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Program-Specific Info / Q's SJSU 2018-2019 Cycle Applicants

Discussion in 'Occupational Therapy [ O.T.D ]' started by OTstudent2BE, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. OTstudent2BE

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    Hi all! I'm applying to SJSU and would like to connect with others also in the process of doing so. Post questions and comments here.

    Here's my first question: When can we actually submit the OTCAS application? I know it takes some time to review. I know everyone talks about the October 1st deadline, but that is for the GAPE application, correct?
     
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  3. MrTL

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    You can send your OTCAS application right when it opens up for the 2018/2019 cycle in July. The October 1st deadline is for GAPE, but if you really want to be the first applicant, you can send your packet of info in so that it gets received exactly on October 1st lol.

    Here's this past year's thread too: Other OT-Related Information - SJSU 2017/2018 Support Group
     
  4. OTstudent2BE

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    Thank you! How about the Experiences tab on OTCAS? Will SJSU ever see what I put there or am I wasting my time inputting all my experiences? The requirement to submit "Application/Personal Statement to OTCAS" is vague to me. What does SJSU consider the "application" portion to be?
     
  5. MrTL

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    If "Experiences" is work and volunteer experience, then it's pretty important and they will look at it. But I kinda forgot what was in OTCAS to be honest LOL!

    As for your other question, I think SJSU is just saying to fill out everything in OTCAS first. Later you'll fill out some stuff thru SJSU too. It's a little bit confusing, but I think they're trying to make it a little less confusing to apply these upcoming years little-by-little.
     
  6. HI OT

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    Hey! I will be applying to SJSU as well!

    Does anyone know if the department will read the personal statement posted on Cal State Apply? Or will they just read the OTCAS one? Also kind of confused..is GAPE the same as applying to the SJSU OT program on Cal State Apply?
     
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    I copy/pasted my personal statement from OTCAS into Cal State Apply. They will definitely read the OTCAS one. Not sure if anyone reads the Cal State Apply one, but don't leave it blank!

    Cal State Apply is essentially applying to SJSU GAPE. It looks almost exactly like OTCAS. Unfortunately, it does feel like filling out the same exact application twice with extra fees, but SJSU graduate admissions is pretty separate from the SJSU OT office. They sorta communicate with each other, but not really lol I can't describe it better than that!
     
  8. HI OT

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    Thanks for the response! Yeah I've started the application since I'm also applying to CSUDH and was so sad when I found out I had to put in all my transcripts again lol. Good to hear you just copy-pasted. I wrote one for Cal State Apply and just wasn't sure if it would be bad if it was too similar to my OTCAS one.
     
  9. OTstudent2BE

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    Are you already able to log in to Cal State Apply and start your app for Fall 2019? I tried to start my app today but it seemed like it did not open until October 1st
     
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    Hi @OTstudent2BE - correct Cal State Apply didn't open until October. Luckily its a very fast form, and nearly identical to OTCAS. However, make sure you get your app in as early as you can, since SJSU admits on a rolling basis.
     
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  11. HI OT

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    I started the application process for CSUDH but wasn't able to add SJSU yet, which I won't open till Oct. 1. When the time comes I will just add SJSU's program to my list but for now I'm submitting just for CSUDH
     
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    AHH, I am glad I found this forum! I am applying as well!!
    Do you guys know if I need to send the volunteer forms to everybody I volunteered (all the OTs, as well as other volunteer experiences, like camp counselor?) or just have one OT vouch for me? The whole volunteer forms situation confuses me, so if you have any knowledge about it, let me know!

    Also, there is apparently an info meeting at SJSU on September 12, from 5 PM - 7 PM! In case you guys are in the area!
     
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    Hey there, I've been volunteering at a few OT sites and have had one OT from each site complete a form for me. The benefit of having multiple OTs at any given site means that a different one can write a recommendation letter on OTCAS while another complete the volunteer form. Also, I would definitely have a supervisor from camp complete one (unless you already have an OT completing one from camp?).
     
  14. OTschoolapplicant

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    Do any of you guys know when acceptances will start coming out?
     
  15. hellonice2meetu

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    last year it was end of Dec/early Jan
     
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    Actually last year it was Nov 10! hellonicetomeetu must be looking at the year before! The acceptances sort of trickled out, though, not all at once. You can see it on the 2017/2018 forum.
     
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  17. SammySpartanOT

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    Hello everyone!

    I received my acceptance to SJSU on November 4th! :) Good luck to everyone! I hope to see you in the 2019 cohort!
     
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  18. hellonice2meetu

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    Congrats!! So fast. Are you able to share your stats with us? Also was it through snail mail or email?
     
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    Congrats! That’s awesome! Did you submit on oct 1st?
     
  20. SammySpartanOT

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    Thank you! I received an email from Gigi Smith.

    University: University of California, San Diego
    Major: Cognitive Science
    Overall GPA: 4.0
    Pre-Req GPA: 4.0
    GRE: 163V, 155Q, 5 AWA

    Experience: 1.5 years as an RBT working with children with autism, 3 years working in a neuroscience lab, 1 year as a caregiver, and 4 months as an outpatient rehab aide

    Extra-Curricular: Volunteer with victims of domestic violence

    Volunteer: 160 hours in an outpatient clinic with certified hand therapists and certified lymphedema therapists, 50 hours in inpatient care, 46 hours in a pediatric clinic

    Applied: San Jose State, CSU Dominguez Hills, Loma Linda, University of St. Augustine, Samuel Merritt

    Acceptances: University of St. Augustine (11/1), San Jose State (11/4)

    Rejections:

    Interviews: University of St. Augustine (10/23), Loma Linda (10/22)
     
  21. SammySpartanOT

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    Thank you :) I submitted my application on October 2nd.
     
  22. hellonice2meetu

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    You really do have great stats and experiences! I get why they snapped you up. I think it’s so weird that they sent you your acceptance letter on Sunday, unless that was a typo? If not, it makes me hopeful for this weekend!
     
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    Congrats on your acceptance!! Would you mind me asking if you received an email to the address you put on OTCAS or through the SJSU email from GAPE?
     
  25. HI OT

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    Congrats! Do you think you will be accepting? I know CSUDH is sending out their decisions around this time as well.
     
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  26. SammySpartanOT

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    Yes, I received my acceptance on Sunday. I am sending everyone good vibes :)
     
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    Did you get an invitation to a FB group? It seems that last cycle applicants were sent a request when they got accepted.
     
  28. SammySpartanOT

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    Thank you! Yes, I will be attending SJSU over CSUDH.
     
  29. SammySpartanOT

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    No, I haven't received a FB request yet. I will let you know if and when I do.
     

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