Originally Posted by psychkid
i don't want my grad school experience to be about research. i know that a lot of psyd programs have you learn about statistics and have some sort of research project, but that is not that same as spending 6-8 years in a program that focuses the same amount or more on research. also, i didn't think i would get in to a phd program. i have a 3.6 from ucla 1180 on the gre one year experience in a lab, presented a poster presentation, worked with kids with autism and volunteer at a crisis hotline. one of my professors told me there are applicants with higher gpas and more research experience that still don't get in.
and yes i agree with you, you seem to be a lot more knowledgeable than 4410. i had to sign something from argosy stating that they cannot guarantee licensing in the state of california. that made things a bit skeptical for me. also their statistics confuse me. they only have 8 graduates from 2001 until now. that kind of worries me. i know it's a new school and all but it still seems pretty low.
on top of it. ever since i visited over the summer, they called me repeatedly, making sure i would apply. it makes sense to me now.
thank you for all of your input. it is really helpful. if i dont get into wright, i'm probably going to go for alliant. though i would still like some input on that
Are you absolutely set-on starting in Fall 2012? If not, why not try getting more research experience, possibly another poster/publication, redoing the GREs and applying again? My CGPA was lower than yours and I got interviews at top-tier PhD programs. A 3.6 is definitely nothing to scoff at. People I know who interviewed at top programs (like UCLA Clin. Ph.D) had lower CGPAs than you. What they did have was a bit more research experience that was relevant to the area they wanted to pursue.
IMO it's worth it to put in one more year of work to attend a fully-funded PhD program or a better funded/more reputatable PsyD program (like Rutgers). Attending such a program will afford you more opportunities, and allow you to graduate with little-to-no debt, compared to the ~150-200k I've heard of people taking on to go to FSPPs.