Admission Information - College Student Affairs

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's School Counseling Graduate Program

Applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.  Standardized tests are not required for admission to the College Student Affairs program.

A complete application includes:

1. A completed graduate school application. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA for full admission. Provisional admission may be possible with a GPA between 2.7 and 2.99.)
2. A 500-word admission essay.
A core value of the College Student Affairs program concerns the ability to reflect on our academic endeavors, our practical experiences, and our progress toward professional competence. The essay provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your current abilities as a reflective practitioner. Please choose either prompt A or prompt B and respond in the form of a well-written essay of no more than 500 words. Move beyond description and critically reflect on the meaning of the experience.

A. Describe an experience that influenced your development in college, what you learned from that experience, and how you might use that lesson to support current college students.
B. Provide insight into an important life experience that may be mentioned in your application materials (as a line in your resume, for instance, or an academic struggle you faced) but deserves further explanation.

With thanks to Miami University and the University of Connecticut for their essay prompt ideas.
3. A current resume
4. Two letters of recommendation - one from a person who can address the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level work (typically a faculty member) and one from someone who can speak to the applicant’s potential as a student affairs educator.
5. An interview with a CSA faculty member to discuss your professional goals, evaluate your academic record, and clarify program philosophy and requirements.

The application process is competitive, and candidates are evaluated based on verbal communication, confidence, alignment with program goals, academic and professional potential, and other criteria. We have a rolling application deadline; completed applications are reviewed as they are received. However, early application is preferred, particularly for candidates interested in a graduate assistantship.

Applications for CSA-related GA positions are made directly to the relevant department. Completion of the application form is not necessary. You can speak with Denise Davidson, Program Coordinator, for information about available GA positions and Graduate Assistantship Interview Day.

Starting Academic Term Preferred Submission
January November 1
August February 1

Application materials should be uploaded with your online application. Or, you can log back into your online application after submission to upload materials to your Supplemental Form. All uploads MUST be in PDF format; the system will not allow other formats. Paper versions of academic transcripts can be mailed to: Graduate Admissions, 50 E. Main Street, 219 Greenly Center, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Marquise Isaac-Rivers
“Bloomsburg University always felt like a home away from home for me. During my visit before making my decision, I was able to meet one on one with a representative from the department who took the time out to talk to me about my future. He wanted me to know all of my aspirations and goals in Student Affairs could be achieved through the CSA program. I was able to not only learn academically about Student Affairs, but apply it through various project, field experience, and graduate assistantships. I am proud to be a Husky Alum!”

Marquise Isaac-Rivers ’17, Coordinator of Admissions and Dual Enrollment, Montgomery County Community College