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Advanced Placement (AP)

This program, administered by the College Board, is designed for college-bound high school students who wish to demonstrate their readiness for courses that first-year college students typically do not enroll in. College credit is awarded to students who earn sufficiently high grades on the examinations covering basic first-year course subject matter. The university encourages high school students to enroll in these courses and to take available examinations in one or more subjects.

It is the student's responsibility to have official grade reports sent from College Board to the Office of Admissions before credit can be awarded.

See the  University Catalog  for more details.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Governors State University will award credit on the basis of scores from several International Baccalaureate examinations.  Students who wish to have such examination scores evaluated should request an official transcript from the International Baccalaureate program or have their high school send an official score transcript to the Office of Admission, Governors State University, University Park, IL 60484 or

 See the  University Catalog   for more details.



The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST Exams are convenient ways for students to earn credit who may have extensive prior knowledge in specific subject matter.  Governors State University may award credit on the basis of scores earned on the CLEP and DSST Exams. Students are advised to consult their college and/or advisor for assistance in determining GSU course credit and required scores before taking any examinations. CLEP offers over 30 tests that cover various subjects, including general education, foreign languages and introductory level major specific topics. To learn more about CLEP testing, available test options and costs please visit  DSST Exams are similar to CLEP, but are offered in a wider variety of field/major specific subject areas. There are over 30 different DSST exams available. To learn more about CLEP testing, available test options and costs please visit If you have previously completed a CLEP or DSST exam, you will be required to have the official score report sent directly to GSU. The GSU school code for CLEP testing is 1263. The GSU school code for DSST Exams is 8536.  

 CLEP tests and DSST exams are regularly administered on campus as well by the Testing Center. For further information on CLEP and DSST examinations and exam scheduling, call the GSU Testing Center at (708) 235-7555 or email at You can also view test information at

See the  University Catalog   for more details.


Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award earned by students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages, in addition to English, during their high school career.  The Seal of Biliteracy was approved by the Illinois State Board of Education with the intention of promoting cultural literacy and bilingualism to meet the demand of employers needing bilingual employees.  Students that earn the Seal of Biliteracy will have the seal appended to their high school diploma and transcript.  For more information on the Seal of Biliteracy in the state of Illinois, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education website at

 See the  University Catalog   for more details.