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Discussion in 'Occupational Therapy [ O.T.D ]' started by Elbrus, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Elbrus

    Elbrus Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Still in the trenches
    (I thought you all might want this sticky)

    Overall GPA:
    Pre-Req GPA:





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  3. babygirl476


    Apr 8, 2009
    Anyone have any ideas on the best way to prepare for the GRE?
  4. erivas


    Mar 30, 2010
    University: Texas A&M University - Kingsville
    Major: B.S. Kinesiology; Minor Health, Teacher Certification Phys Ed. & Health, M.S. Kinesiology, Special Education Teacher Certified.
    Undergraduate GPA: 3.2
    Graduate GPA: 3.7
    Overall GPA: 3.38
    Pre-Req GPA:3.5

    Work Experience: 2 yrs k-5th physical education teacher, 3 years special education teacher & varsity cross country and track coach.

    Extra-Curric: High school Texas state bronze medalist in 1600m, varsity cross county and track athlete, Division II cross country & track student/athlete, marathon running.

    Volunteer: 22hrs Outpatient Rehab., cardiac Rehab. exercise physiologist intern. , cross country coach, boys and girls club.



    Interviews: UTMB
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2010
  5. JavOT10

    JavOT10 2+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    University: Texas A&M University - Kingsville May 2010
    Major: Human Development and Family Studies
    Undergraduate GPA: 3.69
    Pre-Requsiste GPA: 4.00

    Volunteer: 150 hours observation. In and out patient facility, I got to see a lot of specialized hand therapy, and I also had the opportunity to observe a wound care unit.

    Interviews: Texas Tech, Texas Women's University - Houston, UT- Medical Branch at Galveston, UT- Health Science Center at San Antonio

    Acceptances: All the above!

    It was a long haul and hard work, but well worth it! It was a great feeling be able to choose where I wanted to go! Keep your heads up and let me know if you guys have any questions!
  6. asianlad

    asianlad 2+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    University:California State University, East Bay 2009
    Major: Business Administration, option in Marketing Management
    Overall GPA: 3.02
    Pre-Req GPA:3.4~

    Extra-Curric: Study abroad, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Hayward Recreation Center, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Trikone (South Asian LGBT organization), and St. Rose Hospital

    Volunteer:80 hours in an in-patient facility.

    Acceptances: Dominican University of California

    Rejections: NYU, Midwestern University (Illinois campus)

    Interviews:Samuel Merritt University
  7. Blusuit


    Sep 22, 2010
    University: University of West Florida
    Major: B.S. Health Sciences
    Overall GPA: 3.2
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.8
    GRE: 1100

    Volunteer: 25 Hours Rehab center, 6 hours Acute care

    Acceptances: University of South Alabama

    Interviews:University of South Alabama
  8. JoSub


    Mar 2, 2011
    University: University of Houston
    Major: Psychology
    Overall GPA: 3.51 (last 90 hours: 3.8)
    Pre-Req GPA: 4.0

    Volunteer: 82 hours (nursing home and St. Luke's hospital in Texas Medical Center)

    Acceptances: Texas Tech, UTMB (Galveston)

    Rejections: none

    Interviews: Texas Tech, UTMB (Galveston)

    I applied to Texas Tech and UTMB, and I got into both! I love Texas Tech, but I decided to go to UTMB because it's close to home.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  9. Rescuemeleelee


    Feb 11, 2011
    University: Southeastern Louisiana University
    Major: Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology w/ concentration in Exercise Science
    Overall GPA: 3.20
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.63
    GRE: 1000 overall and 4.0 analytical writing

    Volunteer experience: Thousands of hours/3 years experience as a rehabilitation technician at a hospital, observing in acute care, pediatric, outpatient, psychiatric, geriatric, neuro and balance, and aquatic settings. I volunteered on the emergency response team during those years as well as multiple other volunteer experiences.

    Applied: LSU-Shreveport, University of South Alabama

    Interviews: LSU-Shreveport, University of South Alabama

    Wait-listed: LSU-Shreveport

    Accepted: University of South Alabama

    I will be starting school in the Fall!! Good luck to everyone!
  10. Aud2015


    Mar 2, 2011
    When were you accepted into Texas Tech? I have a friend who is waiting to hear something.
  11. OT4sure


    Feb 4, 2011
    Congrats! I'll be seeing you there.
  12. FutureOT2013

    FutureOT2013 Occupational Therapist 5+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    University: San Francisco State University
    Double Major: Cell & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    Overall GPA: 3.00
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.95
    Last 60: 3.6
    GRE: 1200 AWA 5.0


    Volunteer: 131 Hours in one setting

    Acceptances: USC and SJSU (Currently attending SJSU, Patterm II ELM c/o 2013, 1 semester down, 3 to go!)

    Rejections: None

    Interviews: N/A

    Although attending USC would have been awesome (I attended OT school orientation), I chose SJSU over USC because it was financially sound, it ended up being more selective than USC during my cycle, and I plan on practicing in the Bay Area afterwards.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  13. gymnastau

    gymnastau 2+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Ohio, CA
    University: Concordia University (Irvine, CA) 2001
    Major: Psychology
    Overall GPA: 3.02/ Last 60 hrs: 3.8
    Pre-Req GPA: 4.0
    GRE: 990/ 4.0 Analytical

    Extra-Curric: March of Dimes, Special Wish Foundation, Rockcorps, Various Autism Foundation activities, OT therapy aide for social activities for teens, USA Gymnastics, volunteer weekly at a private school... several others I'm forgetting.

    Volunteer: 130 plus hrs, 6 settings
    Other Volunteer Hours: 1000

    Acceptances: Unv. of Pittsburgh 2012, Western Michigan University, Bay Path College
    Will Attend: Western Michigan University
    Waitlist: Thomas Jefferson Unv.

    Rejections: USC, Tufts, Unv. of Pittsburgh 2011, Concordia Unv. (WI), Unv. Of Toledo, Winston Salem, CSUDH, Indiana University, Grand Valley State Unv., Shenandoah Unv., Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Interview offers: Creighton Unv.,Belmont, Howard Unv. (turned them down due to the cost)
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
  14. Rescuemeleelee


    Feb 11, 2011
    Awesome! I just got a package in the mail from them, but doesn't have any kind of course calendar or class roster. Have you gotten any information from them regarding how many people are in our class, names, or events we can come to so that we can meet our classmates before school starts? My best friend is in PT school, second year, there and I know they are hosting a 5K on April 2nd. I think I'll go just to visit the facility. I'm only 2 hours or so away so it's not a bad drive. How far away are you from Mobile? Anyway, Congrats to us! Message me if you hear anything or want to talk about school!
  15. jenalex11


    Sep 5, 2010
    University: University of Texas
    Major: Biology
    Overall GPA:3.4
    Pre-Req GPA:3.8


    Volunteer: pediatric clinic, 220 hours

    Acceptances: UTMB

    Waitlisted: Texas Tech

    Rejections: none

    Interviews: Tech and UTMB
  16. Penguinita

    Penguinita 2+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    University: Hudson County Community College, then Rutgers University
    Major: Liberal Arts then Sociology with a minor in Art
    Overall GPA: 3.514 & 3.516
    Pre-Req GPA: Depends on the school 3.4-3.8
    GRE:Didn't take them

    Extra-Curric: N/A if Working counts then I work 25-35hrs depending on how much I'm needed.

    Volunteer: 113 hours in a Nursing Home, School for Disabled Children, Out Patient Hand Therapy Center run by OTs, Outpatient Hand Therapy Center run by PTs.

    Acceptances: NYU

    Rejections: UNM, Stockton.


    Haven't heard back from Seton Hall but I'm already going to NYU :) I already sent the deposit.
  17. GatorOT


    Nov 30, 2010
    University:University of Rochester (BS) University of Florida (MS
    Major:Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    Overall GPA:3.5
    Pre-Req GPA:4.0

    Extra-Curric: Mom to three young boys

    Volunteer:60+ hours outpatient hand therapy, 50+ hours oupatient pediatrics

    Acceptances: University of Florida


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  18. tastybeverage

    tastybeverage 2+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2010
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2011
  19. jmw1214


    Mar 31, 2011
    College - SHSU
    Major - Psych/Soc (6.5 yrs ago)
    Overall GPA - 3.65
    Pre-req GPA - 3.9

    Exp - 5 yrs as a community child care director with 200-400 kids/day (approx 10% special needs). 30 observ hours in peds, lymphedema and hand therapy. Volunteer w/local Habitat for Humanity, my church's youth choir, and previously in pedi hospital wing.

    Only applied to UTMB on 2/1/11. Interviewed on 4/1/11 and accepted 4/14/11.
  20. affa

    affa 2+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2011
    University: University of Hawaii, City College of San Francisco, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
    Major: Natural Science, Biology Minor, Associates in Spanish.

    Overall GPA: 3.34, before the 3 Psy classes or Anthro., graduated with 3.5
    Pre-Req GPA: About the same but I still have 4 classes to go which I assume I will do well on.

    GRE: 163 reading, 4 writing, 149 arithmetic (arg)

    Extra-Curric: University Canoe Club, long distance hiker (Appalachian Trail, John Muir trail), long distance swimmer (Alcatraz), research with a biology professor.

    Volunteer: 80 hours ped rehab, 20 hours hand therapist

    1,000 hours in Post Katrina New Orleans, Monk Seal protection, Mauna Kea Observatory

    Background: Massage Therapsit and years of experience designing adaptive curriculum for students in special education classrooms as an aid.

    Applying: Samuel Merritt, Suny Downstate, St. Augustine ( they lost my stuff, but cashed my check...), LSU Shreveport, Pacific University, Philadelphia University , Puget Sound, UIC, Long Island University

    Acceptances: Philadelphia University, Long Island University
    Waitlisted: Samuel Merritt, LSU Shreveport, Puget Sound
    Rejections:Suny Downstate, UIC, Pacific University
    Interviews:Samuel Merritt, LSU Shreveport, Midwestern Arizona (turned down interview offer), Long Island University

    Hope: We will all get through this!
    Fear: I'll end up a ditch digger.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012
  21. veggieswirl

    veggieswirl 2+ Year Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    University: California State University Long Beach
    Major: Sociology with a minor in Spanish
    Overall GPA: 2.908-mostly a solid B student
    Pre-Req GPA: Depends on the program, 2.8-3.3, B's in almost everything, with a C in physiology
    GRE: 1130 with a 4.5 Writing

    Extra-Curric: Petra, a community service club

    Volunteer: 430 hours at the VA as a general patient escort, 130 hours with individuals with severe developmental disabilities, 75 hours in OT at a school for the Blind, 20 hours in a OT hand clinic

    Acceptances: CSU-Dominguez Hills

    CSUDH was the only Master's program I should have applied to.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  22. OTdude13


    Nov 5, 2011
    University: University of California Irvine
    Major: Neurobiology. Minor: Russian Studies
    Overall GPA: 3.75
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.9
    GRE:1240. 640v 600math 4writing

    Extra-Curric: Biggest things. 2.5 yr, ER research at UCI-1 publication, 2 fellowships/grants. Medical mission fellowship 1 month china, 3 years leading pre-health club. Bio tutor. 1 year paid medical scribe at a childrens hospital for pediatric cardiology (where I came across OTs!!!!) 150 hrs exp at OT clinic (child and youth). 2 yrs with nonprofit providing summer camp to kids with disabilities.
    Currently co-founding own nonprofit with colleagues. Graduated cum laude, with honors. Phi beta kappa.
    *Plan for completing the DOT program after Masters.
    *I took 5 years to graduate, worked as a scribe for a year before applying. I'm 24. Used to be pre med before working with my nonprofit.
    HAD A D+ on transcript in math, don't worry if you have some low marks!
    PM me if you have any qs, love to help.
    USC early decision
  23. 54623759

    54623759 2+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    University: UC Santa Cruz
    Major: Psychology
    Overall GPA: 3.71
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.9 (B- in stats)
    GRE: 160 V, 149 Q, 4.5 W

    Extra-Curric/Volunteer: 110 hours in 2 pediatric OT clinics; hundreds of hours volunteering in a medical center in daycare, medical records, and special needs gerontology ward; spent a summer as an aide at an orthopedic and developmental handicapped elementary school; worked as an instructional assistant at my university in a research methods class

    Acceptances: USC (early decision!)

    Rejections: N/A

    Interviews: N/A
  24. OTdude13


    Nov 5, 2011
    Additional Acceptances: Washington University St. Louis. University of Illinois at Chicago. Virginia Commonwealth University. University of Pittsburgh.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012
  25. hlt0407


    Dec 30, 2011
    University: The Ohio State University
    Major: Animal Science, French
    Overall GPA: 3.47
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.5
    GRE: 1250 AW 4.5

    Extra-Curric: Big Brothers Big Sisters,

    Applied: Ohio State, Midwestern, Rush, Nova Southeastern, FIU

    Volunteer: 40 hours total...Private practice where I learned about Myofascial Release and was able to work with horses. Also volunteered in the trauma unit of a hospital and at a non-profit organization in pediatrics.

    Acceptances: None

    Rejections: None

    Interviews: Rush
  26. Mgcookie


    Dec 1, 2011
    University: Washington State University
    Major: BS Kinesiology, Minor in Psychology
    Overall GPA: 3.58
    Pre-Req GPA: ~3.7
    GRE: 940, writing 5.0

    Extra-Curric: work, Pre PT/OT club, lightweight women's rowing, assistant cheer coach

    Volunteer: 140 hours hand therapy, 40 hours pediatrics, 40 hours chronic pain

    Acceptances: American International College

    Alternate: Loma Linda University

    Rejections: None

    Interviews: AIC and Loma Linda
  27. kp24

    kp24 2+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    University: San Jose State University
    Major: Health Sciences, minor in Biology
    Overall GPA: 3.7
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.9
    GRE: 1200

    Extra-Curric: American Red Cross Volunteer, CarFit

    Volunteer:Over 200 hours: Hospital (Hand Therapy, Acutes, Spinal Cord & Injury), School District, Adult educations (stroke survivors), Private Pediatric Clinic

    Acceptances: CSUDH, USC

    Rejections: none


    Will be attending CSUDH =)
  28. mco316


    Jan 16, 2012
    University: DePauw University
    Major: Anthropology & Art History
    Overall GPA: 3.5
    Pre-Req GPA: 4.0
    GRE: 1140 / 4.5

    Extra-Curric: Mom and caretaker, adaptive skiing

    Volunteer: @ a special needs summer camp, various corporate giving campaigns during my first career, 80 hours OT observation

    Applying to: Colo State, U So Dakota, U Washington

    Acceptances: USD, CSU

    Rejections: UW

    Interviews: USD
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  29. OT2bhopefully

    OT2bhopefully 2+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2011
    University: Univerisity of California, Santa Barbara (but did most of my pre-req at San Diego Mesa College)
    Major: Business Economics
    Overall GPA: 3.10
    Pre-Req GPA: between 3.2-3.5 ish depending on the school
    Revised GRE: 141 V, 146 Q, writing 4.0
    OT Observation hours: 170+ hours at Rehab center, 60 hours at outpatient pediatric clinic, and 15 hours at Skilled Nursing Facility

    Acceptances: Nova Southeastern University (will be attending =D )

    Alternate list: Loma Linda Univ.

    Interviews: Loma Linda University, Midwestern University in AZ, A.T Still Univversity (declined), Nova Southeastern University

    Schools not requiring interview: University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, Shenandoah University, D'Youville, Winston-Salem,

    Rejections: University of Pittsburgh, Midwestern Univ. in AZ, Univ. of Puget Sound

    Applied to: D'Youville College, Nova Southeastern University, Midwestern Univ. in AZ, Midwestern Univ. in IL, University of Puget Sound, Shenandoah University, Winston-Salem State Univ., St. Augustine in SD, A.T Still University, Loma Linda Univ., and University of Pittsburgh.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012
  30. skchb


    Jan 7, 2012
    University: Stevens
    Major: History
    Double Minor: Music & Technology and Gender & Cultural Studies
    Overall GPA: 3.86
    Pre-Req GPA: between 3.9 and 4 depending on the school
    Revised GRE: 160 V, 151 Q, and writing 4.5

    Extra-Curric: running and fitness, Alpha Phi Omega Theta Alpha Chapter, Secretary
    Volunteer: "Woman of the Year Award"; "Unsung Hero Award"-Alpha Phi Omega Theta Alpha Chapter; GSA Gold Award

    OT Observation hours: documented 40 hours at Rehab center, 912 hours as summer day camp counselor, and 1040 hours part-time live-in domestic aide caring with two siblings suffering from cerebral palsy

    Acceptances: Washington U, Boston U, Tufts, Towson, Brenau U

    Interviews: Stockton

    Wait-listed: Thomas Jefferson U, NYU, Columbia, Stockton

    Rejections: UNC

    Applied to: UNC, NYU, Tufts, Washington U, Boston U, Columbia, Brenau U,Stockton, Towson, U of Pittsburgh, Thomas Jefferson U

    (all apps sent just prior to deadlines)
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2012
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  31. lbsubstylee


    Dec 1, 2011
    (I thought you all might want this sticky)

    University: SUNY Plattsburgh
    Major: Biology
    Overall GPA: 3.2
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.6
    GRE: V=155/Q=148/AW=4

    Extra-Curric: 32 hours of shadowing (3) OTs in (2) settings. 500 hours as a certified nursing assistant working with the elderly. 250 hours as a direct support professional working with individuals who have developmental disabilities.


    Acceptances: UPittsburgh, University of South Dakota, Sage Graduate School, Brenau University

    Rejections: UNC, Shenandoah, Winston-Salem State University

    Interviews: A.T. Still; Brenau University; University of South Dakota
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2012
  32. Lifeisgreat


    Jan 25, 2012
    Has anyone received any type of merit aid to attend Pitt's OT master's program? Scholarships, grants, or graduate assistantships? Thanks!
  33. STCM


    Jan 30, 2012
    University: Tulane University (B.A.), CNM and University of NM (prereqs)
    Major: English
    Overall GPA: 3.67
    Pre-Req GPA: 4.0
    GRE: 168 V, 163 Q, 4.5 AW

    Extra-Curric: dance, hiking, jewelry-making

    Volunteer: 105 hrs at an outpatient children's rehab hospital, 44 hrs at an art education center for cognitively disabled adults, 42 hours at an inpatient rehab hospital, 78 hours with a VA hand therapist, over 200 hrs at the local Rape Crisis Center (not really OT related but I think it helped), also worked in college as a reading tutor for kids and an ESL tutor, also just started working as a therapy tech at an inpatient hospital, 26 more hours of OT observation

    Applied: University of New Mexico (2012, 2013), Colorado State University (2013)

    Interviews: University of New Mexico (2012), University of New Mexico (2013)

    Rejections: UNM (2012)

    Acceptances: Colorado State, UNM (2013) Woohoo!!

    Attending UNM
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  34. D1989

    D1989 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    University: Thiel College
    Major: Biology and Psychology, minor in Medical Bio
    Overall GPA: 3.77
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.5?
    GRE: not good :(

    Extra-Curric: Psi Chi president, Psych Club president, Zeta Tau Alpha vice-president, Alpha Chi, Tri-Beta, Habitat for Humanity, Women's Leadership

    Volunteer: student aid in a special needs classroom, various fundraisers for breast cancer awareness and education, habitat for humanity, blood drives... approximately 40 hours of OT shadowing (hospital-acute inpatient, hospital-outpatient, nursing home, school district)

    Applied: Chatham University, Temple U, Philadelphia U, Howard, Midwestern, U of Toledo

    Acceptances: Chatham University


    Waitlisted: Philadelphia U

    Interviews: Chatham University, Temple U
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  35. STHERE

    STHERE 5+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2011
    University: Ashford University
    Major: Organizational Management with a concentration in Education
    Overall GPA: 3.7
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.9
    MAT: 414

    Extra-Curric: A&P tutor, CPR & AED certified Adult, Child and Infant, Studied Aboard Art and Photography

    Volunteer: 106 hours in outpatient hand therapy, nursing home/ sub-acute rehab, and hippotherapy.

    Acceptances: University of the Sciences (2012) Philadelphia University (2012) Seton Hall (2012)

    Applied: USP, Temple, Thomas Jefferson, Seton Hall, Philadelphia University

    Wait listed: Philadelphia University (2012) Thomas Jefferson (2012)

    Rejections: Philadelphia University (2011)

    Interviews: Philadelphia University (2011), Temple University (declined)

    Looks like I will be going to PhilaU in the fall! My advice to everyone is never give up and follow up on the phone with your applications!! Talk to someone, tell them how much it means for you to go to school there!!!
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2012
  36. hlt0407


    Dec 30, 2011
    University: The Ohio State University
    Major: Animal Science, French
    Overall GPA: 3.47
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.5
    GRE: 1250 AW 4.5

    Extra-Curric: Big Brothers Big Sisters,

    Applied: Ohio State, Midwestern, Rush, Nova Southeastern, FIU

    Volunteer: 40 hours total...Private practice where I learned about Myofascial Release and was able to work with horses. Also volunteered in the trauma unit of a hospital and at a non-profit organization in pediatrics.

    Acceptances: Ohio State

    Rejections: None

    Interviews: Rush (waitlisted)

    Going to Ohio State!! Anyone else?
  37. Buckeye89


    Feb 4, 2012
    University: The Ohio State University
    Major: Human Development and Family Science
    Overall GPA: 3.5
    Last 60 GPA: 3.73
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.63
    Revised GRE: Verbal 153 Quant. 149 AW: 4.0

    Volunteer: 90 hours at a veterinary clinic, 8 hours at a special needs elementary school, 16 hours at acute care rehab, 15 hours at a children's hospital, 20 hours at a speech and hearing clinic, extra volunteer work with various animal shelters around my area as well as non-profit work.

    Applied: Ohio State, Midwestern Downers Grove, UPitt, Nova Southeastern Univ., UIC, Towson, Thomas Jefferson Univ., Shenandoah Univ.

    Accepted: Ohio State

    Rejected: UIC

    Waitlisted: Shenandoah

    Interviews: Nova Southeastern [declined]

    Still waiting to hear back from the other schools. If I find that I can't hear back from them in time, will accept Ohio State :) Good luck everyone!
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  38. OTlove4life


    Feb 4, 2012
    Undergrad university: UC Davis
    Major: Sociology, International Relations
    Overall GPA: 3.42
    Last 60 GPA: 3.65
    Prereq GPA: 3.9ish
    GRE: verbal: 155, Quant:148, AW:4.5

    Volunteer: 106 hours school-based pediatrics, 10 hours TBI rehab, 100hrs+ volunteer fitness trainer.

    Applied: San Jose State, USC, Samuel Merritt, UNM, AT Still, Pacific University

    Accepted: San Jose State, USC

    Rejected: UNM

    Waitlisted: Samuel Merritt

    Interviews: Samuel Merritt, AT Still (declined), Pacific (declined)
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012
  39. OTalchemy


    Jan 31, 2012
    University: UC San Diego
    Major: Sociology
    Overall GPA: 2.66
    Last 60 GPA: 3.24
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.8
    GRE: 1340 - 630V, 710Q, 4.0W

    Volunteer: 52 hrs skilled nursing facility, 5 hrs elementary school, 30 hrs children's hospital

    Acceptances: Samuel Merritt, VCU, Puget Sound

    Rejections: UIC, Tufts, Pacific, NYU, Columbia, A.T. Still

    Interviews: Samuel Merritt, Nova Southeastern (declined)

    Applied: Samuel Merritt, Pacific University, Puget Sound, A.T. Still, UIC, Tufts, Columbia, NYU, VCU, Nova Southeastern
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  40. Liztor

    Liztor 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    University:Huston-Tillotson University
    Major: Kinesiology
    Overall GPA:3.89
    Pre-Req GPA:3.75

    Extra-Curric: Volleyball

    Volunteer: St. David's Outpatient Rehab 40 hours

    Acceptances:TWU Houston!

    Rejections: UTMB

    Interviews: UTMB, TWU and UTHSCSA
  41. MS OT

    MS OT

    Feb 12, 2012
    University: Kean University
    Major: Psychology
    Overall GPA:3.74
    Pre-Req GPA:3.92

    Extra-Curric: Youth Leader at church, Sunday School teacher

    Volunteer: 80 hours at multiple settings

    Applied: Bay Path College, Texas Tech, D'youville College, Chatham University, Kean University, Seton Hall, NYU, Columbia, LIU, Springfield College, Richard Stockton College

    Acceptances: Bay Path College

    Rejections: D'youville College, Texas Tech

    Interviews: Chatham University
  42. luhluh46


    Feb 2, 2012
    University: Trinity University
    Major: Sociology
    Overall GPA: 3.7
    GRE: 70% percentile, new GRE format

    Have managed a group home for folks with autism for the past 3.5 years. 240 observation hours with OT and speech path. Owner of own crafting company

    Volunteer: Foster home for dogs for 3 years, volunteered in canine rescue, was an intern at an Austin, TX music tv station, volunteered with miniature horses at an animal-assisted therapy organization

    Applied: Wash U in St. Louis, UIC, U Pitt, East Carolina, MUSC, Winston-Salem, Rush U.

    Acceptances: Wash U in St. Louis, MUSC

    Waitlisted: Rush U

    Rejections: UPitt
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  43. j24h


    Mar 7, 2012
    University: Northwestern University / Oregon State University (started a masters program)
    Major: Psychology & Studio Art / Interior Design
    Overall GPA: 3.0 / 4.0
    Pre-Req GPA: Not sure, about a 3.7?
    GRE: 690 verbal, 630 quantitative, 5.0 writing (old version)

    3 years events volunteer with LBFE (nonprofit for elderly without support networks), Gerontology Student Association at Oregon State (graduate student representative), started masters program with research thesis focused on interior design and architecture for geriatrics (focus on design for dementia, aging in place efforts), current position for 1 year as research assistant for clinical psychiatry research (Alzheimer's, depression)

    20hrs sub-acute nursing home (loved it - geriatrics is my favorite :p)
    20hrs pediatrics (3 classrooms, ~15students each, all with ortho/neuro disabilities)
    10hrs hand therapy (not my favorite - abnormal psych is more stimulating for me, I think)

    Applied: UIC, Boston University, Columbia, NYU, WashU, Temple

    Acceptances: NYU

    Rejections: Boston University

    Haven't heard back from the other 4, but hopefully this means they are still considering me for the last wave since I haven't gotten rejected yet! Cross fingers. Still - NYU was my top choice anyway, since I am originally from New York and finally came back after 10 years of living out west.

    Good luck everyone :)
  44. anonymous07

    anonymous07 2+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2011
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  45. JulieinCali

    JulieinCali 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Alameda, CA
    Undergrad: Metropolitan State College of Denver
    Major: Psychology
    GPA: 3.2
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.5-3.8 (Depending on specific classes)
    GRE: V 168, Q 149, AW 4.0

    Volunteer: 50 SNF, 8 hand therapy clinic, 13 spinal cord rehab hosp., 30 with a non-profit that provides OT for foster youth and juvenile offenders.

    Work Experience: 1.5 years as an activity assistant at a psychiatric SNF, 1 year as a behavior therapist with kiddos with autism.

    Applied: The three Bay Area schools: Dominican, Samuel Merritt, San Jose State.

    Interviewed: Dominican and Samuel Merritt.

    Rejected: Samuel Merritt and San Jose State.

    Accepted: Dominican (Whew!!)
  46. Joe3333

    Joe3333 2+ Year Member

    Apr 1, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
  47. 2bOT


    Jan 20, 2012
    University: Ohio State
    Major: Health Sciences; Minor: Psychology
    Overall GPA: 3.5
    Pre-Req GPA: 3.7
    GRE: (old) - 550Q, 540V, 4.0AW

    Extra-Curric: Research assistant to one of my professors, note-taker for Office of Disability Services

    Volunteer (observation): 40 Inpatient Acute Care, 36 Outpatient Peds, ~100 hours non-OT in misc. depts in a hospital, including an inpatient rehab facility, animal shelter

    Work: 2 years as an administrative assistant in a doctor's office

    Acceptances: Winston-Salem State, Belmont, Cleveland State

    Wait-list: Toledo, MUSC, Ohio State, East Carolina

    Interviews: Belmont (1/27), Temple (2/24 - declined)

    Good luck to all applicants in the 2012-13 cycle!
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  48. LVD


    Feb 6, 2012
  49. TTUOT


    Nov 28, 2011
    University: University of Oklahoma
    Major: Journalism and Business
    Overall GPA:3.43
    Pre-Req GPA:3.65

    Extra-Curric: Worked as rehab aide at Neuroscience clinic and inpatient rehab hospital

    Volunteer: 600 hours at multiple settings

    Applied: Texas Tech, Texas Women's University, University of Texas Medical Branch, Creighton, Touro

    Acceptances: Texas Tech, UTMB

    Rejections: TWU

    Interviews: Creighton (declined) Touro (declined)

    Attending: UTMB

    I am so happy to finally be able to write that I am attending UTMB!
  50. hunter12


    Mar 5, 2012
    Hey! I am trying to decide if I should apply to NYU and Columbia for 2013, or if they are out of my reach. I noticed you said you got accepted into NYU with a 3.0, I just wanted to make sure that I read it correctly?

    Overall GPA is 3.06
    Pre-req GPA 4.0
    Lots of volunteer experience and shadowing.
    I am 27 and have a lot of other work experience as well, but I am a bit discouraged from applying because my overall gpa is so low. The website states their average is a 3.5, but if you got in with a 3.0 maybe I do have hope and should apply. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  51. AnxiousOT


    Mar 3, 2012
    University: University of Illinois at Chicago
    Major: Applied Psych
    Overall GPA:3.3
    Pre-Req GPA:3.5
    GRE:151 math and 148 verbal

    Extra-Curric: PASA board member, Study Abroad

    Volunteer: Lutheran General Hospital, Outreach Community Center, Alexian Brothers Hospital

    I also worked as a Tech for a year at an Out Patient Rehab clinic in Chicago Hospital


    Rejections: UIC,Ohio state, Washington state, WashU in St Louis,University of Wisconsin Madison


    Still waiting on Midwestern in IL and AZ, but I am already going to Rush for sure, it was my number 1 choice!!!

    I was already in the process of applying to other programs, and this came out of left field, best of luck to everyone else!

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