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Mister Belvedere

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  1. Honestly, more than likely, I’m willing to bet she chose the candidate with connections to professors she’s familiar with. It’s a factor that can trump grades, GRE scores, publications, and research experience. That, or the program needed to fill a demographic gap.
  2. Unfortunately, social capital is what matters most in the real world — effort and perseverance come second.
  3. Just “state the fact” that it’s your #1 choice. Mention it only one time to each interviewer at your school of choice and on your thank you emails/notes
  4. From my past experience, opting to book a hotel may put you in a slight disadvantage. Specifically, you'll be missing a key opportunity to bond with a current student in the program. Yes, you will have opportunities to speak with students during interview day events, but the home-stay provides a more personalized opportunity to discuss your host's experience in the program. If possible, I'd suggest trying to push yourself to do a home-stay for your top-choice programs, but request a host who can provide a private sleeping room due to your sleeping issues you described.
  5. I’m a current student there — I can say that we’ve started arranging hosts for interviewees today, so it seems invites are going out earlier than last year.
  6. Tough love, but it’s the truth — I agree with this.
  7. These posts from you young’uns are so cute ?
  8. The admissions process for the Clinical Psychology program at The University of Pennsylvania works the same way. I think it might be an Ivy League thing...
  9. As a third-year student in their Medical/Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, I can attest to this statement If anyone is applying to UAB, feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the program.
  10. I actually disagree with @Hk328 — that’s a solid score, and the more competitive PhD Psychology programs (e.g., UCLA) tend to require the Psychology GRE. Go ahead and send it as supplement material.
  11. My reasoning is that if you send both, admission committees will be more impressed by your general improved change scores — in a way, it shows that you’re willing to work on weak points and improve
  12. I mean, he said yes — it’s not worth reading in to it too much.
  13. In general, yes — frankly speaking, both GPA and GRE score are relatively cheap and quick ways for admissions committes to initially “cull the chaff” at the first round of application review. Beyond that stage, your other applications materials will carry more weight, such as your research work, recommendation letters, personal statement, how well you’re a “good fit” for the program, etc.
  14. Psy. D programs still expect some research experience from the top applicants, so you’d best mention your psychology-related lab experience!!
  15. No, a 4.0 is good. Put your time and energy into other parts of your application at this point!
  16. Yes – more than likely, you’ll be starting from square one upon entering a doctorate Clinical Psychology program. However, you might be able to transfer some course credits from your Master’s program.
  17. The only other route to bypass the GRE hurdle is if you know any faculty in your current program who has connections to professors at the doctorate Clinical Psychology programs you want to apply for. If that's the case, you can see if you can get introduced to these professors as potential mentors who can ensure your application gets reviewed beyond the GRE score.
  18. Most doctorate Clinical Psychology programs expect applicants to score at least at the 50th percentile range on both the Verbal & Quantitative subtests (score range of ~155), and your scores fall a bit short of that unfortunately. In addition, your Analytical Writing score needs to be at least a 4.0 Some programs place less emphasis on GRE scores than others, but keep in mind that it may still hinder your application from being looked at since many programs use it to “weed out” applications at the start of the process. Aside from possibly re-taking the GRE with some guided help (if you already haven’t done so), lean heavily into your research & clinical experiences in your personal statement. Also, if you’ve taken any high-level math, engineering, or science courses (e.g., Calculus III, Physics), you should highlight this in your application too. It will also help if you can submit any Honors Thesis or first-author publications written by you as supplementary material.
  19. If you’re coming from a Master’s program in MSW or Counseling, you will more than likely start from square one when starting a Psy.D program. You might be able to transfer a few classes from your MSW or Counseling program, but that depends on each Psy.D program.
  20. I’m surprised to hear this will be your 4th time applying to PhD Clinical Psychology programs, given your background. I’m a third-year student in the UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) Medical-Clinical Psych PhD program myself, and many of our incoming students don’t have a first-author publication or oral presentation under their belt aside from a few posters — that’s the same case at similar PhD Clinical Psych programs where I know other colleagues. I assume you’ve done this, but my first suggestion would be to ask for feedback from the potential mentors at the institutions you interviewed at the last time you applied. Perhaps there’s a key factor or two beyond your objective grades/research productivity/GRE or interview style that’s been impeding your placement. My second advice is to see if your research mentor or other faculty in your Psychology Department has any connections to faculty at a PhD Clinical/Counseling Psych Program; and if that’s the case, see if they can introduce you to these individuals at these programs. I feel that a factor that often gets ignored about this application process is that it favors those with the right social connections within the field — professors seem more willing to take in a mentee if a colleague they know well can strongly vouch for the student. In any case, I sincerely wish you the best on the process!
  21. As a successful applicant with worse stats than @CuringNihilism who got into a funded & APA-accredited doctoral Clinical Psychology program, I second @liznlex's post.
  22. @ae616 I actually think your GRE scores are fine - they won't get you into an ultra-competitive tier like Harvard or UCLA, but your scores are good enough for getting into most APA-accredited Ph.D Clinical Psychology programs. Your M.S. in Clinical Psychology with background in both research and clinicals will give you a bit of an advantage in your application too. Good luck!
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