I've seen other people do this type of thing and I thought it would be a good idea for me to try--because people have been giving some excellent advice. OK: I have a B.A. in Psychology from a not real reputable university (4 year state school). My overall GPA was a 2.72 and my Psychology GPA was an exact 3.0. In May of next year (2008) I will be graduating at a very reputable school with an M.A. in General Psychology. I got an 1140 on the GRE (620 Verbal, 520 Math ugh lol, and 4.0 A), and a 560 on the Psychology subject test. This winter I plan to apply to Psy.D. programs (7 or 8) and a very few Ph.D. programs (Maybe 2) with a more clinical focus. Now here's my deal. I don't have a LOT of great clinical experience. I have 6 years working as an Assistant Teacher (3rd & 4th grade) at an After School program, a 4 month internship at a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Clubhouse (LOVED it btw), 2 months of summer volunteer work at a Costa Rican orphanage, and have done some other volunteer things (Led a Relay for Life team and work for an ALS walk). Now in terms of research I have NO experience except for a poster board presentation in undergad that was presented at the University's Research Day. My 2.7, I feel like that is going to hold me back FOREVER. I have a rare hereditary disease, and it all of a sudden decided to let me know I had it during my sophomore year of undergraduate which caused me to go blind. For me just finishing undergad took a lot of effort, so I'm really proud of a 2.7 (considering I worked it up from a 1.8 after the two semesters right after I began losing my vision). Statistics, Research, and SPSS are VERY visual and while I felt capable of doing the work, it was just frustrating. Clinical work, which I prefer more anyway, is something I can still do at 100%. So do you all think I have ANY shot at getting into these programs? What type of GPA do I probably need to graduate my M.A. with? (3.5+ or would a 3.3 be ok?) My advisor at my M.A. is telling me to relax, that she definitely sees me getting into PsyD programs but says that 2.7 along with my lack of research experience/interests is a lock that I won't get into any Ph.D. programs. What do you all suggest I do from here to help my chances? I really want to go to a university based PsyD if I go the PsyD route. I went to Rutgers diversity open hosue and fell in love with their program, and really liked the faculty at Hartford (my home state which = lots of support systems). Also looking at CW Post, Yeshiva, and George Washington. Anyway, thanks to anyone who actually read this entire LONG post and any words of wisdom will be GREAT! Thanks so much.