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IPEDS ID: 145336
OPE ID: 00914500
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Governors State University
1 University Pky, University Park, Illinois 60484
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 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:  5,819 (3,517 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 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 – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
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 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty199279
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-57
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 year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$900$900$900$9000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,000$10,638$10,868$8,724-19.7%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,000$9,600$10,868$10,8680.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$26,286$28,784$29,284$28,370-3.1%
Off Campus$26,286$27,746$29,284$30,5144.2%
Off Campus with Family$17,286$18,146$18,416$19,6466.7%
On Campus$33,936$36,944$37,444$37,7600.8%
Off Campus$33,936$35,906$37,444$39,9046.6%
Off Campus with Family$24,936$26,306$26,576$29,0369.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
In-state tuition$8,472
In-state fees$1,900
Out-of-state tuition$16,944
Out-of-state fees$1,900
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition planX
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
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 aid119288%————
Grant or scholarship aid17781%$1,339,148$7,566
Federal grants15270%$735,531$4,839
Pell grants15270%$735,531$4,839
Other federal grants00%$0
State/local government grant or scholarships11754%$485,187$4,147
Institutional grants or scholarships8539%$118,430$1,393
Student loan aid15471%$1,550,771$10,070
Federal student loans15370%$1,520,021$9,935
Other student loans31%$30,750$10,250
  • 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 aid12,16261%$18,912,541$8,748
Pell grants1,83152%$8,426,358$4,602
Federal student loans2,10660%$20,162,451$9,574
  • 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$16,143$16,000
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 Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$16,925$15,665$14,675
$30,001 – $48,000$17,844$14,999$15,981
$48,001 – $75,000$19,555$16,826$17,994
$75,001 – $110,000$21,674$22,241$22,887
$110,001 and more$22,243$24,073$20,163
  • 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 2016
Total enrollment5,819
Undergraduate enrollment3,517
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment849
Graduate enrollment2,302
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 55%
Part-time: 45%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 36%
Female: 64%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 39%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 34%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 9%
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: 98%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
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: 11%
Enrolled in some distance education: 34%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 55%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 11%
Enrolled in some distance education: 21%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 68%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $25
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
Number of applicants874313561
Percent admitted66%63%67%
Percent admitted who enrolled35%37%34%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
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 2017 (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 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing415493
SAT Math460520
ACT Composite1720
ACT English1521
ACT Math1620
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: 55%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
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.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
Received award in 6 years: 79%
Received award in 8 years: 79%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 15%
Received award in 6 years: 54%
Received award in 8 years: 56%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 28%
  • Institution did not enroll first-time entering undergraduates.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
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, General22--4
Environmental Biology-1--
Category total221-4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General8717d--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies1---
Management Information Systems, General-18--
Operations Management and Supervision8---
Organizational Leadership--7-
Category total14059d7-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies523--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric38---
Category total4323--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance---0
Computer Science16248--
Information Technology26---
Category total42248-0
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services---3
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--0d-
Curriculum and Instruction-6--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching110--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities-16--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries---0
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-34--
Educational/Instructional Technology---10
Elementary Education and Teaching26---
English/Language Arts Teacher Education---0
Mathematics Teacher Education---1
Reading Teacher Education-2-1
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-0--
Category total37580d15
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General264--
Category total264--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General21---
Community Health and Preventive Medicine32---
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing---2
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management415-5
Nursing Practice--11-
Nursing Science-56--
Occupational Therapy/Therapist-297-
Physical Therapy/Therapist--39-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse44---
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-38--
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-14d-3
Category total138142d5710
History, General3---
Category total3---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies7612--
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism---0
Category total7612-0
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies150d---
Category total150d---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General312--
Category total312--
Physical Sciences
Analytical Chemistry-10--
Chemistry, General5---
Category total510--
Counseling Psychology-32--
Psychology, General938--
School Psychology-6--
Category total9346--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-15--
Social Work4553--
Category total4568--
Social Sciences
Economics, General2---
Political Science and Government, General65--
Social Sciences, General5---
Sociology and Anthropology7---
Category total205--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General83--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-8--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General0---
Category total811--
Grand total8516996429
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, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 72
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 26
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: $7,853
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,304
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
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NAIA Division II MenWomen
Track and Field, X-Country89
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
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 (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
  • (!) Estimated date
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations600
Liquor law violations300
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations200
Liquor law violations200
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) 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.
  • 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 Year201420132012
Default rate5.1%3.2%4.0%
Number in default915462
Number in repayment1,7601,6421,537
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)