Governors State University

Governors State University

Governors State University is a public university located in University Park, Illinois. It was established in 1969. The campus is spread across an area of 750 acres. GSU offers more than 20 bachelors degrees, over 25 graduate degrees and more than 20 certificate programs. The university is organized into the following academic units:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Public Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services

GSU's campus is home to the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park and the Center for Performing Arts. There are many student clubs and organizations on campus as well.

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Governors State University
1 University Pky
University Park , IL 60466-0975
General Phone: (708) 534-5000

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Governors State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching376curriculum and instruction, educational administration, education of disabled, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, reading teaching
Liberal Arts285English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science
Therapy and Counseling280psychology, counseling psychology, communication disorders, substance abuse counseling, physical therapy
Family and Social Work241public administration, social work
Business and Management221business management, operations management, accounting, MIS
Computer Science and Engineering100computer science
Medical Support and Technology74speech pathology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine72registered nursing, nursing science
Media65communication studies, mass communication
Medical Administration58health care facilities management
Science41biology, ecology, chemistry, analytical chemistry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy40occupational therapy
Security and Law Enforcement40criminal justice and safety
Art Studies14art studies
Photography and Commercial Art3film studies

Number of programs and degrees for Governors State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,03326
Bachelor's degree87822
Doctor's degree01

Governors State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Governors State had a total enrollment of 5,692 students (4,232 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 43%
Graduate 57%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 49%
Black 33%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 0%
20-21 1%
22-24 11%
25-29 22%
30-34 18%
35-39 15%
40-49 21%
50-64 12%
65+ 1%

Governors State Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of University Park, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Governors State Admissions and Selectivity

Application Requirements:

Years of College Work Before Admittancerecommended

Governors State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount

Financial Aid:
Governors State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 914500)

Governors State Faculty

Governors State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2830
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2840

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*3$86,904
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*1*
Lecturercalendar year28$54,79838$54,360
No academic rankcalendar year0*3$60,883
All faculty totalcalendar year31$57,61345$57,150

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year22$114,36313$88,896
Associate professoracademic year23$81,59228$76,769
Assistant professoracademic year20$66,71119$65,118
Instructoracademic year0*4$58,580
No academic rankacademic year4$108,5902*
All faculty totalacademic year69$89,29366$75,463

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Governors State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Reading Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Analytical Chemistry
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Counseling Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets Governors State Apart:

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Top 6%Governors State % students 40 years or older
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% of degrees in family and social work
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Top 16%Governors State % of degrees in family and social work
Female % of student body
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Top 19%Governors State Salaries of full-time faculty

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