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Spartan Preview Days

Spartan Preview Days (SPD) is designed for students who have already been admitted to the SAA program to learn more about the program and Michigan State University. As students are making the decision on where to attend graduate school next fall, SPD gives newly admitted SAA students an opportunity to meet faculty, current students, alumni, and other admitted students. At SPD, students can interview with different assistantship providers or employers, and learn what it means to be a Spartan.

Spartant Preview Days are typically held in mid-February. SPD information is sent to admitted students by the end of January. SPD 2017 will be February 15-17, 2018.





Spartan Preview Experiences from Current SAA Students:

Michael Allensworth

2016 Student Affairs Administration Cohort

I enjoy sharing with people that I became a Spartan at Spartan Preview Days. The SPD experience and interaction with students, faculty, and staff solidified my interest in attending Michigan State University. I immediately felt welcomed by the campus community and enjoyed the connections I made with other prospective students. Although I was impressed by the faculty’s work and current students’ impressive projects, what made me most excited was the sense of community I saw and felt among the faculty, staff, and students. SPD gave me the opportunity to see the benefits of a cohort model and hear stories of transformation. I not only left Spartan Preview Days knowing that the graduate school choice was ultimately mine to make, but also knowing I was already a Spartan who couldn’t wait to return in August.


Carol Huang

2016 Student Affairs Administration Cohort

Spartan Preview Days was an exciting and nerve-racking experience. It was my first time traveling by myself to a new region of the United States. The Midwest instantly sent me chills with its winter snow but the SAA family at MSU brought me warmth with their welcoming attitudes. Before I even arrived at MSU, my SPD buddy emailed and called me to prepare me for the weekend. While I was there, he helped me with interviews, introduced me to other SAA students, and gave me tons of information about how to navigate the weekend and my student affairs journey. Throughout the weekend, I connected with so many students, staff, and faculty who genuinely cared about my career goals and aspirations. The students were honest and sincere about their experiences and faculty and staff made it clear that we needed to do what was best for us. MSU consistently emphasized the importance of valuing our own experiences and sharing those experiences with fellow professionals. At SPD, I knew that the MSU community would challenge and support my learning and development by applying theory to practice and engaging me as a Spartan. Go Green!


Floyd Pouncil

2016 Student Affairs Administration Cohort

As a native of Michigan, particular aspects of Michigan State University’s campus did not surprise me. It was cold, it was large, and it was down the road from the state capital. What I did not know to expect would be the genuine people I would get to know through Spartan Preview Days and the connections I would begin to make with future classmates, faculty, and staff at MSU. This experience with faculty and all the other events at SPD made me feel welcome and helped me decide that this was the community for me.

Shakivla Todd

2016 Student Affairs Administration Cohort

SPD was the deciding factor for me choosing Michigan State. Compared to other schools' preview days the faculty and current cohorts made me feel like I was really welcome and comfortable. There was also ample amount of time to get to know your prospective cohort which I really appreciated because who I was going to be spending the next two years with was also a determining factor in choosing schools.