College Student Personnel program

The Cohort Experience

The cohort is central to the CSP experience. Your cohort of 22-25 peers engage you in classes, study with you at local coffee shops, attend the assistantship and practicum events that you organized, and collaborate with you on group projects. Our students have a variety undergraduate backgrounds such as Biology, Ceramics, Communication, English, Mathematics, French, History, Gender Studies, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Spanish to name a few and professional experiences such as Teaching, Supplemental Instruction, and Social Work. We come from places like Maryland, Ghana, Washington, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New Jersey, Vermont, Calgary, Texas, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Oregon, California, and Colorado (not to mention diverse identities, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds). Here at Western, you will be surrounded by new ideas and perspectives (and many places to visit during winter break).

"To be honest, I didn't completely buy into the whole idea of a cohort before coming to Western - I thought it was just a fancy way of saying we would all be taking classes together. In reality, it's so much more through that. I learn new things from my cohort every single day whether it's through bonding, conflicts, or class discussions that went off topic twenty minutes ago. The cohort experience is really a tool for success, not only for learning but also for finding a place to call home at WIU, even if you're coming from 1,982 miles away. Because of my cohort experience I'm thriving rather than just surviving, and i couldn't imagine it any other way."

~Sean Leek, CSP: Student Affairs Track Student, Class of 2018

"Before coming to Western, I viewed the cohort just like being a built in friend group. We would hang out after class, go to the movies, and hang out on the weekends after a long work week. While all of these things are true, the cohort model does SO MUCH MORE. Not only am I getting to build relationships with the people in my cohort, I get to learn from them as well! Our classes consist of how individuals in my cohort are applying what we are learning in class to their Assistantships. The cohort experience isn’t just an experience, it’s a tool for your success in graduate schools. It’s a place where you can challenge ideas, apply theory, and work through difficult problems together."

∼Robby Specht, CSP: Student Affairs Track Student, Class of 2019



Class of 2018 Cohort
(College Student Personnel: Student Affairs Track, Class of 2018)

Class of 2019 Cohort

(College Student Personnel: Student Affairs Track, Class of 2019)