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Graduate School. Application Elements Application and Fee Personal Statement/Letter of Intent Letters of Recommendation Transcripts GRE Scores Financial.

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1 Graduate School

2 Application Elements Application and Fee Personal Statement/Letter of Intent Letters of Recommendation Transcripts GRE Scores Financial Aid Application (inc. FAFSA) Supplemental Materials

3 Tips for Application Success Undergraduate Years Choosing Programs Making Contact Letters of Recommendation Personal Statement

4 Undergraduate Years Relationships with faculty Grades and GPA Selecting courses  Statistics  Biology  Exposure to several substantive areas  Minor/concentration that makes sense

5 Undergraduate Years Research  Relationships with faculty  Experience  Exposure to professional world  Understanding

6 GRE – General & Subject Test October deadline for scores Study and/or Practice  Latin: roots, prefixes, suffixes  Algebra, Geometry Anxiety/Stress reduction

7 Finding Programs Internet Search  GradPsych Online (Cheap subscriptions)    Books  APA Directory of Programs ($24.95/$21.95)

8 Choosing a Program Find the “Best Fits” possible  Degrees and concentrations offered  Faculty research  Training philosophy and orientation: academics, clinicians, researchers  Contact with faculty

9 Making Contact Networking  Conventions & Conferences  Faculty Connections Initiating Contact via  Short, simple, succinct  Specific questions  Don’t try too hard to impress

10 Other Factors to Consider  Location  Cost/Financial Aid  Degrees Offered  Substantive Concentration Areas  GPA/GRE requirements  Cost of Living Housing, food, public transportation  Funding for research and travel

11 Other Factors to Consider  Thesis vs. non-Thesis options  Research fit  Successful contacts established  Profile of successful applicants  Graduate placement rate  Interviews Required by some programs, usually clinical Travel expenses

12 Good Advice Be Realistic!  GRE, GPA, etc.  Expenses: App Fee, GRE scores ($12) How many to apply to  As many as possible  2-3 long shots  5-10 competitive  2-3 sure things

13 Letters of Recommendation Ask in advance Choose your words carefully Identify faculty preferences Discuss deadlines and timing

14 Timeline Freshman & Sophomore years  GPA and extracurricular/volunteer  Get involved in research Junior year  Identify substantive area  GRE (General, Subject Test)  Build relationships with faculty

15 Timeline Summer after Junior year  Program search  Ask faculty about letters of recommendation  Begin personal statement Senior year  Select programs  Apply


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