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2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Information



Admission to the University

Governors State University encourages applications from qualified students of all cultural, racial, religious, and ethnic groups. Admissions process will vary for first year undergraduate students, transfer students, master's or doctoral candidates, international students, veterans or certificate program students applying for admission. Details on the application process are available via the GSU Admissions website at http://www.govst.edu/Admissions/. Application forms and other information needed for admission to the university may be obtained by writing to:

Office of Admission and Student Recruitment
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484-0975

You may call 800.GSU.8GSU for information. The admission's website address is http://www.govst.edu/Admissions. Admission documents sent in support of applications are not returnable or transferable.

Admission Policy for Veterans

Veterans who have completed 45 credit hours of college credit may apply to Governors State University. The application fee will be waived upon receipt of an application accompanied by a copy of the form DD 214. Applications, transcripts, and other documentation can be mailed or dropped off in the Office of the Coordinator for Veterans and Military Personnel.

Admission Classifications, Deadlines, and Requirements

Degree-Seeking

Undergraduate Freshman Students*

This classification is for students who are currently attending high school or have graduated from high school but never attended college or have less than 24 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution. Special consideration will be applied when considering military veteran, international student, home school student, and GED earner applicants.

Requirements-Applicants must:

  1. have graduated or will graduate from high school with a minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  2. have earned a minimum ACT composite of 18 or SAT equivalent (minimum SAT score range of 860-890 when combining Critical Reading plus Math)
  3. must meet the minimum high school subject requirements of 4 years of English, 3 years of Math, 2 years of Lab Sciences, 2 years of Social Sciences, 2 years of Fine Arts or 2 years of a Foreign Language and 2 years of Elective Academic Units
  4. Providing an academic personal statement may benefit applicants who are near to or below one or both of the listed GPA and ACT admission requirements.

Applicants are required to submit official high school transcript(s) and official ACT or SAT score reports (if younger than 21 years old), or official GED. Final high school transcripts must be submitted after graduating or freshman applicants will be unable to begin courses.

*Freshman admits are required to participate In a unique learning community that requires full time attendance with coursework largely taking place between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. All freshman are admitted for the fall semester. Spring admission is not permitted.

Applicants must submit a non-refundable $25 application fee.

To apply: Submit an application, the application fee, credentials, and official transcripts from the post-secondary institution, which demonstrate meeting criteria 1-3 above directly to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment.

Deadlines: Students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early decision deadline of November 15. After November 15 applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 1st or until the freshman class is filled.

Undergraduate Transfer Students

This classification is for students who declare an undergraduate major, including those seeking a second bachelor's degree (Note: second bachelor's degree-seeking students will be assessed graduate tuition and fees.)

Requirements-Applicants must:

  1. have earned (or will have earned by the term in which they wish to enroll) an Associate of Arts (AA), an Associate of Science (AS), an Associate of Science and Arts (ASA), or an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; or
  2. have earned (or will have earned by the term they wish to enroll) at least 45 semester hours (or 68 quarter hours) of credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a "C" average (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) in any 45 semester hours (or 68 quarter hours) of the total collegiate hours; or
  3. have applied for a dual admission program at both Governors State University and an institution with which GSU has a dual admission agreement and meet all requirements stipulated under that agreement; and
  4. have been in good standing at the last institution attended; and
  5. have satisfied any collegial and/or major criteria, if applicable, for undergraduate study in a specific major.

Applicants must submit a non-refundable $25 application fee.

To apply: Submit an application, the application fee, credentials, and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, which demonstrate meeting criteria 1-5 above directly to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment.

Deadlines: Most programs are on a rolling admission basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Undergraduate Majors with Special Admission Requirements

The majors listed below have special admission criteria beyond the general university requirements. Requirements could include additional materials and/or application deadlines. Please refer to the specific major sections within the Academic Degree Programs Offered  section for the criteria and deadlines.

Majors College
Art Arts and Sciences
Biology Teacher Education Arts and Sciences
Business and Applied Science Business and Public Administration
Chemistry Teacher Education Arts and Sciences
Communication Disorders Health and Human Services
Early Childhood Education Education
Elementary and Middle Grades Education Education
English Teacher Education Arts and Sciences
Health Administration Health and Human Services
Mathematics Teacher Education Arts and Sciences
Nursing Health and Human Services
Psychology Education
Social Work Health and Human Services

Master's Degree Students

This classification is for students who declare a master's degree, including those seeking a second master's degree.
Requirements-Applicants must:

  1. have earned (or will have earned by the term they wish to enroll) a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and
  2. have been in good standing at the last institution attended, and
  3. have satisfied collegial and/or major criteria, if applicable, for graduate study in a specific major.

Applicants must submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

To apply: Submit an application, the application fee, credentials, and official transcripts from the post-secondary institution, which demonstrate meeting criteria 1-3 above to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment.

Deadlines: Most programs are on a rolling admission basis. However, the following programs have admission deadlines or limited admission periods: Communication and Training, Communication Disorders, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Educational Administration, Health Administration, Independent Film and Digital Imaging, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work. Refer to the specific major sections in this catalog for criteria and deadlines.

Master's Programs with Special Admission Requirements

The majors listed below have special admission criteria beyond the general university requirements. This could include additional materials and/or application deadlines. Please refer to the specific major sections within the Academic Degree Programs Offered  section for criteria and deadlines.

Master's College
Accounting Business and Public Administration
Addictions Studies Health and Human Services
Analytical Chemistry Arts and Sciences
Art Arts and Sciences
Business Administration Business and Public Administration
Communication Disorders Health and Human Services
Communication and Training Arts and Sciences
Computer Science Arts and Sciences
Counseling Education
Criminal Justice Arts and Sciences
Early Childhood Education Education
Education Education
Educational Administration Education
English Arts and Sciences
Environmental Biology Arts and Sciences
Health Administration Health and Human Services
Independent Film and Digital Imaging Arts and Sciences
Management Information Systems Business and Public Administration
Mathematics Arts and Sciences
Multicategorical Special Education Education
Nursing Health and Human Services
Occupational Therapy Health and Human Services
Political and Justice Studies Arts and Sciences
Psychology Education
Public Administration Arts and Sciences
Reading Education
Social Work Health and Human Services

Doctoral Students

This classification is for students who declare a doctoral degree.

Governors State University doctoral programs have varied requirements for admission. Programs may have specific deadlines for the submission of applications and required materials. Contact the appropriate department/division for specific application forms and admission requirements.

Applicants must submit a non-refundable $75 application fee.

To apply: Submit an application, the application fee, credentials, program application fees, and official transcripts from each post-secondary institution to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment.

Deadlines: Please refer to the specific major sections in this catalog for criteria and deadlines.

Undeclared/Non-Degree Seeking

Undergraduate Undecided Students

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree from any college or university, have earned less than 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours), and who have not declared an undergraduate major, but plan to do so by their junior year may fit in this category.

Students in this classification:

  • are eligible for university administered financial aid;
  • will be assigned an advisor in the Academic Resource Center. Undecided students who have not decided on a career path may receive career counseling that will facilitate the career decision-making process. Once a career decision is made, the student may apply to a degree program. Upon admission, an academic/faculty advisor will be assigned and a study plan completed;
  • must participate in New Student Online Orientation/Directed Self-Placement before registration;
  • who choose not to seek a degree at GSU must change their status to a non-degree seeking or undeclared student when they reach 60 semester hours earned; and
  • if after earning a total 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) and have not been admitted to a major will automatically be converted to non-degree seeking.

Requirements-Applicants must:

  1. have earned (or will have earned by the term in which they wish to enroll) at least 45 semester hours (or 68 quarter hours) of credit but not more than 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a "C" average (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) in any 45 semester hours (or 68 quarter hours) of the total collegiate hours; and
  2. have been in good standing at the last institution attended.

Applicants must submit a non-refundable $25 application fee.

To apply: Submit an application, the application fee, credentials, and official transcripts from the post-secondary institution, which demonstrate meeting criteria 1and 2 above directly to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment.

Deadlines: Most programs are on a rolling admission basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Undergraduate Undeclared Students

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree from any college or university, have earned at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours of college level coursework), and who have not declared an undergraduate major may fit in this category.

Students in this classification:

  • are not eligible for university administered financial aid;
  • will be assigned an advisor in the Academic Resource Center. Undeclared students who have not decided on a career path may receive career counseling that will facilitate the career decision-making process. Once a career decision is made, the student may apply to a degree program. Upon admission, an academic/faculty advisor will be assigned and a study plan completed;
  • must participate in New Student Online Orientation/Directed Self-Placement before registration;
  • who choose not to seek a degree at GSU must change their status to a non-degree seeking student; and
  • if after registering for 18 credit-hours and have not been admitted to a major will automatically be converted to non-degree seeking.

Course work completed in this status may or may not be applicable to a major, subject to approval by the advisor and appropriate dean.

Requirements-Applicants must:

  1. have earned (or will have earned by the term they wish to enroll) an Associate of Arts (AA), an Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of Science and Arts (ASA), or an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; or
  2. have earned (or will have earned by the term in which they wish to enroll) at least 45 semester hours (or 68 quarter hours) of credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a "C" average (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) in any 45 semester hours (or 68 quarter hours) of the total collegiate hours; and
  3. have been in good standing at the last institution attended.

Applicants must submit a non-refundable $25 application fee.

To apply: Submit an application, the application fee, credentials, and official transcripts from the post-secondary institution, which demonstrate meeting criteria 1-3 above directly to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment.

Deadlines: Most programs are on a rolling admission basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early. 

Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree from any college or university and who do not intend to earn a degree may fit into this category.

Course work completed as a non-degree seeking student is not applicable to any degree offered by GSU, except by written exception by the dean of the appropriate college.

Students in this classification are not eligible for university administered financial aid. Applicants must submit the non-refundable $25 application fee.

Requirements-Applicants must:

  1. have an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Science and Arts (ASA), or an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree from a regionally accredited institution, or
  2. have earned at least 45 semester hours (or 68 quarter hours) of credit with at least a "C" average (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) from a regionally accredited institution.

Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students with bachelor's or higher degrees from a regionally-accredited institution who do not intend to earn a degree at Governors State may fit this category.

Coursework completed as a non-degree seeking student does not automatically apply to a degree program. The application of such courses to degree requirements is governed by the policies established by the University and the dean and faculty of each college in effect at the time of admission to a degree program. No more than six (6) credit hours earned while in non-degree status may be applied toward the requirements of any graduate degree program. Transfer of credits earned in non-degree seeking status to a degree program requires approval of the appropriate academic dean.

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for University-administered financial aid.

Requirements-Applicants must have a bachelor's or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.

Certificate Students

Students not currently enrolled at GSU, who want to earn a certificate, fit this category. Applicants must:

  1. provide evidence of a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution based on the certificate classification;
  2. be in good academic standing at the last institution attended;
  3. have satisfied any applicable collegial and/or major admission criteria for the certificate program for which they are applying. Refer to the information related to specific major areas of interest in this catalog for special collegial and/or major admission criteria and additional credentials which may be required.

Graduate-level student applicants must submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

To apply: Submit an application, the appropriate application fee, credentials, and official transcripts from the post-secondary institution, which demonstrate meeting criteria 1-3, to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment.

Certificate Programs with Special Admission Requirements

The certificate programs listed on Academic Degree Programs Offered  have special admission criteria beyond the general university requirements. This could include additional materials and/or application deadlines. Refer to the specific certificate sections in this catalog for the criteria and deadlines of contact the appropriate department/division for specific admission information.

Undergraduate Special Non-Degree Seeking Students

This applies to persons who have not earned 45 semester hours of college credit but who have had equivalent specialized experiences and intend to enroll in a course, workshop, seminar or other university activity for credit are eligible to apply for admission as special non-degree seeking students. Students may earn a maximum of 15 hours of credit in this status.

Credit earned as a special non-degree seeking student will be at the upper-division level and cannot be used toward meeting criteria for admission as an undergraduate degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student.

Applicants must submit a non-refundable $25 application fee.

To apply: Submit an application and application fee to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment; complete the special non-degree seeking petition form and send it to the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment with the appropriate signatures.

International Students

An international student is an applicant who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States:

  1. who is authorized to stay in the United States for a temporary period as a non-immigrant, or
  2. who has applied for a change of status to become a permanent resident of the United States but has not been issued an alien registration card effective as of the date classes begin for the semester in which they are enrolled. Please see Additional Information.

International students are eligible for admission to degree programs but may only be admitted as non-degree seeking students if pursuing a degree at another institution. That institution must provide written verification of enrollment in a degree program.

GSU is authorized under federal law to sponsor nonimmigrant alien students studying on an F-1 visa. Although applicants on J-1 visas may enroll, the university does not currently participate in the exchange visitor program and is not authorized to issue form DS-2019, which is required for GSU to sponsor the J-1 visa status.

Applicants on F-1 visas, or any other temporary visas, are not eligible to be classified as residents of the State of Illinois for tuition purposes, regardless of actual length of residence in the State of Illinois, unless otherwise authorized by The Office of the Registrar and The Office of International Services.

The applicant on an F-1 student or J-1 student visa must plan to pursue a full-time program of academic study at Governors State University (6 credit-hours per term for doctoral students, 9 credit-hours per term for master's degree students, and 12 credit-hours for undergraduate students).

All transcripts, letters, financial documents and other admission material become the property of GSU.

NOTE: Governors State University requires that all F-1 and J-1 students have health insurance that meets the U.S. Department of State standards.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must:

  1. submit satisfactory educational records;
  2. submit official TOEFL report with one of the minimum acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) listed below, or submit official IELTS report with the minimum acceptable score of 6.0 academic version, unless a higher score is required by the academic program, or complete coursework from ELS Education Services Inc.'s Language Centers (ELS). For this option, students must complete through a minimum level of 112; and
  3. provide evidence of financial support to meet all financial needs for the duration of their studies at GSU, such as: an affidavit of financial support and an original financial document, such as a bank statement, with evidence of sufficient liquid assets.

For the TOEFL, a minimum acceptable score is as follows:

Type of TOEFL Exam Paper Computer Internet (iBT)

Undergraduate Level Applicants

Total Score 500 173 68
Reading 53 20 19
Writing 54 21 16
Listening 53 19 18
Speaking - - 15
Type of TOEFL Exam Paper Computer Internet (iBT)
Type of TOEFL Exam Paper Computer Internet (iBT)

 

Master Level Applicants

Total Score 550 213 80
Reading 54 21 20
Writing 58 24 20
Listening 55 21 20
Speaking - - 20

Doctoral Level Applicants

Total Score 577 233 91
Reading 54 22 20
Writing 61 26 24
Listening 55 21 21
Speaking - - 26

How to Apply for Admission

The completed application for admission should be sent to the Office of International Services, Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois 60484, U.S.A., with the following documents and academic credentials:

  1. An application for admission as a degree-seeking student. The application may be submitted online previous to mailing in the documents or a paper copy may be included in the application packet.
  2. Official academic credentials. These may include any or all of the following:
    1. national examination results,
    2. diplomas and/or certificates,
    3. complete records of all college, university, or other secondary or post- secondary work;
    4. college or university transcripts, if applicable.
  3. Official TOEFL score report or IELTS score report.
  4. Evidence that adequate funds are available to meet all financial needs for the duration of studies at Governors State University.

NOTE: Applicants must submit an evaluation of academic credentials. Official foreign credentials must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin or by any other NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member organization. Applicants who would like transfer credit for prior coursework should request a "course-by-course" evaluation report. Applicants who are seeking graduate program admission with no transfer credit should request a "general" evaluation report. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 708.534.4510.

Applicants must provide any required additional special admission credentials for the desired major. Refer to other sections of this catalog for any necessary special admission requirements.

Applicants to an undergraduate program must submit a non- refundable $25 application fee.

Applicants to a master's program must submit a nonrefundable $50 application fee.

Applicants to a doctoral program must submit a $75 non-refundable application fee.

Additional Information

F-1 visa students who wish to transfer to Governors State University must submit a copy of the current school I-20 form, transcript, and a letter from the current school showing dates of enrollment and eligibility to transfer.

The Office of International Services is available to assist students in obtaining their visas and other necessary legal documents.

Additional information is available on the Office of International Services (OIS) website at www.govst.edu/ois.

OIS is available to help international students arrange for airport pickup and housing. Many students live in the immediate area or in Chicago and commute either by car, train or university shuttle to Governors State University. For further information and to coordinate the details of your arrival at GSU, please contact the Office of International Services at ois@govst.edu.

Supplemental Admission Information

Deferred Admission/Enrollment

A student may defer his or her admission/enrollment one time per admission application, not to exceed one year from the original admission term. For example, if a student applies for Fall 2014 admission, he/she may update his/her admission one time, to a future term as far in the future as Fall 2015. International students are allowed to defer their enrollment twice per admission application, not to exceed one year from the original term of application. After one year, a new admission application and application fee is required.

Readmission

Reapplication and readmission to the university is required if a student:

  1. has completed a degree at GSU and wishes to reenter into another major, into undeclared/non-degree-seeking status, or into a certificate program;
  2. has been admitted as an undeclared/non-degree seeking student and is seeking admission to a major or into a certificate program;
  3. has lost continuing student status as defined by university policy; or
  4. is seeking a level change, i.e., from undergraduate to graduate status or from graduate to undergraduate status.

Students are subject to the continuing student status policy, with the exception of students enrolled in accredited programs where accreditation requirements would prohibit reactivation of a student's active status.

Students whose enrollment is interrupted for three or more consecutive terms must contact their advisor to be reactivated before enrollment, with the exception of students enrolled in accredited programs where accreditation requirements would prohibit reactivation of a student's active status. Any student whose enrollment is interrupted for five or more years (15 or more consecutive terms) must reapply through the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment and will be subject to any new admission and curricular requirements.

With regard to certain accredited programs, the reactivation of a student's status is determined on a program basis. Occupational Therapy requires that students who have not been enrolled for one year (three consecutive terms, including Summer) must apply for readmission to the M.O.T. program. Bachelor and Master of Social Work require that students who have not been enrolled for three years (nine consecutive terms, including Summer) must apply for readmission to the appropriate B.S.W. or M.S.W. program. Master of Arts in Counseling requires that students who have not been enrolled for more than one year (four consecutive terms, including Summer) must apply for readmission to the Counseling program. Doctorate of Physical Therapy requires that students who have not been enrolled for more than one year (four consecutive terms, including Summer) must apply for readmission to the D.P.T. program.

Special Admission (New and Readmission)

Readmission and Special Admission provide for the possible petition for readmission by students, who left on academic probation or who were suspended from the university. The policy also provides for cases of special admission requested by applicants who do not meet the published criteria for admission.

All readmissions involving students who left the university while on academic probation or those suspended from Governors State University and all special admission cases (defined herein) shall be considered by the University Committee on Readmissions and Special Admissions. The committee shall make recommendations to the appropriate division or department chairperson or director, who will make the final decision with input from the program faculty.

The policies on readmissions appear in the Appendix .

Additional information regarding special admission opportunities and petitions for admission are available from the Office of Admission and Student Recruitment or on its website at www.govst.edu/admission.

Dual Degree Program

Under special agreement between Governors State University and area community colleges, students may be eligible to participate in a Dual Degree Program. Area community colleges include City Colleges of Chicago, College of DuPage, Harper College, Joliet Junior College, Kankakee Community College, Moraine Valley Community College, Morton College, Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Triton College and Waubonsee Community College. Dual Degree Program students complete their Associate degree at a partner community college and transfer to GSU for their upper-division courses to complete in their Bachelor's degree program. Students who are interested in participating in the Dual Degree Program are encouraged to contact their counselor at their community college. The benefits of the Dual Degree Program include working closely with advisors from both institutions, participating in student life at both institutions, and specific tuition and scholarship opportunities. Dual Degree Program students are provided with the services from both institutions to help ensure that they make a seamless transition from their community college to Governors State University. For more information, please contact Roshaunda Ross, Director of Dual Degree Program, at 708.534.4494 or go to www.govst.edu/dualdegree.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

The university wishes to ensure that applicants have attained sufficient mastery of the English language necessary to achieve academic success. Prior to admission to a degree or certificate program, all applicants who do not hold a previous degree or diploma from an institution where English was the foundational language must provide evidence acceptable to the University of having attained sufficient mastery of the English language. Applicants must attain a minimum acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum acceptable score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or have completed a minimum proficiency level of 112 through ELS Education Services Inc.'s Language Centers.

For the TOEFL minimum acceptable scores, see the TOEFL table or refer to GSU Policy 9. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.0

The attainment of a minimum acceptable score on TOEFL or IELTS does not take the place of any special English language proficiency requirements for specific majors or university requirements as stated in this catalog.

Implementation and verification of the minimum competencies will be done by the Office of Admissions.

Admission to a Degree Program with Non-U.S. Credentials

The university will also consider applications to any degree program for those individuals that are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States of America and that will not study at GSU on an F-1 or J-1 student visa.

The completed application for admission should be sent to the Office of International Services, Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois 60484, U.S.A., with the following documents and academic credentials:

  1. An application for admission as a degree-seeking student. The application may be submitted online previous to mailing in the documents or a paper copy may be included in the application packet.
  2. Official academic credentials. These may include any or all of the following:
    1. national examination results,
    2. diplomas and/or certificates,
    3. complete records of all college, university, or other secondary or post- secondary work;
    4. college or university transcripts, if applicable.
  3. Official TOEFL score report or IELTS score report.

For the TOEFL minimum acceptable scores, see the TOEFL table. The IELTS minimum acceptable score is 6.0.

NOTE: Applicants must submit an evaluation of academic credentials. Official foreign credentials must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin or by any other NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member organization. Applicants who would like transfer credit for prior coursework should request a "course-by-course" evaluation report. Applicants who are seeking graduate program admission with no transfer credit should request a "general" evaluation report. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 708.534.4510.

Applicants must provide any required additional special admission credentials for the desired major. Refer to other sections of this catalog for any necessary special admission requirements.

Applicants on or seeking F-1 or J-1 visas should refer to the section on international students.

College Board Advanced Placement Program

Governors State University awards college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams with scores of three (3) or higher depending upon the exam. The AP chart below gives information about earned scores and associated credits earned for each examination. Specific questions in regard to how AP credit(s) potentially apply to your selected major must be directed to an Academic Advisor in the student's program of study.

If you are a high school student and requested that the College Board send your scores to Governors State University when you took the tests, your scores will be evaluated in early August when GSU receives the score report.  If your AP test score meets the requirements for course/elective credit, you will see the appropriate credit posted onto your student record in 8-12 weeks after scores are received by the Admissions Office. Scores of two (2) or one (1) will not be considered for course or elective credit.  An AP exam score of three (3) may be considered for credit in some cases as listed on the official GSU AP chart.  Scores of four (4) or five (5) will be considered for course or elective credit as listed on the official GSU AP chart. 

As defined by the College Board, each AP exam score is a weighted combination of your score on the multiple-choice section and the free-response section of the exam. The final score is reported on a 5-point scale:

5 = extremely well qualified
4 = well qualified
3 = qualified
2 = possibly qualified
1 = no recommendation

If you did not ask the College Board to send your scores to GSU, you will need to contact the College Board directly to make this request. You can obtain reports by:

U.S. Mail:

AP Exams
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541

Scores by phone: 1-888-225-5427

Check the College Board web site to be sure to follow proper directions to get AP scores: 
www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd.html

The code number for Governors State University is 0807. 

If you are a college student transferring to GSU and you took an AP exam in high school, check the AP chart to see if GSU will grant credit for your score. If you want this credit attached to your GSU transcript, contact the College Board. No credit can be posted until a student has enrolled at GSU and official AP scores have been received from the College Board.

Governors State University Advanced Placement Credit Table

TEST
SCORE REQUIRED
COURSE AWARDED
GSU CREDIT HOURS
ART

Art History

5, 4, 3

ART - 1111 Survey of Art History II (3)  

3

Studio Art 2D Design

5, 4, 3

ART - 1210 Two-Dimensional Design (3)  

3

Studio Art 3D Design

5, 4, 3

ART - 1211 Three-Dimensional Design (3)  

3

Studio Art Drawing

5, 4, 3

General Elective (specific course equivalency pending student portfolio review by GSU faculty)

3

BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY

Biology

5, 4

BIOL - 1500 General Biology I (3)  +

BIOL - 1501 General Biology I Laboratory (1)  

3+1

Biology

3

BIOL - 2102 Biological Science Foundations I (3)  +

BIOL - 2107 Biological Science Foundations Laboratory (1)  

3+1

Chemistry

5, 4

CHEM - 1141 General Chemistry I (3)  +

CHEM - 1142 General Chemistry I Lab (1)  

3+1

Chemistry

3

CHEM - 1111 Chemical Science Foundations I (3)  +

CHEM - 1112 Chemical Science Foundations Laboratory (1)  

3+1

Environmental Science

5, 4, 3

BIOL - 1200 Environmental Biology (3)  +

BIOL - 1201 Environmental Biology Lab (1)  

3+1

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Science A

5, 4, 3

CPSC - 2100 Introduction to Computing (3)  

3

ECONOMICS

Microeconomics

5, 4

ECON - 2301 Principles of Microeconomics (3)  

3

Microeconomics

3

General Elective

3

Macroeconomics

5, 4

ECON - 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)  

3

Macroeconomics

3

General Elective

3

ENGLISH

English Language and Composition

5, 4,

ENGL - 1000 Writing Studies I (3)  

3

English Language and Composition

3

General Elective

3

English Literature and Composition

5, 4. 3

H3-900 - Introduction to Literature (IAI course number)

3 or 6

GEOGRAPHY

Human Geography

5, 4, 3

S4900N - Introduction to Human Geography (IAI course number)

3

HISTORY

European History

5, 4, 3

HIST - 2710 World History Since 1500 (3)  

3

U.S.  History

5, 4, 3

HIST - 1110 History of the United States to 1865 (3)  

3

World History

5, 4, 3

HIST - 2700 World History to 1500 (3)  

3

MATHEMATICS

Calculus AB

5, 4

MATH - 2290 Calculus I (4)  

4

Calculus AB

3

MATH - 2281 Applied Calculus (3)  

3

Calculus BC

5, 4

MATH - 2290 Calculus I (4)  

MATH - 2292 Calculus II (4)  

8

Calculus BC

3

MATH - 2290 Calculus I (4)  

4

Statistics

5, 4, 3

MATH - 2100 Elementary Statistics (3)  

3

LANGUAGE STUDIES

Chinese Language and Culture

5, 4

Humanities or General Elective

6

Chinese Language and Culture

3

Humanities or General Elective

3

French Language and Culture

5, 4

Humanities or General Elective

6

French Language and Culture

3

Humanities or General Elective

3

German Language and Culture

5, 4

Humanities or General Elective

6

German Language and Culture

3

Humanities or General Elective

3

Italian Language and Culture

5, 4

Humanities or General Elective

6

Italian Language and Culture

3

Humanities or General Elective

3

Japanese Language and Culture

5, 4

Humanities or General Elective

6

Japanese Language and Culture

3

Humanities or General Elective

3

Latin

5, 4

Humanities or General Elective

6

Latin

3

Humanities or General Elective

3

Spanish Language

5, 4

Humanities or General Elective

6

Spanish Language

3

Humanities or General Elective

3

Spanish Literature and Culture

5, 4

Humanities or General Elective

6

Spanish Literature and Culture

3

Humanities or General Elective

3

MUSIC

Music Theory

5, 4, 3

Humanities or General Elective

3

PHYSICS

Physics B

5, 4, 3

PHYS - 1111 Physical Science Foundations (3)  

PHYS - 1112 Physical Science Foundations Laboratory (1)  

3 + 1

Physics C Mechanics

5, 4, 3

PHYS - 2141 Intermediate Physics I (3)  

PHYS - 2142 Intermediate Physics Lab I (1)  

OR

PHYS - 2171 University Physics I (3)  

PHYS - 2172 University Physics I Lab (1)  

3 + 1

Physics C Electricity and Magnetism

5, 4, 3

PHYS - 2143 Intermediate Physics II (3)  

PHYS - 2144 Intermediate Physics Lab II (1)  

OR

PHYS - 2181 University Physics II (3)  

PHYS - 2182 University Physics II Lab (1)  

3 + 1

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Comparative Government and Politics

5, 4, 3

POLS - 2950 Transformation of Global System (3)   

3

U.S. Government and Politics

5, 4, 3

POLS - 2100 American National Government (3)  

3

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology

5, 4, 3

PSYC - 1101 Principles of Psychology (3)  

3

 
 

Placement Policy for Mathematics and Writing

All freshmen admitted to GSU are placed based on their high school grades and scores on the standardized, normed assessment through the admissions process. For math placement, students falling below direct admit criteria will be required to complete math placement assessment. For writing, students falling below direct admit criteria will be required to participate in a writing assessment.

Registration

All newly admitted and active continuing students who do not have a university hold on their record are eligible to register. Tuition and applicable fees are due as billed by the payment deadline published each term.

Maximum Credit-hour Load. Undergraduate and graduate students may register for up to 18 credits for Fall and Spring terms and 12 credits for Summer term. Permission from the college dean is required to exceed these credit-hour maximums.

Course Prerequisites and Corequisites. A prerequisite is a course that must be completed before registration in a particular course. A corequisite is a course that is taken at the same time as another course. Several courses have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Students should contact their academic advisors for more information.

Continuing Student Status. Continuing students at Governors State University are defined as degree-seeking students whose enrollment at Governors State has not been interrupted for more than five calendar years (15 consecutive terms, including summer terms). This does not include students who have enrolled in accredited programs where accreditation requirements prohibit return to active status following non-enrollment for more than three to 14 consecutive terms. Students in such accredited programs may return only with the program director's permission.

Enrollment is defined as registration for one or more credit-hours or audit (noncredit programs/courses are excluded). Degree-seeking students are subject to the curricular requirements in effect at the time of their initial admission and who maintain active continuing student status.

Degree-seeking students who lose continuing status must reapply and be readmitted. They will be subject to the admission and curricular requirements of the university, college, and specific major in effect at the time of readmission.

Add and Drop. Students may add and/or drop courses any time during the published periods without penalty. See the online course schedule for registration period details.

Full time Student Status. An undergraduate student is considered to be enrolled full time for any given term if he or she is enrolled in 12 credit hours for that term. A graduate student at the master's level is considered to be enrolled full time for any given term if he or she is enrolled in nine credit hours for that term. A graduate student at the doctoral level is considered to be enrolled full time for a given term if he or she is enrolled in six credit hours for the term.

Late Registration Charge

Students must register at least 14 days prior to the beginning of each fall and spring semester in order to avoid late registration charges.  Exceptions include students who are in the first semester of enrollment at Governors State University and students who are adding courses to an established schedule. 

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide initiative designed to allow students to transfer easily from one college/university to another. Governors State University is a participating receiving university.

The Illinois Articulation Initiative has established a General Education Core Curriculum (GECC), which is the statewide transfer general education curriculum common to all IAI member institutions. Governors State University accepts all courses in this curriculum toward its general education requirements. Students may, however, transfer to GSU without completing the GECC. Even though not included in IAI, students may also transfer credits from an out-of-state institution.

In order to ease transfer for Illinois students, GSU has used the IAI designations whenever possible. This is not to limit the transferability of courses but to ensure the transfer of courses which carry the IAI designation. Comparable courses from out-of-state institutions (not bearing the IAI designation) may be accepted for transfer.

For more information on the IAI, see the IAI website at www.itransfer.org.

Articulation Agreements

To minimize transfer problems for students, Governors State University and area community colleges have developed articulation agreements that help students plan bachelor's degree programs beginning at the community college and finishing at Governors State University. These agreements assure smooth transition from lower-division study to upper-division study and completion of a bachelor's degree. For more information on articulation, see the website at www.govst.edu/apply.