College Student Personnel
Information for Prospective CSP Students
Welcome to the Prospective CSP Students Page! We are delighted that you are interested in Bowling Green's program.
This page contains all the information you will need to submit an application for our program. Please review the process and required materials below. If you would like a PDF copy of the instructions, the information is also available here: CSP Application Information for 2014-2015.
Summer/Fall 2014 CSP Program and Admission Information
Interview Days for the CSP Program for the 2014-2015 academic year will be held February 9-11 and February 23-25, 2014. In order to receive full consideration for an invitation to Interview Days, candidates should submit a completed application by December 16, 2013. Applications completed or received after December 16 will be considered on a space-available basis.
|To receive full consideration submit a completed application by December 16, 2013|
We are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Completed applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the CSP Admissions Committee beginning December 16, 2013 and priority is given to candidates whose files are complete by that date. A completed application includes all 6 items detailed below. Applications that are completed after December 16 will be considered on a space-available basis.
International students: Please note that applications for graduate admission will be process in the Office of Admission only. Only upon admission will International Student Services contact you for further information.
Admission to the BGSU College Student Personnel program is a four-step process:
1. The candidate submits a completed application file that includes the 6 items detailed below.
2. Applications are reviewed by the admissions committee. Based on that review, the committee members decide who will be extended an invitation to Interview Days.
3. Candidates must interview for, be offered, and accept an approved internship.
4. Once a candidate accepts an offer for an approved internship, formal admission to the CSP program is then granted.
Applicants for graduate study in CSP must have an earned bachelor's degree and show potential for successful completion of a graduate degree. Admission to the program is determined based on the following materials:
2. Two (2) official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work taken at any college or university at any time (Note: application files are not complete without all transcripts.)
3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Plan early to take this exam; see www.ets.org for details)
4. Résumé that details your experience, including undergraduate student involvement
5. Career statement - no more than 750 words, double spaced pages that address the following points:
a) What are your career goals pertaining to student affairs?
b) What qualities, characteristics, and skills do you possess that make you a strong candidate in higher education and student affairs?
c) Describe one issue or challenge facing higher education and student affairs that you hope to address as a professional.
6. Three letters of recommendation with CSP program reference form attached. At least one reference must be from a faculty member and you are also encouraged to include a refrence from a student affairs professional.
Submitting the Application
|Submit these materials to Graduate Admissionsare|
Office of Admissions
|Submit these materials to HESA|
Be sure to sign each reference form indicating whether or not you waive your right to review the reference forms. Your application is not complete without 3 references so follow up with your references to be certain these are submitted by the deadline.
At least one reference should be from a faculty member and you are also encouraged to include a reference from a student affairs professional.
Higher Education and Student Affairs
What Happens When Your File is Complete?
After your Graduate Admissions Application Form and official transcripts have been received by the Graduate Admissions Office, they are forwarded to the College Student Personnel Program for evaluation. We will notify you that your file is complete when we have received your Graduate Admissions Application, Career Statement, resume, transcripts, and the three REQUIRED reference forms and letters.
Invitations to Interview
From the pool of completed applications, the admissions committee will select candidates to be invited to Interview Days. Priority consideration for admission is given to candidates who attend Interview Days. If any internships are available after April 15, candidates who did not attend Interview Days but who still wish to be considered for admission may be contacted to interview for openings. It is also possible that candidates who are not initially invited to Interview Days but who still wish to remain in the candidate pool may be contacted after April 15 to interview for an internship.
Interview Days for Summer/Fall 2014 Admission
February 9-11, 2014 and February 23-25, 2014
During Interview Days, candidates learn about the academic and internship requirements of the CSP Program and interview for internships. Internship supervisors for both BGSU and partnership institutions come to the BGSU campus, giving candidates the opportunity to interview for several internships in a variety of functional areas and settings. On Tuesday of Interview Days, candidates will have the opportunity to visit internship sites at BGSU and partnership institutions.
After the Interview
Internship sites will make offers to candidates after both sets of Interview Days have past and the matching process occurs. Understanding that many graduate candidates apply and interview for multiple programs, the Council of Graduate Schools has put together a “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants.” This resolution, which many graduate institutions (including Bowling Green State University) have agreed to uphold, states that students have no obligation to respond to offers prior to April 15th. For the complete details of the resolution and a complete list of institutions that have agreed to uphold the resolution, review the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution. However, we encourage a response to offers as soon as possible.
As a policy of the Graduate College, graduate interns are required to authorize and pass a background investigation prior to the start of employment. Offers of employment are conditional until a background investigation has been successfully completed and all other pre-employment requirements are satisfied. The University reserves the right to determine and confirm suitability for employment and to end any employment already begun if the background check reveals disqualifying information.
Please note that a past criminal conviction identified during a background check does not automatically cancel the contract offer. Candidates will be given the opportunity to provide additional information, to explain the nature and circumstances of the conviction, and any evidence of rehabilitation. In determining suitability for employment, consideration will be given to factors that include: the specific duties of the internship position; the number of offenses and circumstances of each; date of conviction; and whether the conviction rose out of employment. If you have any concerns or would like to have a confidential discussion regarding your situation please contact the Graduate College Office at BGSU (419) 372-2791 and request to speak to the dean or associate dean of the Graduate College
Prospective students who are alumni of the NASPA NUFP program will be considered for the BGSU-NUFP Graduate School Fellowship Award automatically upon admission to the CSP program. Additional scholarships provided by the CSP program include the Palmer Diversity Enhancement Scholarship, Dr. Bettina Shuford College Student Personnel Professional Development Award, Palmer Adult Learner Scholarship, Frank and Jane Arnold Scholarship (awarded every other year), Community Spirit Award. Support for professional development activities is also available.
For information about financial aid beyond the internship, please visit the Graduate College Financial Aid web site.
Once your application is complete, Theresa Kelso, the HESA secretary, will send an e-mail to you confirming that we have received your application. She will also notify you of any items missing from your file. Other questions not addressed in these materials may be directed to Michaelangelo Misseri, CSP intern, or Dr. Maureen Wilson, HESA Chair.
2nd Year Student and CSP Intern
|Dr. Maureen Wilson|
Chair of Higher Education and Student Affairs