by Burgendy Ellis
Governors State is a four-year public institution that serves almost 6,000 students. GSU is located at 1 University Parkway in University Park, Illinois. It was founded in 1969 to provide an affordable public post-secondary option for students across the state of Illinois. GSU offers an affordable education option for post-secondary degree seeking students and is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
GSU offers a variety of different degrees and certification programs for students of all ages. Currently GSU offers 28 bachelor’s programs, 28 master’s programs, 5 doctoral programs, and 23 certificate programs. Students also have the option to take online and distance learning classes as opposed to attending class on campus.
The academic requirements for incoming freshmen at Governors State University are as follows: a minimum 2.75 GPA, an ACT score of at least an 18 or minimum SAT score range of 860-890 when combining Critical Reading plus Math. Prospective students must also craft a personal statement and complete specific high school coursework to prepare them for postsecondary success.
Governors State University provides its students’ with different on-campus experiences giving students so much to do and explore. The school also offers exciting clubs like the Anime Club, Black Student Union, Chinese Student Association, and so many more. GSU also holds intramural sports such as basketball and even ping pong! Its mascot is the Jaguars and it has almost ten NCAA sanctioned different sports programs for both men and women.
The application can be completed online through the GSU website with an application fee is $25.00. The deadline for all GSU applications is April 1, 2017. GSU accepts 94% of all students who apply to the school. Tuition is roughly $11,000.00 a year, but this does not include room & board, books and fees which are approximately $6,000.00 and $500.00 a year. GSU also offers great meal plans for all students including commuters that cost little to nothing.