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MangoSmoothie last won the day on March 23 2015

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  1. Just wanted to echo the sentiment from above. While you may have three excellent LORs, it's hard to get over that requirement for an academic LOR and LORs required from SLPs. I had two great LORs from professors whose classes I only took the fall I was applying, so you can still get a good one in the short time frame!
  2. YES if you can maintain a 4.0, you definitely have a shot at getting in somewhere! We can't tell you where or what exactly will do it, but don't discount yourself. Search this forum for threads on those accepted with a low-GPA, last-60, etc. (@twinguy7 will have posted a lot on the topic). I have friends who had undergrad GPAs of below 3.0 for various reasons (some medical, some because they just partied that hard), who all turned it around in post-baccs and second bachelor's, and they all got in to programs. You have very compelling reasons as to why your grades were what they were, and you'v
  3. I'm applying last minute to a scholarship. "Last minute," as in I began the application one week before the deadline (because I wasn't going to apply, but a lot of people encouraged me to do so, so I am giving it a go). I managed to get everything in order, including three letters of recommendation, in time for the deadline tomorrow at midnight. But I don't have the statement of good academic standing from my department. I emailed the department head last week for it, but it was sort of buried in another email, and I completely forgot to follow-up about it before now since I was so focuse
  4. If you really want to know the department's expectations, call them and ask. It is better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed, in my opinion. My orientation was a mix, but the majority were in business/near-businesses casual (slacks/summer slacks and a nice top/blouse for the women and mostly sandals and flats) or a work-appropriate dress. A few also wore nice jeans with a nice top, which was a good in-the-middle look. I remember a few folks who just wore t-shirts and jeans or shorts, and all of them after the fact were a little sheepish because they felt really underdressed, especial
  5. (This post was way longer than I thought, sorry!) The fortunate thing is that, like mentioned, you always have the option of trying this out for a semester, and if it doesn't work, you can find a place closer to campus. No doubt you'll be able to find an apartment someone is trying to sublet if you decide the long commute isn't working for you. There are a few people in my program who commute by car, but I'd say the ones who commute the most drive about an hour each way. It's been working for them, and one in particular doesn't mind the commute because it forces her to stay on campus
  6. $22,000 is not chump change. Please don't make this decision lightly. As someone who cuts corners and pinches pennies to reduce their debt from school, carefully consider the extra 22k. You may find useful information if you utilize the search on this forum. Many threads have discussed this in the past including this recent one. Have you actually visited USF and talked to graduate students there? I see you might be doing that soon. If you read that thread, you'll see I was in the exact same situation. I found a school that was perfect for me, I absolutely loved it, but it was expen
  7. Again, I was literally in the exact same situation, almost to the day! I received an offer for the 36K school on May 7th last year. I emailed the program director at the expensive school to let her know of my decision, and she arranged for a phone conversation. She probed a little bit to figure out why exactly I was withdrawing, since I had been so excited during my visit, but she was very understanding when I told her it was because a school that was $30,000 cheaper accepted me. She agreed 100% with my decision, since this much money is not a small undertaking, and I will get a job no matter
  8. You're trying to talk yourself in to paying 30,000 more. Don't. I was in the exact same position as you last year. Of three schools it came down to, one's tuition was $25,000, one was $36,000, and one was $68,000. I loved the most expensive program. They had an excellent on campus clinic, amazing opportunities, and I truly wanted to go there. It fit my interests perfectly. Superficially I was excited because of their good ranking. (The rankings system is bs by the way.) The $25,000 had... limited clinical opportunities both on and off campus, and you had to travel an hour for your externships
  9. Mine is also around 11-13, and summers are around 8. I don't know about other programs, but I didn't really get to decide my schedule, since the first years take classes together, and there's only one offering of all the classes. We have a little bit of flexibility between when to take two different courses, and a few elective offerings in the second year, but most semesters require at least 11 credits in my program. I wouldn't worry about overwhelming yourself; they lay it out nicely for you, and unless you're considering moving to part-time, there may not be much in the way of what you can c
  10. Unfortunately, I don't think most EdFind pages have a separate page/secction for the online/distance options. :\ I checked another page's program that has an established distance option (UW Eau Claire) and it seems that the stats are either lumped in with the other ones or not included at all; the distance option is mentioned on the page, but no mention of separate stats. Kind of a bummer! It could be a good point to email ASHA'S EdFind people about though. Schools do typically examine those applicant pools independently of one another, so it'd make sense to have separate stats listed for eac
  11. I'm so glad you (seemingly) used the search to find this thread! The statistics are only available on specific program pages; you can't search by stats. So for example if I go to the EdFind page for CSU LA http://www.asha.org/edfind/details.aspx?id=D/s2RSL7dc0vdbXmehghfQ== I can see the following statistics about their admitted class from last year: GRE: Verbal reasoning: 147-168 Quantitative reasoning: 145-162 Analytical writing: 3.0-5.0 GPA: 3.77-4.00 Number of Applications Received: Full-time Studen
  12. Browsing these forums will easily show you otherwise. Personally, I believe if you're coming right from an SLP undergrad, it is more likely to be true that you need to have very high grades; your undergrad experience has been the bulk of your related experiences in life to SLP, and you need those grades to show you will be competent in graduate school. I do not fault schools for this process, because they need something to show them you will succeed, and there aren't many ways a 22-year-old can truly show that. However, out-of-fielders and non-traditional applicants can boost their application
  13. Quality is better than quantity. You need to tailor your applications to each school, which can require whole new SOPs, and at the very least will require sections of your SOP tailored to different schools. To do this takes time to research and time to articulate truly why you want to go to a particular program. Plus you need time to allow for revisions that you do and that you have your peers or professors do. Leaving this information out of your application is going to hurt you far more than applying to fewer schools, I guarantee it. Things like "great city and opportunities!" and "highly ra
  14. They don't give you a terribly long time after April 15th typically because they want to keep the waitlist moving. The waitlist offers I got last year all gave me two business days to reply. I remember that my friend's waitlist offers last year were roughly the same, or in the 2-4 day range. It's April 15th, so I hope you all hear some good news today! I remember I got an email on the 15th last year taking me off a waitlist, and my friend who had only gotten waitlists got two offers on the 15th! I hope for the best for anyone still waiting!
  15. Most programs have some form of the (roughly) expected course of study which would have total semesters. So if you want to know exactly, you'll have to check each program's webpage. If they don't have that publicly available, most program directors are willing to provide it with a simple email request. But yes, jpiccolo is correct. In my experience researching programs, most programs have at least the first summer, but not the second summer, making them 5 semesters. My program is (unfortunately) one of the few 6 semester programs I saw out there, including both summers.
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