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Open Board for those who have applied or have additional information about some of the program in the Midwest! I would love to talk with others who have applied or are considering applying to any of the listed schools (or others!!).
  • University of Minnesota
  • St. Kate's / St. Catherine
  • St. Scholastica
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Carroll University
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Mary
  • Allen College
  • Ohio State University
 
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Hey, thanks for starting this thread! All the schools I applied to are on this list haha. U of MN, St. Kate's, Allen College, UW-Madison, and UW-Milwaukee. So far only heard back from Allen (accepted!). How about you? Has anyone toured the Milwaukee campus? I've never been there!
 
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Hey, thanks for starting this thread! All the schools I applied to are on this list haha. U of MN, St. Kate's, Allen College, UW-Madison, and UW-Milwaukee. So far only heard back from Allen (accepted!). How about you? Has anyone toured the Milwaukee campus? I've never been there!
You're welcome! Is Allen your top choice?! I interviewed there back in November but haven't heard anything. I was accepted at the University of South Dakota for the OTD program. Haven't heard from any other schools yet!

I have not toured Milwaukee myself. Hopefully others in the midwest use this thread and can share!!
 
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I'm going to add additional information I have about some of these schools just so others are learn and have a quick reference as well! Prices are based on Wisconsin residency, many are averaged or rounded up.

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis OR Rochester, MN):
CREDITS: 78 credits; averages 16 credits per semester
PRICE: $42,000-50,000 per year
LAYOUT: Fall I, Spring I, Summer I, Fall II, Spring II
DEADLINE: January
DECISIONS: typically around March
OTHER: Hybrid Program and has two campuses

St. Kate's / St. Catherine (St. Paul, MN):
CREDITS: 71 credits
PRICE: $74,000 program total
LAYOUT: Fall I, Spring I, Fall II, Spring II, Summer II, Fall II
DEADLINE: December
DECISIONS: typically around March
OTHER: older building, classrooms renovated over an old pool... strange set up; quite a few international opportunities; no GRE required

St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN):
CREDITS: 79 credits
PRICE: $64,000 program total
LAYOUT: Fall I, Spring I, Summer I, Fall II, Spring II, Summer II, Fall III
DEADLINE: November
DECISIONS: typically around February
OTHER: priority review of those with undergraduate degrees from St. Scholastica

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (La Crosse, WI):
CREDITS: 88 credits
PRICE: $65,000 program total
LAYOUT: Summer I, Fall I, Spring I, Summer II, Fall II, Winter II, Spring II, Summer II, Fall III
DEADLINE: January
DECISIONS: typically end of February
OTHER: NOT on OTCAS; typically accepts majority of applicants from its undergraduate program, therefore competitive; no observation hours required

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI):
CREDITS: 61 credits (doesn't include electives)
PRICE: $30,000-60,000 depends on other credits selected and semester offered
LAYOUT: Summer I, Fall I, Spring I, Fall II, Spring II, Summer II, Fall III (also depends on electives selected)
DEADLINE: November
DECISIONS: typically in January
OTHER: many funding options available - from teaching, research, etc.; selects more instate students (ex. class size of 26, accepts 18 instate); 2-5% acceptance rate; doesn't interview.

University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD):
CREDITS: 114 credits
PRICE: $110,000 (out-of-state) / $80,000 (MN reciprocity) / $54,000 (SD residency)
LAYOUT: Fall I, Spring I, Summer I, Fall II, Spring II, Summer II, Fall III, Spring III
DEADLINE(S): Early October / Regular January
DECISIONS: Early Applications - end of Novemeber
OTHER: Doctorate Program; has option of early applying (WORTH IT if you qualify); new facilities, block schedule, on-site aquatic therapy, cheap living expenses; has a fellowship; group interviews; about a 23% acceptance rate

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH):
PRICE: $140,000
LAYOUT: summer start
DEADLINE: October
OTHER: Doctorate Program; has fellowships; interviews.

Carroll University (Waukesha, WI):
PRICE: $63,000
LAYOUT: summer start
DEADLINE: December
OTHER: newer program

Huntington University (Huntington, IN):
PRICE: $100,000
DEADLINE: February
OTHER: Doctorate Program; interviews.

University of Mary (Bismark, ND; Billings, MT; Fargo, ND):
CREDITS: 117 total
PRICE: $9,460 per trimester. ~ $90,000 total.
LAYOUT: Summer I, Fall I, Spring I, Summer II, Fall II, Spring II, Fall III, Spring III
DEADLINE: December
OTHER: newly accredited Doctorate Program; 38 students accepted at Bismark, 12 at Fargo, and 16 Billings.

Allen College (Waterloo, IA):
CREDITS: 80 credits
PRICE: $60-80,000 program total
LAYOUT: Fall I, Spring I, Summer II, Fall II, Spring II, Summer II, Fall III
DEADLINE: January
DECISIONS: December
OTHER: newly accredited masters program; interviews.
 
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I've applied to the University of North Dakota along with University of Wisconsin Madison.

I'm applying to UoWm because they don't interview and I wanted to see what chances I had. I know they accept a large portion of residents, and since I am from/live in Salt Lake I think it will be a little more difficult.

I interviewed with UND last year and loved the way their program is set up. They are transitioning to OTD too. I applied to both the campus in Grand Forks and the satellite program in Casper. Also one of the OTs I observed went there and love her style of working with clients.
 
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I've applied to the University of North Dakota along with University of Wisconsin Madison.

I'm applying to UoWm because they don't interview and I wanted to see what chances I had. I know they accept a large portion of residents, and since I am from/live in Salt Lake I think it will be a little more difficult.

I interviewed with UND last year and loved the way their program is set up. They are transitioning to OTD too. I applied to both the campus in Grand Forks and the satellite program in Casper. Also one of the OTs I observed went there and love her style of working with clients.
I've heard GREAT things about UND's program too! I had a friend that recently graduated from there! I was going to apply there but didn't have a prerequisite, so I applied to the University of South Dakota OTD program instead. What did you like best about UND's program?

UW-Madison gets nearly 400 applicants. It's very interesting that they do not interview candidates though. Best of luck!
 
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I got accepted by UW Madison and WUSTL last week! It's a tough decision because I went to undergrad in UW Madison and I like it here so much but then WUSTL is the NO1 program.:(
Anyone else heard back yet?? Have you decided which school to attend?
 
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I got accepted into St. Ambrose University's OTD program and attending, I know it's not on the list but thought I'd mention it! Do you all know anyone else attending there for Fall 2018?
 
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I got accepted into St. Ambrose University's OTD program and attending, I know it's not on the list but thought I'd mention it! Do you all know anyone else attending there for Fall 2018?
Where you able to tour?! I was interested in applying, but never did. I'm still curious of what the program and faculty are like! When do you start?
 
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Where you able to tour?! I was interested in applying, but never did. I'm still curious of what the program and faculty are like! When do you start?
I was accepted as well. I originally didn’t have St. Ambrose in the top 3 for me but after my interview I fell in love with the program. The facility is extremely nice and the program is set up for student success. The program starts in August 2018.
 
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Where you able to tour?! I was interested in applying, but never did. I'm still curious of what the program and faculty are like! When do you start?
I agree with OTHannah96! I fell in love with their program after talking with faculty and then going there for my interview. Everyone is so nice and are there to help with anything. Even before I was invited for an interview they staff was so great at helping me with my application and making sure everything was done on time. When I went for my interview we were able to get a tour and I loved everything about the campus and facility. I think its a great school all around.
 
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Did anyone apply to Drake University or Creighton University?
I heard of somebody getting into Drake back in November. Wonder if they're rolling or were just early accepted. I didn't apply to either after reviewing tuition.
 
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Accepted the offer from Allen College! They have great passing rates and competitive prices and an awesome staff with a big emphasis on hands on learning. Excited to start in the Fall of 2018.
 
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Was accepted into St. Scholastica's program today (02/05) via email, but will be turning down their offer.
 
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Are you going to Carroll? I wad accepted too and put down a deposit?
As of right now - yes! Still waiting for a few more programs like U of M and St. Kate's!
 
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Hey guys! Anyone offered admission to Ohio State and planning to decline? I'm high on the waitlist and want to know what my chances are looking like.
 

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I was accepted into UW-Madison's program on 01/16 and have reserved my spot in the newest cohort. However, I am still waiting back from a few more schools and may choose to forgo my spot.
Congrats! What is your top school?
 
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I still have not heard a peep from Milwaukee or Madison. I’m hoping this is a good thing? Anyone hear an updated response from either of these schools?
 

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I still have not heard a peep from Milwaukee or Madison. I’m hoping this is a good thing? Anyone hear an updated response from either of these schools?
I was accepted into Madison's program in early January. I know other people have not yet heard back from them either - I am not sure if this means they are waiting to send out all acceptances. I have yet to hear back from Milwaukee, I believe their decisions will be sent in mid-March.
 
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Thanks for your response! Do you know if they mostly accept in state residents? This worries me because I’m from Illinois, but did not get into any Illinois programs.
 

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Thanks for you response! Do you know if they mostly accept in state residents? This worries me because I’m from Illinois, but did not get into any Illinois programs.
I am not sure about this. From my understanding, UW-Madison does tend to admit mostly in-state students, but UW-Milwaukee's MSOT class either last year or the year before was actually comprised of more out of state students than in state. I definitely wouldn't count yourself out!
 
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Would you mind sharing your stats?
Here are my stats:

Undergraduate University: UW Madison
Degree: B.S. Rehabilitation Psychology & Minor in Educational Services, 2018
Cumulative GPA: 3.74
Prerequisite GPA: 3.65-4.0 depending on school
GRE: 155 V 155 Q 5.0 AW
OTCAS Verified: 08/25/2017

Applying to: UW-Milwaukee, Carroll University, Concordia University, Mount Mary University, St Scholastica, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities and Rochester), St. Kate's, and UW Madison

Volunteer:
- outpatient OT hand clinic (70+ hours)
- VA Hospital; interviewed veterans with dementia on patient experience, interviews were then placed in medical charts (30 hours)
- teacher assistant in early childhood program known for care with children who have special needs (130+ hours)
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance volunteer - working with a woman who has been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment and getting her integrated into community settings (20 hours)
- volunteer fitness trainer for adults and children with disabilities - research with UW OT Director as a part of this experience (120 hours)
- note-taker for students with disabilities

Work:
- physical therapy aide (150+ hours)
- digital imaging specialist in department of pathology (1500 hours)
- research assistant in ASD research lab (170+ hours)
- received honors research grant to work on project related to Down syndrome and dementia (100+ hours)
- group cycling instructor at UW's exercise facility (100+ hours)
- resident assistant
- mentor and therapy assistant for a high school student with ASD (20 hours)

Misc: CPR/AED certified, UW Letters and Science Honors Program, board member of pre-OT club, Leadership certificate

Observation experience:
- 5 hours elementary education OT
- 70 hours outpatient hand therapy OT
- 40 hours private practice orthopedic OT
- 25 hours early childhood learning center OT
- 65 hours inpatient OT

References:
- Human Development Professor who is also the Principal Investigator in my lab
- Rehab Director at Outpatient Hand Clinic (OT) where I volunteer
- Supervisor at my imaging job

Acceptances: Carroll University (01/15), UW Madison (01/16), St. Scholastica (02/05)

Rejections: N/A
 
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Thanks for your response! Do you know if they mostly accept in state residents? This worries me because I’m from Illinois, but did not get into any Illinois programs.
I also feel that UW-Madison tend to admit more in-state students, at least from the current student body compositions stats. However, more in-state students apply anyway :) BTW I am an international student (Madison had only one other in previous years I believe), and got accepted! So don't let your hope down because of that!
 
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Open Board for those who have applied or have additional information about some of the program in the Midwest! I would love to talk with others who have applied or are considering applying to any of the listed schools (or others!!).
  • University of Minnesota
  • St. Kate's / St. Catherine
  • St. Scholastica
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Carroll University
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Mary
  • Allen College
  • Ohio State University
I just interviewed for Univeristy of Mary via Skype on the first week of February. They got back to me the week after. I’m waitlisted for the Billings campus in MT. I spoke with the director in regards to my admissions and also got myself waitlisted for the Bismarck campus in ND!
 
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ACCEPTANCE UPDATE:

Undergraduate University: UW Madison
Degree: B.S. Rehabilitation Psychology & Minor in Educational Services, 2018
Cumulative GPA: 3.74
Prerequisite GPA: 3.65-4.0 depending on school
GRE: 155 V 155 Q 5.0 AW
OTCAS Verified: 08/25/2017

Applying to: UW-Milwaukee, Carroll University, Concordia University, Mount Mary University, St Scholastica, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities and Rochester), St. Kate's, and UW Madison

Acceptances: Carroll University (01/15), UW Madison (01/16), St. Scholastica (02/05), Mount Mary University (02/12)

Rejections: N/A
 
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Hi everyone! I'm wondering if I can get some advice from you guys that are also applying to Midwest schools. I might ask this of the broader community as well, but wanted to start here. I have been thinking a lot about what I should do if I am lucky enough to be accepted into both of my top two choices. First off, I just want to say that I realize that I am really lucky to have been accepted to even one program with how competitive OT programs are these days. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining at all, just genuinely unsure of what to do and would really love any advice or input that people have! If anyone else is having similar difficulty of trying to decide between two schools, feel free to share your story as well!

My top choices are UW-Madison and UMN (Twin Cities campus). Accepted into UW-Madison in January, still waiting to hear from UMN (I've heard they start notifying in March).
Reasons for choosing UW are because I went to undergrad there (graduated 2012) and liked it a lot. They have an incredible program from everything that I hear. It is a small class size so I think the faculty is probably very involved with the students. Con to UW is it begins earlier than UMN, and ends 6 months later. I would need to pick up everything and move, which may have been easier at 22, but I am almost 28 and I have strong family, friend, and community ties in Minnesota.

Reasons for choosing UMN are that I live here currently and I have an amazing full-time job as a rehab aide at a hospital which has given me invaluable patient experience. I get to work with OTs and PTs every day and have learned so much from them. Because UMN has a hybrid online program, it would be possible to keep my job part-time. This would not only help out financially with having some money to cover living expenses, but I would also be able to keep my benefits, including tuition reimbursement from my company (again, I know I am very, very lucky). UMN starts 3 months later and ends 3-6 months earlier than UW, depending on Level 2 fieldwork. Cons to UMN are that I've heard very mixed reviews about their program. I feel like the hybrid program doesn't have quite as much face-to-face time as a profession like OT requires. I'm worried that I may not get as strong of an education there as I would at UW. I feel like my job has given me at least some experience in patient care skills, but obviously OT is much more than that.

So, that is my dilemma in a nutshell. Both programs are about the same cost, although if I went to MN, I would have some money coming in through my job and tuition reimbursement. At UW, I would probably need to live off my savings and take out more in loans. I'm sorry to write a novel to you guys, but I'm really unsure of what I'll do if I'm lucky enough to be accepted to Minnesota as well. Any advice you have would be much appreciated! Thank you so much!
 
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ACCEPTANCE UPDATE:

Undergraduate University: UW Madison
Degree: B.S. Rehabilitation Psychology & Minor in Educational Services, 2018
Cumulative GPA: 3.74
Prerequisite GPA: 3.65-4.0 depending on school
GRE: 155 V 155 Q 5.0 AW
OTCAS Verified: 08/25/2017

Applying to: UW-Milwaukee, Carroll University, Concordia University, Mount Mary University, St Scholastica, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities and Rochester), St. Kate's, and UW Madison

Acceptances: Carroll University (01/15), UW Madison (01/16), St. Scholastica (02/05), Mount Mary University (02/12)

Rejections: N/A
Hi, congrats on your Mount Mary acceptance! I had a question. I am up against deposit deadlines for another school and I was wondering if you could tell me when the Mt. Mary deposit is due? I am interested in Mt. Mary but are on the waitlist. I am just trying to figure out when the next round of offers may go out.
 
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Hi everyone! I'm wondering if I can get some advice from you guys that are also applying to Midwest schools. I might ask this of the broader community as well, but wanted to start here. I have been thinking a lot about what I should do if I am lucky enough to be accepted into both of my top two choices. First off, I just want to say that I realize that I am really lucky to have been accepted to even one program with how competitive OT programs are these days. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining at all, just genuinely unsure of what to do and would really love any advice or input that people have! If anyone else is having similar difficulty of trying to decide between two schools, feel free to share your story as well!

My top choices are UW-Madison and UMN (Twin Cities campus). Accepted into UW-Madison in January, still waiting to hear from UMN (I've heard they start notifying in March).
Reasons for choosing UW are because I went to undergrad there (graduated 2012) and liked it a lot. They have an incredible program from everything that I hear. It is a small class size so I think the faculty is probably very involved with the students. Con to UW is it begins earlier than UMN, and ends 6 months later. I would need to pick up everything and move, which may have been easier at 22, but I am almost 28 and I have strong family, friend, and community ties in Minnesota.

Reasons for choosing UMN are that I live here currently and I have an amazing full-time job as a rehab aide at a hospital which has given me invaluable patient experience. I get to work with OTs and PTs every day and have learned so much from them. Because UMN has a hybrid online program, it would be possible to keep my job part-time. This would not only help out financially with having some money to cover living expenses, but I would also be able to keep my benefits, including tuition reimbursement from my company (again, I know I am very, very lucky). UMN starts 3 months later and ends 3-6 months earlier than UW, depending on Level 2 fieldwork. Cons to UMN are that I've heard very mixed reviews about their program. I feel like the hybrid program doesn't have quite as much face-to-face time as a profession like OT requires. I'm worried that I may not get as strong of an education there as I would at UW. I feel like my job has given me at least some experience in patient care skills, but obviously OT is much more than that.

So, that is my dilemma in a nutshell. Both programs are about the same cost, although if I went to MN, I would have some money coming in through my job and tuition reimbursement. At UW, I would probably need to live off my savings and take out more in loans. I'm sorry to write a novel to you guys, but I'm really unsure of what I'll do if I'm lucky enough to be accepted to Minnesota as well. Any advice you have would be much appreciated! Thank you so much!
So I was lucky enough to volunteer at an OT outpatient peds clinic when they were hiring. One of the candidates attended an online/hybrid program. They LOVED her, but felt that because she just finished the program she likely missed out on portions of her education from not being in the classroom and frequently interacting with other students. They ended up hiring a graduate of St. Scholastica. However, this is just one case/company alone - don't let it discourage you. Just some of my experience! I would guess with your job/experience that is actually relevant to the career that it would be different for you!

I was advised to chose the cheaper program if you are interested in masters... so with a cheaper program (with good clinical experience connections) and then choosing a reputable location. This was from two occupational therapists and from these forms when I was comparing schools.

I would also maybe check setting areas that you are interesting in and ask where some of the therapists attended school. Some companies have this information posted right on their websites. Maybe there are more U of M students out there in top settings!
 
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So I was lucky enough to volunteer at an OT outpatient peds clinic when they were hiring. One of the candidates attended an online/hybrid program. They LOVED her, but felt that because she just finished the program she likely missed out on portions of her education from not being in the classroom and frequently interacting with other students. They ended up hiring a graduate of St. Scholastica. However, this is just one case/company alone - don't let it discourage you. Just some of my experience! I would guess with your job/experience that is actually relevant to the career that it would be different for you!

I was advised to chose the cheaper program if you are interested in masters... so with a cheaper program (with good clinical experience connections) and then choosing a reputable location. This was from two occupational therapists and from these forms when I was comparing schools.

I would also maybe check setting areas that you are interesting in and ask where some of the therapists attended school. Some companies have this information posted right on their websites. Maybe there are more U of M students out there in top settings!
Thank you so much for the information! I really appreciate you sharing your experience. I am also concerned about how a hybrid program will look to future employers. When I asked the therapists at the hospital I work at if they thought that would matter, they said that, in their experience, all that matters is that you passed the NBCOT and are licensed by the state. And likely, years of experience and what not. It's hard when I hear these conflicting things to make the right choice!
I agree with you that it definitely makes sense to go with the cheaper program for a masters. And thanks for the tip about looking up different locations and where their therapists went to school. I'm also hoping to build connections through Level 2 fieldworks, and I'm hoping that my work experience in one of MN's major healthcare providers will help as well.
Ultimately, I think both schools have their pros and cons for not only my education but also my life as a whole, so I think I'll be happy with either choice. Thanks again for your advice!
 
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Just wanted to share with you guys that I got accepted to UW-Milwaukee on 2/12! Anybody else hear back?
I have not heard back yet, I am surprised because this is much earlier than they normally start sending out acceptances! How were you notified?