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Governors State University

University Park, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate57%

Governors State University Admissions

Governors State University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Governors State University is 57%. Out of 1,865 applications received in 2023, 1,072 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Governors State University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 4/1 and the fee for the application is $25.

Students who apply to Governors State University for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by November 1.

Governors State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Governors State University's admissions stats.

Governors State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 6%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 4%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 1%
Waitlist No

Governors State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Governors State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 November 1
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 4 1 November 1

Considering Applying Early to Governors State University?

Governors State University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by November 1.

Some students apply to college early because they hope it will help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Governors State University Admissions

Transferring to Governors State University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Governors State University

Governors State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Governors State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Governors State University

What does Governors State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important

Make sure to check with Governors State University for more information on admission factors.

Governors State University Application Requirements

To apply to Governors State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Governors State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements ACT or SAT is optional for applicants with aan unweighted GPA of 2.75 or higher (students 21 or over exempt)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Governors State University?

Students admitted to Governors State University have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 100% submitted a class rank. At Governors State University 6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 18% were in the top 25% and 40% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Governors State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 13.2%
3.75 and 3.99 7.7%
3.50 and 3.74 11.6%
3.25 and 3.49 14.2%
3.00 and 3.24 18.7%
2.50 and 2.9 22.3%
2.00 and 2.49 10.3%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Governors State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Governors State University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 4% of Governors State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other Governors State University applicants, you should strive to score between 0 and 0 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Governors State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 0 and 25% of scored lower than 0, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Governors State University students scored 0 or higher and 75% of students scored 410 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Governors State University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 410 or higher.

To be most competitive at Governors State University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 19 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 19 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Governors State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 19, and three out of four students scored lower than 19 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Governors State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on Transferring to Governors State University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Governors State University.

Transfer students can enroll in Governors State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Governors State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Governors State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Governors State University.

Does Governors State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Governors State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Governors State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does Governors State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Governors State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Governors State University?

❌ No, Governors State University is test optional, so you can choose whether to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Governors State University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Governors State University is 57%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Governors State University?

✅ Governors State University offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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Governors State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Governors State University? Governors State University is a somewhat selective institution. The Governors State University acceptance rate is 57%. This means that the institution accepts 57 out of every 100 applicants.


Governors State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

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

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

Governors State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

410 - 580

Governors State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Governors State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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