Governors State University will admit its first freshman class in August 2014, thanks to the Illinois Board of Higher Education's approval Tuesday of its proposal to add lower division programming to its curriculum.
"GSU's decision to admit freshmen beginning in 2014 is historic and transformative," said Elaine P. Maimon, GSU president. "By designing a state-of-the-art freshman program, GSU will increase its already significant commitment to the Illinois Public Agenda. For the first time in our 42-year history, we are now poised to serve Illinois as a full, comprehensive, regional university."
GSU is the only exclusively upper-division and graduate public university in the Midwest, with coursework beginning at the junior level. While the establishment of upper-division universities was a national trend in the 1960s, most of these institutions are now full-service institutions.
GSU's decision to become a full, four-year university, is an active response to the region's need for new options for quality, affordable public higher education, according to a news release from the university.