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  1. Hi everybody! I hope you all aren't freaking out about applications as much as I am. I have most of my schools picked, and I tried to pick a good variety. However, it might be helpful for everybody if we combine our knowledge a little bit here about what kinds of schools our GPAs and GRE scores could realistically get us into. Or, for the extra high achievers out there, what kind of schools might give you funding with your stats. For example, I have a GPA of 3.94, GRE Scores of Verbal: 156, Quantitative: 156, and AW: 4.5. What kinds of schools do those numbers match up with? What schools have people who previously applied with similar stats been accepted to? I know so much more goes into the graduate decision process, but our numbers are the most tangible things all of us have! I've scoured EdFind, but there are SO MANY schools it's been overwhelming to try and look through them all.
  2. Hey All, When I was applying to graduate programs in SLP in Fall 2014, I was driving myself crazy. The stress I caused myself by reading GradCafe alone was a nightmare! But, it was also very helpful. I'm back on GradCafe because I want to help alleviate some of your pain and also guide you towards improving your application so that you too may gain admission into a program. First off, being rejected from SLP graduate programs is not uncommon. Not only did I experience rejection when applying, but after being accepted I worked as a graduate assistant in an SLP graduate program. I've been on both sides of the table, which really allowed me to understand what it takes to stand out from the other 400+ applicants. When I was applying, many people would ask questions on GradCafe such as: 1. What matters most: GPA, GRE, Statement of Purpose, etc? 2. If I have a [insert GPA here] do I have a chance at being accepted? 3. I retook one undergraduate course, does this ruin my chances at graduate school? 4. How do I structure my application to stand out? 5. What should I address in my Statement of Purpose to impress the readers? At that time, I didn't have the answers to these questions. I believed with some confidence that a lower GPA greatly reduced an applicants chances at being accepted, among other things. However, from going through the application process, working as a graduate assistant for a graduate program, completing two-thirds of the SLP graduate program, and helping students improve their applications to graduate programs in SLP as well as many other graduate fields, I have come to understand the answers to these frantic questions... 1. What matters most: GPA, GRE, Statement of Purpose, etc.? and 2. If I have a [insert GPA here] do I have a chance at being accepted? Each of these play a role in whether or not you earn admission. However, there is no "smoking gun." Admission decisions typically are not supported by one factor alone. Therefore, an applicant with an extremely high GRE (What is an extremely high GRE for SLP Graduate Programs? I'll get to that later in the post.) does not simply earn themselves admission. It's much more complicated than that. Think of GPA, GRE, SOP, etc. as the ingredients it takes to make Panang Curry (Thai - If you haven't had it, please visit Thai Town in Hollywood and let me know what you think!). To start, we need 1 cup of GPA, 1.5 cups of GRE, and 2 cups of SOP. However, we can make alternative versions of the recipe that taste just as great! We can use 1.5 cups of GPA, 1 cup of GRE, and 1.5 cups of SOP. Have you ever began to follow a recipe and as you successfully completed each step, your confidence grew just slightly, but by the 5th or 6th step you started feeling like you were Rachael Ray or Gordon Ramsay? You looked at the recipe and said to yourself, "You know what Jeff, I'm going to mix it up a little bit because I'm starting to feel like I've got a natural talent for this..." Perhaps you haven't, but I'm sure you get what I mean. The point is, following a recipe is great. It's a blueprint. Someone else has already figured out HOW to do it. On the flip side, straying away from a blueprint can have extreme results - typically it's either AMAZING or simply terrible. If you want to stand out, you can't follow the Easy-Bake-Oven application recipe that's plastered all over the internet. You have got to standout. A 4.0 GPA, you would think, would make you stand out? But, a LARGE MAJORITY of applicants to SLP graduate programs have exactly that - a 4.0 GPA. So, what makes the applicant with a 4.0 GPA standout? If you thought a sky reaching GRE score, you're absolutely WRONG. At this juncture, it's imperative for me to tell you to FINISH READING THIS POST. I am not telling you that having a high GPA and GRE score is damaging to your application - that's absurd. What I am saying though, is that in this day and age so many of the applicants have high GPA and GRE scores. It becomes standard. It becomes uniform. It starts to feel, in some entirely ironic way, "average." And, average is exactly what you can't be to earn admission into a SLP graduate program! Average is unappealing. So, how does a 4.0 GPA, 85th percentile GRE applicant become interesting again? The Statement of Purpose - their unique story. That's how. On the flip side, how does a 3.0 GPA, 50th percentile GRE applicant compete with this ridiculous competition? They swing for the fences in their Statement of Purpose. You see, the GPA and GRE are part of the dated application recipe. You can't change how your GPA is calculated. You can't change how your GRE is scored. You could have improved them by getting better grades and scoring higher on the exam (which is another topic I'll address in a future post) but at this point, your GPA and GRE are fairly set-in-stone (at the time of applying; yes of course you can retake the GRE.) When your application is evaluated for GPA and GRE, it's a glance at the number listed beside the acronym. For the most part, it's either an up-down head nod for higher scores or a unilateral sideways lip extension paired with a side-to-side head nod for lower scores. You get my point: whether you have exceptional GPA and GRE scores or not, your admissions decision won't be based solely on these two factors. Who you are perceived to be, from your entire application and including the most important factor - the statement of purpose - is the foundation that your admissions decision is based off of. As long as you have a high enough overall GPA to meet the minimum requirements for the university and graduate program (These are two separate entities) I would not count yourself out. There are plenty of ways to market yourself despite these numbers. 3. I retook one undergraduate course, does this ruin my chances at graduate school? Not at all. Retaking one course doesn't entirely ruin your chances. You may choose to explain the circumstances in your statement of purpose. Personally, I think deciding whether to explain it or not is extremely individualized and depends on your specific situation. Use your best judgement in deciding whether to tackle the explanation or address other aspects of yourself in your SOP. 4. How do I structure my application to stand out? While there certainly are methods to improve your application, they do not include deception or falsifying information. DO NOT LIE IN YOUR APPLICATION. The best place to stand out from the crowd is in your SOP; however, there is much to be said for standing out in other parts of your application... 5. What should I address in my SOP to impress the readers? I get asked this question a lot, and I see it posted on graduate forums even more. Remember, I help students apply to all types of graduate and Ph.D programs across the U.S. Simply put, when typical students ask this question they are already veering off into the wrong direction. Each university and program have specific instructions for writing the SOP. Never write one SOP for multiple schools. Never cut and paste parts of it together to form a "new" SOP for another program. These are common mistakes applicants make and it costs them greatly. There is a reason each school creates a unique and specific guideline for their SOP. Take a moment with me and think about one thing in your life that you are REALLY good at. Is it knitting? Perhaps it's horseback riding. However, for our example let's use public speaking. So, you're amazing at public speaking for CORPORATE EVENTS and want to find ONE person to teach all of your secrets to. You send out an advertisement, and you receive applications from people all over the world wanting YOU to train them in public speaking. In your ad, you wrote, "In one page, tell me why learning from me, specifically, is what you need to achieve your dreams." You get hundreds of responses, and you begin reading them: 1. Hi, I'm Suzy and I have done public speaking events across the world. I am extremely interested in learning from you because I am passionate about public speaking. 2. Hello! I'm Joe. I do public speaking events in book stores for at-risk youth. I am dedicated to improving quality of life for children subjected to environmental risk-factors. 3. Hi, I'm April. I have a private consulting firm where I am hired to do public speaking engagements for private businesses. Some of my past clients include CBS News, The Cheesecake Factory, and a Google subsidiary. I've been a fan of yours since I watched the speech you gave at Apple, "Corporate Morale in the 21st Century." Who would you choose? It's easy, right? April clearly matches the criteria. However, would it surprise you to learn that Suzy was once hired by Ford, the car company, for a public speaking event? Certainly. Why didn't she include this in her letter!? That's the point...not including something relevant because you wrote one SOP that could "fit" all of the programs requirements is a mistake. Also, including something irrelevant is also a mistake. Address the specific and unique requirements for each program. When writing your SOP, make sure you understand what the specific focus is within your program, not just simply speech-language pathology. Who are the professors? What have they accomplished? And so on...these are the types of questions you should be addressing. Now, it takes more than simply listing the professor's accomplishments and saying, "Me too..!!!!!!" You have to bring it full-circle. That's the challenge; that's the test. I hope I was able to give you valuable insight into the admissions process. If you want to learn more about bringing your application full-circle and have specific questions for me, or you want to learn how I was able to gain admission into a California SLP graduate program with a 3.01 overall GPA and 55th percentile GRE scores, visit my website: For my next post, what would you like me to discuss? Tell me below. Best Regards, Jeff Barton M.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences: Speech-Language Pathology (Candidate 2017) *All of the information contained in this post are my personal opinions and personal findings. I do not represent any institution, university, or program.
  3. I wanted to be a psych major in college, but my parents convinced me that I should do speech-language pathology because if I majored in psych I would end up working for minimum wage my whole life. Entry level for speech pathology is a Master's degree. I got a bachelor's degree in the field, and now I'm in one of the field's top graduate schools. We do 6 semesters in 2 years (fall, spring, summer, fall2, spring2, summer2). I am in my first summer semester and have another year of school left after this until I earn my degree, and then I must practice under supervision for another year before I can become licensed and certified. This field is all right. I really enjoy my classes on a theoretical level, but when it comes to actually working with people on their speech and language, I dread it. I have disliked every clinical placement and always hope the next one is better, but it never is. Since speech-language pathology school is a professional degree, I have no research experience at all. We have the option to do a Master's thesis, but with 15-17 credits each fall or spring semester, summer classes, TAships, and clinical placements, almost no one does a Thesis. None out of 20 of us are doing one. I think if I did one, I might go insane, especially since I'm not super interested in this field. I have been emailing professors in psychology to ask if I could volunteer in their labs. Almost no one has gotten back to me yet, maybe because it's the summer, but I will keep trying. The professor who did says her neuroscience lab is probably not a good fit for me. I tried emailing a professor who does cognitive research and examines language skills in children. Even though I am no longer super interested in language acquisition, I probably would understand his research better, so I hope he gets back to me. Here are the titles of classes I have taken in psychology: General Psych Social Psych Developmental Psych Child Psych Mind, Brain, and Behavior (an introduction to neuroscience) Advances in Behavioral Neuroscience Memory and Amnesia Neuroanatomy and Physiology (through a speech-language pathology department, but very psych related) I think I am interested in cognitive neuroscience research, but I'm not really sure because of my lack of experience. If it turns out I hate research, I am interested in becoming a clinical psychologist and am especially interested in working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, PTSD, and depression. I am also interested in working with children who are survivors of abuse and neglect. I have a few main thoughts/questions. Feel free to answer any or all of them. 1. So, I plan on finishing my Master's degree in speech-language pathology and becoming a licensed, fully certified, speech-language-pathologist. If I neglected to do my supervised clinical fellowship year and failed to become certified, it would be very difficult to go back and do this in the future. THEN I planned on trying to return to school for a PhD in psych. Does this sound reasonable? Or is it just sunk-cost fallacy? 2. I have been using my free time to take classes in psych and neuroscience. Is this the right or the wrong way to go about it? Should I instead be taking the bare minimum of classes and pick up a Master's Thesis in speech pathology instead? If I did that, at least I would have a publication when it came time to apply for a psych PhD program. 3. Do Psych PhD programs often take out of field students with an out-of-field Master's degree? What about students with minimal research experience? 4. Would I be able to become a clinical psychologist if I earned a Cognitive Psych or Cognitive Neuroscience PhD rather than a Clinical Psych PhD or PsyD? Would I still acquire the skills necessary to diagnose, treat, and counsel?
  4. Praxis

    Those that are currently in graduate school and/or just graduated. I would super appreciate details regarding the praxis! What should my focus be on? Any specific topics? thank you in advance
  5. Hello, I am planning to apply to grad schools for Spring of 2018 and Fall of 2018. I just recently graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree. I am planning to take a gap year if I decide to not apply to grad schools for the Spring of 2018, especially if I get a position as an SLPA. I have a lot of volunteers and shadowing hours and my GRE scores (after taking it a third time) are pretty decent. (156 V; 154 Q; 5 W) My only problem though is my GPA... I have a 3.123 for my last 60 credits and a 3.0 overall GPA... I know that schools look at the GRE and GPA greatly and I was wondering if there was any hope in getting in at any school at all or if there was any way I can get my GPA up some even after graduating? I know there are Post-Bacc classes, but I am under the impression those are mainly for people who have a Bachelor's in another field of study. Any tips schools that anyone knows about that looks at the whole application as a whole instead of just the GPA and GRE will be helpful! Thank you!
  6. Hi! I was wondering if there was any way to take post-bacc classes even though I already have a Bachelor's in CSD. I am trying to repeat some classes that I received lower grades in and I was wondering if there is any way in doing so even though I have already graduated. Has anyone had an experience with this?
  7. Hey everyone! My name is Desmond. I was accepted into Brooklyn College's graduate program for speech-language pathology for Fall 2017! I wanted to see if anyone else heard from them or is deciding to go. Hope to hear back from you!
  8. M.A vs M.S

    I'm currently deciding between 2 programs, a M.S and a M.A. I'm not sure I understand the true difference between the two (if there are any). I'm assuming M.A is more education/kids focused and M.S is more medical based but I'm not sure if this is true. Is one better/worse to have?? If anyone has any information, please let me know!
  9. Does anyone have any input on what they like/dislike about the programs or just the schools in general?
  10. Hi all, Does anyone have any advice on writing personal statements for grad school apps? Applying this fall and wanted to try to get ahead. I've looked at some school's websites to see what they're looking for, but I wanted to see if anyone had specific tips. Thanks ahead of time!
  11. Hello, I would like this to be a forum for you as an applicant, current student, or alumni of any Boston speech-language pathology programs to post your insight, experience, knowledge or advice comparing the schools. I know I am not the only one who applied to more than one school in the Boston area so I would like help on choosing which one to attend! (I have been accepted to MGH and Northeastern) but this can be for all 4 programs! Some questions include.. Why did you choose X program What kind of training / orientation is there prior to beginning clinic? How are clients paired with students? Do we decide on clinical placement site? Surviving without car? How are classes/workload? challenging but possible? Work life balance? Can you still enjoy boston? Describe typical day?? Do you feel comfortable with supervisors? Asking for help? Classmate interaction?
  12. I just called the CUNY Hunter SLP & Audiology Department to ask what their timeline is for sending out remaining results since the April 15 deadline is rapidly approaching. She told me they are done with interviews, don't accept without interviews and they don't do a waitlist. If those that are accepted don't accept, they just don't fill those seats. No idea if this is true for the other CUNYs, though I did a quick check of the results page from past years and I don't see any waitlist notifications posted for either of the two I applied to (Hunter and Brooklyn). Someone on here recently said that CUNY Brooklyn does interviews in April so there may still be hope for anyone waiting on them. Just thought this might be helpful for anyone waiting to hear from a CUNY before they accept another offer! Good luck to everyone!
  13. Does anyone know if CUNY Hunter is conducting interviews this year? I know they did last year but didn't in 2015. I've seen some interview requests on the results page for CUNY Queens and CUNY Brooklyn but nothing for Hunter yet (though I noticed no one posted on the results page for Hunter interviews last year either so...). I called the general grad admissions office and they weren't sure and directed me to the SLP department. Have called the department number twice and no one answers.
  14. Just wanting to hear others thoughts on Adelphi University's program. I have heard some negative things, especially regarding tuition increases and faculty. Did anyone else get in? I live in Oregon and so far have only been accepted to Adelphi. It would be a big move for me but I will definitely go there if it's my only option.
  15. What are my chances???

    Hi everyone, I'm planning on applying to grad school for speech pathology next fall and I'm starting to worry about my stats and the general competitiveness of grad schools in our major. I have an overall GPA of 3.78 and a major GPA of 3.74. I have not taken my GRE yet but I'm thinking maybe anything over 145 and a 4 would be feasible for me. As for extracurriculars, I am conducting research on children with autism, I have translated for grad students for 3 semesters, volunteering for a communication recovery group for aphasic patients, volunteered at a school for disabled people, volunteered under a SLP at a hospital, member of NSSLHA, and was a peer mentor for a semester. What do you think my chances are like??? Thanks!!
  16. I have been accepted for an on campus interview at Texas tech, but I can no longer go there in person. Is it possible that they would let me change my on campus interview to a Skype interview? If so, does a skype interview impact my chance of admission negatively? I don't want to throw away my chance simply because I can't make it in person. One more question, has anyone ever changed their interview to a later date due to conflict? thank you!
  17. Hey guys! I am applying for Spring 2018 to the University of Texas at Dallas for Speech Language Pathology and I really want to go there. The only problem is that I don't have any research experience and I feel that they might not accept me because of this. These are my stats: Undergrad GPA: 4.0 GRE: Quant:160 Verbal:162 writing: 4.5 Other info: I am very involved at my University and have worked part time. I am also an officer in the Honors program at my school. The honors program requires us to do additional projects with our professors for honors credit, so I am not worried about my LoR. Also, this semester I am in a clinical practicum and have one client that I am treating (these hours actually go towards the grad. school practicum hours), so I was planning to get a LoR from my supervisor. Do you think the other parts of my application can overshadow my lack of research experience? Also, did anyone without any research experience get into the UTD- SLP grad. program??
  18. CSDCAS Calculated GPA

    Hi everyone! I can't find a forum for this, but wanted to know what to do/ if anyone else has gone through this. My undergrad GPA is above a 3.5; however, CSDCAS calculated my undergraduate GPA to be 3.45..... does anyone know if schools base their decisions off of this or my actual transcript? I'm freaking out because the 3.5 cut off is critical and they just put me under it. I'm calling them tomorrow, but am unsure as to if this happens to everyone or not.
  19. Hi, What is some good reading to do in the summer before starting a graduate program in speech-language pathology? Also important to mention... I graduated with a bachelor's of arts in English. I have NO clinical experience, except about ten hours of observation. I've taken biology and chemistry, but other than that, I've had no other "hard" science education. I was accepted into a program designed for us 3-year students, but is there anything you recommend reading to give me a head start? Perhaps about anatomy, disorders, etc. I just want to be on top of my game. I appreciate it so much! Thanks!
  20. I recently applied to 10 schools for my masters in Speech Language Pathology. My GPA is a 3.78 and my CSD major GPA is a 3.8. I have solid recommendations, research and work experiences, great extracurriculars BUT my GRE score is awful. I took it twice and I even took a Kaplan course. V- 149 (39th percentile) Q-150 (39th percentile) AW- 4.5 (87th percentile) Are grad schools going to throw out my application because of my low GRE? I'm starting to worry, I hear most programs don't even bother to look at your application if you have under a 300 GRE.
  21. Hi everyone! I am trying to find out if one day becoming an SLP is the right fit for me. I would love to know how other people found out about this field and what makes them love it so much. I want to make sure I am on the right track! Thanks in advance for your responses!
  22. So I got accepted to FSU's online distance learning program for my masters in speech-language pathology. I haven't heard much about it. This is my first and only acceptance (I'm still waiting to hear from the others) Does anyone have reviews or heard anything from people currently in the program? Thanks!
  23. So I just submitted my Adelphi application online (not through CSDCAs). I know they have an application fee of $50 which I paid for but there's also an event payment that's $50. Does anyone know what this fee is for and if it is absolutely necessary to pay it? Everything on the application checklist is checked off so I don't wanna waste $50 after spending an insane amount of money on applications. I have attached a screen shot of it for reference. I've tried looking it up and nothing.
  24. I know it's crazy to worry about this now when I haven't even finished submitting all my applications yet but... Does anyone who has been through this process before know when, roughly, interviews would be for schools that do them? I've heard that they are often short notice and I work full time so I'm just trying to figure out if they would be on the weekend or during the week (if I even get asked) and what month they're usually in.