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    TheEternalGrad got a reaction from jamesmp in Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!   
    School: Kean University
    Concentration: School-Clinical Psychology
    Type: PsyD
    Date of acceptance: 3/31/19
    Notified by: Email from director of the program, with official acceptance to arrive soon.
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to PsychHeather in Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!   
    YAY! I get to post
    School: Adler University (Chicago)
    Concentration: Clinical
    Type: PsyD
    Date of Acceptance: April 11th
    Notified: Email 
     
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to vallaboop in Rejection thread   
    Hi all,
    For those of us who didn't get in this time around (le sigh) I thought it might be helpful to commiserate. We can share our reflections over this cycle, what we are going to do to improve for next cycle, and any plan B's in the mean time. This isn't my first rodeo and I'm getting really down on myself. I think talking among people in similar situations could be really helpful for a lot of people. I'm sure I'm not the only one that is not taking rejection lightly! 
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to readyset123 in Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019   
    Got an email followed by a phone call  from the director of my top choice program offering me admission! I am so excited!! Fingers crossed for my fellow waitlisters here. It is a stressful process! I am really grateful for this forum full of people who understand! 
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to readyset123 in Part Time vs Full Time student at Columbia for MA in psych in education   
    I did my MA at TC and I know the credit requirements make it appear you could be done in a year, however, if you're working at all during the program, an active member of a research lab (putting in the time to publish and present), trying to get in to specific sections of classes, etc., it's actually not super common to finish in a year. There were two people that did that I know of in the last few years and they went full time during the summer and started their IP (your thesis-esque project) their first semester in order to graduate that quickly. And it was still difficult for them to do it. Each one of them did it because they had extenuating circumstances and needed to, however, it's definitely not very common. Most people who start in Fall 2019 would finish in Spring 2021. So it's about 1.5 years. 
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to personallycentered in Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD   
    you should apply to many more.  even without knowing your stats, it's more than likely you won't be enrolled in a grad program if you only apply to those 7 schools. all phd psych programs are super competitive and the one's you have are super duper competitive.  if you can afford it, apply to as many as you can (16 is a good number to ensure you get in somewhere).
    in applying to more schools, try to diversify your geographic locations. those programs are comeptitive not only b/c of academic admission standards but also they are all on the east coast, everyone and their mom is applying to those east coast schools.
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    TheEternalGrad got a reaction from dancedementia in Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!   
    School: Kean University
    Concentration: School-Clinical Psychology
    Type: PsyD
    Date of acceptance: 3/31/19
    Notified by: Email from director of the program, with official acceptance to arrive soon.
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to PsyDuck90 in Which social science PhD is easiest to get into? Best job market?   
    Doctoral programs as a whole are not "easy" to get into. I don't know if this direct question really has an answer given the emphasis on research fit in doctoral applications, as most programs have a mentor model. When you assume all generic variables are equal, research experience and mentor match are going to be the deciding variables. Therefore, that should be the main factor in your decision. Also, as a side note, the academic job market is heavily saturated so you should look into the job opportunities available in industry for any of these degrees. 
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to dancedementia in Another "help me with plan B" thread :(   
    As an update for the folks who helped me (and for future applicants who may be in my situation): I got a full-time job as a research coordinator in an extremely productive lab at an amazing institution (which I frankly didn't think I had a shot at getting into). I'm honestly more excited about this "acceptance" than the three non-funded PsyD acceptances I had earlier this year, which really solidifies 1) the fact that I'm passionate about research, and 2) that I've made the right choice by declining offers and planning to reapply to PhD programs in a few years.
    Yaaaay
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to readyset123 in NYU vs Teachers College, Columbia: MA in Psychology   
    I also went to TC for my MA and one of the factors I can think of considering when deciding between TC and NYU is incoming class size. TC's incoming class size felt large at times, so if NYU has a smaller incoming class, that could be a pro for their program. 
    The previous posters are correct when it comes to freedom to research wherever you want to. I went to TC and did research there and at NYU and ultimately did my IP (kind of like your thesis to graduate) with an NYU lab. 
    I liked that TC was fairly unstructured. They don't tell you which courses you have to take, however, that means if you are planning on a PhD in the future, you'll want to plan your courses accordingly. They don't make you take stats, but a PhD program will want you to have taken it. If that makes sense? There are grad student advisors that you can meet with to discuss what courses would be good to take for your future plans. They're usually really helpful. Faculty are also good resources for that, but they tend to not be as up to date on requirements. They know what they look for in a grad student but not necessarily what the field in general has moved to. I think this program is a very good example of something being what you make it. If you are proactive and organized, then you'll do great here. If you're looking for a more structured environment, you may want to consider NYU (if they possess that quality). 
    If you want to research with a faculty member at TC (counseling or clinical) I would suggest contacting them and expressing your interest and then seeking them out very soon after the semester begins. You want to start research as soon as possible and a lot of the labs fill up quickly the first semester. Or, find research opportunities outside of TC as soon as possible. The longer you are working with a lab, the more likely you are to have presentation and publication opportunities. 
    Just a side note about financials: they offer scholarships the first year but generally speaking those scholarships do not carry over into the second year. So unless your financial award explicitly states it is for multiple years, it's probably only for your first year. 
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to FeministPsychologist in Reflections & Advice for Future Applicants   
    Hi all,
    I wanted to start a thread to allow us all to share our thoughts and reflect on this application cycle now that it is almost over. This was my second time applying to Counseling Psychology programs, and I know that I have learned a lot about myself (and the ridiculous admissions game) through this process. 
    To give you a bit of background, my first application cycle, I applied to 6 programs (all CounPsy) and though I had a mix of preliminary and in-person interviews for 4 of them, I was eventually rejected from all. I was devastated, and literally had mental breakdowns every few days. So, I really understand the struggle of having to wait, but never getting the news you want. 
    This time, I applied to 17 programs (yeah I know, it is a lot!). I interviewed at 9 - one of them being a School Psychology Ph.D. program - and out of those, ultimately was rejected from 1, waitlisted at 1, and received offers from 7.
    Based on my experience, I want to share a few thoughts and pieces of advice: 
    Rejections do not determine your self-worth. Please do not feel like you are not qualified/smart/unique enough if you did not get in. I say this because my first time applying was last year, and I have not really gained any more relevant experience since then. I didn’t even change my personal statement besides 2-3 sentences. I improved my interview skills a little bit, but the big difference was where I applied. Which brings me to #2. Last time, I was picky about location/perfect fit. This time, I chose to apply to places where I would actually bring something new to the lab/POI, and I was flexible about location as well. You might think “I would never go here”, but sometimes the interview will change your mind. That happened to me with multiple programs this time. So my advice for both new applicants and applicants who are applying again, is that do not be stuck to one area if it’s possible. Of course, family/partner relocation and finance might be something you have to consider with this. Submit apps early! I submitted materials a month in advance in case I missed anything. Of course, if this is not financially possible for you, then try to review the checklist of materials for each school multiple times. This will give you enough of an idea to fix something if needed.  If you can’t afford to interview in person, don’t. Out of my 9 interviews, I did 6 over Skype/phone (although one of them didn’t have in person interviews). I was accepted to 5/6 of the programs I interviewed at on Skype, and 2/3 for the ones in-person. In fact, one of the programs strongly discouraged Skype interviews, and still ended up accepting me in the first round. This goes to show that your interviewing skills can sometimes matter more than your in-person presence. And if you do get in, you can always visit during dates that are more convenient/cost-effective as well. Be proud of yourself for completing and submitting your applications. That is a difficult task in itself. If you got to the interview stage, congratulations on that as well. No matter what the result, don’t give up on your dream of getting a Ph.D. I hope this reflection can be insightful to folks in some way. If you would like to ask any questions, I’d be happy to answer! 
    It would be awesome if all of the wonderful Ph.D. applicants out here could share their reflections as well I’m sure you all could bring much more to this conversation! 
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to higaisha in Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!   
    Pretty sure with online forms, writing out your full name is an equivalent to signing (unless specified otherwise).
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to psydean in NYU vs Teachers College, Columbia: MA in Psychology   
    Hi I'm at TC now, doing clinical psych as opposed to counseling, so I'm answering in regards to that program. 
    1) I've never had a class nor heard of anyone in my program who had a class taught by a PhD student, I'd be curious if you could get names though. It would def be out of the norm. We have very few that serve as advisors though. 
    2) I'm not sure what you mean by an independent relationship. It can definitely be confusing but other than the GRE code, but it doesn't really effect a TC student as far as I'm concerned. We have access to everything and all the buildings (except a very obscure library service that I'm not bitter about at all 😫) It has the same type of relationship that Barnard has to Columbia proper if you're familiar with that.
    Other than that def look into research interests and the relationships that the schools have with outside institutions in terms of research opportunities and all that stuff. I'm pretty sure they're equal in that sense. Let me know if you want me to weigh into anything else about TC!
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    TheEternalGrad got a reaction from buckeyepsych in Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!   
    Which school is this for?? I'm still waiting to hear back from one too and they told me I'd hear around now as well!
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    TheEternalGrad got a reaction from PsychedforPsych2 in What to do after application cycle ends with all rejections   
    Personally, I would recommend redoing most of your old SOP, if not the whole thing. This is my second time applying. While I realized what my most obvious shortcomings were and fixed them for this round (specifically lack of clinical/research experience and published papers), there may have been other problems in my previous applications that were not so obvious that I could improve on. One of which I think was my SOP. Maybe it was fine, but personally, reading it over, I knew I could do even better. Not just with updates about my current endeavors, but just giving it a new spin to tell these schools about myself. I know the prospect of having to rewrite an SOP sounds utterly awful, but I think it'll help a lot!
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    TheEternalGrad got a reaction from PsychM in Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!   
    That is AMAZING!!! Congrats!!! 😃
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to PsychM in Fall 2019 Psychology - Where are you going?!   
    Moving to NYC to attend Fordham University's Clinical Psychology PhD program!! I am very excited!!
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to girlsailors in Fall 2019 Psychology - Where are you going?!   
    Formally accepted my offer from Teachers College, Columbia University today! I'm so excited
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to PsychM in Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!   
    School: Fordham University
    Concentration: Clinical Psychology (neuropsychology specialization)
    Type: PhD
    Date of acceptance: 3/21/2019
    Notified by: POI emailed me, 20 minutes later DCT emailed me, a few hours later received the notification that the official offer letter was available in the application portal.
    Very excited as this was the second time I interviewed at Fordham. I am accepting the offer!
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    TheEternalGrad got a reaction from buckeyepsych in I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*   
    Hard for me to say, since I've only gotten one acceptance so far, but that program's POI didn't reach out to me personally to say I've been accepted. I heard from admissions. It probably depends on the program on whether or not POIs reach out to applicants to inform them of their status. I'm sorry you got rejected though, especially after hearing what seemed like a positive message from the POI. ☹️
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    TheEternalGrad got a reaction from clinpsyc112 in I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*   
    Hard for me to say, since I've only gotten one acceptance so far, but that program's POI didn't reach out to me personally to say I've been accepted. I heard from admissions. It probably depends on the program on whether or not POIs reach out to applicants to inform them of their status. I'm sorry you got rejected though, especially after hearing what seemed like a positive message from the POI. ☹️
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to Warelin in Apply for two programs at the same school?   
    There are some universities that have rules that state you can only apply to one program per cycle. As a precaution, I'd check with the Graduate School to make sure it's something they allow.
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to syza in Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019   
    Geez, this thread went from high anxiety generating to deeply toxic. Feels good that I avoided the forums this time around. My condolences to all the real humans that had to sit through the toxic troll fest.
    Good luck with the arduous path of an academic life for those who will be starting the PhD this year, and my best wishes to those who will try again with applications next year around. I applied to 12 programs last year, and got rejected from all. This time around I applied to 10, and got accepted to 2 programs ranked in the 10s and 2 programs ranked in the 30s. I am really excited about this, especially given that I got into one of my dream schools! Amazing things can happen...
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to imonfire98 in Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019   
    just got accepted by the top choice from the waitlist!! plan to accept! don't lose hope guys!!!
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    TheEternalGrad reacted to personallycentered in Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!   
    Apply to more schools if you can afford it. You'll see on this forum many people applying to 8 or so schools and getting zero interviews (and thus zero acceptances).
    The clinical psychologist supervisors in my work life told me to apply to 16 schools (I applied to 15).
    In applying to more schools, you should add schools that are more diverse in geography (midwest, heartland) and more diverse in terms of competitiveness. Those are all top notch universities you're looking to apply to (nothing wrong with that), but they are all each going to literally receive a bijjilion applications, and I'd say there's a chance you'd receive zilch interviews if you exclusively apply to such competitive programs.
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