GSU: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Governors State University. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to GSU, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown GSU statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Governors State University on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to GSU, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at GSU

What are your chances at GSU?

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    *gpa score is required

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    What GPA do you need to get into Governors State University?

    Governors State University’s average GPA is 2.78. Governors State University does require GPA. Governors State University is currently selective. However, be aware that oftentimes schools in this GPA range are increasing their selectivity in hope of increasing “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of GSU application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 2.78 to 2.92 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 2.92 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Governors State University may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on GSU’s campus. These GSU admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Governors State University’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Governors State University’s acceptance rate was 38.87. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 41.0 % 66.0 % 38.87 %

    As you can see, Governors State University is getting more and more difficult to get into. If this trend continue it’s likely that GSU will be even more competitive by the time you apply.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into GSU - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at GSU?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at GSU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    Does Governors State University Require Test Scores?

    Governors State University requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Governors State University’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Governors State University SAT Requirements

    Governors State University’s average SAT score is 955 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Governors State University is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 420 510 465
    Reading 440 540 490
    2019 Total 860 1050 955
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Governors State University’s average SAT score is 955. To be a competitive applicant for Governors State University your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 860, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Governors State University a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1050.

    Governors State University ACT Requirements

    Governors State University’s average ACT score is 56. To be a competitive applicant for Governors State University your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 49, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Governors State University a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 63.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 16 20 18
    Reading 16 22 19
    Writing 17 21 19
    2019 Total 49 63 56
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    How hard is it to get into Governors State University?

    As you can see from the data above, Governors State University is difficult to get into. Not only should you be aiming for a 2.78 but also SAT scores around 955.

    Governors State University Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Governors State University from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Recommended
    GPA Required
    School Record Required

    How to get into GSU

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into GSU. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at GSU, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with GSU admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 955 on the SAT or 56 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 2.78.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with GSU’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Governors State University values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. University Park has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Governors State University wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader University Park area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. GSU needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Governors State University something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your GSU app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that GSU’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at GSU?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at GSU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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