I applied to 5 schools for clinical psychology, and I've already received 4 rejections. It's March... I'm not hopeful. Granted, I didn't really think through the whole application process this year as well as I should have. Case in point: only applied to 5 schools. Another case in point: have research experience, but NO actual clinical experience. In retrospect, guess the results I'm forced to deal with right now aren't so surprising . So? It looks like I'll have to try again next year! Here are my stats: -- BA in biology (~ 3.2) & MA in psychology (~3.6), both from a top 10 school. -- did okay on general GREs- 95th percentile on verbal, 87th percentile on quantitative (despite getting almost a perfect score!), 5.5 writing -- have research experience as a result of my MA thesis -- mediocre letters of recommendation (my thesis advisor did agree to write one for me, and claims he "doesn't write bad letters of recommendation"... but we've had some misunderstandings in the past, and he gave me the only B I've ever received for a psych course!) -- some volunteer experiences (tutoring, etc.), but not a lot, and no real clinical experiences --------------------------------------------- What can I do to improve my chances for next year? I'm going to start training so that I can volunteer at a crisis hotline. It should be interesting. After 50 hours of training, and 10 hours of observation, I'll be allowed to take calls... probably about 4 hours a week. I'm hoping to get a letter (or letters) of recommendation out of the volunteer position (eventually), in order to replace a letter from an undergrad prof. I used during this year's apps. I hope the letter from my thesis advisor is "decent" enough so that I can still use it. At the very least, his name carries value. I'm also studying right now to take the GRE subject test for psychology (which I didn't take before), probably for November. I don't really know what else I can do in addition to these two things. It's unlikely I'll be able to find additional research opportunities (I'm no longer in the same state where I went to school & did the research, etc.). And importantly, I'm also no longer a student, meaning right now I'm struggling to earn money & eke out a living. Is this enough? (Assuming I accrue 100+ hours of volunteer experience at the hotline, obtain a decent letter of recommendation from there, and score well on the GRE psych test.) Of course, I'll be more careful about where I apply next year too!