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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$16,320 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
1,201 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
49.3% full-time


The median in-state tuition at Governors State University is $8,160, which is $1,169 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $16,320, which is 200% of the cost for in-state students, and is $2,056 less than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,143.

In 2016, 45% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 74% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Governors State University received 1,201 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 7.81% annual growth. Out of those 1,201 applicants, 496 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 41.3% acceptance rate.

There were 5,819 students enrolled at Governors State University in 2016, and 0% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Governors State University has an overall enrollment yield of 44%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Governors State University has a total enrollment of 5,819 students. The full-time enrollment at Governors State University is 2,866 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,953. This means that 49.3% of students enrolled at Governors State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Governors State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 36.5% Black or African American, 34.2% White, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, 2.11% Two or More Races, 1.68% Asian, 0.15% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.09% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Governors State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (9.2%), followed by White Female (6.08%) and White Male (4.81%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (3.69%), followed by Black or African American Female (2.63%) and White Male (1.08%).

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In 2016, 475 more women than men graduated from Governors State University. The majority of students graduating from Governors State University are White. These 719 graduates mean that there were 1.4 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 514 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Governors State University is Liberal Arts & Sciences with 166 graduates, followed by General Psychology with 123 graduates and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 95 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Governors State University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, with 227 graduates, followed by Public Administration and Social Service with 117 graduates and Psychology with 177 graduates.


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Governors State University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.87M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7,139 (0.38%), compared to the 1.44% average return ($414,206 on $28.9M) across all Master's Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Governors State University had a total expenditure of $122M. Of that $122M, they spent $54.2M on salaries and $35.3M on benefits.

Governors State University employs 66 Assistant professors, 60 Associate professors, and 53 Lecturers. Most academics at Governors State University are Female Assistant professors (42), Female Associate professors (33), and Female Lecturers (32).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Governors State University are: Management, with 122 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 103 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 87 employees.



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