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Hello! I'm pretty new here haha and I was wondering how many schools you applied to? I start applying for Grad schools this summer/fall for the fall 2021 application cycle. I currently have 7 schools o my list (See below) and was wondering if that's a good amount to apply to? Also, if you know any info about attending these schools, the surrounding area, etc, I'd love if you would drop a comment as well!

Francis Marion University 
University of North Carolina: Greensboro
Longwood University [currently attend here for undergrad]
Gallaudet University 
University of Maryland
Radford University
University of Delaware
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I personally applied to 8, but most of my friends applied to five or less. I was really set on trying to see if I could get funding from a program. I was just accepted at the University of Maryland and don’t know much about it yet, but would love others to comment as well!

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I applied to 5 programs, I applied to schools that either offered a post-bacc program or would accept me without having finished all of the pre-requisite courses. I got accepted to Wisconsin's post-bacc program, Emerson's masters, and Temple's masters. Still waiting to hear back from Ohio State and Marquette University! Okay GPA and good GRE. Not sure about any of those schools but I wish you the best!

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I am on the opposite end of the spectrum, I applied to 16 schools. I wanted to have lots of choices, but now I feel I have too many. If I were to do it all again, I'd definitely cut the number down to maybe about 9-11. 

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I applied to 7 and wish I had not spent all that money! I have been accepted to 3, and had another 2 interviews that I am waiting to hear back about. I think the key is choosing schools that are a good fit for you, and making a good case for yourself in the personal statement. I did not really apply to any "reach" schools

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I applied to 10, and have been accepted at 1, and wait listed 4 so far. If possible, I would probably only apply to 5, just because i have already spent thousands of dollars applying between CSDCAS fees, schools personal app fees, sending GRE to every school, and sending two transcripts to every school

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I applied to seven, but part of the reason I could afford that was a small grant my undergrad school gave me to help pay the application fees. It can get expensive! I feel like if you research your schools well and know you'll be a good fit you can probably apply to fewer schools. Good luck!! 

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On 3/9/2020 at 10:40 AM, hopefulslp13 said:

I personally applied to 14 (I know, it's a lot), but I wanted to have a variety of options and all of the schools I applied to seem like they would be a good fit. It definitely gets expensive with applications though!

I did something similar with undergrad. Applied to around 20 schools. I’m currently fighting the urge to do the same thing again cause it was EXPENSIVE. 

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On 3/9/2020 at 10:10 AM, hopefullyslp20 said:

I applied to seven, but part of the reason I could afford that was a small grant my undergrad school gave me to help pay the application fees. It can get expensive! I feel like if you research your schools well and know you'll be a good fit you can probably apply to fewer schools. Good luck!! 

Thank you! I’ve slowly been narrowing my school list (it was originally 13 schools). I’m leaning more towards a schools that would prepare me for working in a hospital AND that has a multicultural/bilingual emphasis. But I have some schools outside of that for other reasons. 

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On 3/9/2020 at 9:54 AM, MassSLPwannabe said:

I applied to 10, and have been accepted at 1, and wait listed 4 so far. If possible, I would probably only apply to 5, just because i have already spent thousands of dollars applying between CSDCAS fees, schools personal app fees, sending GRE to every school, and sending two transcripts to every school

Noted. Thanks!

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Based on my experience so far, assuming you have good recommendations, related experiences, and a solid SOP,  I think acceptance really depends on the stats of your last 60-90 units and whether or not you've gotten pre-reqs out of the way. I've been told that if you're above 3.85, 3-4 carefully selected programs is typically enough to get in somewhere. If you're seeking programs that are more competitive (accept under 15% of applicants) it might be better to go above that/have a safety or two. If your GPA is at 3.6-3.85, it's better to shoot for around 7. If below, it's better to go above that and select programs that take a broad range of applicants. You probably already know this, but you can find a lot of good information on EdFind regarding acceptance rates/class profiles. That site was by-far the most comforting to me throughout this process. 

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9 hours ago, meadymalarkey said:

Based on my experience so far, assuming you have good recommendations, related experiences, and a solid SOP,  I think acceptance really depends on the stats of your last 60-90 units and whether or not you've gotten pre-reqs out of the way. I've been told that if you're above 3.85, 3-4 carefully selected programs is typically enough to get in somewhere. If you're seeking programs that are more competitive (accept under 15% of applicants) it might be better to go above that/have a safety or two. If your GPA is at 3.6-3.85, it's better to shoot for around 7. If below, it's better to go above that and select programs that take a broad range of applicants. You probably already know this, but you can find a lot of good information on EdFind regarding acceptance rates/class profiles. That site was by-far the most comforting to me throughout this process. 

This is a very good response. To add, if you're worried about your GRE scores, you can add a school or two that don't require the GRE at all. 

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Hey!

I applied to 3 and got rejected from La Salle and University of Maryland on Monday and got accepted into the 3rd one today! Thankfully it was my top choice, West Chester University.

Anywhere between 4-8 is a good number, any more or less is either risky or wasting money on too many applications

Honestly 3 was risky... imagine if West Chester told me no.....

You have a good number! Just make sure your programs are all accredited. I believe Francis Marion is not accredited. Gallaudet is a school for Deaf students, and I have heard that people don't usually speak there, but rather sign to communicate. I am not sure of your situation so this school might be the one for you! It is something to consider and definitely research, maybe what I heard is no longer the case. University of Maryland I believe is super hard to get into, which I have heard from other people and have personally experienced. I have never been to the campus. I don't know your financial situation, but University of Delaware I believe is very expensive compared to other schools, at least last I knew.

Good luck on applying! It is painful at times but the end result is just so gratifying. 

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I applied to four--- I CANNOT imagine applying to more than 5 or 6.  The wait is the absolute worst part, and it is an expensive process.  I originally was going to apply to another program to give myself five options, but I decided to take WKU off my list during the application process.  Choose wisely.  Apply where you could actually see yourself going if you're accepted, more is not better.  Quality, right for you acceptances are better.  You will not want to keep playing the waiting/hoping/know someone is judging you game for a high number of schools.

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I applied to 17 schools and I am happy I did. I've been accepted to 5 so far. I have options in two states and online. I live in CA and have not been accepted to any in state yet. So far I've been rejected by 3 and waitlisted by one. I'm glad I spread a wide net. 

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13 hours ago, Caitzilla said:

This is a very good response. To add, if you're worried about your GRE scores, you can add a school or two that don't require the GRE at all. 

 

22 hours ago, meadymalarkey said:

Based on my experience so far, assuming you have good recommendations, related experiences, and a solid SOP,  I think acceptance really depends on the stats of your last 60-90 units and whether or not you've gotten pre-reqs out of the way. I've been told that if you're above 3.85, 3-4 carefully selected programs is typically enough to get in somewhere. If you're seeking programs that are more competitive (accept under 15% of applicants) it might be better to go above that/have a safety or two. If your GPA is at 3.6-3.85, it's better to shoot for around 7. If below, it's better to go above that and select programs that take a broad range of applicants. You probably already know this, but you can find a lot of good information on EdFind regarding acceptance rates/class profiles. That site was by-far the most comforting to me throughout this process. 

Noted! I have a 3.7 and I will be retaking my GRE this summer cause I didn’t like my scores the first time around. Everything else is pretty good. 

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5 hours ago, ecas said:

Hey!

I applied to 3 and got rejected from La Salle and University of Maryland on Monday and got accepted into the 3rd one today! Thankfully it was my top choice, West Chester University.

Anywhere between 4-8 is a good number, any more or less is either risky or wasting money on too many applications

Honestly 3 was risky... imagine if West Chester told me no.....

You have a good number! Just make sure your programs are all accredited. I believe Francis Marion is not accredited. Gallaudet is a school for Deaf students, and I have heard that people don't usually speak there, but rather sign to communicate. I am not sure of your situation so this school might be the one for you! It is something to consider and definitely research, maybe what I heard is no longer the case. University of Maryland I believe is super hard to get into, which I have heard from other people and have personally experienced. I have never been to the campus. I don't know your financial situation, but University of Delaware I believe is very expensive compared to other schools, at least last I knew.

Good luck on applying! It is painful at times but the end result is just so gratifying. 
 

thanks! Gallaudet is primarily for deaf/hoh students especially at the undergrad level, but for the SLP masters program it is not a requirement that you are deaf/hoh or know sign language BUT it *is* a requirement for their students in the program to learn about deaf culture and take ASL classes that are built into the curriculum. I have a background in ASL and regularly immerse myself in the culture and although I am not fluent, I do manage to get around haha. 
 

frabcis Marion and University of Delaware are not accredited, but they’re in candidacy. When I asked about this, I was told that the programs were perfectly fine to attend because really, they’ve met pretty much all the requirements. Both schools are pretty pricey though, but I’ve heard (at least for UD) that they’re pretty giving with money so I’m hoping that works out. 
 

UM is definitely more of a reach, but I do like their program. It may get dropped off the list but I’m not sure yet. It depends on how future open houses and what other graduate students have to say about the program. 

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2 hours ago, mhocking said:

I applied to four--- I CANNOT imagine applying to more than 5 or 6.  The wait is the absolute worst part, and it is an expensive process.  I originally was going to apply to another program to give myself five options, but I decided to take WKU off my list during the application process.  Choose wisely.  Apply where you could actually see yourself going if you're accepted, more is not better.  Quality, right for you acceptances are better.  You will not want to keep playing the waiting/hoping/know someone is judging you game for a high number of schools.

Noted! Thanks 🙂 

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13 hours ago, Verlona said:

 

Noted! I have a 3.7 and I will be retaking my GRE this summer cause I didn’t like my scores the first time around. Everything else is pretty good. 

That's a good GPA. For the GRE, I think a general rule of thumb is to stay above 300 (to stay competitive) so try to aim for that when you're taking the practice tests!

 

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If you look at my signature I applied to a lot lol but I was so desperate the last year I applied I was willing to apply wherever! It took me three cycles to be accepted in graduate school! So the first year was 10 schools, the second year 20 years and the last year 30 schools. 

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