Advancing Leadership, Shaping Change

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA is comprised of over 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. 

Through high-quality professional development, strong policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA meets the diverse needs and invests in realizing the potential of all its members under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry. NASPA members serve a variety of functions and roles, including the vice president and dean for student life, as well as scholars and educators working within housing and residence life, student unions, student activities, counseling, career development, orientation, enrollment management, graduate preparation, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.

Our Mission

To be the principal source of leadership, scholarship, professional development, and advocacy for student affairs.

Our Vision

NASPA is the leading voice for the student affairs profession.

Guiding Principles

  • Integrity

    Committed to high moral principles exhibiting authentic, honest, just, and ethical behavior.

  • Innovation

    Continuously seeking improvement through new and creative approaches.

  • Inclusion

    Seeking ways to ensure access, voice, acknowledgement, opportunity, and participation at all levels.

  • Inquiry

    Supporting research and scholarship to add to the knowledge base of the profession and ensure that data informs practice.


Our Strategic Plan

Advocacy for Student Success

Advocate to support student learning and success.

NASPA will...

  • Center student learning, development,and success as core outcomes of higher education.
  • Develop independent, critical thinkers who understand their responsibility to foster community, civic, and democratic engagement.
  • Collaborate with local, state, national, and global partners to champion and support legislation, policies, and practices that advance student learning and success.

Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

Invest in and advocate for equitable and inclusive practices that promote socially just communities

NASPA will...

  • Strengthen capacity in all professional roles to recognize, challenge, and dismantle systemic barriers to improve post-secondary access and achievement.
  • Open pathways throughout the Association and the student affairs profession for equity-seeking, historically minoritized, and marginalized communities.
  • Collaborate on the development of evidence-based, innovative, inclusive, and socially just higher education policy and practices.

Research and Scholarship

Generate research and scholarship that advance evidence-based, emergent, and equitable practices.

NASPA will...

  • Create and foster interdisciplinary strategic partnerships to advance a data-informed research and practice agenda.
  • Invest in and promote a scholar-practitioner identity and mindset within the student affairs profession.
  • Develop innovative models to support the creation and recognition of exemplary research and scholarship.

Professional Development and Engagement

Provide exceptional education and volunteer engagement that prepare members to lead on current and future issues in higher education.

NASPA will...

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate accessible professional development and networking opportunities that address current and emerging issues for all career levels.
  • Foster and promote volunteer engagement that enhances effective professional practice and pathways to leadership.
  • Extend the value of NASPA membership to a wider network of higher education professionals and partners.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality

NASPA affirms the importance and centrality of the values of equity, inclusion, and social justice to student affairs professionals, both in their daily lives and in their work on behalf of and with students and other constituents. NASPA believes that equity, inclusion, and social justice require continual pursuits to ensure that members from all identities, backgrounds, abilities, and belief systems have access, voice, acknowledgement, and opportunities to participate at all levels within the Association and the profession. Additionally, NASPA strives to ensure that our membership, leadership, scholarship, and programming are reflective of these values, and through our standards of professional practice we hold our members and the Association accountable to these principles in our work on behalf of the profession.

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Networking and Growth for All Professional Levels

A NASPA membership isn’t just for attending conferences and for getting the latest student affairs news, it’s also about access to the largest association of professionals in your field. Our members span the globe and are ready to answer your call. Looking to collaborate on an idea? Interested to import a successful initiative? Or maybe you’re ready to take the next step in your career?

With members filling roles at every level in the profession, your NASPA membership is the key to world of student affairs.

Join Us: Become a Member Today

Become a part of the leading association for student affairs with a NASPA membership and take the next step in your student affairs career today!