The freshman experience at GSU is like no other. This is where your first year of college is designed to give you exactly what you need to succeed and to shape your life and your career.
one-of-a-kind experience starts your first day on campus. We have some big
ideas waiting for you. In your classes, you’ll notice two things: great,
full-time professors teaching and no more than 30 students. No teaching
assistants. No packed auditorium-as-classroom. You won’t find that kind of
freshman learning environment in any other Illinois public university.
innovative academic program.
The Freshman Year
at GSU is built around an academic program that stresses learning communities,
connections, and support. In your first two years, you’ll fulfill general
education requirements in full-time, day-time classes as a part of one of three
groups of students, all taking courses with the same theme and focus through
your sophomore year.
Civic Engagement: The founders of
our nation had some big ideas. Students in this theme group will dig deep into
those ideas and learn more about what democracy means.
Engagement: students in this cohort must be members of the GSU Honors Program.
They will delve more deeply into the themes of human dignity, tolerance,
justice, ethical integrity and freedom.
Citizenship: Ours is a diverse, interconnected world. Students in this theme
group will look into the forces that drive both collaboration and conflict
You have a role in protecting the health and vitality of the planet. Students
in this theme group will concentrate on important issues that will prepare you
for that role.
- Classes are small. Professors know your name. Freshman composition is limited to 18 students
- All first-year
classes are taught by experienced faculty members
- You’ll explore
majors, programs and various careers to obtain a world view as you choose your