College Student Personnel program

Application Process - CSP: Student Affairs

 As a theory to practice and social justice minded program, the purpose of the College Student Personnel program at Western Illinois University is to co-create learning partnerships to help you develop as a reflective student affairs leader for socially responsible practice.

Candidates are evaluated for admission 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. Various factors play into the admission decision, such as a professional resume, personal statement, writing sample, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, the Graduate Studies application, and a personal interview.

College Student Personnel: Student Affairs Application Process Timeline

July 1 Application materials available online
December 1 Recommended international candidate time frame for submitting application material to Center for International Studies (allowing for processing time to meet the January 5 deadline)
December 15 Recommended domestic candidate time frame for submitting application materials to Graduate Studies (allowing for processing time to meet the January 15 deadline)
January 15 Priority Application deadline for receiving application materials at Graduate Studies and CSP Program offices. After that date, applications are accepted on a space-available basis.
Invitations to participate in on-campus interview process are extended to select candidates
Offers of admission are extended to select applicants
April 15 Deadline for applicants who were offered admission to accept or decline their place in the program
August 23

Fall 2021 Semester Begins

Application Tips

  • Questions regarding the application process or the receipt of application materials should be directed to the College Student Personnel Office through email:, or phone: (309) 298-2848.
  • In this application process you are applying to the WIU School of Graduate Studies and to the CSP program.
    1. The application for admission includes: Assistantship Application, Personal Goals Statement, Writing Sample, and Resume.
    2. If you are not ready to submit your Personal Goals Statement, Writing Sample, and/or Resume at the time of you application submission, you may utilize the submission form.
    3. Letters of Recommendation may be submitted after your application is submitted.
    4. Academic transcripts are submitted to Graduate Studies.
  • 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.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a requirement for admission to the program.
  • The admission interview is the final stage and critical part of the admission process. The department will notify candidates of their admission status shortly after the interview. An official letter from WIU's School of Graduate Studies will be sent when an official decision has been made on your application file. 

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