Graduate School : College Student Development
FAQ

Admissions

  • Is your program a quality program?
    Yes. Alfred’s program in College Student Development is a 48 credit hour program designed to meet the ten professional competency areas that were jointly established by the American College Personnel Association and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Alfred’s program utilizes these competencies as a foundation for the program’s curriculum and as a means for systematically reviewing student learning outcomes and overall program effectiveness.
  • How many students are accepted each year?
    Typically, we accept 15 to 18 beginning full-time students and 2 to 4 beginning part-time students. Students are allowed to enter the program only in the fall semester.
  • What are the admissions requirements?
    Students must submit the following materials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
    • the completed application form and fee;
    • three letters of recommendation;
    • official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework;
    • scores from the GRE general test if undergraduate cumulative GPA is less than a 3.0;
    • a brief personal statement of your program interest.

      In addition, because of the high level of maturity, sensitivity, independence and flexibility necessary in the program, an on-campus interview is required. You will be contacted for an interview once all application materials have been received.

  • Wait, so if I have a 3.0 or higher as an undergrad, I don’t have to take the GREs?
    Correct. In general, students admitted to the program typically have GPA's of 3.0 or better. This is often the best predictor of success in graduate school. Therefore, Alfred’s graduate program in College Student Development only requires the GRE for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of less than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

    If, however, your undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0, and you have other strengths you wish for us to consider, we strongly encourage you to apply, as Alfred utilizes a holistic screening process for admissions. We very much view one’s interpersonal skills, work and volunteer experience, leadership abilities, and motivation for the profession as significant to one’s success in graduate school and as a Student Affairs Professional.

    For students taking the GRE, we do not require a minimum cutoff score. However, students should strive for at least the 50th percentile for verbal reasoning and a 3.5 for analytical writing.
  • How long does the program take?
    Full time students can complete the program in two years, without any summer commitment. Part-time students who are athletic graduate assistants can complete the program in three years.
  • When are classes taught?
    Each class is taught in a three hour block of time, one day per week. Most classes are held during the day; however, there may be a class which needs to be taught during an evening block.

Financial Aid

  • Is financial assistance awarded to students who are admitted to the program?
    There are three types of assistantships that graduate students may acquire: 1) General graduate assistantships; 2) Enhanced graduate assistantships; 3) Athletic graduate assistantships.

    While other graduate programs in student affairs provide only a handful of competitive assistantships to students, at Alfred, ALL full time graduate students receive a graduate assistantship. This general graduate assistantship reduces the cost of tuition cost by 50% and provides the student with a stipend equal to 25% of the reduced tuition, in exchange for 7.5 hours of work per week for a professor or university division.

    Full-time students may however, choose to apply for an enhanced graduate assistantship instead, through the Division of Student Affairs, either as a Residence Hall Director, Weekend Supervisor, or Assistant Coordinator of Leadership Programming. An enhanced graduate assistantship covers 50% of tuition costs and provides the student with a stipend of $3,000 to $5,000 (depending on the exact assistantship), in exchange for working 20 hours per week. Some assistantships provide a furnished on-campus apartment and full meal plan when the University is in session. For more information, please contact the appropriate directors in Residence Life, The Center for Student Involvement, or the Judson Leadership Center.

    Students interested in the part-time program may apply for an athletic graduate assistantship, which covers a maximum of 18 credits of tuition per academic year (54 credits, or 90% of one’s tuition) and a stipend in exchange for working 20 hours per week as an assistant coach, athletic trainer, or facilities manager. You may contact the Director of Athletics for more information.

    Every full-time student entering the program receives a graduate assistantship that covers one half of the tuition in exchange for 7.5 hours of work per week. More specifically, the assistantship is divided between a tuition credit of 75% and an educational stipend of 25%. The tuition credit is automatically deducted from a student’s bill, while the educational stipend is payable directly on a bi-weekly basis.

Practical Experience

  • How much practical experience is gained in the program and when does it begin?
    The College Student Development program incorporates valuable experience into each semester of training, including graduate assistantships in a variety of student affairs offices, and of course the practicum and internship experiences. During the first year, second semester, students are required to participate in a 100 hour practicum in a specific student affairs placement (either right here on Alfred's campus or at neighboring institutions). During the final year, students complete a 600 hour internship over the course of the fall and spring semesters, under the supervision of a student affairs professional.
  • Does the internship have to be completed in New York State?
    No. Since the university is in close proximity to the Pennsylvania border, it is not unusual for students to work in college/university settings in northern Pennsylvania.

Post-Graduation

  • What is the employment outlook for Student Affairs Professionals?
    According to the Department of Labor (Occupational Outlook Handbook, April, 2016), “employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations…and job prospects will be best for candidates who have experience working in higher education and for those with a master’s degree.”  In 2015, the median pay for mid-level postsecondary education administrators was $50,284 per year.
  • Where do our alumni work?
    Alfred University’s College Student Development alumni are University presidents, vice presidents, directors, assistant deans, and coordinators in a variety of positions across a number of colleges and universities, including:
    • President of the University of Maine at Augusta.
    • Director, Center for Student Involvement, Alfred University
    • Executive Director of Residential Education, Montclair State University
    • Vice President for University Relations, American Campus Communities
    • Assistant Dean/Director, SUNY Adirondack’s Wilton Center
    • Director, Center for Student Involvement, Orange County Community College
    • Assistant Director, The Cornell Commitment
    • Director of the Career Center, Clarkson University
    • Associate Director for Employer Relations, Ursinus College
    • Assistant Dean and Director of Residential Services, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    • Residential Life Manager, Purdue University
    • Assistant Dean for Student Development, Le Moyne College
    • Vice President for Student Affairs, Hobart & William Smith
    • Second year Experience Coordinator at The College at Brockport
    • Associate Director, Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Career Center Director, College of Saint Rose

    Housing in Alfred
  • Do graduate students live on or off campus?
    Most graduate students choose to live off campus, although some on-campus housing is available.