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    2020 Fall
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  1. I think the general advice is to aim for the sum of your quantitative and verbal scores being at least 300. Obviously higher is better, but that's a good baseline target.
  2. Hey! Tbh I didn’t really study too much for the GRE. I did buy the ETS official GRE super power pack which was helpful for reviewing math I hadn’t done in a long time. It also came with some online practice tests that I did and those were honestly the most helpful to me. It was helpful just to get used to the test format and see how I needed to manage my time. That’s probably not a super helpful answer (sorry) but many of my friends used Magoosh and I only heard good things! Feel free to message me to chat about individual programs if you’d like, since you’re applying to many of the same ones I did!
  3. Hi! I sent you a PM with more info on Vanderbilt
  4. Hi! I heard back from UMN-TC on February 20, and so did my friends who applied there. I would definitely contact them and/or check the portal if you haven’t heard from them!
  5. I think that’s a matter of personal preference! Personally I definitely want to get into clinic right away.
  6. Hi! I would say cost is a good way to initially narrow it down-- calculate the full program cost for each of the schools you're still considering and if there's any that are super astronomical, throw them out. Here are some other things to consider: Cost (including rent, moving costs, etc) Location Clinical education model (is there a campus clinic? etc) Clinical placements (how many placements do you do, and where?) Externships available (how many externships do you do? what sort of facilities do they offer externships in?) Assistance finding CFY / jobs (what sorts of connections do they have? how well-reputed are the program?) Opportunities for specialization (is there a bilingual certificate or anything that you're interested in? are there any elective options?) Ability to start clinical work immediately (do you start right away in a clinic or do you not start until 2nd semester?) Distribution of courses vs clinical hours (is it like, mostly courses 1st year and mostly clinic 2nd year, or is it more distributed evenly?) Praxis pass rates On-time graduation rate Post-graduation employment rates Perceived organization of the program (do they seem organized/disorganized?) Research opportunities (if you're into that) Cohort size Opportunities for TA/RA positions, hourly jobs, etc You probably don't want to go through that whole list for each program, but cost is a good way to narrow it down initially!
  7. I applied to 9 and was admitted to 8. I think it's better to apply to a smaller-ish number (<10) that you can write really strong and personalized essays for, than it is to apply to 15-20 random schools with a generic personal statement. I would recommend doing a lot of research on the schools you're applying for. It isn't worth the time and effort to applying to a bunch of schools that you know you wouldn't be able to afford, that don't offer significant funding opportunities, etc. Pick schools that you're really excited about and work hard to make those few applications really strong! That's not to say that you shouldn't apply to your dream schools-- but research their tuition, funding opportunities, clinical model, research, etc ahead of time so you know what you're actually looking at. Getting in isn't always enough-- you want your application to be strong enough to get funding as well, if you're applying to an expensive school.
  8. I don't know anything about those schools in particular but here's what's on my pro/con list so far: Cost (including rent, moving costs, etc) Location Clinical education model Clinical placements Externships available Assistance finding CFY / jobs Opportunities for specialization Ability to start clinical work immediately Praxis pass rates On-time graduation rate Post-graduation employment rates Perceived organization of the program (do they seem organized/disorganized?) Research opportunities Cohort size What other factors are people considering?
  9. Update: I've also declined UW-Milwaukee, UMN-TC, and University of Arizona!
  10. I would recommend emailing them and asking for an update! Maybe they send out applications in waves, or maybe they had a technical difficulty, or maybe your application was marked incomplete or something.
  11. As far as I know, the universities aren’t completely shut down. Classes are moved remotely, and at some schools faculty and staff are encouraged not to come in, but those faculty and staff are working remotely. So it might delay things slightly just because of the adjustment to remote work, but I don’t expect it to cause too much of a disruption. I’ve heard back from all of my schools!
  12. An update: I got an email today offering me a $10,000 tuition waiver! Out-of-state tuition is astronomical though so it’s not enough unfortunately. I’ll be declining, so I hope that funding will be useful to someone else!
  13. Maybe that just means you’re on the wait list? But I feel like they should have told you that...
  14. I would maybe be worried if you haven’t heard back from UW-Madison. They sent out decisions February 7 and had their open house on March 7. Have you checked the application portal?
  15. I just declined Washington MedSLP, UIUC, St. Xavier, and my waitlist spot at UT Austin. Hope this helps someone!
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