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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. The two-day event provides current and 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 the 22 Student Affairs & Enrollment Management departments. The exact number of assistantships available 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 the CAHE faculty, 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 class 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 registration.
When is GSARP?
Dates for GSARP 2013 are Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Sign-in for GSARP will begin Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., and the program ends Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
The opening session of GSARP 2013 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.
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.
What lodging accommodations can I expect?
Lodging is recommended at the Holiday Inn Express hotel. The Holiday Inn Express is located at 1935 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178. 11 standard king-size rooms have been reserved for GSARP. Reservations MUST be made by February 22, 2013. The cost is $77 plus tax for each room. Mention GSARP when making your reservation. Contact the Holiday Inn Express at 815-748-7400. 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.
How many interviews can I expect?
While there is no limit on the number of assistantships for which applicants may request interviews, there are several factors dictating the offering departments' ability to grant interviews. We will do our best to schedule applicants for two-three of their preferences indicated during registration.
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.
Will I have to compete with current GAs for positions?
No, current graduate assistants will have already accepted assistantships at this time.
When can I expect to receive an offer for a position?
Candidates may receive and accept offers for positions as early as Monday, March 11, 2013. All offers must be accepted or declined by April 15, 2013.
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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