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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. This two-day event provides prospective students with essential program information and gives them a chance to meet with faculty and staff members. Students will also have the opportunity to interview for graduate assistantships within the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.
How many graduate assistantships are available?
Candidates can choose from different assistantships offered by various Student Affairs & Enrollment Management departments. The exact number of assistantships available and number of departments offering assistantships will not be known until closer to the GSARP program.
What can I expect to experience?
In addition to interviewing for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management assistantships, candidates will attend various informational sessions, dinner with students, faculty, and staff, a panel discussion with current graduate students, a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and an optional tour of Housing & Dining apartments. To give you a better idea of what you can expect in a graduate level class, you will also participate in a mock class. You will be able to download articles that will be utilized during the mock classes as GSARP approaches. An optional bus tour of campus and the community will also be offered to GSARP participants. You will be able to indicate your interest in this bus tour during GSARP registration.
When is GSARP?
Dates for GSARP 2014 are Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8. Sign-in for GSARP will begin Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., and the program ends Saturday, March 8, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
The opening session of GSARP 2014 will take place at 12:00 pm in room 100 of the Campus Life Building, directly across the street from the Newman Center.
The Newman Catholic Student Center
512 Normal Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
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 participants are asked to park in the Newman Catholic Student Center parking lot. A parking pass will be provided for candidates via e-mail before the GSARP weekend.
How much will it cost to park on campus?
Convenient parking in the Newman Center lot will be provided free of charge. 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. 15 rooms have been booked for Friday, March 7. The cost is $73.45 for each room. Contact the Holmes Student Center hotel at 815-753-1444. Mention GSARP when making your reservation. Additional hotel options can be found here.
What happens during the Student Social?
During the Student Social, GSARP participants will have an opportunity to socialize with one another in the laid-back atmosphere of the Huskies Den. It is recommended that participants bring comfortable clothing to change into in order to take advantage of the bowling, pool, and other activities provided by the Huskies Den. This event is optional.
What happens after I register for GSARP?
The GSARP database will close on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. or earlier if the database becomes full. On Monday, March 3, interviewers will select candidates they would like to interview. On Wednesday, March 5, 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 wihen they arrive on March 7.
How much does registration cost?
There is no fee associated with the GSARP registration process.
How can I register?
You can register online; simply click on the "register for GSARP" link to begin the process. You will not be able to save your progress; therefore, you should set aside 30 minutes to complete the registration process.
When can I expect to receive an offer for a position?
Candidates may receive and accept offers for positions as early as Monday, March 10, 2014. All offers must be accepted or declined by April 15, 2014.
If I am a current CAHE student without an assistantship position, can I register for GSARP?
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. You can, however, register for GA Interviewing Day. GA Interviewing Day will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Additional registration information for GA Interviewing Day will be forthcoming.
Where can I find out more information about:
Student Affairs & Enrollment Management assistantships/GSARP?
The Counseling, Adult & Higher Education program?
The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management?
The NIU Graduate School?
Northern Illinois University?
The City of DeKalb?
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