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Admission - Application Process - College Student Personnel Program


Built upon the values of theories-to-practice, ethical action, self-authorship, social justice, and transformative learning, the purpose of the College Student Personnel program at Western Illinois University is to co-create learning partnerships that help students become reflective student affairs professionals for socially responsible practice.

With this goal in mind, candidates for the program are evaluated on academic ability and achievements, student affairs knowledge and abilities, and personal attributes necessary to successfully complete the program and thrive in the field of student affairs. Document such as a professional resume, essay, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and the Graduate Studies application assist in this evaluation process.

Application Process Timeline

July 1                                           Application materials available online

December 1                                  Recommended international student time frame for submitting application materials to Center for                                                          International Studies (allowing for processing time to meet the January 15 deadline)

January 1                                     Recommended domestic student time frame for submitting application materials to Graduate Studies                                                     (allowing for processing time to meet the January 15 deadline)

January 15                                    Deadline for receiving application materials at Graduate Studies and CSP Program offices

January 15-March 3                       Invitations to participate in on-campus interviews are extended to select candidates

March 10-April 14                          Offers of admission are extended to select candidates

April 15                                        Deadline for candidates who were offered admission to accept or decline their place in the program

Application Tips
  • Questions regarding the application process or the receipt of application materials should be directed to the College Student Personnel Recruitment Team. Contact the Recruitment Team through email, , or phone, (309) 298-1623.
  • The application process for this program has two steps; you must apply to the WIU School of Graduate Studies and to the CSP program.
    1. The application for admission (including academic transcripts) and a graduate assistantship are submitted to Graduate Studies.
    2. Essay, resume, and letters of recommendation are to be submitted to the CSP program directly.
  • As a candidate, it is your responsibility to check on the status of your application to be sure all materials arrive prior to the application deadline. This includes the College Student Personnel Program requirements and the School of Graduate Studies materials.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a requirement for admission to the Western Illinois University College Student Personnel Program.
  • The academic and assistantship interviews are  the final stage and critical part of the admission process. The department will notify candidates of their admission status shortly after the personal interview. An official letter from WIU's School of Graduate Studies will be sent when an official decision has been made on your fie.


Affirmative Action / ADA Compliance

Western Illinois University complies fully with applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity institution and affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as disabled veteran in employment, programs, and services. WIU's commitment to nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action embraces the entire University community including faculty, staff, and students. The University also has policies on sexual harassment and racial and ethnic harassment. Inquiries regarding these policies and regulations may be directed to the Affirmative Action / ADA Compliance Office, Sherman Hall 202, 309-298-1977.