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Application Elements Application and Fee Personal Statement/Letter of Intent Letters of Recommendation Transcripts GRE Scores Financial Aid Application (inc. FAFSA) Supplemental Materials
Tips for Application Success Undergraduate Years Choosing Programs Making Contact Letters of Recommendation Personal Statement
Undergraduate Years Relationships with faculty Grades and GPA Selecting courses Statistics Biology Exposure to several substantive areas Minor/concentration that makes sense
Undergraduate Years Research Relationships with faculty Experience Exposure to professional world Understanding
GRE – General & Subject Test http://www.gre.org/ October deadline for scores Study and/or Practice Latin: roots, prefixes, suffixes Algebra, Geometry Anxiety/Stress reduction
Finding Programs Internet Search GradPsych Online (Cheap subscriptions) http://www.allpsychologyschools.com http://www.allpsychologyschools.com http://www.psychgrad.org http://www.psychgrad.org http://www.socialpsychology.org http://www.socialpsychology.org Books APA Directory of Programs ($24.95/$21.95)
Choosing a Program Find the “Best Fits” possible Degrees and concentrations offered Faculty research Training philosophy and orientation: academics, clinicians, researchers Contact with faculty
Making Contact Networking Conventions & Conferences Faculty Connections Initiating Contact via Email Short, simple, succinct Specific questions Don’t try too hard to impress
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
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
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
Letters of Recommendation Ask in advance Choose your words carefully Identify faculty preferences Discuss deadlines and timing
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
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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