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Governors State University is a public institution situated in University Park, Illinois. The rural area surrounding GSU is great for students who love a peaceful atmosphere.

$24,326 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
52% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Governors State University?


Contact details for GSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 University Pky, University Park, IL 60484
Phone: 708-534-5000

How Do I Get Into GSU?

You can apply to GSU online at:

Admission Requirements for GSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into GSU?

52% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
21% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 52%, GSU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 54%.

Average Test Scores

About 21% of students accepted to GSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 420 and 540. Math scores were between 410 and 520.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Governors State University  ( 420 to 540 )

SAT Math Scores for Governors State University  ( 410 to 520 )
GSU received ACT scores from 2% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 21. Math scores were between 16 and 19. Composite scores were between 16 and 22.

ACT English Scores for Governors State University  ( 17 to 21 )
ACT Math Scores for Governors State University  ( 16 to 19 )
ACT Composite Scores for Governors State University  ( 16 to 22 )

Can I Afford Governors State University?

$24,326 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
2.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GSU is $24,326. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At GSU, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $5,645 a year. That adds up to $22,580 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GSU is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Governors State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,659 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,709 undergraduate students at GSU, with 1,659 being full-time and 1,050 being part-time.


There are also 1,686 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,659 full-time undergraduates at GSU, 38% are male and 62% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Governors State University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 37
Black or African American 607
Hispanic or Latino 324
White 520
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 138

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Governors State University. At this time, 4 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 19 countries are represented at GSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Governors State University

1,075 Took All Classes Online
2,915 Took At Least One Class Online
9.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 2,915 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at GSU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 8th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of GSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Governors State University was 9.3%. This is the #985 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at GSU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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