Careers in Student Affairs

What is Student Affairs?

Student Affairs staff members provide services and support for students outside of the classroom in order to enhance the student experience:

Functional Areas within Student Affairs

  • Residence Life
  • Multicultural Programs
  • Student Activities
  • Career Services
  • Recreational Sports
  • Health Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Academic Advising
  • Athletics
  • Greek Life
  • Student Conduct
  • Community Service
  • Student Organization
  • Admissions
  • Community Service
  • Disability Services
  • New Student Orientation

What major do I need to have?

Any major can lead to a career in student affairs. Therefore, if you are a senior in biomedical sciences, there is no need to make a quick change of major and potentially prolong your undergraduate experience. Most professionals in student affairs do not discover the field until they are experiencing college themselves. This is what makes graduate education so important. Graduate school will give you an opportunity to view the college experience and how to serve students from a vantage point where you are observing and supporting undergraduate students.

You will find in graduate school that fellow students will come from a wide variety of undergraduate majors. What is most important heading into graduate school is maintaining a strong undergraduate GPA, exhibiting strong writing skills, and taking advantage of classroom opportunities to expand your critical thinking and research skills. All of these experiences will help you in graduate school.


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