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About Governors State University

Governors State University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of University Park, IL, less than an hour from Chicago.

Founded in 1969, the institution currently enrolls around 4,032 students a year, including 3,021 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $2,395,756. For each full-time student, Governors State University spends about $11,641.

Admissions Facts About Governors State University

Acceptance rate: 48%

Average GPA: 3.07

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: April 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: November 1

What is Governors State University's acceptance rate?

Admission to Governors State University is moderately difficult. Around 48 percent of all applicants are admitted to Governors State University each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.07 out of 4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Governors State University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

About 57 percent of students who start at Governors State University come back the next year.

Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Based on this information, how does Governors State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Governors State University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

One University Parkway University Park, IL 60484

Campus Setting: Suburban

Governors State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Governors State University is Apr 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Governors State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Governors State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above


17 to 22


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Governors State University is 19. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Governors State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Governors State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

840 - 1030


Math SAT Range

400 - 510


Reading SAT Range

440 - 520

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1030 and Above


840 to 1030


840 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Governors State University students is 943. Applicants with SAT scores of 1030 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Governors State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 840 to 1030 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 840 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Governors State University.

Governors State University Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Governors State University is like? There are approximately 4,854 students enrolled at Governors State University, including 3,232 undergraduate students and 1,622 graduate students. 60% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from IL and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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