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  1. Well if they have recently been on probation and lost accreditation I'd say run! There are plenty of schools in southern california that are not in that predicament and will better prepare you to be an SLP! I haven't heard anything great about them so i'd say go elsewhere. They are also very expensive so you could get the same education elsewhere cheaper. If you want to stay in that area CSU Fullerton has a post bacc and for later on in graduate programs Redlands, and Loma Linda are other options if you are not interested in CSU Fullerton. My pre-reqs there got me accepted both in and out of state! If you want a different program CSU San Marcos and SDSU apparently have coursework you can take online for post-bacc. You aren't seeing clients as a post-bacc so online isn't a terrible option!
  2. Who have you heard good things from? I haven't met many students who will say anything bad about their graduate programs. Also if you are hearing from current or recent grad students or post-bacc students they probably don't really know what their own knowledge base or skill level is compared to other programs. (None of us really do to be fair). However I think the real test is how well students are prepared to go out into the field and how competent they are during their CF and clinical opportunities. I'm attending a graduate school out of state and if our clinical supervisor gets feedback one time that the student is unprepared they start counseling and really dive in deep to figure out what went wrong because it isn't typical and they try to find the area of breakdown. If she has had multiple students she felt were unprepared I don't think that's a great sign...Although most post-bacc's don't have you seeing clients so maybe she is referring to their graduate students? I'd say get some more opinions from current SLP's out in the field in the area maybe you can get information from Chapman on who they partner with and you could ask them about student preparedness? Professors often seem to be more enamored with a school's research moreso than how the students are coming out clinically! My friend currently goes to Chapman and tells me they are extremely unorganized so that isn't good. We haven't sat down and discussed details but while she's happy she's in graduate schools she isn't exactly gushing about their program. Maybe try to find a chapman thread on here and email some former students? CSUF has a post-bacc program that definitely prepared me for graduate school! If you are considering applying out of state UTDallas has their leveling coursework tied into their program with only one extra semester and Spring admissions. So completely done in 6 semesters as an out of field student! If you plan super ahead you could also do your very last semester back home in CA!
  3. Wow that is so lame about your letters that is something that could have balanced out the GRE scores. I'm surprised they revealed that, I'd be pretty put out as well! Fingers crossed for you alma mater!!! And I've heard if you work in a title 1 public school for 5 years they pay off your entire loan...but maybe that is only up to a certain amount! I know women who have done that in tx and ca...
  4. Most of the time for my school it is people who have completely disregarded our schools GRE and GPA requirements. The school will get calls from people with 300 GRE scores when our program asks for a 311+ or 3.4 GPA when most applications are 3.6+ Sometimes the school will say they can't give you exact info...but I'll bet if your GRE or GPA does not meet their minimum requirements that is the most likely factor. If you already are aware those stats don't line up asking about your essay or letters won't help. Also the letters stay anonymous so no school is allowed to reveal if someone wrote you a bad req! Good luck re-applying!
  5. So I don't live in New York and have not done this myself so this is all pure speculation. However I do work closely with my own school's administration. I believe the only way this is typically possible is if you go after another program you were already previously accepted to that way they know you meet their qualifications. I think for any other situation you would need to completely reapply from scratch and contact their program head's to explain your unique situation. If you are currently doing well in your graduate program I think there may be a possibility but I don't think they give special treatment to current graduate students. Not to imply you are looking for that at all!! But most programs won't know anything about you from any of the hundreds of other students who are applying to their programs the first time which is frankly easier for the administration they don't have to confer any of your classes. It will take a lot of work for the university you transfer to, to go through all your classes and determine if they will even count them. It definitely doesn't hurt to try though!
  6. So this advice may come across as harsh, but you can't be picky with location and those scores. Most programs have a cutoff of 3.5 whether they advertise it or not. Your GRE scores would need to be extremely high to offset your GPA. Like 315+ high in my opinion at the very least 310. Even with this stronger GRE I would strongly advise against being picky in terms of location at all. You should apply to states that people don't want to live in. Arizona and Texas are very popular states (as well as other the other states you mentioned). I think maybe Northern states on the Canada border, or i'd say midwest but those are also competitive, probably less so than anything on either coast. Also don't reapply until you've raised your GRE scores. I'm not trying to be discouraging but if your GRE reports show no improvement or attempt at improvement that won't reflect well to an application committee. This isn't to discourage you, but instead to help you save money until your GRE scores make your application a bit more appealing. We get re-appliers at my school and if they have made no noticeable effort to improve scores they don't get in. I wish you the best of luck! Maybe taking a prep course will boost your GRE!
  7. I don't know anyone that read anything speech related prior to graduate school and everyone I know is doing great! You will have plenty of time to read articles in graduate school. The best thing you can do to prepare is relax, enjoy your summer and go into your first semester well rested and ready to focus! You'll more in clinic than you'll get from any book anyway! My best advice would be to go find a hobby that you find relaxing that will benefit you WAY more in graduate school than not taking advantage of your breaks. Grad students live for the breaks they help us come back better rested and prepared for our next semesters and clinics! That being said you can read what you want but i'd highly recommend FUN things not speech stuff. Do all the stuff you won't have time for during the semester. Trust me you are going to be fine!! Or if you want to stay busy work! Having extra money during graduate school will be a much bigger stress reliever. Good luck! For me personally undergrad was way more stressful and time consuming than my graduate school experience! That really does depend on your program though!
  8. Totally agree with you! It definitely sucks not knowing and having other schools pressuring you and the financial considerations are huge! The whole process can be crazy and I totally understand the stress levels and trying to pick and choose! They should definitely streamline it a bit but pros and cons to both setups!
  9. So you have to keep in mind that you applied to a school that does rolling admissions. It is not the admission committee's fault that other students are not giving UTD a final decision. They can't give away an already offered spot to you just b/c of the time constraints. It sucks and I can see how frustrating it must be waiting to hear back but it is not due to disorganization or lack of consideration for students. They have already offered x people spots and they can't offer you that spot until someone official declines their acceptance. Also the deadline was February 15th for UTD so it's barely been over a month since the deadline, with 600+ apps. They are actually looking at people's applications instead of mass declining people based on one criteria. Just keep that in mind when you want to write them off as "pulling crap" when they are taking the time to read the applications that you spent months composing. Good luck!
  10. Hmmm idk about mid-march, I'd say closer to April tbh for everyone to get a finalized decision. That being said there is no set date so maybe they are doing it a bit earlier this year?
  11. I went there for my post-bacc and if you called who I think you did she is a royal B%&$#!!!!! She is the rudest woman I have ever met, students don't have to interact with her frequently but idk how she hasn't been fired she is a total nightmare.
  12. Same thing you wore in your undergraduate classes. I have a big program and nobody here shows up in sweatpants/pajamas/"bum status", probably bc our Professors are also our clinic supervisors, but jeans, shorts, athletic pants, casual pants are all totally normal! I'd see what the older students are wearing on non-clinic days if everyone is in sweats go for it lol.
  13. Keep in mind your first practicum will only be about 4-5 months so the remainder of the year you might end up in a location that isn't close to your practicum. For instance you could be placed in Richardson your first semester, Dallas your second semester and off campus your 3rd. I wouldn't base your apartment location on one semester of clinic. You will be taking the vast majority if not all of your classes (which are in the afternoon) in Dallas. So if you want to be closer to the school, look in the Southwestern Medical district or Oak Lawn or Uptown areas. Some of the girls in the program live in Maple District Lofts which is located 5 mins from the Dallas location. Good luck apartment hunting!! Welcome to UTD
  14. You basically have perfect stats in regards to your GPA and GRE scores, so i'd suggest you just focus on maintaining your 4.0 (and don't panic if it drops a little bc the GRE scores are well above their average applicant) and you should be fine. The research experience is nbd with those stats. Focus your time and energy on your personal statement and really connecting to why you want to go to UTD over other programs and having solid letter's of rec. Focus less on what you are 'missing' and more on why you want to enter this field, they will appreciate that way more than research. Are you a Texas resident? If you do all the above you have a fantastic shot of getting in. Go tour too, that way you can really write about why you want to go there.
  15. You should seek out observation or volunteer opportunities at a school or private practice. While asking other people what led them to the career may be interesting, it shouldn't form your own opinion. If you don't go out and find that love for the field first hand, you may not really know what you're getting into. It's such a diverse field that it's really best to do it on your own. I know a girl that just dropped out of our program, since she didn't really know what she was getting into first hand. She heard about how great it was and thought it was the perfect fit until she actually did and saw the therapy first hand and realized what a typical work day would be like. Good luck on your information gathering! It's a great field.