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College Student Personnel program
Grade point average(s), academic and supervisor references, personal interviews, and evaluation of admission essays will be used to determine admission to the program with an eye toward match and fit between your goals and the offerings of the program. Due to the sequence of courses and graduate assistantship assignments, only full time students are typically accepted for fall semester admission. If you are interested in taking courses on a part-time basis, contact us directly to explore special consideration options.
Evidence of Academic Ability
Demonstrated academic ability and the desire to learn are key qualities for success in any graduate program. Academic evidence can often be assess through academic references, personal interviews, essays, and transcripts -- all of which are considered during our admission process. GRE scores are not required for consideration, however there is an undergraduate GPA threshold given the rigor of the program and the qualifications to holding a required assistantship. You may qualify as potential degree candidates in the College Student Personnel (CSP) program if your overall undergraduate cumulative GPA is at least 2.75 or if your last two years of undergraduate work is 3.0 or higher (based upon a 4.0 scale). These are minimum requirements, and do not guarantee an interview given the competitive nature of the program. To learn more about the GPA calculation process, please consult with the Office of Graduate Studies.
The personal qualifications sought during the admission process parallel those sought in the field of student affairs -- strong interpersonal skills, ability to handle stress, emotional stability, desire to learn and self-awareness. Qualifications are assessed by a personal interview, letters of recommendation, and admission essays. Campus and community involvement, leadership experiences, honors, and recognition will also be considered.
As a future student affairs professional, it is important that you be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the student affairs profession. Professional goals, while understandably tentative, should be appropriate for beginning professionals and congruent with those of the WIU program. The required essays, personal interview, and recommendations from individuals in the field will be used to assess the applicant's goals.
CSP has an application deadline of January 15th. Click here to learn more about the application timeline and the application process.