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College Student Personnel


Application & Admission

To apply to the graduate program in College Student Personnel, candidates should submit an application online through the Graduate School web site. Along with the online application, the following supporting materials are also required:

  • At least two letters of recommendation: one academic, preferably a faculty member from your undergraduate major; and one student affairs professional*
  • Transcripts of all previous college work**
  • A current resume

*While filling out the online application, you will be prompted to enter the contact information for your references. They will then be contacted by URI for directions on how to upload their recommendation letters.

**Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the online application.  Students accepted into the CSP program will be asked to submit an official transcript before beginning in the fall.


Personal Statement

Within the online application, you will be asked to upload a Personal Statement. Please address the following:

  • Why are you choosing to pursue the College Student Personnel graduate program at the University of Rhode Island?
  • What do you hope to gain from the CSP program?
  • What makes you a strong candidate for the CSP program?

If there is an atypical aspect to your application, please use the Personal Statement to explain (e.g., GPA lower than 3.0, lack of student affairs related experience).


You must upload all supplemental materials to the online application. DO NOT send mail to the Graduate School or department, as this will postpone evaluation of your application.

The completed application package, including supporting materials, is due by January 15 for priority admission consideration. To ensure your application is complete by 1/15, we recommend submitting your on-line application by no later than January 1, which gives your references two weeks to complete their recommendations. Materials received after January 15 and prior to April 1 are reviewed on a space-available basis.

After initial screening, selected applicants will be invited to interview, either in person or via the telephone, with a faculty representative.


Selection for admission to this program is competitive, and enrollment is limited; preference is given to applicants with experience in college student affairs. While no specific undergraduate academic major is required, applicants need to have a clear understanding of the field of College Student Personnel. Also, they should be willing to focus on personal and professional development as part of their education. Diversity among students is valued by the program and student affairs profession.


Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships permit students to integrate theory with practice and to receive financial assistance. If invited to interview for the program, information on applying for assistantships or other direct links to practice in college student affairs settings is provided.

Although most students receive financial aid through assistantships, other assistance may be available. Student loan information may be obtained by contacting the Student Financial Aid Office, University of Rhode Island, Green Hall, Kingston, RI 02881 (phone: 401-874-2314).





Quinn Hall, Room 220
Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: (401) 874-2260 or 874-4917
Fax: (401) 874-4035


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