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

32 Undergraduate Degrees
40 Graduate Degrees
$22,474 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
66% Acceptance Rate

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards GSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#85 Highest Paid Nursing Graduates College Factual

Where Is Governors State University?

Location of 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 recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into GSU?

66% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
GSU has an acceptance rate of 66%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% 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 415 and 493. Math scores were between 460 and 520.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Governors State University  ( 415 to 493 )

SAT Math Scores for Governors State University  ( 460 to 520 )
GSU received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 21. Math scores were between 16 and 20. Composite scores were between 17 and 20.

ACT English Scores for Governors State University  ( 15 to 21 )
ACT Math Scores for Governors State University  ( 16 to 20 )
ACT Composite Scores for Governors State University  ( 17 to 20 )

Can I Afford Governors State University?

$22,474 Net Price
78% Take Out Loans
6.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GSU is $22,474. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At GSU, approximately 78% of students took out student loans averaging $9,334 a year. That adds up to $37,336 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GSU is 6.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Governors State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,918 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,206 undergraduate students at GSU, with 1,918 being full-time and 1,288 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  GSU

There are also 1,583 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,918 full-time undergraduates at GSU, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  GSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of GSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 32
Black or African American 769
Hispanic or Latino 297
White 573
International Students 29
Other Races/Ethnicities 218

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

617 Took All Classes Online
2,338 Took At Least One Class Online
2.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at GSU. In 2017-2018, 2,338 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 25th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of GSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Governors State University was 2.1%. This is the #1,344 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%.

Governors State University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing Science 0 0 36 0 36
Registered Nursing 32 0 0 0 32
Nursing Practice 0 0 0 3 3
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 32 1 36 3 72


*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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