Governors State University

University Park, IL 60484
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Governors State University is one of the twelve public 4-year colleges in Illinois. The campus is located in a rural area, in University Park.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 5,185 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 199 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 107 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 54%).

Governors State University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $9,390, and fees were $2,356. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $18,780 and $2,356 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Rural
Number of Students5,185
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate54%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 2 42
Post-master's certificate 1 1
Master's degree 6 50
Doctor's degree - other 0 11

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1975 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
03/01/1990 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1981 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT875 to 1013
ACT17 to 20
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$313/credit
In State Students$313/credit
Out of State Students$626/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$353/credit
In State Students$353/credit
Out of State Students$706/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $14,085 $14,085 $28,170
ADN 70 $21,910 $21,910 $43,820
BSN 125 $39,125 $39,125 $78,250
FNP 50 $17,650 $17,650 $35,300
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 88% of Governors State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 70% $4,839
Other Federal Grant -- --
State Grant & Scholarships 54% $4,147
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 39% $1,393
Federal Student Loans 70% $9,935
Private Loans 1% $10,250


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$14,675
$30,001 to $48,000$15,981
$48,001 to $75,000$17,994
$75,001 to $110,000$22,887
Over $110,000$20,163

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Illinois state board of nursing.
Governors State University
1 University Pky
University Park, IL 60484

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