need help deciding: Adler School vs. Chicago School

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by RoccoAndMe, Apr 11, 2008.

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  1. RoccoAndMe


    Apr 10, 2008
    And as a poster previously said, no comments from the peanut gallery please. Attending a Psy.D. program in Chicago was my preference for grad school so we will leave it at that.

    So I was accepted to both the Adler School and Chicago School Psy.D. program, and I honestly cannot decide which one I would rather attend. I really like Adler's vision as a whole and I like the community service aspect of their curriculum.

    However, from what I hear, Chicago has a better name, and I also like how this school is more focused on multiculturalism and diversity than Adler. As far as having the "better reputation", do you think attending the Chicago school will better my chances of getting a choice internship?

    I can go into all the differences, but I will leave it at this, and while I know the choice ultimately lies with me, I just wanted another opinion. Please let me know what you think (and before the APA deadline!)
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  3. blindchaos

    blindchaos 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2007
    I can't really comment on Adler as I know next to nothing about it, but I've heard very mixed reviews on Chicago SPP - I've heard it's one of the most competitive professional programs and I have a friend currently attending Chicago and by all accounts loves it. However, I've also heard about some suspicious/highly unethical stuff going on there in regards to faculty/student interaction (this was coming directly from a student there who is looking to get out). From what I've heard (*not* coming from this original student) measures have been taken to correct the matter though it still makes me VERY wary of the school.

    I guess based strictly on what I've heard about Chicago, I would be tempted to go with Adler but keep in mind I know basically nothing about the program and the info I do know on Chicago is very mixed and headed towards opposite ends of the spectrum just between two students. (one loves it and one hates it)
  4. psytudent

    psytudent Member 5+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2007
    The Chicago School definitely enjoys a better reputation than Adler - no question. Of course that is not to say that Adler fails to produce some very good clinicians, but they perhaps represent the exception that proves the rule.

    With regards to the ethical concerns raised by blindchaos, I believe he/she is referring to a singular incident involving a professor's (alleged) ethical violation with a student which was handled by the school's administration in a timely and professional manner. I recently was told that professor in question is appealing his dismissal and is currently teaching at another professional psychology program in Chicago. Moreover, I do not share the exaggerated skepticism endorsed by blindchaos with regards to this incident; it is unfair to generalize the quality of a program based upon the actions of one former professor. The bottom line is that this issue is resolved from the school's point-of-view and should not weigh heavily in your decision to accept or reject their offer.
  5. cara susanna

    cara susanna 7+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    East Coast
    I know someone who will be attending Adler. She said that she liked how small the program was and the atmosphere.
  6. JackD

    JackD - 7+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2007
    I looked into both of the schools and used to live in chicago. From what i could tell, CSPP is more respected. If I had to choose one to go to, it would be that. Although the area of town that it is in is impossible to get around in. It is right by the river and near the merchandise mart. I almost suffered an anger stroke while trying to drive around down there and walking doesn't seem much easier. Just something to think about if you are easily annoyed by traffic or lack of crosswalks.

    Plus the people from Argosy are right down the street and you may get caught up in some grad student on grad student violence, turf wars, rumbles over stolen clients, that sort of thing. However, I'm not you, so what i would do shouldn't mean much. Also, I hear Adler is a good school too, so i am sure you would be fine at either one.
  7. Therapist4Chnge

    Therapist4Chnge Neuropsych Ninja Faculty Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    The Beach
    The CSPP Sharks vs. the Argosy Jets..........:laugh:
  8. Psyched77

    Psyched77 2+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    OMG! That is hilarious! Cage fight!!! :laugh:

    Rocco....are you going to tell us what you decided??
  9. RoccoAndMe


    Apr 10, 2008
    oh yes, i chose chicago school! I resorted to base my decision on shallow reasons, like the fact that its more convenient via el train, its appears to have a better student life, and the place looks a lot nicer. I know its seems like ridiculous reasons, but they are the little details that make you feel more comfortable for the next 5 years and $100 grand....

    all i gotta say is that those argosy folks best watch their back! i grew up on the mean streets of the chicago suburbs. people will be throwing around freudian insults at each other.....[deleted]

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  10. JackD

    JackD - 7+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2007
    I don't think that is a ridiculous reason. After all, neither school is drastically better than the other and if the most important aspects of choosing where to go are nearly the same for the two universities, you might as well look further down the list for reason to choose one over the other. Now if one school sucked but you chose to go to it because there was a McDonald's next door and you just love those Big Macs, that would be ridiculous.

    However, i must reiterate to you. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever attempt to drive to the Chicago School. It is like trying to cross the Atlantic in a row boat. I tried driving in that area once. I am suprised i didn't die of starvation.
  11. baylordude

    baylordude 5+ Year Member

    Nov 23, 2007
    I second that!

  12. keshavarzi


    Apr 28, 2008
    Hey guys, I just got accepted from both schools, The chicago school of Professional psych and Argosy (masters)_.

    Argosy has somewhat of a joint program where the masters leads to the 3rd year Psy.D whereas you would have to formally apply from the masters to the Psy.D at the Chicago School.

    Im having trouble deciding. Schaumburg told me they matched 79% on APPIC last year vs. chicago school saying they matched 82%. Not sure where to go. I may save some time by going to schaumburg, can anyone shed some light on the reputation of both and which is better?


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