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Student Affairs | College Counseling Emphasis

The Student Affair and College Counseling program emphasis is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The curriculum adheres to accreditation standards and aligns with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Core Values.

The program and coursework are designed to prepare graduate students for positions in a variety of higher education settings including, but not limited to, admissions, academic advising, alumni affairs, career services, counseling, financial aid, multicultural and diversity student services, residence life, student activities and student union, and related student services.

Our graduate students are passionate about working with young adults and helping them succeed in their college experiences. They feel energized being on a college campus and are actively involved in professional associations such as the Wisconsin College Personnel Association (WCPA), and professional organizations such as our Chi Sigma Iota Honorary Society chapter. They are also involved in other professional development activities across campus and in the community.

Programs of Study

By adhering to the CACREP Standards and the ACPA Core Values, the Student Affairs and College Counseling program at UW Oshkosh offers a unique opportunity to integrate theory, skill development, clinical practice, and research for the preparation of competent professionals who assist in the academic, personal, and career development of college students.

All student affairs and college counseling students complete rigorous studies that align with the above-mentioned standards and competencies, including three semesters of clinical and experiential practice in student affairs settings. The clinical portion of the student affairs program requires students to complete a 100-hour practicum and two 300-hour internships. The practicum involves live supervision in the department’s in-house counseling lab and approximately one day per week on site over the 14-week semester. Students can choose to tailor their internship experiences to fit the area(s) of higher education that most interest them. The department works closely with students to assist with locating sites and creating rewarding clinical experiences.

The Student Affairs and College Counseling Program of Study provides an orientation to the courses and clinical experiences. We encourage students enrolled in the program to refer to the Student Affairs and College Counseling Time Line as they move through their program of study. The timeline can address numerous questions and serve as a program guide.

If you are interested in taking a Professional Counseling class but are not enrolled in the program, please contact You will be placed on a waitlist until all Professional Counseling students have enrolled. We will then contact you, letting you know the status of the course and if you would like to enroll.

Contact Us

Professional Counseling
Dempsey 230 | Cubicle 21
(920) 424-1475

My internship experience gave me the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to be successful as student affairs professional working in the Career Services area. I am able to bring myself fully into the role of helping college students find their true path.

Corina Van Duser '18

Student Affairs and College Counseling Alumna