community Standards and Campus Safety
    Mock Class
    Faculty/Staff Panel
    ‘Do You Know GSU?’ Game Show

    In addition to the aforementioned family sessions, you will be invited to sign up for private meetings with Financial Aid that day to discuss your student’s financial aid package. And, if students bring in their immunization records and final transcripts to orientation, those students and their guests will be entered into a drawing for prizes!

    Each orientation is from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Breakfast and lunch are included. Incoming GSU freshmen students may attend at no charge. However, a fee of $35.00 per guest will be charged to the student’s account. No cash payment is required or accepted on the day of orientation. Students can register for ROAR online through their myGSU Portal or at www.govst.edu/FreshmanOrientation. The online registration will ask if they are bringing guests.

    First-Year Student and Family Orientation Dates

    Session I
    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Session II
    Monday, June 13, 2018

    Session III
    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Session IV

    Thursday, August 9, 2018


     For any questions regarding orientation, please contact New Student Programs at orientation@govst.edu or 708.235.6819.


  • Family and Friends Weekend


    GSU annually hosts Family and Friends Weekend which is scheduled for October 6-7, 2017. Parents, families and alumni are invited back to campus to join students, faculty and staff in an exciting event celebrating our shared community.

    During Family and Friends Weekend, New Student Programs will host a round table session for families of freshmen on Saturday, October 7 from 1:00-2:00pm in B1241.

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