During the changes we are experiencing due to COVID-19, we have created a virtual only plan for orientations for new Spring students. We will not be hosting nor requiring attendance at any live events for transfer orientation. Instead, we have all of the materials available via http://www3.govst.edu/transfer-orientation-2020/. Please visit https://www.govst.edu/coronavirus/ for more information.

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.  

Please note: Orientation is waived as a requirement for transfer students this spring and there will not be any live events. To access  the orientation website, go to the GSU portal and click the Orientation button.  You should still plan to meet with your advisor!

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

  • Summer and Fall 2020 Transfer Orientation


    Please note: Orientation is waived as a requirement for transfer students this summer and there will not be any live events. Access the orientation website here. You should still plan to meet with your advisor!


  • Transfer Orientation - Sample Schedule of Events





    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.
    • Transition, Support Services, and Disclosure: What does this mean for you at GSU?
    • For students with disabilities, disclosure of disabilities is the responsibility of the student. So…therefore, what are your educational rights and responsibilities as a student? What do you need to do in order to receive reasonable accommodations and support services? Learn more about accommodations and services at GSU, expectations, self-advocacy, and more.  
    • 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


    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.

    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 to 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 to consider when 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.