Governors State University (GSU) was founded in 1969, originally as an upper-division institution with a primary focus of serving community college graduates pursuing baccalaureate degrees. During the five intervening decades, GSU has grown to become the only regional, public, comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving approximately 6,000 students annually in 85 different bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs. GSU features a highly diverse faculty and staff of roughly 1,000 employees that reflect the students and community we serve. GSU provides accessible, high value undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students from across the region and around the world. From its mission statement, Governors State University is committed to offering an exceptional and accessible education that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in a global society.

 

GSU is an expert at guiding freshman and transfer students to discover the right degree program to excite their interests. The university’s extensive list of graduate programs prepares students in a variety of fields for the next level of academic achievement. The GSU experience includes a comprehensive student life, both on and off campus, with on-campus housing; club sports and recreation; civic engagement; international student services; more than 70 student clubs and organizations; the world renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park sculpture park, the Center for Performing Arts and much more. 

Set amongst 750 acres of prairie, GSU is located 40 miles south of Chicago, and is proud to offer the most affordable university undergraduate tuition rate in the state of Illinois.  The university faculty, administration and staff are committed to providing a quality education, embracing diversity and serving students with excellence.

Address: 
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484

Phone:
708.534.5000

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The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees

The GSU Board of Trustees are responsible for the governance of the University. Learn More.

The President

The President's Office

Big ideas—that’s what life is all about at Governors State University. Students, faculty and staff have the energy to solve big problems and to find even bigger opportunities. Read More.

The Provost

The Provost's Office

We put your needs at the center of it all by creating a unique university experience that identifies your strengths and shows you how to translate them into all aspects of living and learning.  Read More.

Mission and Strategic Plan

Mission and Strategic Plan

GSU’s mission begins with you. We are committed to offering an exceptional and accessible education that prepares you to succeed in a global society. Learn about our mission.

 

Why GSU

Why GSU

Whatever your education goals are, GSU can help you get there. Why GSU?

  

Public Education Opportunity at its Best

Public Education Opportunity at its Best

Governors State University is dedicated to delivering higher education opportunities. Learn more about the people and communities we serve here.

Offices & Departments

Offices & Departments

We work hard to make it easy to do business with Governors State.  Find the office or department than can help you here.

Centers and Cultures

Centers and Cultures

When you enroll at GSU, you join one of the most creative and diverse universities in the region for both students and faculty. Learn more about our centers and cultures.

Where is GSU

Where is GSU

We are in the heart of Chicago's Southland near I-57. Learn more about our area or find maps and directions here.

A-Z Index

A-Z Index

Want an easy way to search our site? Here are the most commonly searched pages. 

Smoke Free and Tobacco Free

Smoke Free and Tobacco Free

The Governors State University Campus is Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free. Learn more about our Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Campus here.

Accreditation

Accreditation

Governors State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.Read more about our program specific accreditation here.