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IPEDS ID: 145336
OPE ID: 00914500
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Governors State University
1 University Pky, University Park, Illinois 60484
General information:  (708) 534-5000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Doctor's degree - other
Campus setting:  Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  5,938 (3,570 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty222227
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-74
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$900$900$900$9000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board-$5,238$9,000$10,63818.2%
Off Campus
Room and board-$6,000$9,000$9,6006.7%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$14,016$19,524$26,286$28,7849.5%
Off Campus$14,016$20,286$26,286$27,7465.6%
Off Campus with Family$14,016$14,286$17,286$18,1465.0%
On Campus$21,486$27,174$33,936$36,9448.9%
Off Campus$21,486$27,936$33,936$35,9065.8%
Off Campus with Family$21,486$21,936$24,936$26,3065.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$7,368
In-state fees$1,684
Out-of-state tuition$14,736
Out-of-state fees$1,684
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition planX
  • In-state Tuition for Residents of the state of Indiana.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid121790%————
Grant or scholarship aid18777%$1,389,000$7,428
Federal grants17572%$895,883$5,119
Pell grants17572%$895,883$5,119
Other federal grants00%$0
State/local government grant or scholarships12351%$431,409$3,507
Institutional grants or scholarships5021%$61,708$1,234
Student loan aid19279%$1,396,265$7,272
Federal student loans19279%$1,396,265$7,272
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,09158%$14,479,556$6,925
Pell grants1,90253%$9,184,926$4,829
Federal student loans2,23262%$19,647,736$8,803
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$15,146
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-2015
$0 – $30,000$16,925
$30,001 – $48,000$17,844
$48,001 – $75,000$19,555
$75,001 – $110,000$21,674
$110,001 and more$22,243
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment5,938
Undergraduate enrollment3,570
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment862
Graduate enrollment2,368
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 52%
Part-time: 48%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 35%
Female: 65%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 38%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 36%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 10%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 43%
25 and over: 57%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 100%
Out-of-state: 0%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 41%
Part-time: 59%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 10%
Enrolled in some distance education: 31%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 59%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 11%
Enrolled in some distance education: 17%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 72%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $25
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants1,114390724
Percent admitted39%32%43%
Percent admitted who enrolled47%55%44%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading455570
SAT Math400500
SAT Writing430450
ACT Composite1721
ACT English1622
ACT Math1620
ACT Writing57
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 59%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General19---
Environmental Biology-3--
Category total193--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General90d22d--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies1---
Management Information Systems, General-6--
Operations Management and Supervision9---
Organizational Leadership--4-
Category total152d46d4-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies-31--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric36---
Category total3631--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance---3
Computer Science2133--
Information Technology11---
Category total3233-3
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--6d2d
Curriculum and Instruction-8--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching51--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities-26--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-6--
Educational/Instructional Technology---6
Elementary Education and Teaching26---
English/Language Arts Teacher Education---1
Reading Teacher Education-14-0
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-29--
Category total31846d9d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General227--
Category total227--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General24---
Community Health and Preventive Medicine38---
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing---3
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management526--
Nursing Practice--10-
Nursing Science-59--
Occupational Therapy/Therapist-239-
Physical Therapy/Therapist--25-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse58d---
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-39--
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-24d-3d
Category total172d151d446d
History, General1---
Category total1---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies9230--
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism---2
Category total9230-2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies168d---
Category total168d---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General153--
Category total153--
Physical Sciences
Analytical Chemistry-8--
Chemistry, General5---
Category total58--
Counseling Psychology-22--
Psychology, General1069--
Category total10631--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-14--
Social Work4165--
Category total4179--
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General115--
Social Sciences, General2---
Sociology and Anthropology4---
Category total715--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General38--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-6--
Category total314--
Grand total9025355420
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 30
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 14
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $3,234
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $2,426
Full-time students: 100%
Part-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1975 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)12/1/1981 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program3/1/1990 -  Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs4/1/1998 -  Accredited
Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree4/1/1998 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist2/23/1999 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs11/1/1987 -  Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration1/1/2004 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools3/20/2003 -  Accredited
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2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations006
Liquor law violations003
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession00
Drug law violations02
Liquor law violations02
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter00
Negligent manslaughter00
Sex offenses - Forcible0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault00
Motor vehicle theft00
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate3.2%4.0%7.4%
Number in default5462103
Number in repayment1,6421,5371,375
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)