Hey! Congrats on your acceptance! Looks like you've been doing very well! Do you mind me asking for your stats? I'm only applying to CSULB and I've read that some ppl have received a rejection letters and others have been accepted. Just want to get a better idea on what CSULB is basing their admissions on...
Yes, I agree with what was previous stated - that experience has a significant role. Also, I think it's how you phrase your experience that's also important. For example, most of my experience has been in research. I've had only some experience working with clients, but I wasn't a case manager or anything. However, on my resume I used a lot of "social work terms," to show that I did know a lot about the field. During CSULB's informational meeting they also advised this. The woman literally said to phrase words and terms in your resume to reflect "social work words and terms." Along with the run-of-the-mill stuff like "passion/enthusiasm/eagerness for the field of social work" I personally put an emphasis on the confidence I have about the field and the ups and downs I've seen social workers go through. And, I emphasized the fact that I was in a coordinator/manager role to show leadership.
GPA: 3.2 - low
Undergraduate: UCLA major in Psychology graduated in 2008
Worked in research for over 5 years - Mental Health research, primarily looking at policy and its impact.
As you can see my GPA is rather low, but my experience is what I believe got me accepted into CSULB.
Hope this helps and I hope you get in!
Edited by rjose, 21 February 2012 - 10:14 PM.
Applied: Columbia, NYU, Berkeley, USC, Penn, Cal State LA, Cal State LB
Accepted:Columbia, NYU, Berkeley, USC, Penn, Cal State LA, Cal State LB
Attending: Berkeley (Best MSW program in CA)