Frequently Asked Questions

What is GSARP?

GSARP is the Graduate Student & Assistantship Recruitment Program of Northern Illinois University. It is a collaboration between the Counseling, Adult & Higher Education (CAHE) program and the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management (SAEM). GSARP is comprised of two components: the GA Interview Day, for current CAHE students and Graduate Assistants employed in SAEM who are seeking different assistantships for the next academic year; and GSARP Weekend, for incoming graduate students who will be new to the CAHE program in the fall and are seeking an assistantship in SAEM. GSARP Weekend is a two-day event that provides prospective students with essential program information and gives them a chance to meet with faculty and staff members and interview for graduate assistantships within the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.  

How many graduate assistantships are available?

Student Affairs & Enrollment Management has 21 departments that employ graduate assistants. The exact number of assistantships available and the number of departments offering assistantships for the 2016-2017 academic year will not be known until January 2016, available Graduate Assistantships are updated regularly throughout the year.

What can I expect to experience at GSARP Weekend?

In addition to interviewing for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management assistantships, candidates will attend various informational sessions, a panel discussion with current graduate students, and a leadership development program. In addition, an optional bus tour of campus and the DeKalb community will be offered, as well as, an optional tour of Housing & Dining apartments. Participants will have lunch with faculty and staff and dinner with current students on Friday. A continental breakfast and lunch will also be provided on Saturday.

When is GSARP Weekend?

Dates for GSARP Weekend 2016 are Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. Check-in for GSARP Weekend will begin Friday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. and the program ends Saturday, March 5 at approximately 1:30 p.m. View the 2016 GSARP Weekend schedule for more details.

Parking on Friday will be available in the Visitor's Lot on Carroll Ave:
201 Carroll Ave.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Parking on Saturday will be available in the lot behind the Campus Life Building.

How do I get to NIU?

NIU is located off of Interstate 88 in DeKalb, IL. Directions to campus can be found here. Upon arrival, GSARP Weekend participants are asked to park in the Visitor's Lot (201 Carroll Ave.) on Friday. A parking pass will be provided via e-mail for candidates before the GSARP weekend. Parking on Saturday will be available in the lot behind the Campus Life Building.  No permit will be required on Saturday.

How much will it cost to park on campus?

Convenient parking in the Visitor's Lot (201 Carroll Ave.) will be provided free of charge on Friday. A parking pass will be provided to candidates for Friday parking. Candidates will not need a parking pass on Saturday, as NIU has open parking on the weekend. 

What lodging accommodations can I expect?

Lodging is recommended at the Holmes Student Center hotel. The Holmes Student Center hotel is located in the center of NIU's campus. A small number of rooms have been blocked for Friday, March 4. The cost is $79 plus tax for each room and includes free hotel parking, wireless internet, and a complimentary light continental breakfast in the College Grind coffee and snack shop.  This block of rooms will be held until  March 1, 2016. Contact the Holmes Student Center hotel at 815-753-1444 and mention GSARP when making your reservation. Additional hotel options can be found here. 

What happens during the Student Social on Friday?

GSARP participants will have an opportunity to socialize with one another and current graduate students in the laid-back atmosphere of the Huskies Den. A pizza dinner will be provided. It is recommended that participants bring comfortable clothing to change into in order to take advantage of the activities provided by the Huskies Den. This event is optional and free of charge.

What happens after I register for GSARP Weekend?

The GSARP database will close on  Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. or earlier if the database becomes full. On Monday,  February 29, 2016, employers will select candidates they would like to interview. On Wednesday,  March 2, 2016, candidates will select their interview times for each of their interviews. Candidates will receive an interview schedule online when they finalize their interview times and in person on March 4, 2016.

How much does registration cost?

There is no fee associated with the GSARP Weekend registration process.

How do I register?

Registration is completed on-line. More information about registering for GSARP Weekend or GA Interview day can be found on our Registration Information page.

How do I navigate the Huskies Get Hired system?

Tips on how to navigate the Huskies Get Hired system can be found in the Huskies Get Hired tutorial.  Additional information can be found on our Help with Huskies Get Hired page.

When can I expect to receive an offer for a position?

Candidates may receive and accept offers for positions as early as Monday, March 7, 2016 . All offers must be accepted or declined by April 15, 2016 .

If I am a current CAHE student without an assistantship position, can I register for GSARP Weekend?

If you are a current CAHE student without an assistantship or a current GA looking to change your assistantship position, you cannot register for GSARP Weekend. You can, however, register for the GA Interview Day. GA Interview Day will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2016  in the Campus Life Building. 

What's the difference between the GA Interview Day and GSARP Weekend?

GA Interview Day is for current students who are enrolled in the CAHE program and are seeking an assistantship in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, as well as current Graduate Assistants in SAEM who are seeking a different assistantship within SAEM for the 2016-2017  academic year.

GSARP Weekend is for  new graduate students who are entering the CAHE program in fall 2016  and who are seeking an assistantship in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.

Where can I find out more information about the following:

Student Affairs & Enrollment Management assistantships/GSARP Weekend/GA Interview Day?

Contact us at or visit us online at

The Counseling, Adult & Higher Education program?

Check out the CAHE program at and the College of Education at

The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management?

Contact or visit us online at

The NIU Graduate School?

Visit us online at or contact our representatives via e-mail ( or phone 815-753-0395.

Northern Illinois University?

Visit us online at Don’t forget to check out the virtual tour at

The City of DeKalb?

Visit the city website at for info on DeKalb area recreation.