Governors State University
University Park, IL 60484


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Rural
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 5,819
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 278 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Governors State University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 1,201 applications and only 496 students were granted admission. Governors State University is at the #39 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 94% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 0% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
ACT17 to 21

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
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Tuition & Fees

Governors State University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $16,320 and in-state students paid $8,160.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 91% of Governors State University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 69% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,958 (which is 11.9% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Governors State University in 2016-2017, was 177, which is 87% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,212 (which is 17.2% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Governors State University has enrolled a total of 5,819 students (2,866 students full-time and 2,953 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 5,819 students, 849 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 35% men and 65% women and 3,517 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 2,302 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 627 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Black/African American: 36%

White: 34%

Hispanic: 10%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%

Non-resident alien: 7%

Two or more races: 2%

Asian: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Governors State University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 18% 940 147
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 12% 633
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 10% 512 0
Psychology 8% 408
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 6% 332 0
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 6% 305
Education 5% 260 0
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 5% 256
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4% 196
English Language And Literature/letters 2% 89

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Governors State University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $34,300. Last year, out of the total 1,115 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 981 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 961 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 817 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $34,300 $39,500
Employment Rate 88% 85%
Total Graduates 1,115 961

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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Chicago State University
19.5 mile away
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81.5 mile away