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.

7 First Year Focus 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.  

7 Focus Areas

Meet your advisor: Most first-year students are assigned with their intended major advisor.

First year students who are Undecided/Undeclared, Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, and nursing pathways advisor is listed below.

Noreen Heidelberg
Office C-3385

Like all students at GSU, you can depend on your advisor for many things. Finding the right classes – and avoiding those that don’t contribute to your degree program – is at the top of the list. But that’s just the beginning of what your GSU advisor can do for you. Need help with a class? Your advisor will point you toward a tutoring program. Have a family emergency that keeps you away from campus? Your advisor will help you find the resources you need and make good decisions to keep your academic career on track. Want to work with other students who share your needs? Your advisor will give you information about group study plan sessions or other resource options. In short, your advisor is your partner in success at GSU.