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Aspiring Student Affairs Professionals

 The Aspiring Student Affairs Professionals Initiative exists to increase awareness of careers in Student Affairs among undergraduate students. The program provides mentoring and programming to aide in the exploration of graduate school and careers related to Student Affairs and higher education. Additionally, students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged and supported in submitting an application to become recognized as a participant in the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP).

The Experience

  • Professionals in Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion and Academic Affairs will mentor students in understanding the opportunities that exist in Student Affairs and higher education.
  • Through workshops, students are able to learn about the graduate student/school experience, admissions process, history of higher education, Student Affairs and career development.
  • Campus visits to regional colleges and universities in collaboration with Clemson’s Chi Sigma Alpha chapter allow students to learn about their graduate programs and their Student Affairs departments.
  • Through the #SAGrad Shadowing experience, students will be connected with a current graduate student in the Master of Education in Student Affairs program to understand the academic experience of preparing to be a Student Affairs and Higher Education professional.
  • Support for attendance at NASPA Undergraduate and Annual Conferences, Regional or state events. These conferences allow for learning and networking with undergraduates, graduates and professionals. Priority is given to senior students and individuals who have been actively engaged in the program.
  • Students whobecome NASPA Undergraduate Fellows will also have access to the Dungy Leadership Institute, a five-day leadership institute, and summer internships at colleges and universities around the country.

Application Process

To be participate in the Aspiring Student Affairs Professionals Initiative, you must meet the following requirements:


  • Sophomore to senior classification. Seniors must have at least two semesters remaining in their undergraduate career.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA at time of application.

To enhance your Aspiring Student Affairs Professionals experience with the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, you must meet the following additional requirements:


  • Identify as a member of a traditionally underrepresented or historically disenfranchised student population, including but not limited to Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latinx/o/a, Indigenous (Native American, Alaskan or Hawaiian), Multiethnic, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer or identify as having a disability.

Please feel free to submit an interest form, and we will follow up with the next steps or pertinent information on the next application cycle.