Congratulations on choosing Governors State University as the destination to complete your Bachelors Degree! Transfer Orientation will be your first step to familiarizing yourself to campus and connecting to the university community.

Our two-hour transfer orientation will allow you to participate with our talented and energetic Orientation Leaders who will guide you in your transition to GSU.  You'll also have an opportunity to interact with other transfer students, academic advisors, faculty members and administrators. Participating in transfer orientation will also be a great chance for you to discover exciting opportunities to become involved in student organizations, volunteer opportunities, support services and many enriching activities offered to GSU students.

Register to attend upcoming Transfer Orientation sessions by clicking on your preferred date:

All transfer orientation sessions are scheduled for two-hours in length, but please plan to arrive 30 minutes before start time to take your Student ID photo and a campus tour as time permits. 

If you have any questions, please contact New Student Programs at orientation@govst.edu or 708.235.6819.

  • Transfer Orientation - Schedule of Events

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    Time

    Event

    1:30 p.m.

    Check-in, Resource Fair, Campus and Library Tours & Photo IDs

    2:00 p.m.

    Welcome and Introductions  

    2:15 p.m.

    Money Talks 

    The Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Student Accounts will give an overview of how students/parents will be financing the direct and indirect costs of their education here at GSU. Focus will be on the financial aid process, including deadlines, types of aid, and responsible borrowing.

    2:30 p.m.

    Transfer Success Tools and Student Panel 

    Transfer students will learn about tools and resources that will support their success including GSU Star, degree audit, the new Center for Undergraduate Academic Advising, and the Center for the Junior Year. In addition, current GSU transfer students will share about their experiences as a transfer student. Questions will be taken from the moderator and the audience both verbally and by social media.

    3:00 p.m.

    Interest Sessions: Students will be able to choose from sessions that include:

    • Blackboard Tutorial
      The Center for Online Teaching and Learning provides a face to face workshop to assist students with Blackboard questions and concerns.
    • Career Services: How to Find Campus Employment
      On-campus student employment is a great opportunity to gain professional experience while making connections in a part-time paid position. Employment is available in multiple departments and in a variety of roles. Come to this session to learn about different types of employment, how to apply and follow up on an application, as well as explore other ideas for gaining experience during one’s education.
    • Center for the Junior Year
      Students are invited to learn about GSU's innovative Center for the Junior Year (CJY) and their Peer Success Coaches. The CJY will help you explore your passions and ensure you are on the right path to your desired career.
    • Information Technology Services: Microsoft Office 365
      Did you know that you have free access to the web version of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and One Note through your GSU student email account? Did you know that your email account includes 7GB of storage for your documents and files? This demo will introduce you to the web applications of Office 365 and your SkyDrive.
    • myONECARD, Housing, Dining & Bookstore Services
      The myONECARD, dining services and the GSU bookstore can make every student’s life a little easier. Come hear how these areas will help you be a successful GSU student.
    • GSU Library: On-campus and online – 24/7/365
      This session provides an overview of our library resources, on-campus and on-line. Topics include selecting appropriate databases, using the I-Share catalog, searching tips and strategies, and time for Q&A.
    • Self-Advocacy: Know How to Get What You Need and Want to be Successful
      The Director of Disability Services will lead a discussion about how college students can become their own advocate. This workshop will be an introduction to self-advocacy skills specifically for students with disabilities. The goal is to give you strategies for how to take a proactive role in the management of your college experience. Learn how to advocate for your learning needs by communicating about your accommodations, not your disability. 
    • GSU Study Abroad Opportunities
      Did you know that you can earn credit towards your degree in another country? GSU offers a variety of study abroad programs from one week to one semester. Learn about upcoming opportunities, scholarships, financial aid and finding the right program that fits your academic, personal and professional goals.
    • Get Involved! Become a Leader!
      This workshop will discuss opportunities to get engaged in the university from joining a club to student governance. Come to this workshop to receive all the trade secrets to enhancing the educational experience and releasing the leader in YOU!
    • Veterans Resource Center
      Meet in the Hall of Governors near the check-in table to meet other military-connected students and take a tour of the Veterans Resource Center. The VRC is where you can go on campus to enjoy a quiet spot you can call your own, learn about your educational benefits, and other services. 

     3:30 p.m. 

    4:00 p.m. 

      

    Advising Overview and “Registration with Graduation in mind”

    Closing and Reminders

    Optional Campus Tour

    Optional Prairie Place Tour

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    Download and Print your FAQs here (pdf file)  

    Things to Do Before Orientation:

    Is Orientation required?
    Yes, for transfer students enrolled on the main campus, participation in orientation is required; for distance education, online and graduate students, participation is recommended but not required.
    Our two-hour orientation will allow you to engage with our talented and energetic Orientation Leaders, who will guide you in your transition to GSU. You'll also have an opportunity to interact with other transfer students, academic advisors, faculty members and administrators. This will be a great chance for you to discover exciting opportunities to become involved in student organizations, volunteer opportunities, support services and many enriching activities offered to GSU students.

    When is orientation for transfer/graduate students?

    Since participation for transfers is required, we offer a wide selection of dates and times over the summer, please visit www.govst.edu/TransferOrientation to register to attend. Transfer Orientations are scheduled at the following dates and times: 

    • Thursday, November 1, 2-4pm
    • Tuesday, November 13, 5-7pm
    • Thursday, December 6, 2-4pm
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2-4pm
    • Thursday, January 17, 2-4pm
    • Friday, January 18, 2-4pm (Snow Day)

    As noted above, Graduate Orientation sessions will be held on January 17 with a snow date of January 18 if needed, graduate students will have dedicated time with our Dean of Graduate Studies and meet with representatives from GSU’s Graduate Professional Network. 

    How do I get there?

    Orientation will begin with check-in 30 minutes before the scheduled start time in the Hall of Governors.  Visit www.govst.edu/directions for directions to campus.

    What is on the agenda?

    Participation in our two-hour orientation program will provide you with information about university resources, and an opportunity to meet with future classmates, faculty members and university administrators. Additionally, graduate students will have dedicated time with our Dean of Graduate Studies and meet with representatives from GSU’s Graduate Professional Network.

    Will I be able to speak to my advisor?

    Yes, transfer students will conclude their program with a stop at our new Undergraduate Academic Advising Center to meet with our university advising staff. If for some reason your assigned advisor is unavailable, an appointment will be scheduled to complete your plan of study. Graduate students will meet with the Graduate Dean, but advising is coordinated by each program.

    When may I register for classes?

    Once you are accepted to the university, you will be able to enter the MyGSU Portal and register for classes. However, as new transfer students it is required that you attend a Transfer Orientation Program and meet with an advisor to develop or revise your degree audit before registering.

    What should I wear?

    Casual attire is appropriate for Orientation. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes since the program will involve some walking and optional tours of campus. Depending on the weather, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket as well.

    Where to park?

    Complimentary and ample parking is available on the GSU Campus.  Please park in the East Lot 1 or West Lot 1. Signs will be clearly displayed to indicate the appropriate parking lots.  Visit www.govst.edu/directions for directions to campus.