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Everything posted by SLP1719

  1. I squeaked by with a 2.8 from my undergrad in 2012 in linguistics. I'd withdrawn from and failed quite a few courses during that time. So far, I've taken ~30 credits post-bacc in the last 16 months, and my GPA for those more recent courses is 3.8. Overall, my GPA is still only a 3.0 (or 2.99 depending on how you round... lol). I contacted grad schools that I was interested in, and some of them were more willing to overlook the bachelor's GPA from a few years ago if the academic work since that time has shown a marked improvement. I had decent GRE scores with a very high AW score, and extensive work experience in management... partly because the reason I did so poorly as an undergrad is because I was working full time and worked my way up the ladder in a company in another field. It was during the recession, so earning a comfortable living during a recession became my focus over coursework at that time. I made sure to discuss this in my grad school essay. I've been accepted at one school and had interviews at two others, so I know it is possible for those of us with a low GPA to make this work! I quit the management job in August 2016 to focus on more pre-reqs full time, and also interned fall 2016 for a residential program for students with ASD. I was subsequently offered a paid position at the agency as my internship came to an end, so I made sure to highlight this on my resume when I applied to these programs. I know Western Kentucky University (online) takes into consideration the last 60 credits GPA as it compares to the overall GPA. So, if you haven't looked into that program, I would maybe give it a shot. I don't remember if they offer spring start dates, but that's possible. I had them on my list to apply to for Fall 2017, but I honestly ran out of money after paying all of these application fees, and their deadline was a little bit later than my other programs, so they were on the end of my list and I just couldn't afford it at the time.
  2. I have been accepted to one school so far, and about two weeks after acceptance, I received a letter from the school detailing all tuition and fees for the entire two year program (including summer). This is before living expenses were factored in, but it was still... a HUGE number to look at, lol.
  3. I had a 2.8 GPA when I graduated from Binghamton University with my bachelor's in 2012, earned a 3.8 GPA in 30 credits worth of post-bacc courses. I have been accepted to 1 graduate school in speech-language pathology so far!!!!
  4. I visited MGH IHP last summer, and was rejected from there for Fall 2017 in SLP. During my visit, I asked about the larger number of credits. Dr. Nicholas advised that MGH IHP sees the trend in speech-language pathology heading towards a PhD instead of an MS/MA in the future, so they are ensuring that their program is comprehensive. In addition, I was told that MGH IHP grads have often been able to negotiate for Master's + 15 (credits) or Master's + 30 pay rates in their first jobs, versus peers from other programs with fewer credits. And, MGH IHP can put you in direct contact with a current student via email so you can chat with them about the workload/program in general, I was able to talk to a current student after my visit last summer. Dr. Nicholas put me in touch with a current student.
  5. Agreed. I attended their open house recently to confirm that this was actually the case, and no applicants will hear a decision before the last week of April. I couldn't believe it! You'd think a new program still in pre-accreditation status would want to notify applicants quickly so that they would have their first pick of great applicants in this competitive field.
  6. I took all of my post-bacc courses online with the exception of 1 course that I took at a community college in-person. So, in total, I've taken 30+ credits online in the past year and a half. I had two of my online-only professors write my LORs. I developed a relationship with these professors by emailing them with well thought-out questions that I had as they related to course material. We can't attend these professor's office hours in person, but you can certainly utilize email as a way to get to know them and have some of your questions answered. Some online professors also offer live weekly chats, I have always found these very helpful to attend, and I think it gives the professor a little insight into who you are as a student. If they continue to see your name on the chat list week after week, they can see that you're dedicated and are making an attempt to do your best in the course. I also like when professors put up a "miscellaneous" discussion board on the course website, because it gives students an opportunity to post general questions for the class, or share interesting news articles or new research as it pertains to the course. Additionally, it goes without saying, but make sure you stay on top of online deadlines for assignments; get all of your work done on time, and don't ask for multiple extensions on assignments during the semester.
  7. Iona College isn't notifying any students until late April or early May. When I inquired and pointed out the April 15th deadline that most other schools seem to abide by, their response was that they take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and review every single application that is submitted regardless of scores/GPA. I don't see myself turning down an acceptance elsewhere or depositing and forfeiting $500 just to wait to hear back from them two weeks after the April 15 deadline... If I'd have known their late decision date when I applied, I probably would have saved myself the CSDCAS fee and skipped it!
  8. I haven't seen any in the US that don't require letters of recommendation, I think it's pretty standard. WKU asks for contact info for your professional and academic references, but only contacts them for a recommendation if you are considered for acceptance into their program (i.e., if they are rejecting you right off the bat, your references won't be contacted for recommendations).
  9. If you end up not being able to travel there for their accepted student day, Dr. Nicholas can put you in touch with current students via email to give you some insight into their program. She gave me a tour last summer when I visited, and connected me with a current student to get a better feel for the program after I left.
  10. I visited the program last summer for a tour, I was not accepted but would have loved to go there. There's a cozy student lounge, very modern classrooms with great technology, the two buildings that comprise MGH IHP are close to each other, the staff was all friendly, and the students that I met were very nice. The simulation labs are the most modern and high-tech that I've seen at any program. I would have really loved to have gone here. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you don't attend the accepted student day and end up attending here. FWIW, I took one of my SLP pre-reqs at MGH IHP online last semester and had a great experience. The online platform they use for online course delivery was very reliable and 10x better than the Blackboard platform I was familiar with. The professor was great, I loved the class.
  11. So far, I've been accepted to Adelphi. It's on Long Island, and I live in the Hudson Valley, NY. If that is the only school I am accepted to, I will commute 1 hour and 45 minutes each way to go there. Relocating my family is not an option. All of the other programs I'm waiting to hear back from are much closer than that.
  12. I was accepted to the Garden City M-F program, and visited the open house last weekend. It's super expensive. The campus is nice, there seemed to be ample parking for commuters, and the availability of research opportunities was more than I've seen at other programs in my area (the professor that spoke to us said that most of the professors are involved in their own research on different topics within the field, and most hire grad research assistants each semester; there might also be an opportunity to volunteer or observe). I am still waiting to hear back from a bunch of other programs, but will likely decline the offer if I am accepted elsewhere. This is by far the most expensive program I applied to. I waited for about an hour to meet one on one with the student financial department during my visit; no merit based or need based scholarships or funding is offered. The total price of tuition for the two year program is ~$93k (plus living expenses). I just cannot envision myself borrowing $125k+ for a master's degree, and the commute would also be very far for me.
  13. Still waiting on: New York Medical College, NYU (online), Sacred Heart University, and Iona College. I have an interview at Mercy College next week but have seen that others have already been accepted there. Got rejected from MGH IHP yesterday, and withdrew my app from UNH because life circumstances changed since I initially applied and it's not feasible for me to relocate that far.
  14. I'll be 27 when I start my program later this year.
  15. I completed my application for Fall 2017 in mid-December, but it wasn't actually completed by NYU for review until January 18, so I was told to expect a decision 4-8 weeks from Jan. 18. It's been over 6 weeks with no response yet. Anyone else with the same timeline still waiting for a decision?
  16. I was accepted into the Garden City program for Fall 2017 and also attended the open house yesterday. While I was there, I asked the student financial services department about scholarships or merit based funding etc. since the tuition is so high, and was told that there are no scholarships available. I asked about graduate assistantships and was told that first year grad students are typically not eligible to get an assistantship. This is the first program I have heard back from, so fingers crossed that I am accepted into a less expensive program :/