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 4,600 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 lowest tuition of any four-year, public university in Illinois. The university faculty, administration and staff are committed to providing a quality education, embracing diversity and serving students with excellence.
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484
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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 about our president, Dr. Cheryl Green.
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 about the office of our provost.
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.
your education goals are, GSU can help you get there. Why GSU?