An ordinary freshman year won't do.

You're ready and willing to take on challenges and change the world. As a freshman at GSU, you'll explore one of three overarching academic themes — Civic Engagement, Global Citizenship, or Sustainability. In your first two years, you'll fulfill general education requirements in full-time, day-time classes. You'll explore majors and programs through your sophomore year. This focus provides you with a solid foundation of values-based learning, preparing you for a world that changes almost daily. You deserve the best starting point for your successful university career: GSU welcomes you. To schedule a pre-admission appointment, send an email to or call 708-534-4490 for more information.

The GSU Freshman Experience

The freshman experience at GSU is like no other. Click here to read about our unique and rewarding Freshman program!

Ready to Apply?

  • Begin the process by creating an online account.
  • Submit your application fee, official transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and any optional supplemental materials (AP scores).

Admission Requirements

  • Official high school diploma or GED
  • 2.75 unweighted high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submission of official ACT or SAT scores (students 21 or over exempt)
  • Earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit to start GSU as a freshman
    • Unconditional admission is offered to students earning both an unweighted 2.75+ GPA and 19+ on the ACT (composite, math, and English scores) or SAT (980+ total score)
    • Conditional admission requires participation in Smart Start, a two-week tuition free program beginning before the start of the fall semester (schedule revised for spring admission)

All students are encouraged to participate in Smart Start. However, students offered conditional admission could show proficiency in math and/or English through university placement assessments to remove the conditional admission status.

    • Application Fee


      There is a $25 nonrefundable application fee. Students who meet low-income guidelines may submit an Undergraduate Application Fee Waiver Request Form and send it electronically to

    • Official transcripts


      All applicants are required to submit official high school transcripts to Governors State University. Students with college credits are also required to submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended.

      International applicants are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

      School officials may send official documentation in one of two ways:

      U.S. Mail:
      Governors State University
      Admission Processing
      1 University Parkway
      University Park, IL 60484


      Remember: Your application is not complete until official transcript(s) from all of your previously attended institutions have been received.

      Document Retention

      Please note that all documents submitted to Governors State University for admission purposes become the property of the university. Documents will not be released to students nor will they be forwarded to other educational institutions or agencies.
    • Official ACT or SAT scores


      All applicants are required to submit their official ACT or SAT scores to Governors State University for admission. Request your ACT Score report using GSU's ACT School Code (1028). Request your SAT score report using GSU's SAT School Code (0807). Send official scores via email,, or mail to Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, Admissions Office, University Park, IL 60484.

    • Deadlines

      Spring Semester
      Preferred Application DeadlineDecember 1
      Enrollment Deposit DueJanuary 2
      Fall Semester
      Priority Application DeadlineNovember 15
      Preferred Application DeadlineApril 1
      Enrollment Deposit DueMay 1 or until space is no longer available in the Freshman class.
    • Admission Decision


      Once all required admission documents have been received, your application will be processed.

      Students who have applied by the early decision deadline of November 1 will be notified by December 1 of their admission decision. Completed applications received after November 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and students should expect an admission decision within 3-5 business days. You will be notified of your decision by way of letter from the Office of Admission.

      Please be sure to read your letter of admission carefully. It will include important information about next steps at Governors State University.

      Contact the Office of Admissions by email at or by phone at 708.534.4490 with questions.

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    • Honors Program


      The Honors Program curriculum provides high achieving students with challenging, experiential learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. Click here to learn more.


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