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    New York
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    Speech Language Pathology

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  1. Prereqs before applying

    In general, yes. Some schools may require that you finish the majority of the prereqs at the time of applying, so make sure to check out the specific requirements of your target schools.
  2. LOR from an online professor??

    I had 2 speech professors that I barely talked to in my online classes wrote my recommendation, because most schools I applied to wanted recommendations from professors in the discipline. Sent them information about myself and snippets of my personal statement so they could personalize my recommendation. I got into most of the schools so you'll be fine. If you're worried they won't be personal enough, you can always send a third recommendation from someone who will write a stellar recommendation. I had my supervisor write me one and sent it to the schools anyways.
  3. GRE improvement questions

    I highly highly highly recommend these resources: All the official GRE books, powerprep by ETS and Magoosh. My goal was 330+ so I only did questions that were very similar to the real exam, to get me to understand how ETS thinks. I've done all the material by ETS multiple times and analyzed why the right answer was right. Magoosh's math and sentence completion questions were also very similar in style as the official questions, reading comprehension not so much. I heard Manhattan is good too but I have never done it personally so can't comment on it. I also memorized all the words from the Magoosh vocabulary app and wrote very basic outlines for 50+ essay questions.
  4. I found out about the field early in my senior year and didn't feel prepared to apply to the 3 year programs directly, so I took a gap year to do pre-reqs. Ended up with plenty of acceptances so it is definitely doable! The above poster already offered really good advice, and I just want to emphasize that whatever you do in your gap year should add value to you as an applicant. So you could do something related to speech that you can talk about in your SOP.
  5. Low GPA, but decent GRE Scores???

    Maybe you could try to retake some classes at post-bacc programs as a non-degree student. Your GRE is good but if you could get it above 160 for both that would really offset your GPA!
  6. Spring Admissions/ St John's

    I know Lehman College offers spring admission but I have no experience. Edfind is not terribly accurate so I would go with whatever the university is telling you!
  7. Re-taking CSD courses

    I took classes at USU and it's great! Specifically, audiology was one of the easiest classes to get an A in and that class is completely self-paced so you can even finish early if you work hard! You only have four exams and some quizzes so it's really manageable. Classes cost around 335 per credit and they're usually 3 credits. There is also a Facebook group and everyone is incredibly helpful.
  8. Artic and Phonology prerequisite

    I don't remember the exact number but it's around 350 per credit with the fees. Most classes are 3 credits.
  9. School Facebook Groups 2017

    Teachers College, Columbia University: https://www.facebook.com/groups/597090313830086/
  10. Decision Help?! (Indiana U vs Pitt)

    @jamielee23 Now that you put it like that IU doesn't sound so bad that I would immediately avoid. If you have to take out $60k loan + cost of living it would slow your life down after graduation in terms of saving/buying a house/etc. IU is obviously the better choice financially, just make sure that students there actually find placements instead of getting screwed over! People always say go to the cheapest program possible but IF you are financially comfortable enough then you should go wherever you feel is a better fit which is probably Pitt
  11. Decision Help?! (Indiana U vs Pitt)

    So you only get one externship in total and have to arrange it yourself? That would turn me off a lot. Personally I prefer have more variety of placements so I can actually learn in the real world from different people/settings. Also, in the worst case scenario you would have to delay graduation due to not being able to find a placement. I suggest you reach out to current students to learn about their experiences. How much loans do you have to take out for each school? I would go with Pitt if it's not some insane number like 100k.
  12. Congrats! I was accepted to both as well and will be going to TC most likely. For me, the multicultural focus is a big draw because I intend to get the bilingual certification. I have talked to students at the NYU program and they said they liked it, but I didn't ask for much details. There are some posts on this forum that goes into more details with regards to the program at NYU so you can try to look into that. For people who never had any CSD classes, the program at TC takes 2.5 years and I think NYU takes 3 years. Not counting the undergrad level classes, TC requires more grad credits in order to graduate (around 60?) than NYU (48 I believe) so NYU might end up being cheaper even though it would take longer. Both schools offer abroad experiences but in different countries so you may have a preference. It does seem that NYU has more variety when it comes to research labs but personally I am not concerned because I have no interest in going into research. I don't like the way that NYU is doing prerequisites. First of all, they are just launching the whole online program so there is no guarantee things will work smoothly. I can pay way less money to do prerequisites elsewhere online that has already established a good system. I have already taken some prerequisites elsewhere, and looking at the requirements of the NYU program I would have to retake some classes because the requirements are 2-3 classes built into one. I don't think that you could really go wrong with either program, but just need to figure out which program fits your goals more. Good luck with your decision and maybe we can be future classmates!
  13. If you have to go into a ton of debt to go to MGH, I would probably just go to Hunter. If money is not a huge issue, then you really need to look at the fit of the program. Hunter does have placements in medical settings so I wouldn't worry about that aspect. At my interview, one girl worked at acute care and the other one in another medical setting that is not a hospital. I also remember them saying that people do get into the VA for externship sometimes although it is very competitive.
  14. Thank you! I asked the current grad students about it at the interview, and they don't know much about it because they didn't take it in the summer. Apparently they took it online and the program is restructuring it and moving it to the summer (they don't know if it will be online for new students). I think typically Hunter summer classes start in June, but I didn't get any word from the actual program. In fact, my portal hasn't even changed status yet even though I was informed of my acceptance on Wednesday.
  15. I am in the same boat. I have not even been seriously considering any of the expensive schools I applied to, because I was so focused on minimizing cost of tuition. My parents are willing to pay for my education at TC even though the price is insanely high, but I am having a hard time justifying it. It really offers what I want which is the multiculturalism, but it's so far and so expensive. I can't just make my parents pay 100k for me to get a job that pays 60k starting salary. With respect to your decision, I think you should go with program A! TC offers an online bilingual certificate program now so wherever you are, you can get the education later on.